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Cars, education at center of show
By MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 28, 2000
If "all (your) friends drive low-riders," as the song goes, then you'll find all your friends at the Latin American Student Association's, Cars 2 Envy car show.
While the show will also feature classic cars and Euros (souped-up imports) competing in speed, looks, sound system and performance categories, '50s and '60s low-rider Impalas, Mustangs and trucks will be the stars of the show.
"(Low-riders are) a multicultural thing," said LASA member Roger Villanueva, 21, whose custom Honda Civic will compete in the Euro category, "but it comes from Mexican culture in the '50s. (The low-rider trend) started out with families who didn't have much money . . . a lot of them worked for the Air Force base and they'd take hydrolics from planes and install them in their cars."
For the hydrolic competition at the Cars 2 Envy show, the owner of the car picks music and, "dances the car to the music . . . shake and bake," Villanueva said.
The car show will also feature food as well as arts and crafts.
LASA raises educational awareness in Latino communities.
"A lot of them think that since they don't have any money, or that they're immigrants, they won't get to go to school," Villanueva said. But LASA encourages college-age Latinos to go to college one semester at a time.
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