Custom Cars and Low Riders in San Juan Texas

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.

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From left to right: Arnold Martinez with Veteranos Car Club, Josh Razo with Del Valle Car Club and Roy Loera with Latin Fantasy Car Club. April 27, 2014.

Latin Dreams Rio Grande Valley

R. J. Guzman with Latin Dreams Rio Grande Valley Car Club. April 27, 2014.

Latin Dreams Rio Grande Valley

R. J. Guzman with Latin Dreams Rio Grande Valley Car Club April 27, 2014.

1936 Plymouth named Chingon

Joel G Flores proud owner of this 1936 Plymouth with air conditioning nicknamed “Chingon”. The car is tattooed on Joel’s forearm. April 27, 2014.

Arnold Martinez with Veteranos Car Club.

Arnold Martinez with Veteranos Car Club. April 27, 2014.

Josh Razo with Del Valle Car Club in San Juan Texas.

Josh Razo with Del Valle Car Club in San Juan Texas. April 27, 2014.

Custom cars and low riders at San Juan Texas Municipal Park

Front row from left to right: Joel G Flores and his 1936 Plymouth nicknamed Chingón, Elizandro Chandler Flores with Veteranos Car Club, Jaime de la Cerda and his 1947 Chevrolet. The oldest cars in front are nicknamed “bombs” or “bombitas” in Spanish. Back row from left to right: Joey Flores, Chris Coronado with Veteranos Car Club, Bobby Martinez with Veteranos Car Club, R. J. Guzman with Latin Dreams Rio Grande Valley Car Club, and Iris Mambo Davila with Traditionals Car Club. April 27, 2014.

Jaime de la Cerda and his 1947 Chevrolet he restored from the bottom up.

Jaime de la Cerda and his 1947 Chevrolet he restored from the bottom up. April 27, 2014.

Jaime de la Cerda owner of a 1947 Chevrolet.

Jaime de la Cerda (front) owner of a 1947 Chevrolet. April 27, 2014.

Jaime de la Cerda with his 1947 Chevrolet

Jaime de la Cerda and his 1947 Chevrolet he restored from the bottom up. April 27, 2014.

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