MinneCulture: Hitting switches with the Twin Cities oldest Lowrider car club

Pete Salas behind the wheel of his 1964 Chevy Impala Super Sport convertible, photo courtesy of Pete SalasWest St. Paul, Minnesota’s, annual Cinco de Mayo Car Show is famous for “lowriders” – tricked out cars that ride super low to the ground and hop high up in the air. For the uninitiated, lowriding may seem like a passing fad. But for many Mexican-Americans, it’s the continuation of a subculture with roots going back to car-crazy Chicano Southern California in the years before World War II. Today, car freaks from nearly every ethnic background are riding “low and slow.” Reporter Jess Mador introduces us to a couple of lowriders from the Twin Cities’ pioneering car club.