EL PASO, Tx. Lowriders are known for their beautiful paint job and stylish designs. Hispanic pride is reflected in many communities throughout the country by the caravans that are made of chrome and culture.
The love for lowriders is deep in El Paso Texas.
Jason Medina stated, “You can go to other people and they have a $2,000 BBQ grill.” “This so happens to be our thing, that’s all.”
Every Sunday there is a parade of pride when car lovers come together for a Sunday cruise to showcase their mobile masterpieces.
“We’ll bring the wives. We’ll bring the kids. We’ll cruise, and then, we’ll close the day with a good meal,” said Javier Nunez, president of Authentic Car Club in El Paso.
No detail is overlooked, from the interior to the roof and down to the wheels. All the cars have chrome, hydraulics and glittery paint.
“I chose to go with Joker. I like him because he’s not a regular superhero,” said Javier Pedroza, president of Slow and Low Car Club in El Paso.
Although some people here disagree on the origin of lowriders, everyone agrees that it is important for Hispanic communities.
The Chicano movement of the 1960s saw lowrider culture grow even more. Car club members said it’s a way to honor their Mexican-American roots.
“It’s all about the heritage and the culture that we were brought up,” said Mando Espinoza, owner of EPTcruising.com. “It’s an image of each individual, their lifestyle.”
Espinoza stated that cars are a canvas for culture and personality.
But custom vehicles can be associated with negative stereotypes.
Car club members are trying to change these stereotypes. Many clubs have an application procedure. Some have rule books and background checks.
They are also active in the community.
“We’ve done a lot of fundraising. We’ve done a lot of donating. We help families in crisis. We’ve done it all,” said Pedroza.
Members hope that people will reconsider judging a book’s cover, despite what outsiders may think.
“We’re hardworking people,” Pedroza said.
The lowrider community acknowledged that it is a labor of love and requires dedication, time, and money.
However, they added it’s more than a hobby – it’s a lifestyle with family at its core.
“It’s just me and my sister and my parents so I don’t really have a lot of family, but I come here,” Medina said. It’s like a family.