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Description of Pictures: Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2017) – The McGee Roadster hot rod, Hirohata Merc radical custom and Gypsy Rose lowrider became part of history today. They were announced as the 16th, 17th and 18th vehicles to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of their significance in American automotive history. All three vehicles were center stage on the National Mall this morning to mark the commemoration and opening ceremony for the third annual Cars at the Capital exhibition. The exhibition and documentation are part of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Library of Congress archives.
The above was from https://www.historicvehicle.org/history-hot-rod-custom-car-lowrider-receive-national-honors-washington/
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LOWRID_170412_08.JPG: The First Gypsy Rose
1963 Chevrolet Impala
Painted fuchsia with the words "Gypsy Rose" on the car.
LOWRID_170412_10.JPG: The Second Gypsy Rose
1963 Chevrolet Impala
Pink with painted roses was destroyed by vandals following a club outing.
LOWRID_170412_12.JPG: The Third Gypsy Rose
1964 Chevrolet Impala
Completed in 1973, it was the second Gypsy Rose to be painted by Walter Prey. I is one of the most influential designs of 1970s Los Angeles lowrider art.
LOWRID_170412_18.JPG: The People Behind the Gypsy Rose Lowrider
April 12th - May 4th
LOWRID_170412_19.JPG: Builder and lowrider
Jesse Valadez (1946-2011)
Born in Mexico and raised in Texas and Calif. This was third and last lowrider car Jesse built. He finished it when he was 27 years-old.
LOWRID_170412_20.JPG: Family steward
Jesse Valadez II
Jesse's son spent his childhood growing up around lowriding. Today, he carries on his father's lowriding tradition as the owner of Gypsy Rose.
LOWRID_170412_21.JPG: Master pinstripe artist
Walter Prey (1947-2011)
Talented owner of Walt's Custom Studio. Together with Don Heckman they created the ornate, pink, rose, flaked, and swirled design for Gypsy Rose.
LOWRID_170412_23.JPG: Custom paint artist
Painted Gypsy Rose with Walt Prey. Responsible for the major base, metal flake, clear coats.
LOWRID_170412_24.JPG: Upholstery designer
Jesse's older brother and owner of an upholstery shop. Created the original square "biscuit" patterned crashed velvet interior with shag carpet.
LOWRID_170412_26.JPG: Imperials club founder
Jesse's younger brother formed the Imperials car club in 1964 while he was in junior high school. The club flourished and still remains strong today.
LOWRID_170412_35.JPG: The Gypsy Rose 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider is one of the most influential designs from the 1970s period of Los Angeles lowrider art.
It was created by Jesse Valadez (1946-2011), a founder and president of the Imperials car club; painted by artists Walter Prey (1947-2011) and Don Heckman; with an interior originally developed by Jesse's brother, Gil Valadez. Prior to his death, Jesse gave the car to his son Jesse Valadez II who is the present owner and steward of the Gypsy Rose lowrider.
LOWRID_170412_36.JPG: 1964 Chevrolet Impala (Gypsy Rose)
National Historic Vehicle Register No. 19
LOWRID_170412_38.JPG: Gypsy Rose is the 18th vehicle to be commemorated and documented as national heritage by the HVA for the National Historic Vehicle Register and US Dept. of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record. The photographs, line-drawings and history will be archived in the Library of Congress.
LOWRID_170412_44.JPG: Gypsy Rose was in the opening credits of the "Chico and the Man" TV series (1975).
LOWRID_170412_45.JPG: backseat lounge and bar
hydraulic suspension system
LOWRID_170412_46.JPG: velvet swivel seat
backseat lounge and bar
LOWRID_170412_47.JPG: Thousands of hand-painted leaves
signed by artists
LOWRID_170412_58.JPG: Artwork by
Walt & Dons Studio
LOWRID_170412_67.JPG: Cars at the Capital
April 12 - May 4
* An American art form of custom automobiles
* Designed to cruise low and slow
* A style that emerged from the Mexican-American neighborhoods of East Los Angeles in 1940s
What makes a car a lowrider?
* ornate custom painted exteriors
* lush redesigned interiors
* small usually 13" or 14" wheels and whitewall tires
* adjustable hydraulic suspension systems to lower and raise the ride height and in some cases hop
* typically based on General Motors sedans such as Chevrolet Impalas and Buick Rivieras
* affiliation with a lowrider car club
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