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.