LOWELL | With wraparound headphones on and a National Hot Rod Association cap atop his head, 85-year-old Ken Hirata talks up a vendor before switching to a conversation with a Lake County planner on expanding one of his buildings immediately west of Lowell.
Kenny Hirata, who owns Hirata's Lowell Body Shop, became a nationally recognized drag car builder.
Kenny Hirata, who owns Hirata's Lowell Body Shop, was put into an internment camp near Phoenix with his family after the start of World War II. Hirata was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years fighting in the Korean War before moving to Lowell and starting his body shop.
Kenny Hirata, who owns a Lowell auto body shop, was put into an internment camp near Phoenix with his family after the start of World War II.
Kenny Hirata, right, stands with his wife, Chiyo, and son, David, at his auto body shop in Lowell. Hirata was put into an internment camp near Phoenix with his family after the start of World War II.
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