Jaime Trevino of San Leandro, California, is no stranger to the lowrider scene and, in fact, he helps run it! Jaime, who's about 30 years old, got into lowrider bicycles and lowrider model car building at about 16. Ever since, he has developed a vast number of skills in building and customizing on his own. His talents, such as chrome and glass engraving, bodywork, painting, pinstriping, graphics and even tattoos, have been found on some well-known show-winning bikes and cars throughout the lowriding scene. Even cooler than that is the fact that Jaime remains humble about his gifted services. "Even if I don't bring home the first place trophy at a show," Jaime says, "I don't get down because the compliments that I receive on my work [on my bike and others' bikes] throughout the day will make me content enough!"
When Jaime somehow finds time around his 60-hour workweek as a warehouse manager, quality family time at home and working on customer's lowriders, he'll put some time into building up model rides. Take, for example, this '57 Chevy that he built in about two months. Originally, he looked high and low for a convertible but could not find one, so finally he decided to just buy a hardtop and make it into a convertible! Inspired by such magazines as Lowrider (of course!) and Orlie's, and full-size custom cars that he's seen in person, Jaime went to work on the Chevy classic, taking his time to make sure that every customization was done right. From top to bottom, inside and out, Jaime did it all on this firme ride! Jaime says that attention to detail is very important.
The rear seat was custom cut and features a Frenched look, and the engraving on the bumpers, glass and engine was done with elegant care. A molded firewall, custom skirts outside the rear wheels and a reverse-opening trunk show off Jaime's talent in bodywork. Jaime was inspired by a full-size customized '60 Chevy Impala that he saw at a car show in San Bernardino, California, a few years ago. This traditional ride did not feature the traditional way to go low. The '60 had an airbag suspension rather than hydraulics and Jaime thought that that was a classy way to keep things looking clean, so Jaime decided to do the same with his '57.
Jaime says that he's done with the '57 for now and his attention has shifted to a '51 Chevy. He says that one is coming out soon and it sounds like it will really blow people away! He thanks his good friend (and model building extraordinaire) Miguel Murillo of San Jose, California, for his advice and inspiration, and he gives a shout out to his fellow members of Low Vintage Car Club.