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Alice Cooper's Motorcycle - Photo Shoot

Alice Cooper's Motorcycle - Photo Shoot

Rock singer and songwriter Alice Cooper's career spans five decades. Cooper experimented with different musical styles, including art rock, pop rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave and industrial rock. Cooper is considered to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock." In 2011, Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Photography by: Gabor Mereg

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Latin Pride Car Club Supporter of the Arts

Latin Pride Car Club Supporter of the Arts

Throughout our venture in documenting and photographing rare and amazing cars, we've been fortunate to come across Latin Pride Car Club.

The El Paso borderland is where Latin Pride Car Club originated over 20 years ago and is active in keeping the culture of lowriders in El Paso alive. Latin Pride car club sport an impressive fleet of classic cars and trucks and have a taste for oldies music and car shows.

Latin Pride car club is also a major supporter of the arts and host Lincoln Park Day, a culturally rich event that promotes Chicano art and features one of El Paso's most colorful car shows.

 

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Car Photography Tips

Car Photography Tips
Be sure to fully charge your camera’s batteries. You may find yourself halfway into the shoot when the batteries for the flash or camera run low. Scout for your location or locations a day before. Select a location depending on the background and make sure it is clean. Try to avoid electricity poles and trashcans nearby. If it is at a parking lot try to avoid the white lines on the floor. Bright colors in the background will draw attention away from your main subject. Trees give strange reflections on the shiny bodywork, especially on a dark color vehicle.

Make sure the sun is in your back, do not shoot the car into the sun unless you know what you are doing and would like to have that special effect. A car is best shot with diffused light, try to fix the shoot in the afternoon, sometime after 15h00 is a great time to start during the summer, you'll have great light for many hours.  An outdoor car shoot is the next best thing compared to a real studio shoot, however renting a studio and equipment large enough to photograph cars could be expensive.

The following photo angles are recommended for the best shots : front 3/4 view, rear 3/4 view, full side view, full front view, full rear view, engine shot, dashboard and interior shot. After you've got these you can get creative and try different angles and altitudes, also try shooting low to the ground or use a stepladder to get a higher point of view on the car. We hope this helps and good luck!

 

 

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The Decline Art of Custom Body Paint and Repair

The Decline Art of Custom Body Paint and Repair

Auto body repair shops plagued in fraud

It is said that the finest art is created by those who truly love art. The same may be said for talented auto body paint and repair technicians.  It’s important to differentiate the average body shop who is content with mediocre work and insurance claims and those who take actual pride in Custom Body and Paint. Whether one is customizing a lowrider or restoring an all original classic, one of the hardest things is finding a body shop willing to give your car the paint job it deserves. A  great paint job is one done by professionals who truly understands and enjoy the art of auto paint.  These professionals take pride in their art and their excellent reputations speak for themselves. 

Fraudulent Body Shops - Many who have experienced the struggle of restoring cars know that the art of custom auto paint and repair is being taken over by shady shops simply in for it for the money. Deceitful body shops may appear sincere in advertisement and appearance but one may find that these places prefer taking on insurance claims and avoid others as if they were a cancer. The first thing one may expect to see posted on many fraudulent Body Shops is “Insurance Claims Welcome”.

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Volkswagen Automobile Timeline

Volkswagen Automobile Timeline

Ask any random person to name the most iconic classic compact car ever built and chances are he or she may proclaim the Volkswagen Beetle. Indeed the VW Beetle, or "Bug" as many call it is one of the world's most recognized and well-liked classic cars. There's more to the "Love-Bug" than Disney's motion picture Herbie and its notable red, white and blue racing stripes.

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American Luxury Coupe Decline

American Luxury Coupe Decline

Why the decline of the classic styling of the great American luxury coupe? The answer may come as a result of economic inflation and modern America ’s growing need for the 4 door sedan. As the price of living increased, so did the price of automobiles. No longer was it seen as practical to drive a personal luxury coupe. More and more consumers switched to affordable and gas efficient Japanese sedans, a trend that would eventually stunt the growth of the American luxury coupe.

 

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Super Bike Nation

Super Bike Nation

Super Bike Nation of Orange, California has made it their business to assist bike riders in their efforts of breaking the sound barrier, or simply add some extra kick to the accelerator. What a thrilling experience it was for us to find a super bike show in full effect at SBN's  premiere one-stop shop. There we were able to profile dozens of powerful sport bikes and speak to several race bike riders.

 

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Buick Regal Luxury Coupes

Buick Regal Luxury Coupes

Buick Regal, along with its 3 g-body one of those lowriders  many cannot forget. Seeing a well restored Regal lowrider on the streets today brings back memories of the 80's, a time when American auto makers took pride in designing excellent looking luxury coupes.

