Jacob Ho'opai Alonzo
Jacob was the kind of kid who took cars apart to figure out how they worked. Although he didn't have a family member to teach him about cars, his father was a carpenter and they always worked on hands-on projects together. As soon as he turned 16 he got his drivers license and "made the mistake" of buying a project truck, a 1986 Chevrolet 210 Lowrider. Rather than actually driving his truck as his friends were, he was spending his time fixing it. Today, Jacob is restoring two S-10 pickups. After graduating from high school he achieved his welding certificate, which was his first step to being able to provide custom metal fabrication for car restoration and repairs. "Coming here has been awesome because I've been able to apply everything I've learned plus work on new things and keep learning," Jacob says. His favorite project car was the '66 Nova (See photos of Jacob's and Ken's favorite car restoration project) because that was the first car he got to work on here at Artistic Customs and Collision.