Lowrider Tour Stop – Riding Low a Mile High
Story and Photos by Lindsey Fisher
They say there is no substitute for family. When we walked into the Lowrider Tour stop in Denver, Colorado we felt part of a family so tight, some could say a bond tighter than with their own blood relatives. Let us explain.
Lowrider Nation was out in full force at the National Western Complex when the 2017 Lowrider Tour put on by Lowrider Magazine made its annual stop in Denver, Colorado last month. The line of people just waiting to go inside when we arrived at the event tipped us off this was going to be a good one. And once inside, there was no doubt lowrider owners, fans and even newbies to the scene were in for quite a day of perfectly poised rides – family style.
From old-school-cool 40s and 50s classics slammed to their frames to more modern machines tricked out in every way possible, the passion for customizing some of the car scene’s most iconic (and some not so iconic) rides was instantly apparent. From wildly etched chrome work to amazing airbrushed, laced and pinstriped paint jobs, just about every vehicle on display was equally customized including the custom themed bicycles and incredible pedal cars. But beyond the cars and bikes, and the obvious time, money and passion put into perfecting these machine’s incredible detail was a sense of family like no other felt at any automotive event we’ve attended.
It’s true that the automotive scene in general is a source of camaraderie, full of friends hanging out and having fun with generations sharing in the love of a similar passion. But at the Lowrider Tour stop in Denver, it went beyond camaraderie and passion. Being part of Lowrider Nation is a lifestyle. Enthusiasm and respect are at the forefront of this family.
Whether we were exploring the rows and rows of lowered rides, watching the impressive jump competition in the arena space downstairs or browsing the booths filled with fedoras, tee shirts, and other merch – a sense of unity and culture prevailed.
There is an unwritten dress code happening here. Families dressed to match. Others proudly displayed vehicles painted with portraits of their family members or with their last names emblazoned on them in chrome. Still, others acknowledged their family ties with father/son, mother/daughter or similarly chartered two and four-wheeled creations.
If you weren’t family or representing your heirs that was okay too, but you were quickly welcomed like family to explore individual rides closer, talk shop and even pose for photos in or near various vehicles like you had some kind of “in”. Needless to say, you undoubtedly walked out of the show with a whole new feeling of fellowship as well as a whole new respect for an automotive scene steeped in tradition.
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