Welcome to the East Side
Well... sort of.
You see the this car show in particular was put on by CWC (Christian Worship Center) who believe that a church should impact a community, culture and world. The show itself was held at Mount Pleasant High School one of a handful of schools in the East Side Union High School District.
CWC put on a car show with their community in their community. People may have their own opinions on church -- but most everyone loves walking around and seeing cool cars.
This particular community loves Lowriders.
Lowrider - noun - an individually decorated and customized car fitted with hydraulic jacks that permit the lowering of the chassis nearly to the road. Individually customized meaning more mild examples as seen above to wild examples seen below.
Most every car had some form of customization, chrome and gold plating are big in the lowrider scene the the shinier the better. Paint often the best way to differentiate yourself in the scene and their are two schools of thought: Traditional colors keeping true to the history of the cars or quite simply works of art with pin-striping, wild colors, and gold or silver leafing.
Cars from all eras can be grouped into the Lowriders. Examples from the 40's were littered throughout the show but this 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe really caught my attention.
The paint, chrome, details and overall ride height were spot on. In true California style it had the top down and was ready to cruise.
Often more recognizable examples are working class coupes and sedans of the 60's. The car most identifiable is the 1964 Chevrolet Impala.
Wheels of choice are preferably wire spokes and the smaller the better. Riding on Daytons or Zeniths have become a staple of 'lowriding'. Chrome, gold and color matched examples were all over the show.
Cars create a sense of pride for many and the Lowrider community is no different. What better way to let people know about who you associate with than a plaque?
The plaque is often just as detailed and ornate as the car is on.
That clean 64 Impala from Impalas C.C., fitting. The easiest way to tell what C.C. (car club) a car was from was to check for the plaque, often fitted so visible from the rear of the car.
Or in this case... front and center right above the license plate as seen on this 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS.
Yes the front is on the ground and the rear is in the sky courtesy of a well executed hydraulic system. Hitting switches to make the car move how you want to is another point of pride in the scene. The more switches you have the more your car can do. In the words of Dr. Dre 'pancake, front, back, side-to-side' and of course the lowrider hop.
All in all CWC did a fantastic job bringing the community together with their annual car show. If you're in the area make sure you stop by!