The lowriders that are saving lives
Top Gear meets LA ex-gang members seeking redemption through cars…
Posted: 16 Oct 2013
A short drive from Rick's shop is Central Driveshafts and Chrome. It's owned by the President of Majestics Car Club's Compton Chapter, ‘Big' Rich Gomez, whom we find surveying his 1975 Chevrolet Caprice project. The engine's a fretwork of mirror-coated parts, and every lump and ruffle of sheet metal with a visual concession to utility has been pulled smooth, then shot with metalflake paint.
Form doesn't follow function - it dramatises it. "This is all custom," says Rich, unnecessarily. "We're building cars on a whole different level. And if you want to put something together like this, you won't have time for gang life.
"Our connection with some police isn't quite there yet. They still don't see a separation, and when people see a lowrider getting pulled over by the police, it gives us a bad name.