Rigoberto “Rigo” Reyes grew up in the neighborhood of Del Sol, but after witnessing a historic takeover of Chicano Park in the 1960s, he became deeply involved in the community of Logan Heights.

For 12 days, the community occupied land that was slated to be a California highway patrol station and demanded that it become a park instead. Seeing them succeed, and build Chicano Park, with the help of people who drove souped-up cars, was Rigo’s first introduction to activism and the lowrider scene.

In this segment of Latino USA’s “How I Made It,” which looks at Latino creators and the work they make, Rigo shares the story of how his two passions intersected and changed his life. Today,┬áhe is the founder of Amigos Car Club in San Diego, California.

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