Juan Venegas' '87 Chevy Monte Carlo
The competitive nature of custom cars brings out the beast in us. It’s what drives us; it’s what feeds our soul. But that friendly competitive spirit isn’t so friendly when it comes time to pay the piper. You see, building a lowrider isn’t a task, it’s more than a hobby, and it’s definitely not a game. To successfully build a lowrider means giving up part of one’s self and sacrificing time away from family. In short, lowriding isn’t for everybody and it has to be in your blood. It requires patience, fortitude, and plenty of hard work to gain the capital necessary to create these masterpieces. But don’t believe me, just ask Juan Venegas, and he’ll tell you all about it.
When asked about what motivated him to build his car he replied, “I wanted to kill the competition”—a strong sentiment that’s appropriate when one considers his lowrider is named “Bloody Money.”
In order to do that Juan had to contract some of the industry’s top car builders, and together they put together a plan of attack. But prior to getting to that point, Juan would have to put in plenty of work. In fact, he began his journey with a lowrider bike—a bike he later traded for an
'82 Regal. From there he bought, repaired, and sold numerous other vehicles until he came across an '87 Monte Carlo.
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