Cruising still remains one of the highlights of the car culture, while doubling as one of America’s favorite pastimes. This show of camaraderie, craftsmanship, and creativity is the cruising subculture and it’s believed to have started in the late 1940s by the lowrider community before spreading like wildfire in the ’50s.
During that time, certain streets were blessed with the presence of custom cars and in turn designated as hot spots to be seen at. From Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles all the way to Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, cruising has also led to the creation of blockbuster hits that revolve around this lifestyle, the most popular of which is the film American Graffiti. That said, Hollywood Boulevard has also had its run as a local hot spot, but as law enforcement began to crack down it changed the name of the game.
Fortunately there are still a few cruising locales that have stood the test of time. The one street that has been a consistent gathering spot has been Crenshaw Boulevard and it is continues to be one of the most active (and festive spots) to show the streets exactly what you’re working with.
The following pictorial was taken during a recent Sunday cruise and the pictures are sure to bring back memories for all of us. From baggers to lowriders, the streets were filled with an assortment of custom rides and it’s good to see the evolutionary spirit of lowriding back at work and influencing the next generation of enthusiasts and lowriding fans. Till next time…keep your batteries charged and your fittings tight.