Old Sh*t

Old Sh*t

I’ve talked about this before (and it is a bit off topic), but it seems like most of us are just predisposed to love old shit in general – I guess it goes hand-in-hand with traditional hot rods and customs. Lately, I’ve been obsessing on vintage articles for my office/shop. […]

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National Roadster Show for 1959…

National Roadster Show for 1959…

Here’s the last one in the series, and its a Duesie! The Tenth annual Roadster show had established its self as the premier custom vehicle show on the West Coast, and refer to themselves as “the ‘Grandaddy’ of them all” for the first time in this very program. So who […]

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Mickey Thompson Bio

Mickey Thompson Bio

Last month, Investors.com ran a short bio on one of our heroes – Mickey Thompson. A link to the article has been floating around in bulk emails for weeks, but I never really paid attention to it as Investors.com is the last place I would expect to find relevant traditional […]

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The Birth Of Bill Burke

The Birth Of Bill Burke

A few weeks ago, we featured the first belly tank to ever hit Bonneville. It was built by a mild mannered yet seriously respected man by the name of Bill Burke. Assuming you don’t know the name would be a kin to me assuming you don’t know how tie your […]

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National Roadster Show 1958

National Roadster Show 1958

As promised, I’ve included a few pages from the 1958 Oakland Roadster Show program to peek back 51 years ago and see what was on the Exposition floor that weekend. The show award icon “Rhoda” has made the cover once again, holding up the winged cheater slick of glory! I […]

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9 Men, 6 Wheels, & 3 Days

9 Men, 6 Wheels, & 3 Days

Lets say you and 8 of your closest buddies have the hankerin’ to go to Bonneville. Only thing is, not a single hot rodder in the group has a car that will make the trip – much less carry the whole group along with all the camping gear needed for […]

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National Roadster Show 1957

National Roadster Show 1957

That’s right. It wasn’t the Oakland Roadster show, or even the Grand National Roadster show. I recently acquired the programs for the 1957, ’58, and ’59 “National Roadster Show” and have always been intrigued about who was there those years. Started in 1949, Oakland’s big indoor show had grown tremendously […]

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How A Differential Works

How A Differential Works

Remember those “101″ articles that used to run in Hot Rod Magazine? They covered the very basics of mechanical things. A youngster could learn how to read spark plugs, how a carburetor works, the principles behind suspension geometry, or an endless number of other simple ideas behind the fundamentals of […]

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The Great Disneyland Cover Up of 1959…

The Great Disneyland Cover Up of 1959…

This all started when I was at Paso Robles staring at Von Franco’s Golden Rod clone. The Ray Anderegg car remade down to a “T”, including the unusual dash plaque with something about a 1959 Disneyland car show on it. Soon after the Rodders Journal cover, El Jefe took possession […]

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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 >>