SP Rides: Strike Up ‘The Bandwagon’

July 31, 2015

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.

SP Rides: Keep On Truckin’

July 24, 2015

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.

SP Rides: The Champion of Studebakers

July 17, 2015

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.

SP Rides: A Mix of ‘Margarita’

July 10, 2015

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.

SP Rides: Cashing In On A Super Sedan

July 3, 2015

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.

SP Rides: A Real Super Nova

June 26, 2015

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.

SP Rides: Forever Ford

June 19, 2015

One of Wes Teixeira’s favorite occasions is attending car shows and cruise nights with his showstopper of a ride — a 1930 Ford Model A pickup truck. Often, spectators will approach him and ask questions about the time-tested model, and Teixeira will oblige by explaining how these trucks were made and what they’re like to drive.

SP Rides: Street Legal Style

June 12, 2015

Born in Iowa but raised in Hawaii, Soung Young Son has only ever driven Nissans. At the young age of twenty-five he has owned three different Nissan 240SXs in his lifetime. When asked “why only Nissans?”, Soung related that he is a big fan of the D1 Street Legal competition held in Japan.

SP Rides: The Custom Car Community’s Biggest Advocate

June 5, 2015

Many custom car owners on Oahu may recall that it was just a few years ago when the state enacted a reconstructed vehicle law that required all kit cars — like this week’s featured ride, a 1963 Volkswagen Dune Buggy — to have an engineered certification.

SP Rides: Time for a 1968 Rally Sport

May 29, 2015

Back 1967 when Chevrolet rolled out the first generation Camaro it could seat two adults and three kids comfortably and get them from point A to point B on a daily basis.