This would-be badass still has some serious hops. Slightly smaller (but a whole lot meaner) than the similarly shaped PT Cruiser, this "classic bomb"—the centerpiece of the museum's "Chicano Now: American Expressions" exhibition—shakes and shimmies, lifts and drops, all courtesy of hydraulic cylinders situated under each corner of the carriage.
Built by Los Angeles artist Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, the lowrider simulator might not let you machine-gun faceless baddies like those hi-tech flight gizmos over at Air & Space, but this mechanized staple of Mexican-American urban street life is certainly cooler. The three-minute virtual trip takes you through an East L.A. "cruising zone," complete with 'do-ragged toughs head-bobbing through las avenidas in their own souped-up wheels. The climax is the "lowride-off," where your street rivals put on a spine-rattling display of lifting, dropping, and tilting. You and your ride match every thump and bump.
the traveling exhibit called Chicano Now, was on a five-year, fifteen-city museum tour;
Anaheim California – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – San Francisco, California – St. Louis, Missouri – Minneapolis, Minnesota – San Diego, California – Indianapolis, Indiana – El Paso, Texas – Washington, D.C. – Smithsonian Institution – San Antonio, Texas
"Chicano"was a multimedia exhibit consisting of"Chicano Now: American Expressions" and "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge."
Impelled and created by the entertainer Cheech Marin's private collection of Chicano art, presented by Target Stores, and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company and DaimlerChrysler, organized and produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, and applauded by the Smithsonian