When you’re out on the road, you like to look good and feel good, but can you get that from just buying a car off the lot? The best way to get the car you want is to build it from scratch. It becomes more than just a way of getting from point A to point B; it becomes a lifestyle.
I’m sure we all know the feeling of driving down the road with the windows down and your music turned all the way up. Most people see this as just a way to pass the time when you’re driving home from work or school. But, to people like Saul Medina, it is much more than that. It is a way to relax and escape from the daily stresses of life.
“I love my car because it’s mine,” Medina said. “I get to take it out whenever I want and without it, I wouldn’t be able to deal with my stress honestly.”
It’s more than just fixing up the engine or putting new rims on the car, it’s about the little things that make the car yours. It’s not always about the nices
t car but rather making the car special
“My favorite part of the car is the paint I job I have on it,” said Val Rodriguez. “I chose this color because it was my late mom’s favorite color and I built this up when I was dealing with her loss.”
It’s so easy to think that a car is just a means of transportation, but when you begin to spend time with the car, you start to feel a special connection with it. Normally, people just turn the ignition on and drive without thinking of the work that was put into the vehicle. But, building the car up piece-by-piece gives you the perspective of what goes into the car and helps you better appreciate it.
Whether it be the Route 66 car show that just took place in downtown San Bernardino, or a random car meet in a parking lot of a grocery store, people can talk about the experience of putting in the hours and time to perfect their rides.
Raymond Ponce is a San Bernardino resident who is currently working on his 1987 El Camino.
“I’ve put more hours and money into this car than I probably should have, but it’s my baby and I’d do anything just to see her running again,” said Ponce.
Next time that your start up your car, think about what it means to you. Is it just your way of getting around or are your proud of what it represents? Cars are more than just an engine, four tires, and a radio. It is a part of the driver and who they are.This car shows off its big rims interesting way to build up your car.
This Lowrider car shows off its hydraulics.