DRIFT­ING ON A ME­MORY

Doo­ley’s ’57 Chevy Bel Air

Low Rider - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA

The pass­ing of a loved one is a hard pill to swal­low. The mem­o­ries be­come greater, the pain never seems to end, and we’d do just about any­thing to have them by our side. So when one gen­tle­man needed a way to im­mor­tal­ize his loved ones he de­cided to com­mem­o­rate them by build­ing a lowrider to be sure that they’d al­ways be with him.

When it came time for Doo­ley to choose a plat­form, he chose one that his dad had al­ways loved—and once owned. It was a ’57 Bel Air, and even bet­ter was that he didn’t have to look too far to get one, as his cousin had one in good con­di­tion.

It’s a build that’s as strik­ing as it is heart­felt, and in the end Doo­ley com­bined his pas­sion for lowrid­ing with the mem­o­ries of his loved ones. From the de­tailed trunk mu­ral to the highly styl­ized en­gine, this isn’t just a lowrider but a time cap­sule that cap­tures one man’s ded­i­ca­tion to keep­ing the mem­o­ries of his loved ones in a for­mat that we can all ap­pre­ci­ate.

PG. 34

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