We all know someone who treats their car like a prized possession. For one Los Lunas man, he has a basement full of trophies to prove it and is hoping to add even more accolades to his resume.
From the chrome engine to the custom paint and parts, Los Lunas resident Arturo Romero’s lowrider truck is turning heads.
He calls the truck “Le Queloune,” which is French for “The Clown,” but says you can also call it “Lowbot.”
“They look at the truck and they smile and give you the thumbs up,” said Romero.
However, it’s not just the custom paint job on the hood, the vibrant colors, and the gold rims that are catching eyes, Lowbot opens up like a book.
“A lot of these trucks just have paint jobs and hydraulics front up and side to side. Mine is able to open the bed, tilt the bed back, and tilt the front end forward with hydraulics,” said Romero.
Romero credits that unique “wow” factor for its success, and over the past five years it’s won 68 awards.
This season, Romero hopes to almost double that. His goal is to reach 100 awards by the end of the season
“It’s not only just for the awards but a little bit of bragging rights,” said Romero.
Once football season ends, Romero says that’s when car show season begins.
He also says competition is growing fierce, especially on a regional level. According to Romero there could be as many as 700 cars at one show, which means Lowbot must stand out.
He and his wife work around the clock on their pride and joy every week leading up to a competition.
“It’s pretty hard to compete out there with the big dogs. But we’re out there,” said Romero.
From detailing the rims to preparing the hydraulics, Romero says it’s all in hopes of adding more trophies to his collection.
“I think it’s kind of my way of life for me and my wife. We look forward to it,” said Romero.
Romero’s next competition will be in Albuquerque at the Lowrider Magazine car show.