Archive for May, 2019

As far back as I can remember I have been around lowriders. Growing up in Cordova, New Mexico it was the thing to do. I remember my Uncle Allen’s 72 Monte Carlo, my Uncle Randy’s 69 Bettle Bug and his 79 Cordoba, my mom’s 75 Grand Prix, and my Tio Spunky’s 79 Cadillac Coup DeVille. These are just a few of the cars I grew up around.

I remember watching my uncles wash their cars and getting ready for the weekend cruise in Espanola, New Mexico, “The Lowrider Capital of the World.” They would cruise on Friday night, Saturday night, and on a Sunday afternoon. In those days, Espanola was known for its slow-paced traffic. In the mid-1800s there was the book of essays titled “The Land of Poco Tiempo” and let me tell you Espanola lived up to that statement. The homies would cruise at a pace of 25 miles per hour down Riverside Drive.

The memories of those days running in my mind when I drive into Espanola, remembering the day my Uncle Allen, taught me how to drive. We were heading to Cordova after spending the night in Alcalde with his girlfriend. When we were by the turnoff to El Santuario de Chimayo he pulled over and told me to change seats with him, and get behind the wheel and learn to drive. I must admit I was scared shitless. I was driving my Uncle’s loved 72 Monte, his pride and joy. It was great to drive that beautiful car. It was an experience I will never forget.

In the late 90’s, I bought my 1990 Ford Ranger and transformed it into a lowrider. I wanted to join my uncles in their passion for custom cars. My mom also passed on her Grand Prix to me. Unfortunately, I have not been able to build itup, but I still have it and hopefully, soon I will start working on it. Back to my truck: I joined the lowrider world and participated in the Sunday cruises and became a part of the lowrider world; it was a great time.

Because lowriding and custom car building is an important part of many people from Espanola and other places in New Mexico, I have been thinking for the past few years of putting together a collection of photographs and stories about these beautiful works of art on wheels. Now, in 2019 I finally decided to get off my arse and get this project started.

This is the first blog post about the lowriders/custom cars of the Espanola Valley and Northern Nuevo Mexico. The purpose of this project is to give the owners of these works of art a space to tell the story of their creation. The value these cars can’t be measured in dollars but in love and commitment to their beauty; and how these individuals, family, or car club projects came to life.

It’s time to give a voice to the men and women behind the cars that many have photographed in times past. Campana de Esperanza Fotography and El Razafotografista will be working together to give the owners a platform to share their story.

If you would like to participate or have family or friends that may be interested in participating please have them email us at razafotografista@gmail.com or message us on Facebook at El Razafotografista or at Campana de Esperanza Fotography

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