“The custom and the lowrider kind of originated from the same thing, but I guess a custom came first. To me, the real true customs came out in the late ’50s during the Barris era. The Barris brothers were some of the pioneers when it came to custom cars and trucks. To me, Sam Barris was the hands-on guy and George was more of the public relations brother. Don’t get me wrong, both of them are legends, big-time legends, and we really look up to both of them, but Sam was my hero, an innovator.” Eddie adds, “For me the lowrider guys always leaned more toward a Chevy and we never had brand-new cars, we always had a couple of years-old cars to work with and nobody was really rich in those days so they would shave cars, change up the paintjobs, and lower them whatever way they could by heating the springs or adding cement or sand bags to the trunk. Most guys heated their springs to bring them down and maybe slap on a set of Appleton lamps, french the taillights, that’s where it kind of started. I had an uncle who had kind of a bigger budget; he had a ’54 hardtop and had the car channeled, which was a big thing back in those days. That was an expensive deal and then right after he got it channeled he got drafted into the service. So before he left he had asked my grandmother if she could sell the car for him. Well she and my dad had a rough time selling it because it was so modified and couldn’t go in and out of driveways and most people didn’t know how to drive something so custom. So I think that’s where our custom and lowriders came from: our fathers and our uncles. Our dad kinda had a high-dollar custom too. It was a ’46 Chevy Fleetline and he changed it up using the front end from a ’48 Fleetline, lowered it, and had it painted jet black. It had teardrop skirts on it and a set of Appleton spotlights and flipper hubcaps. He had a really, really nice car for its time. He got married to my mom and had that car and that’s how we got started.” So was it a lowrider? “The term lowrider wasn’t around yet, it was just a custom back in the day. This was around 1952-53, somewhere around there I think.” Eddie says, “To me a lowrider didn’t come around until like the late ’60s, before that it was just customs, Chicano-style, I would say. Like I said our family has been deep into the custom stuff as well as the lowrider ways. Before we were born our uncles and our dad were already messing around with cars and as a kid growing up in that environment you don’t know any better. Cars all parked in the driveway, shining, with tons of chrome on them, it was just automatic as a kid to say, ‘I want one of those!’ As kids we started out with our bicycles and evolved to the way my brother and I build our cars. Look, we have our own style and even when you pull up to a Harley-Davidson event you know which ones belong to lowriders. We have our own style and it flows into everything we touch; we got our own look, flavor, and ideas; it’s hard to explain.”