THE POWER OF PER­SIS­TENCE

THE GAME PLAN TO GET THIS '62 CHEVY IM­PALA

Low Rider - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY & PHOTOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

Toney Martinez's ’62 Chevy Im­pala

Suc­cess has no magic for­mula. It re­quires vi­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion cou­pled with a per­sis­tence that can­not be de­feated. So when Toney “SD Tone” Martinez spot­ted his neigh­bor’s ’62 Im­pala he knew he had to have it, so he set up a game plan.

The plan was sim­ple. The only way he saw him­self get­ting the car was to ask if it was for sale. So, one day he asked his neigh­bor if it was up for grabs and the owner’s re­ply was sim­ply: “No.” But that wasn’t enough to de­ter him from ask­ing his neigh­bor again and again. With a per­sis­tence that could eas­ily be de­fined as ha­rass­ment, he asked his neigh­bor al­most ev­ery day if it was for sale —a process that lasted well over 15 years.

But much like suc­cess it­self, all you have to do is win once to suc­ceed. When that day fi­nally came he jumped the gun and cre­ated this time­less clas­sic that was well worth the wait.

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