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If there was an official title for
"Godfather of Lowriding," Sal Sierra
II would own it for the Central Valley. You won't find someone in between Fresno and Bakersfield that has shown or competed as much or as long as this Por-terville resident. With approximately four decades in the Lowrider scene, and with three generations of family members currently Lowriding, it's easy to see the lifelong commitment that Sal Sierra II has made to the culture.
Having been into Lowriders all his life, Sal's career in Lowriding began in the 60's, with his older brothers who were into the culture the same way that he was, as they all worked on his first car, a '56 Ford Victoria. "I had an older brother that was into cars and I took after him and got into cars as well," reminisces Sal Sierra II. " We used to drive our cars everywhere!." This was more common back then compared to today's garage queens. Sal used to drive his '36 and '39 to all the shows because he felt like he was supposed to. "Back then, everyone used to drive their cars to the shows. It was so strong that my kids and grandkids grew up in it [the Lowrider scene], and love it also," explains Sal. This is all a part of the Sierra family cycle. "I've been going to car shows with my own father since I was a really small child," explains the younger Sal Sierra III.
In 1983, Sal purchased both his '36 and 39, and it wasn't long before he got his '36 Ford truck painted and started going to local shows. The LG Show in Fresno and the Carnales Unidos show in Bakersfield were just a few of the shows that Sal attended. It was during that time that he would start to hang out with the Central Valley chapter of Dukes Car Club. "We were following the Dukes Central Valley chapter with George Chavez, George Duran, Woody, and my father," says Sal Sierra III. After eight to nine years with the Dukes, the club had died down to only Sal Sierra II. Not wanting to go to a different chapter of Dukes, Sal decided to ride solo, and the Central Valley chapter of Dukes ceased to exist. That same year, they attended an LG car show in Tulare, CA.
There they were approached by Ralph and Anthony Fuentes of the Imperials Car Club about starting up a Central Valley chapter of Imperials. They started up the Central Valley chapter of Imperials with a group of guys that were always with Sal Sierra II. "They were good friends of my father from Porterville, and Lindsay that would follow my father in the show circuit," Once they formed this chapter of Imperials, they started going to car shows all over California. From San Francisco to San Diego, they attended every show in between, spreading their enthusiasm and style along the way.
While planning on attending a car show in San Diego, Larry Gonzalez asked Sal to stop by the Lowrider Magazine studio on a Friday to drop off both of his cars, which were named, "Sal's '36," and "Sal's '39." Since they were shooting both of the cars for an album cover, calendar, and numerous other things, it was going to be an all day thing. Having been there all morning and being tired from the trip, they headed back to their hotel room. By the time the rested group had returned, Larry Gonzalez had named the cars "Troki-ta Loca," and "Lokito 39," respectively.
In 1992, Sal attended the Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show, and placed second in the Truck of the Year category, right behind "Wrapped with Envy." During that time, mini-trucks were heavily competing and competition was getting out of hand with mini-trucks having bed lifts and major body modifications, which were unable to be achieved on the body of a Bomb. "You can't chop up a bomb in that nature," explains Sal Sierra III, who wanted to compete in the Bomb of the Year category. After the '92 Super Show, the truck was taken to then fellow Imperial club member, Hanco, out of Ventura, CA., to get some paint work done. They also sent ii over to Leroy and Kenny Gonzales who also worked their magic on the custom.
Following the Las Vegas Super Show, Sal Sierra II met up with Leroy Gonzales, who at the time was a judge for Lowrider Magazine, and came up with the idea of having a Truck Bomb of the Year category.
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