The lowriders that are saving lives
Top Gear meets LA ex-gang members seeking redemption through cars…
Posted: 16 Oct 2013
"But lowriding saves people. It saved a lot of people I know. A friend of the Majestics was in a gang, and he went to jail for seven years. Attempted murder, gun charges. When he got out, we talked him into coming to shows and got him to help put cars together. It took him a long time to adapt, but we supported him with advice, and kept him working on the projects. Now he's on his feet, he's got a job, and he helps us out on projects. It happens a lot. We lead people the right way with these cars.
"It's frustrating when people assume we're into that. Yeah, we all have our past, but we know that gang life only leads to two places - death or jail. That's why we don't allow anyone, however nice their car's turned out, to be part of the club if they have a gang affiliation. Once you're with us, you're our brother. And you're part of one big family. There are guys that would have shot each other back in the day, but nowadays they help each other build cars. All through lowriding."