Words and BLVD Cover Photo by Elliot Gilbert
For George Molina of Fullerton, Califonia, it was an easy decision to make.
"I wanted to dedicate my first lowrider ever to the Oakland Raiders and to all
of the fans of the 'Silver and Black Attack' everywhere." George who is a lifelong
fan of the Raiders, fell nothing short of his own personal commitment to excellance
when it came time to build this 1961 Chevrolet Impala. La Pirata is the name that
George chose, The Raider. Since owning this car, George has built and then
rebuilt this car at least twice and both times the car caught the "eye" of lowriding
George was lucky enough to find a good solid car to begin with and after nearly
fourteen months of restoring and building, the car got even better. Much of the work
was done by George and his brother Manny, also a lifelong lowriding fan and builder
of lowrider cars. But most of the work was done by Auto Re-Stylers in Paramount,
California and friends from Brown Pride CC.
Soon after we photographed George's car, it was shipped off to a new owner and home
in Japan. For those who were lucky enough to see the car on the show circuit for the
past few years, built and then rebuilt again. you know that this was one of the top
cars around for many years. For those that never saw "La Pirata" in person, we at
BLVD Magazine hope that these pictures will give you a good idea of what
it takes to build a show winner.
|'61 Chevrolet Impala convertible
|Brown Pride C.C.
|Two Marzocchi pumps, square dump(front), Delta dump(rear),
8-inch cylinders, eight batteries, four switches
BLVD Magazine Cover - Issue #2 Jan./Feb. 2003