Golden Chevrolet 210 1954 (the owner calls his “Sphinx”), creamy-green Dodge D5 Sedan 1936 (he Eltesoro, which translated from Spanish means “Treasure”), bright pink Mercury Monterey 1954 (La Vida Rosa — “Pink life”) are the unique cars, the owners of which are the oldest Japanese club the Pharaohs (Pharaohs). Here for almost 30 years the mechanics of virtuoso underestimate the tuning machines are so cool to learn come fans of lowriding from around the world.
Lowriding originated in southern California in the 1940-ies, when the Mexicans were decorated with American cars in bright colors and designs, and also introduced machine “low and slow”. Culture of lowriders has increased in the USA slowly, but two decades after the Second world war the number of fans of low cars has increased dramatically, and the art upgrade of the car has spread beyond America.
In the mid 1980-ies, in the midst of the bubble economy (the financial period in Japan, characterized by repeated price increases), Japanese owners began to import models such as the Impala, and Ford’s Mercury, full of works of Chicano and hydraulics. Chicano art is an art style (drawings, sketches, tattoos and airbrushing later), which is based on Latin American motifs (from the names of the people in Latin America).
“There is a pleasure that comes with driving, but there are also indescribable excitement when you’re setting up the mechanics of the vehicle, creating his unique style,” admitted CNN correspondent member of the “Pharaohs” Hisashi Uchida (Hishashi Ushida).
Mr. Uchida owns the “Sphinx” — Chevrolet 210 1954. Male 46 years old, and he recalls how as a boy he saw on the streets of Nagoya (one of the largest cities in Japan and the unofficial capital of the Asian lowriding) amazing American cars. Then Hisashi Uchida was still in school. Neither he nor his friends have not had the opportunity to ride around the city on such expensive cars, so the guys came up to do an upgrade of truck-wreck (which, as stated, have enough money, then bought).
“We bought a small truck and tried to rebuild them as if they were nescorozhenyi cars. But later, when I met the owner of Paradise Road (the importer and the owner of an automotive garage where mechanics make the lowriders) Shimodaira Junichi (Junichi Shimodaira), we had truly authentic. He was the one who really showed me how to alter the cars.”
Below we list some of the automotive masterpieces that Hisashi Uchida has published in his instagram already being a specialist with a worldwide reputation. And start with the “Sphinx”, “Treasure” and “the Pink life”.
Shimodaira was talking about Used, is considered a pioneer in the culture of Japanese lowriding. Know him on both sides of the Pacific. In the early 1980s he lived in California, where he studied lowriding up and down. Back in Nagoya, known as “Lexus building” (town is an hour drive from Toyota City, where the automaker had assembled its first car) at the age of 58 years, Shimodaira started his own car club the Pharaohs.
The club members say that it is Shimodaira played an important role in the promotion of so-called car setup and brought to the streets of Nagoya automotive new taste, a new culture. After nearly three decades, members of “the Pharaohs” (today in the club of 25 people) meet regularly to organize joint outings and to Express their respect for the history of the club, the first club of Nagoya, which began with the Japanese lowriding.
Uchida says that the peak of the popularity of clubs of lowriders in Japan came in 2000, however, and today this culture seems strong (at least judging by the number of theme festivals and fans of lowriding). He Used in 2003 opened Cholos — own garage in Nagoya. Are constantly experimenting with hydraulics, and tuning. Often garage mechanics Cholos exhibit their work at major motor shows of Japan and won prizes in festivals.
According to CNN (the publication refers to photographer Luke Dorsett, who has studied lowriding in Japan in 2001), today there are about 200 active clubs. As well as in East Los Angeles, the understatement of machines involves introducing a car owner to the original culture. Dorsett notes that during immersion in American and Japanese lowriding noticed the incredible “spiritual bond” the two currents of one culture.
“It’s two cultures that involve craftsmanship. Both are detail-oriented, originality and quality”, — said the photographer.
But Japan, according to Dorsett, the first “imported” California lowriding, eventually came to own understanding of culture: technical and stylistic chips the Japanese have their today.
Another founder of his own club Shigeru Sato of Stylish Car Club in Osaka says that he formed the club 20 years ago. Then he was guided not only by the interest in mechanics and a unique style of car, but also the General sense of the culture. Compliance with this principle is mandatory for new members of the club to this day.
“In America, the culture of lowriding is not only tuning cars but also fashion, music and family, says Shigeru Sato. — I want to be sure that anyone who joins us, really immersed in the culture. And I want them to not just enjoy the car tuning, but also acquainted with the fashion and music about new trends and develop. But I understand that the demonstration of low cars is still an important ritual for fans of lowriding who love attention. We could be a little bit like gangsters, but we all have families and a steady job. We just admire this culture.”