When the baby blue Air Jordan Columbia 11s dropped back in ’96, it was game over. Since then I’ve been obsessed with the color and if you’re a fellow sneaker head then you already know that its launch was epic. Till today, it remains a colorway that’s been associated by street wear cats as a piece of the Jordan brand history, so after laying eyes on this ’61 Impala you already know I was all in.
With the top down you get to lay eyes on the cavernous interior while gazing at the factory fart catchers (aka the seats), which have been reupholstered in matching color tones. At night the Dakota Digital gauges light up to relay all essential information while doubling as accent lighting, which look as if it were made specifically for the car. Just to see this Impala laid down against a desolate background makes the perfect setting for a lowrider that should be appreciated for its true beauty and sophisticated lines.
After walking back a short distance I took a look back and the Impala was sitting picture perfect. With the front end lifted, and the rear skits just a few ass hairs off the ground, it was love at first sight. And just as the ghost patterns seemed to disappear as I walked even further, it was as if I went back in time as I could hear the infamous lyrics of Pusha T resonating in my head when he said, “Top down, chrome spinnin’, you see boss grinnin’ I’m lovin’ these damn women.”
Moments like this remind me of what lowriding is really about. Set aside the competition, the candy and chrome, and what we have here are cars and a lifestyle that evoke emotion, while never losing touch with its deep-seated L.A. roots…and that, folks, is why we’ve lasted so long.
Simply put, deep roots are not touched by the frost.
Vehicle: 1961 Chevy Impala
Vehicle Name: Smoky ’61
Club: Homies C.C.
Batteries: Optima Blue Top
Body & Paint: DuPont blue with ghost pattern
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Hydraulics: Jeyz installed four pumps, eight batteries, and four switches
Accessories: Summit Racing
Wheels/Tires: 100-spoke / Cornell 155/80R13