"La Vida Lowrider" - was an exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) a couple of years back: www.petersen.org. Another homeschool dad and I took our kids there. There was a small exhibit featuring Pixar's "Cars" (the Pixar display was "good, but not great").
For me, because it was so different, so not part of my world, the lowriders were the best part of the museum. "Gypsy Rose" (pictured above and featured in the opening credits of NBC's old "Chico and the Man" series) was just one of about a dozen cars on display.
There is, of course, a negative side to the whole lowrider lifestyle - I'm certainly not endorsing that. But, living in Los Angeles and yet realizing the lowrider culture is so foreign to my own experience, I felt like a visitor from another country. And that part of the experience was actually refreshing.
"Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us." I Peter 2:11-12
(originally posted 5/14/08)