Zapien plans to pass on her Chevy to one of her four daughters and hopes they will adopt the lowriding lifestyle. It's all about unity. Male lowriders have not made it easy for women like Hernandez. Joe Ray, editor of Lowrider magazine, estimates that 65 percent of the 1, lowrider car clubs in the United States do not allow women to join.
On this Sunday afternoon, in the parking lot of a Dallas restaurant, Zapien guides her lowriding classic into a parking space and readies for the show. Driven by owner Marisa Zapien, the sleek black-and-gold Chevy Fleetline turns heads at every corner. She has no problem telling them how she feels. Zapien doesn't allow women to pose on her car, and male lowriders are quick to give her a hard time for it.