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29th Annual Lowrider Festival

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-03-30

On Sunday, take a little trip to Camargo Park, where a fleet of “mobile works of art” will compete in more than 40 categories at Centro Cultural Aztlan’s 29th Annual Lowrider Festival. Whether you spend this fun-filled day drooling over pimped-out rides, grooving to the sounds of Ernie Garibay & Cats Don’t Sleep and Joe Jama & the Proof, or shopping for over-the-top accessories to satisfy your inner hotrod enthusiast, you’ll likely be reminded that lowriders are more than just hydraulically-gifted modes of transport: They’re symbols of a bajito y suavecito lifestyle that ? although immortalized by War’s oft-covered (Korn, Barry White, Cypress Hill) and sampled (The Beastie Boys, The Offspring) song from 1975 ? originated in the 1930s. Trivia: In ye olden days, some lowriders rode low thanks to sandbags stacked in their trunks. But once California passed Vehicle Code 24008 (which outlawed any car part to sit lower than the bottom of its wheel rims), hydraulic pumps came into play ? many of which were repurposed from B-52 bombers ? allowing pimpmobiles and the like to go from below the legal limit to just right with the flip of a switch. $10 (free for kids), 10am-10pm, Mateo Camargo Park, 5738 New Hwy 90 (across from Nelson W. Wolff Baseball Stadium; take Callaghan exit from US- 90).

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