Lunatics started in summer of 2002 with only two people, Julio & Willy. Willy & Berto (former club member) owned a car wash in Yonkers, New York. One day Julio who was from Riverdale in the Bronx & owned a C-Town Supermarket in Yonkers showed up to get one of his cars detailed and saw Willy’s 1984 Cadillac lowrider with hydraulics.
Amazed by what he saw, Julio decided on the spot that he wanted a lowrider too, so the next day Julio purchased a 1960 Ford Thunderbird, took it to Kens Kustoms in New Jersey & got a 2 pump 6 battery set up installed. From there Willy & Julio started cruising in Yonkers & bordering Bronx & Manhattan. They soon started meeting more people that had Hydraulics. They then wanted to start a club… they juggled names around until they came up with Lunatics…. the name fit since they where not timid with the switches & they went crazy in the streets.
Lunatics is a cruising club, meaning we cruise the streets. What better place to cruise than the cross roads of the world, Times Square. Lunatics have been cruising Times Square since day 1, every summer & just about every weekend… we are the 1st car club to do it religiously. Now a days you see all types of different car clubs from imports to exotics doing the same thing on social media but we’ve been at it since before the words “social media” even meant anything. 42nd street is our second home. Other clubs are know for going to car shows but we prefer to drive our cars & hit the switches too. We go to shows too but that is not our forté. We prefer being in the streets & mingling with all the tourist answering questions… And what is the number one question we get…… drum roll……. “Are you guys from Cali?” the answer is “NO we are not from California, we are from NY”. Lunatics has members from Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan & Brooklyn. Although there have been other lowrider clubs in NY before us we are probably one of the 1st fully traditional lowrider club in NY, meaning we didn’t evolve from the imports with modified suspension to American classics, we’ve started out as a traditional American Classic Lowrider Club from the beginning.
Lunatics was the 1st lowrider club to ever ship a lowrider from the United States to Europe just to go cruising! We cruised the streets of Belgium, France & Holland with the help of our brothers in Exclusive Lowrider Club Belgium. We rode along with Exclusive Lowrider Club, Majestics Paris & Majestics Amsterdam who showed us love & helped us navigate on foreign turf.
Our rides have been featured in TV shows, news papers, magazines, numerous music videos and yes event Hollywood movies. This is probably the 1st music video featuring a Lunatics Lowrider.
Our latest magazine feature is in German Magzine “Auto Motor und Sport” Sept 2016
A few more interesting facts about the Lunatics… We have 2 members who are war veterans Carlos V. Desert Storm 1st Armored Division & Martin H. Operation Iraqi Freedom, D.E.S.T., Martin is also a volunteer Fire Fighter in Yonkers NY. We have an IVY League graduate of Wharton Business School Eric O. Craig O. was a break dancer featured in the 1984 classic movie Beat Street.
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