Inspiration Club: lowriders at Sunday Streets

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Even Sunday Streets has gotta give it up for these rides
ALL PHOTOS BY CAITLIN DONOHUE

From the kiddos bravely taking Valencia's center lanes on trikes, to the Aztec dancers performing by the 24th street BART, to the hipster dance party pouring out of the well-loved Victorian across the street, yesterday's Sunday Streets in the Mission felt more like a living Mona Caron mural than anything I've seen in this berg in some time. Hell, it even brought out some pinko rhetoric from the mayor.

But – heresy alert -- the dopest part was the cars.The Inspirations Car Club and friends, to be exact – a group that styled out the premiere of La Mision last year and can be counted on to lend pachuco flash to Bay Area car shows and community events -- launched a lowrider parade from Alabama and 24th, after dealing with some brief mechanical difficulties (you try making you car drive on two wheels and then talk to me about engine maintenance). The procession made its neon green, hydraulic jumping way north en route to drop some more jaws. Or in the case of the well-meaning liberal gringo daddy to my right, raise some fists and elicit some awkward white person hoots. Today the club's Facebook page exults over the "drooling gringos," as well it should.

Sure, in a Mona Caron mural all those Buick Regals and Chevy Impalas would be revving on electricity or potato peels or some such thing, but dayum – every once in a while you've got to give it up for a fly gas guzzler. Tell you what, Hummers have never looked this good, and we support any sign that the old school Mission homies are hanging onto their neighborhood -- in style. 

 

 

Comments

I'm white and I lowride, daily.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 17, 2011 @ 9:21 am

How sad that someone forgot the "Mission" received its name because of the mission on dolores st which by the way dolores means pains in spanish! So this lowriding has everything to do with LA MISION and it represents the latin culture. So before the idiot, who is narrow minded, obviously ignorant, comments about revelance do some research. The difference between caucasions and Latinos is we don't believe we are superior, instead we regonize. We not only speak for nuestra raza but open doors for others. So next time you walk down LA MISSION, CHECK out all the colorful murals, the diversity of non-white people getting together at that bus stop or if you ride BART, the people getting off on 16th n 24th st. Check yourself before you hurt yourself mentally!
Lowriding requires dedication, commitment, artistic gift and talent! Which many of our Latinos love to SHARE with the public.
Don't hate, appreciate!

Posted by Guestwarriorzfan on May. 11, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

my god i can't believe peoples comments on this article.. so mean!

I love the this, the cars look fabulous!! thanks caitlin!

Posted by Guest on May. 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

Your use of the word "dope" is "far out" and "groovy." Glad you're still partying like it's 1992.

Regards,

Greg Brady

Posted by Chromefields on May. 10, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

seeing as i was nine. thanks for your kind words tho.

Posted by caitlin on May. 10, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

#thingswhitepeoplelike

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

The perspective from a Latino from the Mission District that's been lowriding since the early 80's is that prejudicious ideas and ignorance is a reality in our community ever since we tried getting Raza Park started and other struggles that were not given to us. Nothing is given to us , we have to fight for it. So when you speak of the Polish, Irish , German, and whatever your European type is, its easy for you to get backing for whatever you want in our community, but us Latinos have to struggle to get it. So you can say what you want but the lowrider community will always be strong because it is within our community. So you can look at it any way you want , but only our people know the true magic of it all. Peace, love, and unity. Que viva la Raza!

P.S. By the way , some of my good friends are of European descent, the only difference is, they have a better mentality.

38 Bomber

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 7:10 pm
Posted by 9/11 truther on May. 09, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

I love Lowriders! But I hardly ever see them driven around, so I think it was nice to have them at Sunday streets. They are like a parade, and they go slow, so it's not like just any car, it's an art car.

And besides, I want the Latino community to feel included in Sunday streets in whatever way they enjoy. I also hope that the Sunday Streets outreach to the Spanish speaking community helped people understand about moving their cars so there were not as many tow-aways

Muchas Gracias y hasta Octubre 24th

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

Thank god for paternalism.

"

Newsom envisions dancing in S.F. streets
May 10, 2008|By Cecilia M. Vega, Chronicle Staff Writer

* open space
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Associated Press photo by Rich Pedroncelli
Credit: Rich Pedroncelli

Paris turns the banks of the Seine into a palm tree-studded, sandy-beach hangout in the summertime, and Bogota, Colombia, bans cars from its busy thoroughfares once a week and gives free aerobics classes in the streets.

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Posted by 9/11 truther on May. 09, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

Thanks for commenting Guest -- I've seen the lowriders (not sure if it was Inspiration Club, but it likely was) at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts for the Barrio Bushido book reading, they were around for Dia de los Muertos events, and also show up at car shows around the Bay. I'm looking forward to doing more coverage on them in the future, so check back here for more appearances.

Posted by caitlin on May. 09, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

"pinko rhetoric"???

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 3:04 pm
yup

pinkos. coming at you. in your home. liberating streets from cars.

Posted by caitlin on May. 09, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

So what do you call those who imposed the motorization of our streets? The good ol' progressives? (Read: Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Automobile Age in the American City by Peter D. Norton.)

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

If the whites do it shows their utter disdain for the environment and the true costs of the internal combustion engine.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on May. 09, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

If the the goyim do it shows their utter disdain for the environment and the true costs of the internal combustion engine.

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

Oh I don't know, I could picture Caitlin in her Ratt or Cinderella shirt hanging out on 82nd street on a Friday or Saturday night in Portland back in the day.

Posted by maltlock on May. 09, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

Obviously the point of Sunday Streets is that there's no cars. I get that: http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2011/04/10/survivin-sunshine-sunday-str...

But it's also about community. The lowriders weren't just dope, they're a sign that the Mission is holding onto its Latino roots, and that events like Sunday Streets aren't just drawing one kind of community. Judging from the crowd that assembled to watch them, I wasn't the only one that thought so.

Posted by caitlin on May. 09, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

Funny enough the Mission used to be almost 100% Irish and German, with a large Polish community too. Please don't engage in cultural genocide by erasing the memory of those communities Caitlin. We must celebrate ALL diversities in our beautiful city.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on May. 09, 2011 @ 4:03 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

What a horrible reflection of a beautiful event.

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

Wow. You clearly missed the point of Sunday Streets. EPIC FAIL.

Posted by Guest on May. 09, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

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