On a hot Sunday afternoon I met custom car owners from San Juan, Pharr, McAllen and Raymondville, Texas to take pictures and talk about their cars. I picked the San Juan Municipal Park for the location of this photo shoot because I wanted to include a Mexican American themed mural as background. The mural features an agricultural laborer, family life and Aztec-like symbols.
I interviewed owner Joel G Flores from Raymondville, Texas. He is the proud owner of a black, shiny 1936 Plymouth with air conditioning nicknamed “Chingon”. The car has a black and white painting on a rear compartment door that features charros with a Mexican flag. I asked Joel what the term Mexican American means to him. He replied that we all have Mexican roots, “todos venimos del otro lado” he said in Spanish, we all come from the other side. Mr. Flores was born in Texas but is aware of his Mexican roots. “I’m proud to be a Mexican American” he said “it’s not to insult nobody, it’s just being proud of who you are”. Mr. Flores has taken “Chingon” on the road to be shown at car festivals in various cities. It earned first best of choice in Lowrider Magazine in San Antonio, Texas.
I also interviewed owner Jaime de la Cerda who restored a 1947 Chevrolet from the bottom up. He has driven the car to San Antonio, Texas and back to the Valley to participate in a low rider show.
I would like to thank Rafael Soto for bringing together car clubs from various Rio Grande Valley cities for this photo shoot. Also, thanks to Iris Davila for helping me with names of the car owners.