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Saturday, 21 May 2005 17:49

Da Shop

Written by Edgard Zuniga

da shop, shaq's cars

AUDIO/VIDEO/NAVI:
• Three pairs of Rockford Fosgate Type RF 6 1/2” components
• Four Rockford Fosgate 12” T1 subwoofers
• Two Rockford Fosgate Power Series amplifiers
• Alpine 9776 multi media head unit

da shop, shaq's cars

INTERIOR ADDITIONS:
• Dakota digital gauges
• Custom Superman B.A.D. Billet steering wheel
• 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 seats modified to fit wrapped tan and cream leather
• Power windows and locks
• All trims in Candy Apple Red

Pineda didn’t stop there, though. “I gotta thank the guys in the shop. I mean, without them, there wouldn’t be a shop,” Pineda said. “There’s a lot of guys that own companies. They’re all just the front. The guys in the shop really do all the work. They put all the hours into the cars. All I’m doing is steering the boat.

da shop, shaq's cars“I really gotta thank Juan Mosko Lomas,” Pineda continued. “He was the first one to believe in the company, as an employee. He’s the one that believed that my dream was going somewhere. Oh yeah, and ‘Sir D-Mac’ (it’s what we call Derrick Mallet). Those were the two guys who had faith in what I wanted to do.”

Besides dealing with NBA players, Pineda also handles requests from everyday people. “The first thing that everyone worries about is the wheels,” Pineda said. “‘What’s the biggest size I can get on this car?’ And, from right there, to interior, to the sound system, then some mods on the outside, maybe a grill.”

Pineda mentioned Strut as his choice for grillwork. “They’ve been doing the grills really nice,” he said. “If I ask them for logos, they do them really nice.” In fact, that is where Pineda got the Superman logos done for Shaq’s vehicles.

Speaking of Shaq...

“It was hard to see him go,” Pineda said. The day before Shaq left, he did a photo shoot with DUB at Da Shop. As a going-away present, Shaq presented Pineda with a Titan motorcycle. “I told him it was too much of a going away gift for me,” Pineda said. “He told me, ‘You’re family. You like it, it’s yours.’”

Later that day, Shaq invited Pineda to his house, and the two spent some time just hanging around. “He’s always been busy but that night he gave me four hours of his time,” Pineda said. “I was watching him get down on the turntables; we were talking about him leaving—like an older brother leaving.”

da shop, shaq's cars

Before leaving, Shaq promised to be there for Pineda despite the distance. “He’s been there strong,” Pineda admitted. “When he comes to L.A. it’s an honor that he calls me to pick him up and his family. I go to Miami and do stuff for him from time to time. It’s crazy to know that I have a family elsewhere, besides Mexicali, Mexico, my hometown.”

 


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