ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Espanola may be the lowrider capital of the world but about 100 of the specialty cars rolled into Albuquerque to highlight the many different people who have a passion for this car culture.
These car enthusiasts are taking on more than just a hobby. Dozens of lowriders were on display at Tiguex Park on Saturday with no two appearing the same with a variety of unique paint jobs, hydraulic suspension, and some of the shiniest chrome you’ll ever see.
“To get it like this? Oh, that could take anywhere from four or five years. It depends what you want to do with it,” said Ken Pacheco of Taking Over Car Club.
Maintaining these lowriders is a way of life for men and women across New Mexico passed down from generation to generation. Members of this big community say that culture was suppressed for years because of a ban on cruising. “They were telling us where we could go to and how late we could cruise,” said Lorenzo Otero of Rollerz Car Club.
However, at the end of last year, the city council and the Cruising Task Force established the Cruising on Public Streets Ordinance, creating a program to recognize and register car clubs, allowing them to show off their car along Route 66.