October, 1956 – The Pomona Road Races

October, 1956 – The Pomona Road Races

This isn’t my typical road race post. Typically I sit down with a bit of guilt, try my best to put it aside, and then figure the most eloquent way to force feed a bunch of brute-force hotrodders the merits and grace of road racing. Not this time… And while […]

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Crime Wave!

Crime Wave!

I love it when doing research on one subject leads to something even more interesting… I was looking at clips from the 1954 film noir classic “Crime Wave”, with a young Charles Bronson as a 2 bit criminal, when I noticed a sweet hot rod driven by the featured criminal […]

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The Dodge Texan

The Dodge Texan

I found myself surrounded my angry Yankees this weekend. With a hint of deceit in their eye, they asked about “Texas Pride” and why all Texans figure they have it made simply because of the geographic location they reside in. I panicked a bit, but settled down once I noticed […]

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The Magnificent Stuart Hilborn

The Magnificent Stuart Hilborn

Stuart Hilborn first went to the dry lakes in 1938. He was shocked at the speeds seen and the experience changed him. At the time, he was working as a chemical engineer for a paint company. This pay check was enough to quickly put Stuart in a position to realize […]

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Dad’s 56 Corvette

Dad’s 56 Corvette

This is the final post from my “Dad’s old cars” series, and this last one is special. While in the Navy from ’58- ’61, my father wasn’t a typical drinking or gambling sailor- He was a car guy. This meant every weekend while many of his shipmates were burning through […]

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The 2010 Lone Star Round Up

The 2010 Lone Star Round Up

When i was a kid, my dad and I built a ton of models. Mostly, we focused on WWII aircraft. We’d spend hours putting them together. Every piece was painted perfectly, the decals were laid straight and true, and the finished model was always exactly how it should be. Then, […]

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Hoodlum City is Back

Hoodlum City is Back

The dot-comers dressed in crisply ironed khakis matched with sharp button-down short sleeves are replaced by hoodlums in jeans and t-shirts. The creepy politicians creep back into their corners. The hippies hide. Black Audis are replaced by hot rods. Green VW bugs are replaced by customs. On a typical night […]

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Very Cool Kiddie Cars

Very Cool Kiddie Cars

I know there have been some great posts about pedal cars on the HAMB, but I haven’t seen anyone post this series from LIFE magazine’s webpage. I love these pictures on so many levels- Just seeing well-photographed vintage images of kids in pedal or, even better, gas-powered cars is fun […]

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Stuck In The Muck

Stuck In The Muck

A few weeks ago, we talked about the insanity behind custom trucks. It’s really an age-old argument and one that went down in the offices of Rod and Custom Magazine back in 1955. See, the fellas were putting together a special issue covering custom trucks and for demonstration purposes, they […]

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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 >>