Okay. . .you're right, it's a lowrider-all right? Now I'll be the first to admit that CRM doesn't generally follow lowirding, as it's yet another subgenre of the hot rodding hobby, just as are pro-street Camaros and Mustangs. However, when we find one this superbly crafted, with the only thing actually in common with its brethren being the use of hydraulics instead of airbags, it's time to take a closer look. In fact, this look was taken by Marco Patino, who works for another magazine in Primedia's publishing empire, Lowrider.

Lowriders have always used materials and building styles in common with traditional customizing, painting in particular, with flakes, pearls, and candies being used almost exclusively. Interiors, too, are usually wild take-offs of the '60s Eddie Martinez-look as well, with tufted fabrics and cocktail bars being part of the mix. And whereas custom car guys have backed off a tad, even abandoning such things as '70s-style airbrushed murals, et all, the lowriding community has embraced such embellishments, pushing the envelope even further in their refinement and interpretation of the craft.

Police officer Albert Martinez has a car that actually bridges the divide, not only between custom cars and lowriders, but also between traditional and contemporary building styles. His hydraulic-equipped '66 Rivi has a changeable stance (as do customs equipped with airbags), a wild hot pink pearl paint job that could be called almost conservative by both camps, and a subdued slate gray velour interior that gives it a timeless look no matter the automotive preference of the viewer. Lowriding, then, is just as much a lifestyle as it is a build style, left to the builder's intent as to what it is, and is not. Of course, we know Albert's intent, as his car club affiliation is with Lifestyle Kustoms. So, call it whatever you will-we'll just call it COOL!

Modifications At A Glance
Albert Martinez
City Terrace, California
1966 Riviera

Customizing:
Nosed and decked; shaved handles; flared fenders; molded cowl and catwalk; 42" moonroof by Sunroof Performers, South Gate, CA; chrome by Universal Plating, Irwindale, CA; House of Kolor Hot Pink Pearl paint; paint and bodywork by Mario's Auto Body, Pomona, CA; pinstriping by Walt Prey, Chatsworth, CA.

Rodding:
'66 Buick 430-cid Nailhead V-8; original dual Carter carbs; Turbo 400 trans; engine rebuild by Vince Murray, City Terrace, CA.

Lowering:
2 Pro Hopper Old School pumps, 8" cylinders front, 10" cylinders rear; 4 switches for front, back, and side-to-side; hydraulic suspension by Pro Hopper, Van Nuys, CA, installed by Trevaleen at R&R Restorations, Santa Fe Springs, CA; 4 Interstate batteries in trunk; 18x8 Billet Specialties Talladega wheels front w/Dunlop SP Sport 8000 225/40R18 tires; 20x9 Billet Specialties Talladega wheels rear w/Dunlop SP Sport 8000 625/35R20 tires from Patrick & Son Wheels & Tires, East L.A

Trimming:
Slate gray velour stitched over stock seating and dash by Sew What Interiors, Bell Gardens, CA