The lowriders that are saving lives
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Posted: 16 Oct 2013
Pre-1955 cars, usually GM and loaded with period options, are called Bombs, and nod to the first wave of customs in the Thirties. There are also Hoppers, built for chassis-snapping bouncing, often beyond six feet high. The rest, ranging from mid Fifties to late Nineties, are defined loosely as ‘lowrider', ‘low-low' or ‘low'.
They're also illegal in California. Sort of. The state's vehicle code dictates that you can't operate a car modified so that any part is lower than the bottom of the wheel rims. On full drop, that's most lowriders - and the point of building one. As Frosty has it: "They just look better low." There's an issue with tyres, too. You can't get anything that fits 13-inch wheels - the lowrider's choice - with a load rating appropriate for plus-size American iron.