The Unveiling of Dead Presidents '58

& Big Al's 50th Bday Celebration

Story: Jay Villa  |  Photos: Jay Villa, Danny Jay 

Not one to shy away from modding a classic car, the De Alba’s are not only one of the most recognized names in lowriding but a family synonymous with lowriding excellence. As trailblazing innovators, this now third-generation family of lowriders has created some of the most recognized builds in the game. They’ve pushed the boundaries of customization, influenced generations of aspiring lowriders, and their creations have made appearances at prestigious venues such as the Essen Motor Show in Germany and the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.  

So, when word got out that Albert De Alba Sr. (aka Big Al) was unveiling a new creation and celebrating his 50th, it was a no-brainer we had to be there. Albert Jr. was kind enough to extend us an invitation to the function that went down at the Nature Retreat Park in Chino, CA, and it did not disappoint.

A good handful of industry heavyweights were in attendance, but we’ll let the pictures do the talking. 


The 1958 Impala, entitled “Dead Presidents ‘58,” is a feast for the eyes. The painstaking details are plenty. With shaved door handles and mirrors, custom fiberglass work, and a fully striped and patterned dashboard, the car had plenty of subtle mods as well as some, which left many trippin. Case in point, a lot of onlookers, were wondering what happened to the instrument cluster or if it was deleted, when in fact, it’s there. The digital dash illuminates in green and past the patterns once power is applied to the ignition.  

But enough of our yapping. Enjoy the flicks, and thanks again to the De Alba family for the hospitality. Good times!

*We’ll post more photos on another shortly. Stay tuned.

Summer officially marks the beginning of “car show season” and while some went to the Arizona Super Show and Franks’ Hops, A small gathering of hometown heroes hit the streets of Carson for the Harbor Area Cruise Night. CA. Sponsored by American Classix, Angel One Magazine, and Rockin Chicano, the family friendly cruise had an open invitation to all lowrider clubs, solo riders, kustoms, bombs, and bikes from So Cal. 

The cruise ran the span of three blocks, and it only took an hour after start time for parking to be scarce. The streets were packed with plenty of lowriders and classic cars. The sidewalk was equally filled with families celebrating the beginning of spring in sunny So Cal. Some car clubs in attendance were the usual suspects, including Dukes, Los Angeles, Streetwise, Dedicated Riders, True Familia, The Illusions, and Majestics.