In the 70s, it was love, not war that motivated us. Though a song by War motivated us to love our Lowriders, and “Groupie Luv” is no exception. One of the longest running relationships in this motorsport revolves around the sleek and stylish look of the Glasshouse. Walter Minera, of Phoenix Arizona, or Walt as his friends know him, figured this out real soon while building his 1975 Impala. In fact, the hip-hop group 213 influenced the name of the car “Groupie Luv” while Walt and his Compardre David Gonzales were working on some airbrushed girls being applied on the Impala project. Walt is a proud member of the Groupe car club, Phoenix, Arizona Chapter. He built this Impala from the ground up ― though it was extremely rough when first purchased for a humble $500.00 in his old neighborhood ― he saw a potential that only a loving parent could see.
The Impala first experienced the start of its transformation by taking it to Leonard, aka Davinci, at Hoppers Hydraulics. Cutting the car out and reinforcing it was just the beginning. Steve, of Guadalupe, Arizona, was in charge of refinishing this land shark in removing the rust and straightening out the body by fisher so the Impala body lines would provide the car more definition. Walt showed he was talented beyond his years by choosing wisely one of Arizona’s most influential Lowrider builders, OG Mando. OG Mando laid the Glasshouse patterns on like he never left the 70s and all the trim, bumpers, and moldings were either replaced, removed, or redone to meet Walts expectations. Walt also used Chavo to lay on the custom murals, silver leafing and stripping sprayed over the unique Lavender base. Compadre David made sure the Glasshouse was safe and sound by reworking the suspension, and installing a disk brake system. Walt finished it off with a new motor and transmission. The Impala was then sent back to Davinci’s and Hoppers Hydraulics to install an upscale hydraulic system and suspension components. Walt then wanted to enhance the big interior space for the Impala, so he chose longtime valley favorite, Bobby, of Tinkers Upholstery, in Mesa, Arizona. The interior was stitched with an original design but stood out with custom colors to enhance “Groupie Luv”.
At the age of 12 years old, Walt built his first model car. This inspired him to move forward in building a variety of Lowrider model cars, which eventually paid off in seeing his creations on the pages of Lowrider Bicycle Magazine. That was his first step as a youngster, which proves that you can do whatever you set your mind to. This also set the tone for his car building ethics, he built an award winning ‘75 Impala and proudly flies an award winning car club plaque for Groupe. But his pinnacle goal is to someday build his dream car ― a 1959 Impala Convertible. He is a great example of forward progression in one’s life. With the love and support from his beautiful family, his wife Italia, children Omar and Adalia, and his Mother Gloria, he has shown he can go well beyond his boundaries.
Owner: Walter Minera
Vehicle: 1975 Chevy Impala
Club: Groupe – Phoenix Chapter
City/State: Phoenix, Arizona