When Frank De La Rosa was twelve years old, he would sneak out of his house through his bedroom window and meet up with his neighbors and cousins. The reason for his misbehavior, like all of us, he did what he did for the love of the game―cruising Central in Phoenix. At that time, South Central was a happening place. Traditions like parking at the lots, car talk, checking out the girls, and hopping at O’Kieff’s soon became only memories, but Frank lived and loved those memories, just as he did his hometown of Phoenix.
Growing up in South Phoenix, Frank was very familiar with the Lowrider culture. He managed to build a hand full of nice rides that helped hone his car building abilities. His first was a ‘65 Impala. After Frank became a father, he wanted to pass along his passion and love for Lowriding to his children Chris and Catrina. In 1999 he founded Phoenix car club with his family being the first members. The family carried on his torch and with new son-in-law Jesse, built new projects along the way. But when he traded a ‘53 Chevy for a ‘75 Caprice convertible, it was time to get serious. Complete with a frame off to make this topless beauty a full showpiece, Frank, Jesse, and Chris crafted and assembled the Caprice that could fly a Phoenix plaque proudly. And they did it in just one year!
The caprice build started with a solid Chevy 400 and a 350 Turbo built by Sav-on Transmission. When it was time to lay the Caprice, Leonard, of Davinchi Designs, did the Hydraulics install with eights up front and twelve’s in the rear. Street life made sure the suspension and frame could meet all the demands with molded and tubular A-arms. They also did the chrome plating for the rest of the car as well. Jose, of J & C Auto Body, laid on the Gold frost color theme and Chavo did the patterns and stripe job to accent the chrome base. Felix, of Bell Auto, stitched up the ultra leather and tweed combination and Stereo Joe added the custom fiberglass on the dash, and panels. Frank’s son Chris, who does the clubs audio systems, put his skills to work starting with a Pioneer head unit and Diamond Audio amps and speakers. And to complete the task, monitors were installed to provide the visuals needed to enhance the music.
Frank’s effort to complete his dream car was made possible with the help of his biggest supporters Olen Perznick and Family. The family business where Frank works assisted in many ways including use of their shop and resources. Now that is a great employee package to have! Frank also wanted to give special thanks to his sons Jesse and Chris, who put up with his frustrations, and an emotional rollercoaster that comes with every build out there; you know who you are! And of course his daughter Trina, for all her patience with her father, husband, and brother spending long days and nights in the garage. A family that clubs together, builds together, and stays together with a club plaque of their home town. That lends a whole new meaning to family night for some, but that’s just another day in the Lowrider life.