It’s up to all of us to keep this lowriding lifestyle going. For most, our culture and traditions continue to be passed down from generation to generation. This is exactly what Martin Parra of Pachucos Car Club did when he decided to give his godson a brand-new lowrider bike. Little did Gabriel Ureno know the influence his godfather’s gesture would have on him.
With lessons learned from his grandmother, such as making sacrifices and how to save his money, and with help from his family, Gabriel was off to complete his full custom bike, “Mi Esperanza.” Gabriel and longtime friend, Joey Escobar, completed the metalwork and sprayed the bike’s signature Sunburst Orange House of Kolor candy paintjob.
Then it was off to Felix Dezigns where Zack Felix and Luis “Swigs” Gutierrez would come together to lay down a dazzling combination of tape shades, gold leafing, and pinstriping accents with Cosme Lojero creating the custom airbrushed mural found on the seat. Wicho of Las Vegas, Nevada, would sew and stich an array of old-school diamond tuck patterns into various shades of oranges serving as a steering wheel, seat, and custom continental kit cover.
With another custom lowrider bike already in the works, Gabriel thanks his godfather, whose gesture would transform his childhood and eventually lead him to join Tiempo Bike Club of Las Vegas…down a path filled with car shows, awards, and lowriding recognition.
Bike: 1999 16-inch lowrider bike frame
Bike Nickname: Mi Esperanza
Owner: Gabriel “G-Man” Ureno
Car Club: Tiempo Bike Club
City: Las Vegas, NV
Upholstery: Wicho of Las Vegas, NV, sewed the various shades of oranges into diamond tuck patterns
Body/Paint: Joey Escobar sprayed multiple patterns of candy orange paint with Luis “Swigs” Gutierrez and Zack Felix coming together to lay down the various pinstriping color combinations
Wheels/Tires: all chrome wire spoke wheels with custom gold leafed whitewalls