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The best Hot Rod magazine cover of the first decade?

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    My favorites are definitely the early black and white, single image covers.
    Enough so, that I have a few of them framed and hanging up at home and here at my desk at work. :)



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    I like the innocence and simplicity of the late '40s, but the mid to late '50s is ICONIC, and is what pops into my head when talking about early Hot Rod mags.

    and this is my favorite issue:

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    I have one from '54 I believe... I need to dig it up.
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    Here are some of my personal favorites. I like the early ones because they were really clean and simple but also drew the view into a daze. I love the moment on them which they cut back on in in the mid 50's.

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    Here's one I always look back to as being a favorite from the mid 50's....
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    And had the Lloyd Baken coupe been on the cover alone and not with the the dragster (as much as I love that dragster) I think it'd be in my top 3.
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    I spent a lot of time fantasizing over this one in highschool.

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    I do have to say that the late 49 covers where they switched over to a more playful logo with a drop shadow behind are very much loved my me as well....

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    Lastly I think this cover that Ryan commented on a few weeks back might be the most striking cover in their early years and maybe of all time. This thing doesn't look like a magazine cover, it looks like a War Propaganda Poster. It makes you feel like you want to rally around a cause.....and that cause just happens to be the pursuit of speed.
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    Interestingly, the October 1957 Hotrod is addressed to Jim Warter. He was a northwest drag racing icon in the 1960s. He was about 15 years old in 1957. How did that magazine end up back east?
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    I love all of those covers but for me this IS the one:

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    My April 1960 Hot Rod has a different cover, I didn't think they did different covers back then.
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    This One. An action photo from 1955.

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    Is that a real cover? The '32 roadster looks too much like Ironbuyer's car which is a recent build. Also, I doubt a rust bucket would have been on the cover of Hotrod back in the '60s.
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    BTW, May '52 gets my vote.
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    I've always loved this one.........

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  15. I like the early Hot Rod covers from '48 to '58. But for some reason January '62 is my favorite. :D
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    hell ya
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    one thing is for sue.. they did enjoy putting belly tankers on the cover. now a days its 32 this or 32 that. heh.
    we lost half our hotrod magazines in a move in the 90s.. little pages etc.. our collection is up today from 1999 dec - 2012... such a shame.. o well. thankfully i got to read all them old magazines cover to cover so ill never for get a lot of them cars iv seen.. def made a impression.. one of the trucks that come to mine was a model A, think it was at good guys event in 1976?? with a nice wood flatbed and full front fenders with running boards that stop little ways past the cab.... that truck was so kick ass.. will never forget it :) home the people who got them after we moved did not just trash them that would of been a shame all the little hot books should be in peoples collection not the dumpster.
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    Girl crossing street in front of Dick Flynt Roadster
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    Yes boys and girls, we've been photo shopped.
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    My favourite custom Hot Rod cover
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    Opps, how 'bout May '51[​IMG]
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    A couple of us seem drawn to July 1952...
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    I can't pick just one so I picked one from each year. The pre-55 stuff is definitely my favorite era: October 1948, November 1949, October 1950, July 1951, May 1952, April 1953, September 1954, December 1955, January 1956, December 1957, October 1958
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