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Godspeed to the Big Wheel…

Godspeed to the Big Wheel…

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Mickey Rooney passed away earlier this week at the age of 93, making his acting career the longest in Hollywood history. He was a American film legend staring in a number of great pre & post-war movies, and a few that were […]

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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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Circle Track Racing In Upstate New York

Circle Track Racing In Upstate New York

This was filmed sometime around 1958 to 1960… Just a young man with an 8mm motion camera sitting in the stands and filming what he saw. Most historians consider this early version of short track racing the most pure in American history and watching videos like this just ads prudence […]

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More Vintage Bonneville Footage

More Vintage Bonneville Footage

A little over a month or so, I posted some found footage of early Bonneville racing action. The source of that video was the King Rose Archives. And somehow or another, that archive has acquired even more footage. This time it’s just random shots from the Bonneville Speed Trials from […]

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Bonneville, 1951

Bonneville, 1951

Eight full minutes of silent beauty… I believe this film was shot at Bonneville in 1951. There are real gems to been found here too. Kenz & Leslie, Bull Burke, Tom Beatty, Barney Navarro, and many others make cameo appearances. The color is simply wonderful and the silence just seems […]

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Hot Rod Racing!

Hot Rod Racing!

So we have a member in our ranks that doubles as a fancy hollywood type. He’s a hot rodder first and foremost, but in his spare time he makes summer blockbusters and mingles with starlets. The man can pull some wool… and I’d give him much more grief for it […]

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Vintage Bonneville Footage

Vintage Bonneville Footage

So the last few weeks have been crazy for me. The Revolution came… and was canceled. Thanksgiving came… and we had a bit of a family medical emergency. And then, of course, there is the redesign of The Jalopy Journal and the H.A.M.B. – maybe the most ambitious project I’ve […]

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Here, we are Brothers…

Here, we are Brothers…

I love the comradery that comes from building, driving and even racing old cars. We have a unique bond because we appreciate those like us that build and maintain a vintage hot rod. The welding, fabrication and period-correct parts hunting can be daunting, but it all pays off in the end […]

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