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New Mexico Lowriders: State of the Subculture, Cinco de Mayo 2017

May 5, 2017

Santa Fe's Lowrider Day parade and show in May 2016 offered 130 spots for vehicle owners; registration quickly sold out, packing the Plaza with low-lows, hoppers, and appreciative gawkers.
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A long parade of slow-cruising, glittery, low-slung classic cars was once a common encounter on Friday nights in the Española valley. Today the action has slowed, and New Mexico low-lows are typically only seen at car shows and special events—but could the subculture be perched for a renaissance?

KSFR's Dylan Syverson spoke with Don Usner, a Santa Fe-based writer-photographer, and Daniel Kosharek, who curates the photo archives at the Palace of the Governors. They talked about what makes lowriders special to so many people, dispelling wrong impressions about the subculture, and a plan they're hatching for a lowrider museum in Española.