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“When it comes to body work, no one lays hands on my car but Western Auto Crafters,” ex­plains Ayala. “When it comes to in­stalls, no one touches my car but 5150 Rac­ing and my dad, Car­los Ayala.”

Now the owner of Elite Throt­tle, working closely with in­stalls and mod­i­fi­ca­tions on a day-to-day ba­sis, Ayala re­calls first get­ting his hands dirty, along­side his fa­ther. It was a 2007 Honda Civic Si, cus­tom-painted AMG gal­axy sil­ver by – you guessed it – Western Auto Crafters.

“The mo­tor was built by my fa­ther and my­self,” Ayala re­calls. “The car was equipped with a K24A2 bot­tom and a K20Z3 head that was port and pol­ished with Buddy Club val­ve­train.”

It was around this time when Ayala would be hit with the di­ag­noses of a life­time: stage four Burkitt's lym­phoma can­cer. Yet, in the true spirit of a cham­pion, Ayala not only came out vic­to­ri­ous in the long run, but later de­cided to chan­nel his en­ergy into a new per­sonal pro­ject.

“I built this car to my lik­ing and to what I en­vi­sioned it to be,” Ayala proudly states. “My big­gest ob­sta­cle was beat­ing stage 4 can­cer, so af­ter beat­ing that, I learned to never give up.”

Of course, there are those who Ayala says he couldn’t have done it with­out, and wants to give a spe­cial thanks to: Team El­e­vate, Andrew Juarez, Brian Canales, Marko Dimin­ski, Western Auto Crafter, Luigi Ar­royo, Nick Ho­gan, Jimmy Gomez and Team Nvus World­wide, as well as Mauri­cio and Os­car Roque.

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