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Lowriders Drop into Route 66 Gallery at America’s Car Museum


America’s Car Museum (ACM) is cycling 11 lowriders, a couple of lowrider-themed bicycles and various artwork into its Route 66 display to celebrate America’s lowrider pastime.

As one of ACM’s rotating exhibits, Route 66 regularly undergoes change-outs and modifications to tell a variety of stories that define different aspects of America’s motoring heritage, this time giving a nod to lowriders that were heavily influenced by Southern California’s Chicano culture during the 1950s when this type of motoring hobby started. Past Route 66 themes included hot rods, station wagons and convertibles.

“When we began planning the next installment of Route 66, our admiration for the Washington lowrider community was important to share with our visitors,” said ACM Curator of Exhibitry Scot Keller. “They are an important part of our automotive heritage.”

To source vehicles for Route 66 ACM turned to the Lows Traviesos Lowriders Club of Washington, and its members stepped up to have their lowriders on display until April 15.

The full list of vehicles in the display include:

  • 1947 Chevy Fleetline
  • 1955 Mercury 
  • 1961 Chevy Impala
  • 1962 Chevy Impala convertible 
  • 1962 Chevy Impala SS
  • 1962 Chevy Impala wagon 
  • 1963 Chevy Impala convertible 
  • 1964 Chevy Impala SS
  • 1965 Chevy Impala
  • 1966 Chevy Impala 
  • 1986 Buick Regal 

“It’s important that our curatorial efforts not just celebrate the expensive collectible vehicles seen at concours around the world, but that we address a responsibility to display cultural expression through automotive and car culture’s diversity as well,” said Adam Langsbard, CEO of America’s Automotive Trust, which oversees ACM.

Another element of the exhibit will be a display of lowrider bicycles, a pedal car and a lowrider stroller – each of which are as well-crafted and unique as the cars.

For more information on the Route 66 display and other current exhibits, visit americascarmuseum.org.

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