Sentinels So Cal was started 5 years ago, by 5 guys, after breaking away from another car club that didn’t share our same vision for the club. We believe in quality over quantity. Family first, and forming a strong brotherhood between the members. We believe this is a lifestyle, not a hobby. We all build our own rides and embrace the concept of “garage, and driveway built”. We all drive our rides from San Diego, to Laughlin, to Vegas, all the way up to Santa Maria. No trailer queens, just cool kustoms driven by the men who built them.
Commitment, Dedication, Brotherhood… Sentinels So Cal
Cardenas Bombs // Las Vegas Nevada
Los Hitters Car Club are a small tight knit group with a love and desire for old school rides. They are working hard at keeping the kulture alive in Dallas, Texas.
"Somos Pocos Pero Locos! I'll take 4 quarters over 10 dimes any day."
Check out their car show, Dia de Los Kustoms.
Quatro Cinco CC // Japan
The Beatniks of Koolsville car club was founded by Jack Rudy, Steve Bonge and a few other friends in 1992. According to an article about the club in Garage Magazine Number Six, the members wanted to form a club that stood out in the crowd and reflected their way of life. They officially donned the royal purple club color at the 1992 Paso Robles Memorial Day Car Show. Jack Rudy created the logo, complete with the “Kolsville” native city in his own patented style.
“I always liked the Beatniks from the late Fifties,” Jack told Garage Magazine. “They were all about being cool and we just thought that would be a great thing to base a car club on.” From the beginning, the club was populated by some heavyweight talents in the Low Brow art scene. Being an artist was not mandatory though. What was required, to be a member in good standing, was a car. A good car. You also had to be heavily tattooed and you had to live and look like a true Beatnik. According to Von Franco, the members like to live live like the original Beats; “No rules. We live the way we want to.” A bohemian lifestyle, as the bohemian lives moment to moment, without a care in the world.
Esquires CC Sin City Esquires car club. Mid 1960’s and older rides, kulture, and the fun that goes along with everything.
Spreading the gospel of traditional customs, boulevard cruisers, and oldschool lowriders.
Chapters in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, California, Florida Dallas, Houston, Texas, New Mexico, Valle Imperial
Gatos So Cal
Kustoms Los Angeles
After George Barris had moved to Los Angles during WWII he started to work full time as Custom builder, creating cars for clients, and quickly making new friends in the car scene. In the mid 1940’s – we do not know the exact date for this event – George Barris started the Kustoms Los Angeles club.
A small club for Barris Custom Car owners. George designed a square Kustoms Los Angeles plaque that was cast in brass and detail painted in a dark purple color. Later Club jackets were made as well as membership cards. A few years later George saw the potential for a larger club and how he could attract more customers for his Custom Car restyling and aftermarket products he started to marketing, so he formed Kustoms of America. The small Barris Kustoms only Kustoms Los Angeles club remained and was renamed Kustoms of Los Angeles
Washington – Texas – Nevada
A handful of us guys with obviously the same interests in custom cars would frequently run into one another at car shows, social events and gatherings. The crazy thing was regardless that we all had similar interests all of our customized cars were of different makes; era’s and styles however, all of which bad ass in their own distinctive way.
None of our customized cars categorically fit together but they certainly did look cool together. Some of us guys at the time were in specific make and model clubs however, also admired other vehicles quite the same. So we set out to combine these cars to form our very own custom car club. Our club would be created by the uniqueness of the people, the cars of which they’ve customized, assembled and/or own. So there you have it, a group of misfits and their cars.
Now to clarify, we have no relation to The Misfits (band), The Misfits (TV series), Misfit Car Club, Misfit Motorcycle Club or any other Misfit Club that may already be in function. Our name is solely the result of a group of misfit cars owned by people that like to have a good time and admire bitchen shit. Misfits, Inc. Custom Car Club Members, their vehicles and the vehicles they appreciate are all different but have that same “style” to them.
A sick car could be any make, model or era. Bad ass stuff has no boundaries. Our interests lie with all types of four wheeled means of transport. Enjoy and we hope you see something new!
Our club is open to all makes, models and era so long as we Members agree that if it misfits but fits the style we’ll consider you and your vehicle.
~ “Live Fast, Play Hard, and leave a Good Looking Corpse”
Cars with chips & scratches, people with stories & history and models with style and class. Sunday Slacker Magazine is dedicated to Cars, Cruises & Culture. Flip through our pages for events, car shows, car clubs, custom builders, shops, pin-ups, artists, music and the influential leaders who have built our lifestyle from the ground up. EST. 2009
Lifestyle Car Club was founded in 1975 in the Boyle Heights area of Southern California. It was formed by members of other car clubs that joined together with the idea of starting a new kind of club. To be a member you need to have a two door American car with hydraulics, 520 premium sport way tires, and wire wheels – preferably Daytons after the year 1990.
