Lowriders at America’s Car Museum

The latest update to the Route 66 exhibit at LeMay includes 11 lowriders from the Lows Traviesos Lowriders Club of Washington.

America’s Car Museum’s Route 66 exhibit rotates regularly, and its latest update celebrates America’s lowrider pastime with the addition of 11 lowriders, lowrider-themed bicycles, and new artwork to the display.

This latest modification acknowledges the heavy influence that lowriders had on Southern California’s Chicano culture during the 1950s, the period during which the car was popularized. The lowriders in the Route 66 exhibit symbolically adds them to the many stories that LeMay displays in an ongoing effort to define important aspects of America’s motoring history.

“When we began planning the next installment of Route 66, our admiration for the Washington lowrider community was important to share with our visitors,” said ACM Curator of Exhibitry Scot Keller in a news release. “They are an important part of our automotive heritage.”

The 11 lowriders currently on display in the Route 66 exhibit are courtesy of the members of the Lows Traviesos Lowriders Club of Washington, who generously offered their lowriders to LeMay for the display until April 15. The collection includes cars from 1947–1986, nine of which are Chevys, complimented by a Buick and a Mercury.

On top of the cars, the exhibit will be showing off a display of lowrider bicycles, a pedal car, and a lowrider stroller. Adam Langsbard, CEO of America’s Automotive Trust — a nonprofit corporation that oversees America’s Car Museum — helps to explain the display’s wide variety: “It’s important that our curatorial efforts not just celebrate the expensive collectible vehicles seen at concours around the world, but that we address a responsibility to display cultural expression through automotive and car culture’s diversity as well.”

Check out more information on the Route 66 display online.

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