Hailing from the San Diego area, Ivy Westmoreland has always dreamed of cruising a classic car down the city’d alm tree-lined streets. That dream spawned from the many beautiful summer days she spent as a child in Southern California, watching the culture, now known as Lowriding, emerge within the urban streets of her hometown. Even though she diligently focused her time on obtaining a college education, raising two children, and working to manage the responsibilities that come along with being a great wife and mother, Ivy never lost sight of her automotive dream. As the saying goes, ‘it’s all about timing and finally, that time came for Ivy just five years ago.
After her two children were all grown up and living their own independent lives, Ivy finally decided to retire. Aware that such a hardworking life deserved the proper recognition, Stan, her loving husband of 31 years, asked her what she wanted. Ivy was quick to reply; she told her husband that she wanted “an oldie car.” With his support, she began her hunt for the right classic ride, eventually settling on a Chevy Bomb in the city of San Juan Capistrano, California. Fortunately, the ’50 Deluxe already had a nice paintjob, clean interior, and an airbag suspension to allow it to drop low and sit on the pavement. On the negative side of things, the car did need some work, and Ivy knew she would need to find a trustworthy mechanic to bring the ride to a safe level for her desired casual cruising trips.
Over the course of the next three years, the father and son duo known as the “Louies” over at Car Connection in Logan Heights, California, worked hard to get everything mechanically up to par. When the ride was ready for its debut, Ivy’s good friend, Xavier “The Xman” from San Dieago’s 92.5 FM radio station, told her to bring her “Purple People Eater” over to the Old Town district for a big Cinco De Mayo car show event. Ivy had voiced her concerns that the Lowriding community might not welcome her, but as she soon found out, they welcomed her with nothing but open arms. She met individuals from other car clubs and solo riders – from the youngsters to the OGs, as well as men and women – and they all gave her props for her beautiful ride.
Ivy realized that Lowriding was in her veins, and she soon became a major advocate to educate people of all backgrounds on the Lowriding lifestyle, proving by example that anybody – regardless of age, sex or race – could cruise their custom creation low and slow, and ride with the love and support of this welcoming community.
Every time that Ivy drives her Deluxe around Southern California, she is constantly getting waved and honked at by people who are driving next to her and her family. Ivywould like to thank Pipas of the Bomb Club for everything he did to help make this stock ’48 Fleet Master a true gangster classic. She would also like to thank Adrian Nieto of Big House Clothing, and would like to extend an extra special thanks to Big Al for presenting them to the car club functions and shows.
The Purple People Eater
Owner: Ivy Westmoreland
Vehicle: 1950 Chevy Deluxe
City/State: Lemon Grove, CA
Engine/Drive train: Straight 6 Cylinder
Body/Paint: Ivy explains that the color of her car is candy purple, but a beautiful mural depicting Ivy at age 21 was airbrushed by her personal friend, Mike Sepe.
Interior: A spotless grey velour makes up the plush interior.
Sound System: Keeping things simple, but allowing Ivy to play her entire music coolection at her fingertips, an iPod controller was installed to the basic sound system.
Suspension Set Up: One air tank pressurizes to allow lift, raising or lowering the vehicle at the tap of one of two dash-mounted switches.
Tires: Coker Tire whitewalls
Wheels: Stock chrome Chevy hubcaps