Easy Duz It Car Club shows the sweetness of low riding on Alki
Low Riders.. those tricked out American cars from the 60's and 70's that jump and elevate, showing off intricate paint jobs, chrome, beautiful interiors,sometimes whole themes and always the pride of their owners were on display on Alki Ave SW Saturday night as the The Eazy Duz It C.C. Seattle car club put on their 8th annual BBQ for friends and family, showing off their astounding collection of Impala's and Monte Carlo's.
The group brought their cars to White Center for the Jubilee Days celebration and overwhelmed the organizers with how many vehicles they had with more than 200 wanting to take part. "We ran out of space for them," Said Oliver Little of Monumental Undertaking who helped produce the event in July, "Next year we are going have to give them an entire extra block."
Easy Duz it is out to change the reputation of low riders which through youtube videos and other media came to be associated with gangs and criminal activity. Instead, club members are inclusive, respectful, and extremely proud of the artistry that goes into their cars. It's not easy to join the club, said Vinny Padilla, who explained that you are first a prospective member as you demonstrate your dedication, "Are you really about putting time into the club to help team goals. For example everyone might help a club member prepare his car to go to a show."
While it's not easy to join, this is an all inclusive club with members that are Caucasian, Hispanic, Cambodian and more all sharing the same love for the low rider traditions.
Club members seek out the classic 1964 Chevrolet Impala's and the 1979 and 1980 model year Chevrolet Monte Carlos in literally any condition to then restore and build a car with their own artistic vision.
They do all their own paint work "in house" meaning it's done by club members but out source pin striping and some chrome work.
The cars show off their extensive hydraulic systems that in some cases look like engines, housed in the trunk that enable the cars to elevate, tilt, and even jump as the hydraulic controls are adjusted.
One amusing aspect of the low rider culture is the inclusion of 1950's baby strollers, painted to match the same color and design scheme of the car.