I cant’ recall the first time I saw a ’64 Impala, but I do vividly remember seeing my first ’64 Impala lowrider. Today I still remember seeing the candy blue Impala sitting off Beverly and Rosemead Blvd., and asking myself the questions that most newcomers wonder, “How does it get so low? Can it drive like that?”
It’s been decades since those questions have been answered, and while the innocent curiosity is gone, the passion and admiration for them is still there. It’s pretty amazing how one man’s creation can affect someone else’s life and I wish I would have remembered the guy’s name who owned the Impala…because I’d to thank him. Since that day, I’ve come to learn more about lowriding, and the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know – or how short I am financially from building one.
That’s why when specimens like this come along I’m that much more appreciative of the time, money, dedication, and headaches spent getting it all together. Kamal Fernando owns this ’64 from Japan and it’s a definite looker. Though some may consider this car tame in comparison to complete show cars, it’s a build that’s best suited for those who truly want to enjoy their cars on the streets. While there’s nothing wrong with having trailer queens and showroom sitters, it’s cars like this that will influence another generation of lowriders. Cars like this are active on the streets and give our culture more face time with innocent bystanders. From there, the magnetism of the cars in our culture do the rest of the work influencing a new breed of people who will go on to respect and hopefully become active in the scene.
These photographs showcase the excellence found overseas. This issue in particular brandishes an epic array of cars, and the shortage of information still creates an intriguing mystery that serves as the backbone of our industry. Simply put…without mystery, there is no curiosity and without that, there is no interest.
Till next time, keep you batteries charged and your wife happy…just so she won’t bother you when you work it next.
Vehicle: 1964 Chevy Impala
Owner: Kamal Fernando
Engine: 2012 350 and B&M TH 700 with 500 gearbox upgrade
Suspension: Perfect Image F6.R12 with GMI.75 springs, four wheel disc brakes
Body and Paint: Perfect Image
Sound System: Alpine
Steering Column: ididit