HOT ROD and LOWRIDER Cars Receive National Honors In Washington

Iconic cars for HOT ROD and LOWRIDER, the McGee Roadster and Gypsy Rose, became part of history today. They were announced as the 16th and 17th vehicles to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of their significance in American automotive history. In addition to the The McGee Roadster and Gypsy Rose, a third vehicle, the Hirohata Merc  1951 Mercury Coupe, will be included into the Registry as well. All three vehicles were center stage on the National Mall to mark the commemoration and opening ceremony for the third annual Cars at the Capital exhibition.

The Gypsy Rose is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala designed to go “low and slow” when it cruised East LA in the 1970s. It was known as one of the most extravagantly painted lowriders of the period, landing it a spot in the opening credits of the 1970s sitcom “Chico and the Man” and on the cover of Lowrider Magazine in 1980. “You’re only going to find certain iconic cars that are still around. That was one of them, and I think that was our foundation, our cornerstone of all lowriding,” said Joe Ray, Editor of LOWRIDER.

The McGee Roadster is a hot rod based on a 1932 Ford V8 Roadster. It was built by Bob McGee, a soldier, who upon returning from the war, attended and played football for the University of Southern California. McGee raced the car on the dry lakebeds of California and used the car to promote hot rod safety. The iconic car was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1948 in its inaugural year. Photographed by Hot Rod founder Robert Petersen in front of the U.S.C. Campus, the feature ensured the car a special place in history.

McGee

See these trailblazing cars for yourself on display at this year’s Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C.

–April 12 – 19, Gypsy Rose 1964 Chevrolet Impala “lowrider”

–April 20 – 26, McGee Roadster 1932 Ford V8 “hot rod”

–April 27 – May 4, Hirohata Merc 1951 Mercury Coupe “radical custom”