At the age of three, Alex Quinonez II rode into his first lowrider show. At that time, he was in a custom electric Chevy Corvette that was painted and fabricated to resemble his father’s Chevy Camaro show car. At 10 years old, Alex’s father decided to surprise his son with a lowrider bicycle for Christmas. True to the Quinonez name, Alex decided to turn his new bicycle into a show winner.
The first step was to scout the competition. The custom bike scene was rapidly increasing, but Alex noticed that the tricycle competition seemed to be much harder. Money is never easy to earn for most young people, but for a 10-year-old in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, it proved to be even more difficult. Alex started mowing lawns, first starting with his grandparents and then moving onto the whole neighborhood, with every bit of profit going straight into his new project.
Alex began searching for ways to make his bicycle into a show winner. He purchased a tricycle rear end, and, working in their garage, father and son turned the once-custom bicycle into a radical tricycle. Always being a fan of scary movies and evil-looking things, Alex decided to integrate that into the tricycle.
Being a part of Bottom Out Miniz, Alex and his son enlisted the help of fellow club members to give his trike the essential winning ingredients. Now 16, Alex attends Western High School in South Florida and has become a star on the soccer field. With soccer practices taking place almost every day and games every weekend, Alex still finds valuable time to focus on school work, his family, and his hobby.
Alex’s custom expertise has led him to much higher goals. “I want to be an architect when I get out of school,” he says. With a focused mind that enabled him to build a tricycle as radical as “Maloso’s Revenge,” there’s no stopping Alex from achieving his future goals.