Lifestyle cars go from 1957 to 1983. ‘83 is when they stopped building the Cadillac Coupes, you could have a Cadillac Brougham in the club, but it’s almost considered a new car. There are no four doors, wagons, or trucks. One time there was an exception of a ‘51 Chevy Truck. But it’s not a bomb club, it’s for low riders – Impalas, Lincolns, Rivieras. For twenty-something years there was no vinyl tops allowed in the club. For two decades there was no convertibles allowed in the club. A car is designed as a hard top first, before the designers make it a convertible. Back in the day convertibles were considered to be for lames and old ladies. Now they’re double the price of a hard top, so they are accepted and sought after.
I got introduced to the club in 1991 when I was approached by Joe Ray, president at the time, to do murals on his show car in the works, the Las Vegas car. I was honored at the opportunity to do the murals on this futuristic concept car that would revolutionize custom turntable low riders. Little did I know that a few years later I would become a lifetime member.
In 1993 I bought a 1960 Chevrolet Impala hardtop and made the decision to join the greatest car club in the history of the United States. It wouldn’t be easy though. Lifestyle is not only the best, but the strictest car club. It carries the traditions of the early 70s fraternity of car builders. If you were late to a meeting, or acting stupid in public with colors on, or somehow disrespected the name, there is a sergeant of arms with a wooden paddle to regulate the chosen members. I was actually sergeant of arms for two years, meaning I handed out the swats. I was loved and hated. I didn’t want to swat my homies, but I got swatted, so everyone goes down eventually. Let me tell you, when you get swatted in front of 50 other members not only does your pride and ego hurt, but your ears turn bright red. The club’s not just about getting swatted, it’s about making each member pay attention and have respect. Otherwise you have 50 guys with egos who show up when they want to show up, and do what they want to do, then the whole thing falls apart. If you run the risk of getting your ass swatted by grown men, you’re going to stay more on point.
Lifestyle Car Club is based on paint jobs, paint comes first, it’s all about custom one of a kind paint jobs – pinstripes and murals, and then everything comes after that – interior, chrome, lifts. Shaving your door handles, molding, making the custom dash, custom interiors, old school Bob & Son tuck and roll interiors, D&D pinstriping and wall striping, Mario “Candy Factory” (Rest In Peace) paint jobs, Gary Baka, Mario’s Auto Works. These are the painters and stripers that would paint our cars. A lot of times the members themselves do the work. The benefit of being in a car club is everyone has the same disease you got, all they think about all day is cars. All of our jobs are means to get money to build our cars. We all have some kind of talent when it comes to our cars – one guy can do stereos, one can do hydraulics, one can do paint. That doesn’t mean you can get it for free, but you trade. If my partner helps me paint my car, I will do a mural on his car. A lot of time the homeboys will just come labor-wise, and help you. But with it you got a lot of different personalities, and you don’t always get along with everybody. But you love everybody because of the cars.
We’ve got every walk of life in the club. A lot of times back in the day it was ex-gang members. You can’t be an active gang member and be in the club, because you will bring too much drama to the club. The club has a lot of blue collar construction guys, mechanics, tattoo artists, car painters, there’s everything. We’ve even had police officers. We don’t put it on blast, but the cop needs to know he is going to be around a lot of guys drinking, maybe smoking some weed. That’s not what the club is about, but anybody that is half-way cool – that’s what’s going to be going down. The club’s been around 30 years now, so over 30 years a lot of people come and go. Right now it’s over 70 deep, a bunch of new and old guys, so you get a good combo of people.
If you are lucky enough and get asked to come around a meeting or an event where Lifestyle is at, you won’t hear rap music, you won’t hear Vincente Fernandez coming out the car. You’ll most likely hear Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or Neil Young blasting out of these custom painted cars. The reason is the same members who started the club, are still active in the club. That was the music in the 70s, so it’s carried on in a lot of the cars we have. For example, the Pink Floyd car, which is candy pink, the LA Woman car with Jim Morrison murals all over it, and the Moonflower car. My ’62 is called Soul Kitchen. That’s one of the things that makes us different. When people think of East LA and low riders, they think of Hip Hop or Spanish music. They don’t think of Dark Side of the Moon blasting out of the Lincoln Continental.
