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The Top Five Non-Ford Flathead V’s…

The Top Five Non-Ford Flathead V’s…

I love the Flathead Ford V-8 (and if your on the HAMB most likely you appreciate it too.). It is with little doubt the most iconic traditional hot rod V motor of all time, and for many it’s the only choice for an early style Ford roadster or coupe. And […]

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A taste of Gasser Country

A taste of Gasser Country

Ohio is Gasser Country. Whether you like it or not, that’s the word brother. Sure, by the mid ‘60s cars all over the nation were getting the “nose-up” treatment, but there has always been something about the Midwestern “street” classes that set well with me. I grew up memorizing Larry […]

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The Hiltons’ Little “Honker”

The Hiltons’ Little “Honker”

I watched the tow strap tighten as the metallic blue station wagon guided a stubby maroon coupe into the staging area. As I recall, it was a mild afternoon on the border of Missouri and Kansas. The winds of the great planes managed to rest prior to reaching our little […]

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The Hot Rod Story

The Hot Rod Story

I don’t know how I missed this gem from the King Rose Archives, but here is a fantastic Petersen documentary from around 1966  simply titled “The Hot Rod Story” and hosted by sportscaster Dick Enberg. It should be called “The Drag Racing Story”, because after giving a brief history of Bonneville […]

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This is the Demonstration Dragster

This is the Demonstration Dragster

With a week filled with immaculate early customs, I figured I’d change up the pace this Friday with a sanitary machine for the strip — Chuck Blanchard’s slingshot from the Pacific Northwest. Blanchard was a tried and true hot rodder from Beaverton, Ore. with a diverse skillset. An upholsterer by […]

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“A” Sweetheart

“A” Sweetheart

Through the years, February 14 has revolved around chocolates, roses and romantic candlelit dinners with a special somebody. But Al Lindstrom’s sweetheart wasn’t a leggy brunette or a blonde bombshell — it was a red-lacquered Model ‘A.’ Based on a 1929 roadster pickup, “’A’ Sweetheart” was powered by a three […]

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80 Years ago: Something iconic came along.

80 Years ago: Something iconic came along.

2014 is another anniversary worth mentioning: The last of the Model B’s, 1934 Ford was introduced, and it was the swan song car of the old Ford days for quite a few reasons: Last of the 4 cylinder B motors (although the vast majority of ’34′s sold were V-8 equipped) […]

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The Unsung Cover Car

The Unsung Cover Car

Kenny Smith’s channeled ’29 roadster was featured on the January, 1951 cover of Hot Rod Magazine. It’s a cover that ranks number four in my “all time top-5 list” of HRM covers. Thinking on it, there are really three reasons as to why this is the case: 1. Composition. You’ve […]

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The Jack Mickelson Roadster

The Jack Mickelson Roadster

I don’t really know a damned thing about Jack’s roadster. In fact, I don’t think I would know the car at all if it weren’t for the gorgeous color picture published in “The Birth Of Hot Rodding” a number of years ago (seen above and again below). It’s just a […]

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