Lowriders (Black and White)
"I'm just one of the players in the game that represents thousands of riders out there." - Kita S Lealao, founder of Uso Car Club
Every car has a family. A lowrider's annual routine requires a team--for everything from handling, traveling, and maintenance to modifications, showing, and competing. Even without a plaque in the rear window, there are few truly solo riders.
Everyone wants to be behind the wheel. There are four other seats in the ride but only one asserts control. Whether standing and posing outside or gripping and steering inside being behind the wheel is a coveted position. It makes a declaration. As a result, much of the media produced about lowriding is from this perspective.
The owner is often the door that outsiders peer in to car culture through. It is the most celebrated role in car culture, with lowriding being no exception. But being behind a wheel is only one part of the story of being a lowrider and its the part that usually has more to do with a completed project. There are many roles behind the wheel worthy of pride and respect beside the driver. The lowrider lifestyle, not just ownership, is the requisite and certification of an authentic lowrider.
Every lowrider has a team and a process that supports the car in becoming street and show ready. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the stories behind each car and its family go far beyond the imagery of the finished products that the public generally enjoys. Less popular are snippets of the lowrider lifestyle that lead up to the candy and chrome rides you’re accustomed to seeing in the magazines.
Ownership. Craft. Pride. Determination. Support. Each are important facets of the lowrider lifestyle that carve out a variety of roles and traditions for all to participate in.
From Detroit to Los Angeles lowriders are posted inside and outside of the rides they have owned, built, and otherwise supported. Whether it’s the time and work that goes into the car, the people that it hauls around, the life events in between shared with other lowriders, the family that enjoys the weekends cruising, or just the reputation that comes with it… these cars' families have a lot to be proud of.