The culture of Lowriding has lost yet another innovator and legendary figure. This past July, electronics master Terry Anderson passed away after battling pancreatic and liver cancer. Terry's love for all things Lowrider created a legacy for him that will continue to live on.
From a young age, Terry had a fascination with power assisted accessories in automobiles. This carried on into his high school years, a time when Terry first discovered Lowriding. The young builder lifted his project car, a 1950 Mercury Comet, before also adding on power windows, door poppers, and a trunk popper. After finishing his very first custom, Terry had quickly established himself as a full-fledged Lowrider.
In 1977, Terry purchased and rebuilt a 1960 Pontiac that he named "Lo 'N Slo." Terry had installed so many animated accessories on the car that it became known under a different nickname by the locals in the scene; "The Robot Car." Terry not only added power windows and lifted the Pontiac, he also added a record player to it that would unfold and retract from the glove box. He also figured out a way to open and close the trunk from inside the car. I would like to add that Terry was activating these features via remote control, which was virtually unheard of at the time.
After graduating from high school, Terry had a fiberglass business, and would gain extra money by adding power windows to his friends' cars after he came home from work or on the weekends. Soon, he had taken on so many requests for his automotive electrical work, that he decide to concentrate on it full time. Over the next few years, Terry had fabricated and perfected self-made kits to remotely control power windows, sunroofs, glove boxes, and hydraulics. If you wanted to control something via remote control, Terry was definitely the "go to" guy.
During his peak years, Terry worked on many of the culture's top Lowriders and quite a few of his customers' cars have been featured in Lowrider Magazine, Custom Rodder, and Rod & Custom Magazine, just to name a few. It became clear that this accessory wizard had his installation and fabrication down to a science.
Last year, I had the chance to speak with him about his experiences, and I asked him to sum up his career in Lowriding. This is what he had to say:
"I wouldn't trade my life for any life. I would do it again and again, for as long as I could. Lowriding has come a long way since I started in the '60's. This passion has enhanced my life, and because of my love for Lowriding, I was fortunate enough to turn something that I loved doing into something that I could make a living at. That makes me a very lucky man."
While he considered himself lucky, I believe that the Lowrider culture was even luckier to have had an artist and craftsman as passionate as Terry Anderson on the front lines. Ride in peace Terry. Make sure you let Saint Peter know that you can add a remote control to the "Pearly Gates" if he'd like.