Story & Photos: Daniel Jarasa
Mention “Elysian Park” to the lowrider community, and it’s enough to raise an eyebrow. The park, often referred to as “Avenue of the Palms, is legendary for its twin row of Canary Island Date palms that serve as the perfect backdrop for car cruises and picnics.
So when LA Times Car Club announced a get-together for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, I already knew that I had to get there early to avoid the traffic jam – unfortunately, “early” wasn’t early enough. The night prior, High-Class car club was already reserving its spaces by 9 pm, followed by the midnight arrival of Los Angeles, Limited, First Class and Majestics car clubs. But that’s the price you pay if you want a prime spot, and just like the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm.”
I spent close to 6 hours at Elysian Park, and the action was non-stop. From show cars to project cars, hoppers to bikes, there was a little bit of everything for everybody. The hoppers were firing off in friendly competition, the BBQs were on high heat, you definitely missed if you couldn’t attend. A big thanks to LA Times for putting this together.