In November of 1993, while mainstream hip-hop was in its infancy and the genre was still defining itself, a young group from Cleveland, Ohio dreamed of hitting the big time. Like countless aspiring rappers, these ambitious Clevelanders idolized the hard-edged beats of Eazy-E and N.W.A. But because they were separated by almost 2,400 miles of country, the suburbs of Compton (arguably the cultural epicenter of gangsta rap) seemed like the other side of the world, a promised land of booze, women and weed, where the best and the brightest gathered to create the musical climate from scratch.
For the past year, 23-year-old Ricardo Garcia, a member of Royal Riches Car Club in Orange County, California, has been on a mission. The original owner of this 2004 Nissan Armada when it was stock was Ricardo’s uncle, Samuel Garcia. Then tragedy struck.
Okay, I admit it. I closed my eyes. I closed them so tight I thought tears would stream from each side of my eyelids and drip down into my lap. I’m scared. I’ve been foot-to-the-floor for under a minute when from nowhere an old Fiat pulls out of a junction in front of me. My closing speed is ferocious.
If you’ve seen “The Matrix” (Warner Bros., 1999) then you’ve seen some of A.J. Greco’s work; he designed the eyewear for the hit movie—and others. However, that’s not the only thing the Las Vegas, Nevada resident has designed. His latest design isn’t eyewear but eye candy in the form of a fully customized, supercharged 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8 that may well be the fastest one on the street.
Is there life after a reality TV shows you ask? There sure is… just ask the five show-stopping hotties from Danity Kane who proved to non-believers that they are more than just your average novelty act and are in this business for the long-term.
Back in 1988, Cheryl Mendoza was only 18 years old. No one then (least of all Cheryl) would have imagined that 19 years later, Rollerz Only Car Club (founded that same year by Troy and George Staehler, and today boasting more than 1,500 active members in 39 chapters across three continents) would have a female president of its Orange County-Inland Empire chapter. However, such is the skill, will and determination of this remarkable woman.
Travis Barker is more than simply a collector of Cadillac steel. Surrounded by a museum’s-worth of vintage Cadis (and a Buick!), you can almost call him a curator. Barker’s love for Cadillac even extends to paying homage to the automotive brand with a tattoo proudly etched on his chest.