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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. 

1965 Chevrolet Impala

1965 Chevrolet Impala

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.

1965 Chevrolet Impala - So Low Riderz C.C.

1965 Chevrolet Impala - So Low Riderz C.C.

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. 

1965 Chevrolet Impala

1965 Chevrolet Impala

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.

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe Convertible

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe Convertible

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. 

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe Convertible

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe Convertible

 Often more recognizable examples are working class coupes and sedans of the 60's. The car most identifiable is the 1964 Chevrolet Impala.

1964 Chevrolet Impala

1964 Chevrolet Impala

1964 Chevrolet Impala

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. 

Dayton Wire Wheels in 24K Gold 

Dayton Wire Wheels in 24K Gold 

Zenith Wire Wheels in Triple Chrome

Zenith Wire Wheels in Triple Chrome

Yea, they're 13's but I keep them clean though!

Yea, they're 13's but I keep them clean though!

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? 

Chevitos C.C. Family Affaire

Chevitos C.C. Family Affaire

The plaque is often just as detailed and ornate as the car is on. 

Eastside Riders C.C. San Jose Chapter

Eastside Riders C.C. San Jose Chapter

Staying True C.C. South Bay Chapter

Staying True C.C. South Bay Chapter

Fire Engine Red 1966 Chevrolet Impala from Impalas C.C.

Fire Engine Red 1966 Chevrolet Impala from Impalas C.C.

1964 Chevrolet Impala from Impalas C.C.

1964 Chevrolet Impala from Impalas C.C.

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. 

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS from Chevitos C.C.

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS from Chevitos C.C.

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. 

10 switch box from the 86 Monte Carlo

10 switch box from the 86 Monte Carlo

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!

MotorsMichael Garcia