On 26th Street in Chicago
Anais cruises down Little Village's 26th Street in Chicago after a shoot with her 1975 Grand Prix. (2008)
Midwest Showdown In Milan, MI
Ryan referees the conversation and events in the hop pit at the Midwest Showdown in Milan, MI. (2006)
Entering The Picnic At Beaudette Park, Pontiac, MI
Feraz cruises in to the Westside Detroit Majestics picnic at Beaudette Park in Pontiac, MI. (2011)
Hopping At Westside Detroit Majestics Picnic At Beaudette Park, Pontiac, MI
Feraz hits from the door in his 1962 Chevy Impala at the Westside Detroit Majestics picnic in Pontiac, MI. (2012)
Elite CC On Crenshaw and Leimert
Topo stops for a pose with his 1968 Impala behind Chris Burgers near Crenshaw and Leimert in South Central Los Angeles. (2008)
Palms Motel On Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, MI
Marc's 1961 Impala sits on Woodward Ave during the Woodward Dream Cruise. (2010)
Michigan Avenue and 32nd St, Detroit
Tony's 1960 Impala from Majestics Car Club parked on Michigan Avenue in southwest Detroit at sunset on a Sunday evening. (2012)
I-15 Between Los Angeles and Nevada
Clark hauling his 1962 Impala to the Las Vegas Supershow from The Chevy Shop in Los Angeles where it was being worked on. (2010)
Side of the Road on I-15 In Nevada
Pulling over on I-15 on the way to Las Vegas to check Clark's car and the trailer to be sure everything is working as expected. (2010)
Individuals CC On Crenshaw and Leimert
Derrick, Switchman, and Twin of Individuals Car Club pose during a gathering of lowriders on a Sunday night on Crenshaw in South Central Los Angeles (2008).
Hopping Down Dixie Highway, Louisville
Jason hops his 1964 Impala during the cruise before Back Bumper Bash in Louisville. (2014)
Western International High School Parking Lot On Scotten, Detroit
Speedometer of Travis' 1957 Chevy in the Western International High School Parking Lot. (2013)
Pleasure Ridge Pizza On Greenwood Road, Louisville
Aaron meets up with his club members and other riders at Pleasure Ridge Pizza before the cruise through Louisville. (2014)
Untitled, Chicago, IL
Guests gather to celebrate the life of Jesus Ramirez in Chicago for the anniversary of his passing with the Ramirez family. (2009)
S. 108th St in Greenfield, WI
Stopping for gas off Highway 100 in Greenfield, Wisconsin before the Chicago Majestics Picnic. (2006)
Ford-Wyoming Drive In Theater
Checo's family relaxing behind the Regal enjoying popcorn and a movie at Ford and Wyoming Drive In in Dearborn, MI. (2008)
El Palamino on Oakwood in Southwest Detroit
Checo's 1963 Impala of GoodTimes Car Club parked outside of fellow club member Abel's wedding reception at El Palomino in southwest Detroit. (2011)
Marunde Grand Ballroom View of N Western and W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
The view of N Western and W Lawrence Ave from Jesus Ramirez' 15th birthday celebration at Dank's Marunde Grand Ballroom. (2009)
3-Wheel On Leimert In Los Angeles
Hitting 3-wheel down Leimert behind El Pollo Loco on Crenshaw in South Central Los Angeles on a Sunday night. (2008)
Gas Station On Telegraph Road, Dearborn Heights, MI
Aaron is ready to cruise Telegraph in the 1964 Chevy Impala after filling up. (2012)
Rollerz Only At Labagh Woods
Rollerz Only rides by in a 1959 Impala at Labagh Woods Forest Preserve in Chicago during the Majestics CC picnic. (2007)
Value City Parking Lot on Sir Barton Way in Lexington, KY
A young man, recently arrived in Lexington from Mexico, shows what his S-10 can do at a lowrider cruise night in Kentucky. (2006)
"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.