Formed in the early 1980s to fight for the right to cruise the Mission, the San Francisco LowRider Council held its 40th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Family Cruise Saturday.
Gleaming cars with high-powered hydraulics from car clubs around the Bay Area cruised Mission Street for the event and Mayor London Breed even took a ride in a white Chevrolet Impala with council founder Roberto Hernandez.
Saturday’s cruise was billed as a family event. A previous cruise in March held in honor of Tejano superstar Selena was marred by a sideshow that broke out after it ended, resulting in injuries to pedestrians in the area of 24th and Mission streets.
“There were individuals that started doing donuts and burnouts in both vehicles and on motorcycles,” the council said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Antics like this is what makes us look bad in the eyes of the City officials and the police department. There is a time and place for speed, not at a Low and Slow movement cruise.”
For Saturday’s event, the council said police and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency would be on hand to facilitate traffic, and participants were urged to “KEEP IT LOW AND SLOW.”