Hoodlum City

Hoodlum City

Filthy huns that breed like rats are headed south. Listen for the roar of hot rods. You will hear it in the distance like thunder. And then, wafting in on the breeze, will come the scent of dried blood, motor oil, and human grease… The noise will grow louder and […]

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Hot Rod Garages By Peter Vincent

Hot Rod Garages By Peter Vincent

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the coolest parts of my job is that I get a ton of free books. It seems like anytime Motorbooks releases something in our genre, they are gracious enough to send it over. Depending on how the book impacts me, I either it […]

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Give Me 8 Minutes…

Give Me 8 Minutes…

They say the average person is awake for 16 hours and thirty minutes a day. Considering that, you will have around 124 8-minute stretches today. Now, don’t get me wrong – there a lot of productive things you can do in 8-minutes. Hell your boss can probably think of a […]

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All Lettered Up

All Lettered Up

In all of my time, one-shot has never so much as touched a car I’ve owned. I’ve just never had an occasion or car that I felt was appropriate for lettering or striping. The Tardel-Cochran coupe was the last car I ever thought I would be breaking my one-shot virginity […]

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Anita… That Girl…

Anita… That Girl…

So it was the summer of 1948 and the July issue of Hot Rod Magazine just released. It was a fine issue of the publication, but it was an early issue and distribution wasn’t quite there yet. Robert E. Petersen just wasn’t sure if the whole idea was gonna work […]

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Ford Town USA

Ford Town USA

On September 24, 1960, Lee Iacocca saw his dream become a reality. That was the day that Flora, Illinois became “Ford Town USA.” It was a huge promotional stunt that Lee organized for Ford. Essentially, all 1600 citizens of Flora with a registered vehicle was given a new for 1961 […]

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The Latest Soup Up

The Latest Soup Up

You know what I love about Soup Up Magazine? It’s very regional… The fellas are from Texas and they have no problems with that coming through in the “book.” I love that. The latest issue features Winfield’s old shop truck (now in Texas), some vintage Texas drag racing photography, and […]

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The Tom Peterson Roadster

The Tom Peterson Roadster

Here’s one for you guys… Tom Peterson found this roadster in a shed in 1950. He stepped the frame, dropped the axle, added Kinmount disc brakes, and installed a ’52 Olds motor. He then channeled the body and had Ray’s Body Shop (San Mateo, CA) shape the pontoon fenders. The […]

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The Kellison

The Kellison

Kit cars have always been a scam of sorts. You know, you see an ad in the back of Hot Rod or Car Craft promising a super exotic car with untouchable performance numbers for an impossibly cheap price. Some folks fell for it and dropped their dough only to receive […]

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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 >>