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Sunday Driver (Documentary/Custom Cars)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Documentary: B



Have you heard about low riders?To the uninformed, it could be anything from cowboys and clothes, but it actually applies to a practice in the 1950s of making sports cars and other prized vehicles customized to where the body can almost touch the ground.When a law was passed in 1959 banning it, the advent of hydraulics kicked in and the love of that kind of autobahning.Those who only though the musical Grease, George Lucasí American Graffiti and other 50s nostalgia trips was sufficient will really enjoy Carol Strongís Sunday Driver.


This too-short 2005 documentary tells the story of the low-riding car culture through The Majestics, the first of the many clubs that followed, as begun in Compton, California.It also addresses parallel clubs, but all of it still seems to add up to the roots and origins of the scene as we now know it.Yes, one could argue the difference between the African American culture that continued this and how many (most?) of the white fans moved on to other kinds of custom cars, vans and the like, but thatís another documentary.This is constantly compelling viewing and worth your time, even if you are not a big car fan.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is inconsistent because this is a documentary with much more rough referential materials than usual.Despite that technical limit, the program is very watchable.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but the great music employed in the piece sounds rich enough, including classic by The Temptations, The Dramatics, Booker T. & The MGs Brass Construction and many newer acts.Extras include weblinks, stills, 16 featurette pieces and previews for a few related and semi-related Palm releases.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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