The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, CA., has a mission; that mission is to educate and entertain while preserving and promoting the automobile and its influence in our lives. The museum has an exhibit change every three months, and they’ve had just about every kind of vehicle you could imagine on display. When the idea to have an exhibit that displayed Lowrider cars and the Lowrider culture at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, CA., was brought up, many of the museum staff members were shocked and against such a crazy idea. The idea was pushed forward and the Lowrider exhibit was set to be on display from October to January.
The name of the exhibit was titled “The Art of Low and Slow.” The event was kicked off with a special event that included vendors, demos, live art, food, and music. A kid zone was set up with a coloring station for the kids to enjoy themselves. The museum had local graffiti artists stop by to add graffiti to the walls. Many local riders also came out to show support.
Local artist Hector Espinoza had some great canvas art on display. His work displayed old-school cholos and Lowriders. Beyond the artwork, the exhibit featured a slew of legendary Lowriders. Manuel Corbala of Merced, CA., had his 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme named “Strictly Business” on display. Manuel’s three time Lowrider of the Year was certainly a favorite among the viewing public. Doug Vigil also had his Lowrider of the Year contender named “Heavy Hitter” on display. Gabe and Melissa Aranda displayed their 1964 Impala SS named “Latin Image” boasting paint from 1974. The Dukes had a pair of bombs, including Louie and Liz Moreno’s 1939 Buick Special Sedan, while Lo*Lystics had an original ’61 Impala on display. In addition to the cars, Mike Rangel, Adrian Hernandez and Erik Sanchez had their Lowrider bicycles on display as well.
One day ITT had a field trip to the museum with their mechanics. Half the class didn’t want to see anything besides Doug’s and Manuel’s cars. “There were some older guys that were just amazed at the detail in my car,” says Doug Vigil. “They never knew that Lowriders were that nice and had that much detail.”
The amazement in these casual onlookers represents the success of an exhibit like “The Art of Low and Slow.” The exhibit is a good thing for the Lowrider community because it exposes the hard work and dedication of the Lowrider community to the world at large, and educates them on the unique style, flare, and creativity that our culture prides itself in. Keep it positive and keep riding.