Get Your Lowrider Motor Runnin’

Did you know there is a lowrider car culture including 200 cars right in Longmont?

There is and it’s on display at the Longmont Museum through May 14 at the Lowriders: Cars & Culture exhibit.

It’s one of the first-ever exhibitions to showcase lowrider culture. Lowriders are customized cars with chassis that have been lowered so that they narrowly clear the ground, and are bountiful in Colorado and rich with history.  This exhibition gives visitors a behind-the-scenes view of how these rolling works of art are created.

The lowriding lifestyle began in the Latino ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1950s.  Lowrider cars have had their suspensions altered or use extra-small tires and wheel rims to place the car lower to the ground.  The lifestyle draws inspiration from Latino culture–the vehicles are a way for each owner to express their style and honor their culture.

Lowriders: Cars & Culture features cars, custom bicycles, pinstriping and upholstery examples, old-school military hydraulics, vintage posters, magazines and historic accessories all related to the lowrider scene.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Visitors to the exhibit take in Fred Perez’s 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

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Car window accessories

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Jesse Rodriguez’ 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport convertible

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Shaun Martinez’ Reaper Revenge lowrider bicycle

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Hydraulic suspension equipment

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A mirror shows the underside of this lowrider.

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Jose Carrillo’s 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Lowrider bikes and pedal cars.

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