Since its inception, the Low and Slow show has grown hundred fold in entries and attendance and has helped bridge the public's gap between the myth and reality of a worthy tradition. Boasting a roster of over 200 custom cars and trucks, this years cheeky display of mechanized creativity is sure to tickle your inner vato.

Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez of Centro Cultural Aztlan characterizes the event as positive and family-oriented, in sharp contrast to the beer-and-boobs fests that dominate the car show circuit. Centro Cultural Aztlan displays and promotes mobile public art from the barrio, not the flashy and shallow lifestyle young people tend to glean from misguided media portrayals of lowrider culture.

"Lowriders are not hot rods," explains Vasquez y Sanchez, "This is a simple thing that the media always gets wrong. The media portrays lowrider culture as a culture of thugs and drug dealers. Drug kingpins only ride lowriders in the movies. In the real world, they like to keep a low profile. You're not going to see them bouncing down the street screaming 'Look at me!' Secondly, a lowrider isn't exactly a getaway car. Its only two or three inches off the ground." True lowrider enthusiasts are more likely to be found under the hood of their car or searching for parts in a junkyard than sipping a 40 oz in the parking lot of a local convenience store. On Sunday, October 6, such enthusiasts are most likely to be found cheering their peers at Mateo Camargo Park.

This year's show is dedicated to the memory of blues man Randy Garibay.
— Anjali Gupta

With Live Music By:
Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution
Joe Jama
Wilbert Beasley & Ernie Garibay
Sunday, October 6, 2002
$10, free for children under age 6
Mateo Camargo Park
HWY 90 West and Callaghan Rd.
For more information call: 432-1896


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