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New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego

Credit: Courtesy of Kelly Whalen

Above: A street lined with parked customized lowrider cars.

New Book Chronicles The History Of Lowrider Car Culture In San Diego


Alberto López Pulido, ethnic studies department chair, University of San Diego

Rigo Reyes, co-author, "San Diego Lowriders: A History of Cars and Cruising"


Book Event

When: Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan

Cost: Free

San Diego History Center Photograph Collection

Chris Cano, of Ladies Pride lowrider car club. It was San Diego's first women's only car clubs.

Chris Cano grew up surrounded by the lowrider car culture. But in the 1980s, San Diego’s lowriding scene was dominated by men and women were not allowed to join car clubs.

So, she took matters into her own hands and formed the first women-only car club in San Diego.

"Ladies Pride Car Club" was made up of young women in their early twenties who were working and going to school. Their customized cars were a symbol of independence.

Like many other car clubs at the time, they would cruise down Highland Avenue in National City and hang out at Chicano Park.

The story behind the "Ladies Pride Car Club" is just one of many chronicled in a new book on the history of the lowrider car culture in San Diego County.

Related: San Diego’s Lowrider History Documented

“San Diego Lowriders: A History of Cars and Cruising” documents the roots of the movement, from its birth in the 1950’s, to its heyday in the the 80’s and present day.

San Diego’s lowrider scene will be on full display this weekend during a car show at the 47th annual Chicano Park celebration.

Alberto López Pulido and Rigo Reyes, who co-authored the book and produced the documentary, "Everything Comes from the Streets", discussed lowriding culture’s past and its future Tuesday on Midday Edition.

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