George Lutes of San Diego, California, is a longtime member of the Majestics San Diego. His brother Ralph and a few other guys were the original members of the chapter when it started up in 1988. “A couple of months after it started I joined with a Nissan Sentra, back when Euros [imports] were in.” In 2000, George started his own business and it started to consume all his time. In order for his business to grow, he would have to dedicate more time to it. “I needed to dedicate myself to one thing and I felt I had to step out of the club to take care of my business. I put all my time and money into it and now its finally paying off.”

In 2012, George’s brother had rejoined and he had started coming back around the club. During his time away from the club, he never sold his 1966 and 1962 Impala because he had the intention of one day fixing them up. In June, Mike Davey had mentioned he wanted to sell his 1961 Impala. George saw that purchasing the ’61 was going to be his quickest way back into the club and decided to get it. “I want to redo the car, but after I finish the other cars that I have in the works.

Tech Specs

Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1961 Chevrolet Impala

Vehicle Nickname: Corona Cream

Owner: George Lutes

City/State: San Diego, CA

Club: Majestics San Diego

Engine: 350 GM crate motor with 700-R4 transmission installed by Miguel Aguirre of San Diego, CA, with stainless Flowmaster exhaust, Hedman full-length headers, Edelbrock 650 carb, Billet Specialties 3-inch belt setup, MSD ignition, NGK sparkplug wires and Optima battery

Body/Paint: Davey Auto Body in San Diego, painted the whole car in corona cream before adding multiple gold, peach, and yellow flake patterns and tape shades to the roof, dash, trunk, and continental kit

Suspension: Big Kidz Hydraulics in San Diego installed the two-pump, six-battery setup

Interior: Jojo’s Upholstery in San Diego installed the Cars1 interior kit. Custom yellow Dakota Digital gauges.

Sound: Miguel Aguirre installed the all Alpine sound system

Wheels/Tires: 13×7-inch Zenith / 185/55/R13 Firestones