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Low Riders Video Clips
The following clips were edited from video taken at a low rider display on the University of Arizona campus in November 1996. The display was part of a larger exhibition "La Cadena Que No Se Corta/The Unbroken Chain," an exhibit focusing on the traditional arts of Tucson's Mexican American community. More information on this exhibition can be found on the La Cadena Que No Se Corta/The Unbroken Chain Web site.
Dr. James S. Griffith, a Research Associate and folklore professor with the University of Arizona, hosted the discussion on low riding with a local car club.
Video on this webpage was provided by Dr. David Betts, who shot the original footage. The raw footage was edited and digitized by Jeff Imig, University of Arizona Learning Technologies Center (LTC), during summer 2000. Creation of metadata and selection of clips for the Web was done by LTC's Jan Knight. Access to the video clips on low riders became available on the Southern Arizona Folk Arts website in February 2001. Get the free RealPlayer to view these video selections.
The hydraulics are one of the more dramatic aspects of low riders. View the low rider hydraulics in action. [00:20 RealPlayer]
The elaborate interiors of low riders [00:13 RealPlayer] are an integral part of the tradition. Interiors are characterized by colorful and deep pile upholstery.
Exterior paintwork and murals [00:10 RealPlayer] are all important common features of low riders and they help to identify different vehicles and their individual ownership. Another example of the exterior paintwork. [00:13 RealPlayer]
Bronze paintwork and elaborate wheels [00:15 RealPlayer] highlight this car.
Dr. Jim Griffith meets with families involved in the low rider community and hears an explaination of the phrase "low and slow, mean and clean." [00:50 RealPlayer] A transcript is available on this page.
A local mother talks [02:20 RealPlayer] about the importance of the low rider tradition in the family community and their group's involvement in school drug and gang programs.
Low rider bikes [00:16 RealPlayer] are a way for children and young people to become involved in the low rider community.