There are a variety of qualifications that make a car cover-worthy for Lowrider Magazine, however, there are two key aspects that all of our choices seem to have in common; hard work and patience. Both of these certainly helped Robert Flores' '65 Impala showcase the cover of this month's LRM.
Robert's story begins in 1971, when he was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico. At the young age of 16, he relocated to Los Angeles with his beloved mother. As a part of a working-class, single parent family, Robert had no choice but to start working as a teenager to help his mother pay the monthly bills. At that time he also started collecting Lowrider Magazines, and began to study not only the cars, but the car owners as well, as he was interested in what they did for a living and how they were able to have enough income to support their passion. He figured this would help him gain some insight on how to build quality lowriders on a budget. He was frustrated to find out that some cars were built with easy money, or by experienced shop owners, making the dream of gaining a Lowrider cover seemingly impossible for a regular enthusiast. Robert turned this frustration into motivation, realizing that he would just have to work hard and save his money the right way, in order to build himself an award-winning Lowrider.
Robert's first job was working as a fumigator, a job he held for a couple of years until one of his coworkers told him that if he wanted to achieve his dreams in life, he needed to find a better paying job. Robert stewed on the advice for a few days, before deciding that his coworker was right, and, in a risky move, Robert quit his job. The decision defenetly paid off, and he later found work as a plumber. After moving up in the plumbing company and having a few years of experience under his belt, he started working with his former employee and finally had the opportunity to build his dream car.
Robert found a'65 Impala for sale from one of his friends back in 1991. His friend had decided to sell the car, since it did not have an engine, and the gas prices at the time were skyrocketing to $1.25 per gallon. After borrowing fifty dollars from his middle brother, he purchased the '65 Impala for only $250 dollars! The car was then towed to his mom's house, where it sat for 2 years, until Robert was able to purchase an engine for the car. During the engine installation, the heavy 350 engine fell on his foot; luckily the accident did not do too much damage, and Robert was left to ponder his next step. Instead of proceeding, the Impala sat again for a few more years, since the Mini-Truck bug had bitten Robert, and he started working on his '85 Nissan. On 10-inch, deep dish rims, Robert began cruising with his friends in Inglewood, where he received enough traffic tickets to land him in jail. While doing time for what he loved to do, he had plenty of time to think about what to do with his '65 Impala, which was just taking up space in his mom's driveway. After getting out of jail and heading home, he was surprised to find out that his mom had put a for sale sign on the car. Apparently he had gotten out of jail in the nick of time to save his car before it was sold! He began to focus more on his personal life, and while he had saved his beloved '65 from being sold, it again would have to take a backseat in his priorities.