There are many reasons why some Lowriders have a hard time getting the Lowrider of their dreams. For some aspiring Lowriders, financial woes, life changes, and scarce availability of certain makes/models make getting a dream car impossible. Just like his dad, Jr. De La Torre wanted a custom Lowrider, unfortunately there is one major obstacle in his way; he is over a decade from being at the legal driving age! Still, there are solutions for everything and in this case, the next best option for him was to get a pedal car. The pedal car was built to show status and it was on display at the 2012 Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show, when a spectator jumped on the display, dropping it from the turntable and damaging it.
A rebuild was scheduled to get this pedal car back to show status and the first thing that was in order was a trip to Fabian’s Body Shop, in Los Banos, CA. Once there, the pedal car was sprayed with a House of Kolors Candy Blue, while Rico’s Pinstriping, of Merced, CA., gave the car its stripes. Alberto Herrera, of Quality Art, in Visalia, CA., finished the paint with a Toy Story movie theme and a mural of Jr. and his sister on the hood. Henrys’ Customs, in Azusa, CA., gave the seat an old-school biscuit tuck, while Jr.’s dad, Shaggy, installed the Alpine DVD player and the Focal Audio speakers. Krazy Kutting of Yuma, AZ., fabricated the pedals, bars, steering wheel, and a few other parts before Jaime Castaneda, of La Puente, CA., finished it off with some engraving.
Jr. would like to thank his mom for letting his dad build his dream pedal car, Henry’s Customs, Julio Rivera, Julio Ortiz, Krazy Kutting, Jake Blanco, Alberto Herrera and his dad for showing him the world of Lowriding. Can’t wait to see what this youngster does once he is old enough to drive legally!