Roll Mod­els Se­ries

IN­FLU­ENCERS AND A VOICE FOR MANY

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY

From the time we’re born our lives be­come a screen­play in which we’re the main star. Yet as we nav­i­gate through life it’s up to us to di­rect each scene as it un­folds. From what we wear to what we drive, they’re in­flu­enced by the de­ci­sions we make. We were for­tu­nate enough to meet a power cou­ple who do just that with cal­cu­lat­ing pre­ci­sion.

An ac­claimed film di­rec­tor/screen­writer, Niki Caro has won crit­i­cal praise and al­ready bagged a num­ber of awards at in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals. As the cre­ative ge­nius be­hind Os­car-nom­i­nated films North County and Whale Rider, she’s driven by her de­sire to push au­then­tic­ity in a thought-pro­vok­ing fash­ion.

Am­bi­tious and re­silient, Niki is carv­ing a path to be­com­ing one of the most in­flu­en­tial film­mak­ers in Tin­sel­town and it’s with good rea­son. She val­ues au­then­tic­ity, be­lieves in hard work, and along with her hus­band, they share a com­mon in­ter­est in lowrid­ing. She owns a ’63 Glasshouse, An­drew owns a ’63 Im­pala SS Rag, and to­gether they power through the streets of Los An­ge­les.

As for An­drew, he’s def­i­nitely no slouch. He’s an award-win­ning ar­chi­tect whose homes have landed on the pages of top pub­li­ca­tions. He treats all of his de­signs as if they were his very own projects. Am­bi­tious, re­silient, and driven, An­drew’s at­ten­tion to de­tail is what drives his be­spoke de­signs; and much like the homes he de­signs, his cars are no dif­fer­ent. They are built to the same ex­act­ing stan­dards and his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for pe­riod-cor­rect lowrid­ers is clearly ev­i­dent. From the 8-inch chain steer­ing wheels to the 45-spoke True­spoke wheels, his car is a nos­tal­gic throw­back to the golden era of lowrid­ing; the ad­di­tion of the rose mu­rals seals the deal.

Along with their two daugh­ters, lowrid­ing has be­come a fam­ily af­fair, but amidst the glitz and glam­our is a true story about how an in­cred­i­ble cou­ple de­feated the odds and cre­ated a fu­ture that we can all watch un­fold. As in­flu­encers who con­tinue to in­spire both men and women all across the globe, they’re a power cou­ple in­tent on chang­ing the world one film, one home, and one lowrider at a time.

In the next episode of Roll Mod­els, spon­sored by Quaker State and Shell Lubri­cants, they have plenty to say as they share their out­look on life and lowrid­ing.

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