Summer gives us the oppportunity to hit the road and see different parts of our fabulous state. We love going north and Cultura Promotions gave us a great reason to head to the beautiful Española valley yesterday - a lowrider show.
The Main Street Showdown didn't disappoint us. They had lowriders of every hue and shine. We saw hand crafted lowrider bicyles. We watched cars hop. To say that the experience was fascinating wouldn't adequately describe it. It was a cultural phenomenon.
This is what a lowrider car hop looks like.
While New Mexico clubs made up the majority of exhibitors, California, Southern Colorado, and Texas were also represented.
We are not authorities on lowriding and certainly don't profess to be. One can't help but notice that these cars are a labor of love and that the car owners express what is most precious to them via their cars. It is an underappreciated artform.
Lowriding is a religious experience. Hand crafted rosaries and crosses.
Our Lady of Guadalupe portrayed at the beach and on a trunk lid.
A statuary Christ sits next to awards.
We ran into Mike Martinez, of the Dukes Car Club, proudly displaying his mint condition 1948 Stylemaster.
The Dukes Car Club was represented in style.
Car show bling.
To our delight, we met some All Things 505 fans in person.
The struggle between good and evil are carefully exhibited on hoods, fenders and on door jams.
A homage to homies.
Before the crowds arrived.
While walking around the show we were approached by a very nice young man. He handed us a CD with his newest single on it. Meet Jimmy MC, a very talented rising star in the New Mexico music world.
A satisfying day in a beautiful locale. We hope this show returns to the Española valley next year.