La Comida Loca

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Aug 10, 2011
  • Laraine Newman

One of the things I feel is emblematic of being a California Girl is the love of cars. The Peterson Automotive Museum is having a Low Rider exhibit right now. Bitchen, right? Personally, I can't wait.

My earliest memory of the low rider culture was a song byband-theemidnighters.jpg Thee Midnighters, probably the first significant Chicano rock bands to come out of Los Angeles. They had several hits, like Land of 1,000 Dances, but anyone who grew up loving music and cars in the 1960s couldn't forget "Let's take a trip down Whittier Boulevard, yeehaa, Arriba , Arriba!" It's part of my DNA just as much as the love of surfing. In fact, when you listen to the song, it has that early surf sound. That reverb electric guitar Dick Dale made famous. But that's a whole other story for another time.