Before there was Chip, there was Sam.

Before there was Chip, there was Sam.

And as a young man, Sam Foose helped Chuck Calvin restyle this 1950 Ford Tudor sedan for Don Britton. The car was nearly brand new when it was given the full custom treatment including a seamless sectioning job, with 4 inches removed from the body sides. The stock grill surround […]

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The Panty Dropper

The Panty Dropper

In the 1920′s, Rudolph Valentino could pull wool better than just about anyone. One square look from the “latin lover” is all it took to get most women to drop their drawers lickedly split. It was a blessing and a curse. A blessing because… Well, what red blooded man wouldn’t […]

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Is your Hot Rod legit?

Is your Hot Rod legit?

I was riding my motorcycle down to Laguna Seca last Sunday to watch MotoGP racing. It was a nice, leisurely cruise down Highway 101 until a CHP pickup truck lit ‘em up in my rear view mirror. It took me a moment to realize he actually wanted me to pull […]

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Save The Salt!

Save The Salt!

I don’t typically get these pages involved with stuff like this, but this does hit close to home and I feel like we just might be able to make a difference. Essentially, the Bonneville Salt Flats are going to shit due to a potash mine that sits adjacent to surface. […]

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Power Hot Rod Reunion – Sweden

Power Hot Rod Reunion – Sweden

The traditional hot rod scene in Sweden is an amazing one. For years, those fellas have been using creativity to replace accessibility and as a result, they’ve built a number of cars that have a very specific look to them. It’s really quite hard to put that look into words. Sure, […]

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10 Ways To Win At The Drag Races

10 Ways To Win At The Drag Races

With the H.A.M.B. Drags coming up, I thought it was high-time to study up on ways to win. So I grabbed my February, 1957 issue of Rod Builder & Customizer and got my learn on. Afterwards, I figured it to be downright selfish if I didn’t post the “winning” manual […]

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How long can a record stand?

How long can a record stand?

I was just thumbing through my 2010 Rules and Records book from the SCTA, looking at the classes, vehicle types and dates the records were made. Most of them were 10 years old or less, and only a handful went back to the early 90s. And that makes sense, right? […]

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How To Be A Hot Driver

How To Be A Hot Driver

Throughout the 1950′s, Fawcett Books put together small format annuals that looked in depth at things like customs, sports cars, and hot rods. In 1953, they released a book titled “Best Hot Rods.” It’s a glorious publication edited by Ray Gill who’s forward begins with, “This is not a book […]

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Dad’s ’55 Studebaker Commander – Update

Dad’s ’55 Studebaker Commander – Update

Some of you may remember the post I did last Summer on my father’s  1955 Studebaker Commander he had just finishing restoring, and was in the middle of getting the interior done. He enjoyed the car the rest of the season, took it to a few shows, and then realized […]

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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 >>