There is a negative connotation with the lowrider culture. For some people that are ignorant about the culture, lowriders are deemed to be related to gangs, violence, crime, etc. So, it’s not a surprise when I roll in my low-low, people look away or cross the street to the other side. But, as you now know, the gang bang association with the lowrider culture is a false stereotype.

I lived in Hawaii for a couple of years and was in the local lowrider scene. To prove that the lowrider culture is full of positivity and is more than what is portrayed by mainstream media, I share with you what Supremacy Car Club of Hawaii does for its people.

I found one of the videos online of Supremacy’s 13th annual Food Drive and Show ‘N Shine. The great guys of Supremacy held a charitable event and car show to gather food donations for the less fortunate people of Oahu. If that doesn’t show that the culture is not about negativity, I don’t know what does.

Anyway, now that I’ve got that off my chest, you can see in the video that the lowrider scene is alive and poppin’ in Hawaii. And they do it pretty G. There’s a mixture of old school classics, to G body lowriders, hoppers, to bombs, imports, lowrider bikes, and the lowrider trucks! Man, they hold down the lowrider truck scene big over there. I swear I haven’t seen a lowrider truck with a hydraulic bed in ages until I was in the 50th state. They were nice!

The lowrider scene and community was more like a family in Hawaii – or as they call it Ohana. It was pretty cool and I miss it. It was all about chillin’, grillin’, eatin’, and having a good time under the tropical Hawaiian sun. It was a party. And let’s not forget, it was for a good cause.

The Hawaii lowrider scene is a true testimonial that the lowrider subculture is more than what it seems to most people. Hopefully, it influences other car clubs out there to get out of the stereotype and use the culture to do some good.

Enjoy the video…

Video Credit: SCENE50

As the name suggests, a lowrider car is a lowered car. But that doesn’t mean that all lowered cars are lowriders—a low rider is a special kind of lowered car usually with a nice and clean look. The lowrider basics won’t necessarily be found in a regular lowered car.

Still, the conversion of a regular car to a lowrider always involves modifications to the suspension.

Hydraulic Suspension

The more sophisticated (and more expensive) method is the use of hydraulic suspension. This time, a hydraulic actuator is connected to the compressor. The compressor puts in z liquid into the actuator with so much force that it results in rapid expansion. This forces away from the components inside, so they act like a spring.  Continue reading “What Is A Standard Lowrider?”

The lowrider culture today is everywhere, it seems. The look is predominant in the southwestern US, where Mexican-American culture has taken up roots for many decades now. But lowrider cars can be seen all over the US, in Europe, and in Asia.

Lowriders and Mexican Americans

Historians attribute the origins of lowrider culture to the Mexican-American community. It’s a different look especially in the 1950s and 60s, and the Chicano youths rebelled in their uniqueness. By the 1970s, the lowrider look has permeated the Chicano culture to such a degree that Lowrider magazine became the most popular Mexican-American magazine in US history.  Continue reading “Today’s Lowrider Culture”

Lowrider cars are now a global phenomenon and have been for the last few years—or even the last few decades. These are cars that were modified to ride low to the ground, and sometimes they were extremely low to the ground. The term “lowrider” became well-known in the 1960s, but the roots of these cars go back even further. The history of lowrider cars didn’t just spring up all over the world out of nowhere. It’s actually a part of Mexican-American cultural history.

Affording the Cars

To understand the true origin of the lowrider, you first have to think about how it was back for Mexican immigrants in the early 1900s. The fact was that most of them couldn’t afford cars, especially the brand new ones.

But in the 1920s—this was known as the Roaring Twenties before the onset of the Great Depression—Ford really amped their car production. There seemed to be 1 car for every 2 people. White middle-class folks sold off their cars to get the new Ford models, and these were the ones that the less affluent Hispanics were able to afford.

Now Mexican-Americans of the time usually had traditionally large families. So when they all rode in their second-hand cars, the car rode lower to the ground.

Soon, Mexican-Americans adopted this look as part of their own cultural tradition. By the 1930s, youths from Mexican-American neighborhoods were lowering their cars so that they would get the same look with just the driver inside. They used sandbags to weigh down the cars, and they also cut away the first few coils at the top of the springs.  Continue reading “The History of Lowrider Cars”