I visited the 30th Annual Car Show presented by the Albuquerque Museum and the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs on May 18, 2014. In the show I found a 1949 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe with a Mexican American themed interior. The car was customized by Freddy Gutierrez with Duke’s Car Club of the Albuquerque’s chapter who was kind to let me photograph his vehicle.
Inside the car, in a small tray, there is a cracked black and white photograph of Freddy’s dad who served in World War II. The car seats are covered with Zarapes and a Howdy Doody toy rides in the passenger’s seat. The mix of Mexican and American references inside the vehicle in very interesting. As a third generation Mexican American, Freddy pays tribute to his Mexican origins and embraces the American culture. I was very happy to make these images.