Q&A with Erik Odom
We ask. He Speaks On It.
There’s a lot. Vic taught me most of what I know about lowriding, and I look up to South Side car club. Guys like Anthony and Oscar do their thing and I always remember Mondo with the rag ’59.
But I can go on. The old school legends on the list would be Charles Clayton (Individuals), Droopy, Vic, Jessie, Del Dog, and Gary May.
After South Central car club disbanded, I decided to try drag racing. I did it for 14 years and got serious enough to become a member of a semi-pro league where I raced a 2,300 HP, tube-frame, NOS injected, Camaro that ran the quarter in 8 seconds, at 180+ mph.
Not fast by today’s standards, but back then it was quick.
South Central car club never came back, so I decided to join my longtime friend Tweet from Professionals car club. I’ve been a member for six years now.
Lowriding is different now. It’s definitely safer than back in the day. Back in the ’90s, it wasn’t always fun and games, and I remember it being like Wild Wild West. I knew of people getting snatched out of their cars or shot for their wheels at least once a month.
I still remember the 30-minute shootout at El Dorado Park. It was a race issue between the Blacks and Mexicans.
Thankfully the scene is nothing like before. Now, everyone’s older, and just chill, but I still ride like it’s 1991.
My friend Vic always told me to drive on the inner lane so I could bust a U-turn just in case something happened. It was a normal thing back in the day.