Lifestyle Car Club is not a hopping car club, its not three wheel motion, its not about entering hop contests, it’s about how low can your car lay. How low can it slam? Another thing that makes us different and old school, when you’re driving down the street, and you get a flat tire, the first thing you do is unscrew your plaque and pull it down. Then you tend to your tire. The last thing we want to see is a broken down car with a plaque in the back.
There’s only one chapter of Lifestyle, it’s located in Los Angeles. People have moved here just to be in the club. The reason we do that is to never confuse or water down the plaque. If you go to Texas, they have different tastes and ideas on how to build cars. You need to let them do that, that’s what makes everyone original and stand out. But if we have a club in Texas, and they let other people in, and we start beefing with our own club, then it all falls apart. That’s the biggest problem with most car clubs, their chapters don’t get along. They have different ideas of what it’s all about.
To me it’s a way of life, that’s why the club is called Lifestyle – from arguing with your old lady, to paying the chrome bill before the phone bill; your woman could get jealous, because your Sancha – your woman on the side, is your car. Your girl is saying can he put that much compassion and no holds barred, do whatever it takes attitude into me? So it causes tension. But you know what? When you’re at the car show, and your car is laying on the floor of the car show, the greatest feeling in the world is to have a Lifestyle plaque in the back window. When you look in that rearview mirror, and it says Lifestyle in gold letters, you know you made it. You know you’re in the history books of low riding.
From Chapter 29: Lost Angel (Summer 2007)
Rumblers CC So Cal
Naturals CC // Las Vegas NV
Beaters Car Club // England
Photos by // Steve Shelley
The beginnings of the Club started back in 2003.
Dean and Russ were discussing the various car clubs currently in the US and thought it would be a good idea to maybe start our own club of like minded people, though with no rules and regs as we didn’t want to get bogged down with politics ….So after much thought and deliberation we eventually came up with the name Beaters ( in referance to the American description of an old car) and so this became the core of the club.
2004 Saw the introduction of club plaques, jackets,stickers and more prospective members.
2008 Saw an informal meeting at the Hotrod Hayride where Russ was elected club Prez and Deano as V Prez. The club was moving on and up.
2009 Dean and Russ decided that what had started as a bunch of mates had started to get away from its beginning, and was time to get some basic rules in place to keep the club, as it was always intended, towards to more early style Hotrods and Kustoms that wouldn’t look out of place in the early days.
2012 saw the launch of the new club logo and new plaques were made.
Dukes CC - Lowriders and Kustoms. Las Vegas and So Cal Chapters
Bare Bones Car Club // Las Vegas, NV
Scrapers So Cal
Throttle Kings Car Club
Hot rods and customs. Based out of So. Cal. (L.A. / O.C. / I.E.)
RagTops car club was Founded by Raul Rodriguez and President. in April 1983 .It is a unique car club consisting of Convertible cars only. Head quartered in San Diego Ca.
Brochacos // Las Vegas NV
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Pastimes Car Club
1969 and earlier Traditional American Hot Rods and Customs. Building custom vehicles. It’s our “pastime”. No Rules, No Dues, No Drama.
Pastimes are our expressions of leisure, and leisure not only characterizes who we are as people, but our culture as well. Our club consists of a variety of ages and vehicles, and we get together as often as possible. If you see us at a show, we would love to meet you.
We are a group of friends that like to hang out, have fun and take life as it comes. We have each others back no matter what and would do anything for one another. If you care to join, come around.
Pegasus Los Angeles
Corsairs Car Club of Southern California is a Hot Rod club based out of San Pedro, California. They were Established in 2009, and only allows pre world war II American automobiles in the club. All hot rods are 100% built by the club. They are a very close group of friends as the club only allows friends into the club.
Majestics CC // San Diego CA
Majestics CC // Casa Grande AZ
In 1973, the lowriding scene was an underground movement of guys who loved their cars and learned their lowriding know-how on the streets. The style was low and slow. In garages and alleys, cars were being lifted using hydraulics of every possible kind. Creative vatos with a little know-how and elbow grease were starting what has evolved into lowriding as we know it today. These were the outlaw days of the sport when a lowrider was known to go to extreme efforts to acquire hydraulic parts. There were no hydraulic shops to be found, but the creative lowriders survived to flourish. Even more than today, the public then looked at the lowrider as a real oddity.
That reaction from the public was part of the reason that lowriders were built in the first place. The movement continued and lowriders honed their customizing skills. Some guys became so good at lifting cars and they soon gained regular customers and their lowrider hydraulic business was born.
Old Times CC