All of us soon may be able to, as the funk band War sang it, “take a little trip, take a little trip, take a little trip and see” a lowrider museum in Española.
A coalition in “The Lowrider Capital of the World” – take that, East L.A. – is making progress toward developing the museum as part of redevelopment of an old car dealership site. If everything runs as expected, the lowrider museum could be open this summer in a shipping container park.
That may sound like a low-cost alternative, and it is, but this shipping container thing is taking off. Hip retail/dining/brew pub centers around the country, including in Albuquerque and the up-and-coming hipster portion of Las Vegas, Nev., are being built out of the big shipping boxes, which provide a sharp, modern style when used appropriately.
The most encouraging thing is that the Lowrider Museum Coalition is putting together funding for the project, which has been a dream in the Española Valley for years.
A branch of the state Department of Tourism has agreed to match up to $50,000 that a nonprofit hopes to raise. The potential $100,000 total is tiny compared to what big-time museums spend, but is considered vital seed money to get the Española museum up and going.
The museum idea appears to have been given a big boost by the New Mexico History Museum’s popular exhibit “Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico,” which closed last year. A mind-blowing lowrider show on the Santa Fe Plaza was held in conjunction with the exhibit.