As for his take on lowrider guys building customs, Conrad had this to say: “Well, honestly I’ve always been a firm believer that lowriders pretty much stemmed from customs if you ever really look back at the rides, like the Mercury I have now is a straight crossover car. Who in the world was building ’49 chopped Mercs as lowriders back in the days? Look at ‘Tower of Power,’ which was a straight custom but it was presented as a lowrider. The further you go back the more you see it, like the stuff you see on the Internet, pictures from ’60s car shows and you look at them, they’re customs but they look like lowriders too or vice-versa. But back then, they were just called customs. I’ve heard that back in the day they were called ‘shorts’ and ‘tail draggers’. The lowrider name became popular when the magazine fist came out. If you look at the customs being done in the late ’50s there was a lot of Chicanos building customs back then, just look at the Ayala brothers out of East L.A., some of them dudes were building some of the baddest customs. I was inspired by a lot of them.”
Tovar Brothers, Hawaiian Gardens, California
The world of lowriders has its various people, characters, legends, and dynasties. One such group of luminaries is comprised of Eddie, Donald, Michael, and Paul Tovar. You might say the Tovar family is sort of a mini dynasty, not so much in monetary value but in the values they’ve earned and learned from their parents and their peers. Their wealth of information transcends family ties as does their well-natured enthusiasm for the love of the automobile, especially the custom kind. This group of gentleman are as jazzed about customs today as they were when they were just little guys working on their bicycles at home.