Celebrating its 18th birthday this year, Western Washington University’s “Ridin’ Low in the 3-6-0” lowrider show brought out some of the region’s best stock and custom lowrider builds, and Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez, a student at the time of the show’s founding, was front and center.
Presented by WWU’s chapter of M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantíl Chican@ de Aztlán or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán), a nationwide organization which represents the interests of Chicano/Latino students throughout the United States at the high school, community college and university levels, the lowrider show is a chance for this community to come together in a show of solidarity and pride in their culture and people.
Praising the show’s dedicated and hard-working student and staff workers, as well as local vendors, Hazelrigg-Hernandez stated that the initial impetus for the show when she was a a member of the founding MEChA Chapter in 2000, was to create a welcoming space for students of Chicano/Latino backgrounds and challenge stereotypes associated with this unique art form. Showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of the cars and their makers to others reinforces the cultural bonds felt by students, faculty and the community at large.