EL PASO, Tx. Lowriders have been attracted to their sleek designs and flashy paintwork for decades. In many areas of the country, the caravans of chrome are symbols of Spanish pride.
The love for lowriders is deep in El Paso Texas.
Jason Medina explained, “You go and other people have a $2,000 barbecue.” “This is just our thing. That’s it.”
Every Sunday, car enthusiasts come together for a Sunday cruise to display their mobile marvels.
We’ll take the ladies. We’ll take your kids. We’ll cruise, and then we’ll finish the day with a great meal,” Javier Nunez of Authentic Car Club El Paso said.
Every detail has been taken care of, from the interior and hood to the rims. These cars feature chrome, hydraulics and glitter paint.
“I went for the Joker. Javier Pedroza of El Paso, president of Slow and Low Car Club said that he likes the Joker because he’s not an ordinary superhero.
Although some people here disagree on the origin of lowriders, everyone is unanimous in their importance to Latin American communities.
The Chicano movement of the 1960s saw lowrider culture grow even more. According to members of the auto club, it is a way to remember their Mexican-American roots.
“It’s all about the heritage and culture we were raised with,” said Mando Espinoza, owner of EPTcruising.com. It’s a reflection of each person, their life.
Espinoza stated that cars are a canvas for culture and personality.
Modified cars are often associated with negative stereotypes.
Car clubs work to eliminate these stereotypes. Many clubs have an application process. Others have rulebooks and background checks.
They are heavily involved in the local community.
“We have raised a lot. We have donated many. We are there for families in dire need. Pedroza stated, “We have all done it.”