Sweet char­i­ots

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Lowrider cars are as es­sen­tial to North­ern New Mex­ico cul­ture as green chile, retab­los, and sopaip­il­las. On Sun­day, May 1, the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum opens Lowrid­ers, Hop­pers, and Hot Rods: Car Cul­ture of New Mex­ico, an ex­hibit on the car scene that mi­grated to the Land of En­chant­ment from 20th-cen­tury His­pan­ics in El Paso, Ci­u­dad Juárez, and Los An­ge­les — then de­vel­oped a dis­tinc­tively New Mex­ico style. The show fea­tures one of the first mu­seum col­lec­tions of lowrider pho­tog­ra­phy, along with cars, stories, model cars, and hood or­na­ments from lo­cal auto afi­ciona­dos. May 1 kicks off a sea­son of lowrider-re­lated events, in­clud­ing a mayor-des­ig­nated Lowrider Day on the Plaza on May 22. On the cover is a photo il­lus­tra­tion of Chuck Mon­toya’s royal-blue 1950 Mer­cury, once owned by the late Al­bu­querque boxer Johnny Tapia; photo Blair Clark; cover de­sign Lori John­son.

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