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Do you consider Lowriders to be "Classic" cars?
Petersen Automotive Museum, World's Premier Automotive Museum, Invites the Public To Get Down Low With One Of Los Angeles' Most Prominent Cultural Symbols
Modifying their suspension and dropping as close to the pavement as possible, The Petersen Automotive Museum will showcase one of the most famous and culturally significant kinds of vehicles of the past 50 years. On November 1, 2007, La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels will track the origins and progression of the vehicles that continue to represent artistic freedom and cultural resistance.
"The Petersen Museum is paying homage to the historical connection between the automobile and the city of Los Angeles," said Dick Messer, director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. "Following the success of our initial exhibition on the local Lowrider culture, we decided to offer a new wave of enthusiasts the chance to experience the ways in which the lowrider automobile became a symbol of the Latino culture and the remarkable progressions it has made over the past 50 years."
The Petersen Automotive Museum will honor these cultural symbols with significant ties to Los Angeles for a seven-month exhibit showcasing more than 20 incredibly modified vehicles that are set to cruise into the museum.
Lowriding began after the post WWII resurgence in automobile manufacturing. The burgeoning new car market left in its wake an abundance of used cars affordable to anyone with limited means, including many Chicano fathers and sons who restored and modified their rides to be the finest in the neighborhood. Often, they painted these vehicles vibrant candy colors and incorporated artwork on the hoods and trunks, giving them an overall theme.
According to Lowrider Magazine, the term "lowrider" was first used by police after the Watts Riots of 1965 to refer to the young kids who were causing trouble. These kids, famous for removing the springs from their vehicles and sometimes putting heavy objects in their trunks to achieve a lower profile, have redefined the term to denote cultural resistance and artistic expression.
For general Museum information, call (323) 930-CARS or visit the Museum?s website at www.petersen.org.