Lowriding in Chicago

Lowriders like to drive in style.

Their culture and cars were on display at the Slow & Low Community Lowrider Festival held in Pilsen earlier this month.

Among the car clubs that came out were Viejitos, SouthSide Cruisers and Con Estilow.

Manuel Mandujano said that lowriding is popular in Mexican-American culture but it has spread around the world. He is part of the Viejitos car club, which has chapters across the U.S. and as far away as Japan and Australia.

"It's crossed borders. It's crossed races. So many people are into it," said Mandujano, 37, who showed off his 1949 Chevy Suburban. "It's crossed barriers. A lot of people are into low riding."

Mo Salmon, 30, of SouthSide Crusiers, has a 1963 Impala. He is of Lebanese heritage and loves the cars.

"As soon as I saw hopping, I had to have one," he said.

Miguel Serrano of the Con Estilow car club is from Mexico City but now lives in the Little Village neighborhood.

He has a 62 Impala decorated with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the trunk and an image of a volcano from Mexico City on the hood.

"We come to this country to progress and we want to share our culture," he said.

If you're looking for something to do this weekend can check out another car show, City-wide Classics, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday (September 1) at 7030 S. Cicero Ave., in Bedford Park.

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