At Black 2, we announced the 2011 Liberty Hall of Fame members who helped pave the way for what we are today. This one was a no brainer. Philly was chosen to accept one of the awards.
Rob created the name “Liberty VIP” in 2008. It wasn’t a car club at the time. He was not allowed in another crew in the area catering to the style for various questionable and unknown reasons. Philly protested by creating a Liberty VIP plate and placing it on his dash. A year later, various disgruntled members of the other club (which included me) began questioning moves and decisions in their own crew and contemplated leaving. Philly not being allowed in was one of the big issues we had. If the goal was to create a scene, enthusiastic members with nice cars should not be left out. We thought about what name we would use for the new club that we were in the verge of creating. Finally, we decided that since (at the time) all the members were from NY, we would keep the name Rob made and make Liberty vip an actual car crew. Overnight, Liberty went from one member to 7. Whats funny was that he wasn’t really in the loop since I didn’t know him personally. I texted him saying, we got a forum up with a bunch of members and we wanted to keep the name he made up and build it. From there the numbers kept multiplying as we expanded all across north America and other parts of the world. Liberty was what we were all after. 3 years later, we are still the laid back drama free club that we officially formed in 09. A good reason for that is the helpful friendly attitudes of members like our founder, Rob.
Even if the car was stock, he would be an automatic lock for Hall of Fame honors due to the history of the crew but his GS is far from that. He was the first official wheel whore in the north-east vip scene and all his wheels were brand new, not old and beat up. He had Work Eurolines, Leon Hardiritt Beils, Kartier Forged and now finally Sieken Cup NKB’s. This was all in a span of about 16 months and many envied him for that. He took it further when he had the body pulled out to extreme proportions. The car was shutting down every lot, show, meet it touched because of how aggressive but clean it was. The car is like a UFO to most.
While he may never win any trophies for best vip or best lexus, the car no doubt gets the most looks. This is especially true on the highway as he rides lower than most park on air. If you met the guy, he is always willing to help with an install or give pointers from his personal experiences. We wouldn’t be the crew that we are without him. While the award was given as a surprise at Black 2, it was nothing shocking to anyone who knows him.