Maltese Masterpiece

Maltese Masterpiece

We continue Dean Jeffries week with a look into the first (and maybe only) Porsche to ever grace the cover of Rod & Custom Magazine (October, 1959). In 1958 Dean sold his first car, a 1948 Mercury Convertible, and bought a brand new ’58 Porsche Carrera. He had already established […]

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Kustom Japan

Kustom Japan

So I got a package in the mail from China the other day.  I don’t often see Chinese stamps or packaging, so I opened it right away. Inside the ultra light envelope was a series of picture cards set in another Eastern country – Japan! The cards were part of […]

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Soup Up

Soup Up

“Eddie Neff grew up in Southeast Dallas not too far from the old Devil’s Bowl that was located behind the Buckner Drive-In. On Friday nights he could hear the roar of the engines. He started going to the races and soon became a member of the pit crew for Frank […]

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The 1964 GNRS

The 1964 GNRS

So yesterday we featured the winner of the 1964 Grand National Roadster Show. Today, we feature the program of that very show. Geoff Hacker graciously sent in these scans after the Mantaray stirred up some memories. Each and every page is worth a quick glance at the very least… The […]

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Dean Jeffries’ Mantaray!

Dean Jeffries’ Mantaray!

It’s the early 1960′s and Dean Jeffries wants to make a name for himself. He sees guys like Bill Cushenberry and George Barris winning big trophies and taking home big checks and realizes the bar has been set – all he has to do is leap over it. By 1963, […]

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Bonneville, 1951… A Motion Picture

Bonneville, 1951… A Motion Picture

The third annual Bonneville Nationals in 1951 was a special event. The meet was young and innocent, but a critical mass was just being met – the number of entrants grew significantly and just about every damn record fell that year. Things were getting serious and well… FAST! As interest […]

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Top-5 American Automobile Designs

Top-5 American Automobile Designs

Every couple of years for the past decade, I’ve taken a minute to think about and list what I consider to be the top-5 best American Automotive designs in history. I do it without looking at or considering past efforts. This “clean slate” approach becomes really interesting after the list […]

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An Afternoon Of Terrific Punishment

An Afternoon Of Terrific Punishment

Forgive me… I seem to be obsessing on old videos as of late. It’s a healthy phase I think and one I should be growing out of soon. Until then though, I really think you fellas are going to enjoy this one. Gilmore Stadium was built just outside and sort […]

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Chevrolet Presents: The Trip

Chevrolet Presents: The Trip

Admittedly, there isn’t a whole lot about a 1940 Chevrolet that relates to traditional hot rods or customs. They weren’t beautiful cars by any means and they certainly weren’t strong platforms for speed dwelling either. That said, I love this video. I was a young student at the University of […]

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Through the years we’ve had some pretty amazing articles pop up here on The Jalopy Journal. The following is just a few of them:

  • Tom Cobbs

    The story of Tom Cobbs, his legacy, and his hot rod roadster. Read: Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.

  • The Bob Roddick Story

    The story of a set of lost photos that literally take us all back into time. Read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4.

  • The Ferrari Shoot

    Comparing and contrasting three very different cars with three very different purposes in life. Read It >>

  • Inspiration

    This post is actually a continuation of two other posts that were written in 2006 (Part 1 & 2). The stuff you guys came up with is breathtaking.

  • Gary Howard

    Gary is one of my heroes and after interviewing him, I got to check off an item from my dream list. Read It >>