Chicago – September 2018 – Slow and Low Festival

Our car weekend continued with something radically different than the others, but still very cool.

Chicago’s west side neighborhood of Pilsen has since the 1980s been primarily a Mexican neighborhood. The Slow and Low Festival celebrates the culture and art of the lowrider  culture and community of Pilsen.

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They emphasize it is not just a car show, but a celebration of the culture.

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As a car fan I was really looking forward to the show, knowing it would feature great restorations and modifications, yet be different than the other shows, and it did not disappoint.

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I was expecting all low rider cars with hydraulics and hoping cars, but was pleasantly surprised by the number of sedans from the 1930s and 1940s.

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All had high quality restorations with some added characteristics.

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They lined the (closed) street for about 1/2 mile.

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Most of the people belonged to car clubs, many of which were located in the suburbs.

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And yes, there were a number of rides with the tiny wheels and crazy hydraulics.

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The paint jobs were stunning.

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Why use a jack when you have  hydraulics to lift the front tire off the ground.

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Check out the wheels on this Chevy.

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The thermador car coolers use the cooling qualities of vaporization to transfer heat out of the car.

Popular in the southwestern states and Mexico, it was featured on a number of the cars and trucks at the Slow and Low.

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A conga line of cars.

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Notice the great ironwork on the grill. There were a number of bicycles on display using this same technique.

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Eyebrows? We had a great time checking out the cars and the Slow and Low Lowrider festival.

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