 

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Lincoln Park Day - Convicted Artist Art Exhibition

Lincoln Park Day - Convicted Artist Art Exhibition

El Paso received a free spectacle of fine art, fine automobiles , poetry readings, cultural dance and more on Sunday September 19th, 2010 at Lincoln Park.  The event takes place every September in El Paso, TX. David Arredondo co-founder of ConvictedArtist.com belongs to the Lincoln Park Conservation Committee which puts on the annual events. The committee is made up of a group of successful artists, businessmen, and car club directors.

 

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Pachuco Car Club - Los Angeles

Pachuco Car Club - Los Angeles

Pachuco Car Club of Los Angeles maintains super high standards when it comes down to its family oriented club. There’s much more to Pachuco Car Club than meets the eye. First and foremost, the vision of the clubs founding fathers was to maintain unity in the club and decided against chaptering out of Los Angeles. Secondly, Pachuco consists of dozens of respectable U.S. military veterans who share an obsession for vintage car uniformity and perfection.

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Custom Choppers - Las Vegas

Custom Choppers - Las Vegas

The Sirens of TI, a 900 pound master piece, was constructed with nearly 250 pounds of scrap iron and steel. The metal was then twisted, welded and sculpted into what appears to be a long-haired pirate-banshee on wheels. With its highly realistic and distinguished detail, the Sirens of TI chopper is plated with both nickel and copper. Diverse forms of art go a long way but rarely is art seen as extreme as this. Metal artist Scott Cawood and Chopper builders Rick Hill and Big Dan, of Metropolitan Choppers have taken the art of bike creation to a whole new level.

 

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THE GODFATHER OF HYDRAULICS

THE GODFATHER OF HYDRAULICS

A common question asked by many in the lowriding community is: "What ever happened to Orlie?"  Well, we figured it be a good idea to shed some light on this big mystery.  We learned that Orlie Coca was indeed alive and living comfortably in Phoenix, Arizona where he currently owns and operates a hydraulics and vintage car parts shop. When seeking facts, there's nothing closer to the truth than a personal encounter so we decided to meet with Orlie face to face.  Upon meeting Orlie at his remarkable looking ORLIES HYDRAULICS & CHEVY ACCESSORIES shop we were quite impressed with all of its fine detail.  The shop consists of an excellent collection of flawlessly restored Chevy Bel Air classics, aswell as a wall full of memorable lowriding photos that reveal a classic timeline of Lowriding history from coast to coast.  We are pleased to present our sites  visitor’s with this never published report and exclusive interview with Orlie Coca himself.

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Lowrider Legacies - A Paramount Chronology

Lowrider Legacies - A Paramount Chronology

It’s a bit of a phenomena how some classic luxury cars have earned the distinction of being referred to as lowrider icons. Let's take for example, classic American luxury cars made by GM and Ford. While Ford made pleasant looking luxury coupes and sedans, it was GM that genuinely appealed to the lowrider culture as a whole. GM divisions such as Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Chevy and Pontiac succeeded in designing luxury cars that would eventually age to become popular lowriders.

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Leo Rivera nominated to the Memorial Leadership Lowriding Hall of Fame

Leo Rivera nominated to the Memorial Leadership Lowriding Hall of Fame

The Lowriding community of El Paso, Texas (El Chuco) is honored to nominate Leo Rivera posthumously to the Memorial Leadership Lowriding Hall of fame for his lifetime contributions to the lowrider causa. Leo Rivera was a natural born leader who led, organized, united, and set a high bar for lowriders in Paso, TX. Leo Rivera 2nd was born in El Paso, TX on March 5th, 1964, the year of the 1964 Impala. In 1982 during his sophomore year of high school he was a member of Brown Image Car Club. His first lowrider car was a 1977 Monte. Two years later, after graduating from Bel Air High, Brown Image car club merged into Presence Car Club. After graduation Leo left to Arizona and he studied mechanics.

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The DUB Show Tour - Anaheim, CA

The DUB Show Tour - Anaheim, CA

The DUB Show Tour presented an exotic selection of colorful tricked-out Euros, trucks and classics at the infamous Anaheim Stadium. This slick car show featured a diverse array of fine custom SUVs, fast and furious sports cars, muscle car classics, vintage bombs and candy colored lowriders. Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg's clean 1967 Pontiac Parisienne, titled Snoop's Lakers ride was exhibited at the event, as well as his pimped-out 1967 Fleetwood Cadillac 'Snoopdeville'. The Show featured a few wild and entertaining bike stunt shows with plenty of wheelies, stoppies, burnouts and coffin maneuvers. Jay Rock, The Game, B.O.B., IYAZ, Nipsey Hussle, Glasses, California, New Boyz, J. Cole, Nola Darling, U-N-I performed on stage, adding some thump to the atmosphere.

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