After serving in the Army, Happy Barcelona returned home in the late ’70s hoping to purchase the car of his dreams — a 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500 KR. But all he could afford was a used 1969 Mustang coupe, which he wound up buying for $2,500.
Charles Ong has owned some pretty remarkable cars in his 22 years of life. His first ride was a third generation Mazda RX7, and that beauty was soon followed by a sporty Celica GT-S and an equally cool Nissan 350Z.
From practically birth, Hannibal Puma Jr, aka “Junior”, knew that he loved lowriders. At age 6, he witnessed his first lowrider and he has been riding low and dirty ever since with the occasional moments of high in-between.
When Glenn Barretto spotted this 1926 Model T 5-window coupe for sale nearly two decades ago, he was more interested in the condition of its frame and body than the state of its engine. So, despite the fact this classic automobile’s motor couldn’t turn over, he immediately forked over $4,000 for the car of his childhood dreams.
Wilson Montemayor is a fan of lowriders. He started off with hydraulic trucks back in the early ’90s and eventually transitioned into the classic Impala. In fact, he’s owned six different Chevrolet Impalas, mostly convertibles.
When Ron Bush began working as a mechanic, he’d take advantage of every opportunity to wrench on cars. It didn’t matter if it was his day off, or if he was working on his or a friend’s car, Bush’s motivation was to learn all that he could about car repairs.
Mel Alvaro recalls the day he first spotted this 1950 Studebaker Champion in Waimalu — and being shocked at the owner’s asking price. A stock car racer for 15 years, Alvaro’s heart was set on owning this third-generation model featuring the bullet-nose look, but his instincts told him now was not the time to buy. And so he waited.
Over the years, Willy Jones has owned many different rides, from American muscle to European luxury. He started out with Hondas, but import-wise he’s come to appreciate the Nissan brand in a big way. In fact, he especially loves Z’s, having owned a 280Z previously.
About 30 years ago, Patrick Gouveia recalls attending a Good Guys car meet in Pleasanton, Calif., purchasing this 1933 Chevrolet Master Town sedan that graces these pages and, with little time to sit back and admire this rare metal beauty that was now his, immediately taking off for the airport, where he was catching a return flight to the Islands.
It’s rare to spot a hot rod Chevy Nova cruising the streets of Honolulu — and even rarer to find a first generation model like this 1964 Nova out there. But Butch Ferreira, who’s owned at least 40 different kinds of vehicles since graduating from Farrington High, knew he had to have one.