By David Hernandez|Contact Reporter – – Photo: Misael Virgen|San Diego Union-Tribune.

Photo: Admiring some of the vehicles on display at the 25th annual Automobile Heritage Day Festival and Car Show in National City, California, on Aug. 26, 2016.

The year was 1992. Cruising in lowriders was rampant in National City on weekends. In a move intended to crack down on the popular pastime, which was blamed for crime and traffic congestion, the City Council outlawed cruising. More than 25 years later, city leaders want to embrace the customized cars, commonly fitted with hydraulic systems, as part of the city’s rich history and culture.

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