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The Lost Speed Shop

The Lost Speed Shop

Well actually, the speed shop isn’t completely lost. It’s located at 1036 Fifth Ave. in the town of Aurora, Ill. The structure itself isn’t particularly unique — just a small, cinderblock building painted in a grey, red and blue motif. Out front, a pair of garage doors consumes two-thirds of […]

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Lets talk Body Styles…

Lets talk Body Styles…

These days, auto manufacturers are really unsure what to call their mundane body styles… VW made a big sedan called the “Phaeton” and luxury car companies are making 4 door curved roof fastbacks and calling them “Sport Coupes”. Audi, Jaguar, Nissan and Mini all offer a convertible model with retractable […]

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Defining the real Gook Wagon

Defining the real Gook Wagon

If you look up the term ‘Gook Wagon’ on the internet these days, it’s referred to as a derogatory term for an Asian automobile. That’s not the racist definition as I know it whatsoever, and to give a little auto history, I’ll quote the Ultimate Hot Rod Dictionary: gook wagon […]

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Valley Custom: A Photo Scrapbook

Valley Custom: A Photo Scrapbook

After Ryan’s post on the Lost ’38, I couldn’t help but pour over all the amazing pictures posted on Valley Custom Shop’s Facebook page (which was kindly linked to by johnk320). If you don’t know much about this shop’s history, you owe it to yourself to read Rikster’s Custom Car builder […]

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80 Years ago: Something iconic came along.

80 Years ago: Something iconic came along.

2014 is another anniversary worth mentioning: The last of the Model B’s, 1934 Ford was introduced, and it was the swan song car of the old Ford days for quite a few reasons: Last of the 4 cylinder B motors (although the vast majority of ’34′s sold were V-8 equipped) […]

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Hot Rod Racing!

Hot Rod Racing!

So we have a member in our ranks that doubles as a fancy hollywood type. He’s a hot rodder first and foremost, but in his spare time he makes summer blockbusters and mingles with starlets. The man can pull some wool… and I’d give him much more grief for it […]

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach

Hey fellas… I’ve been out for the past week and will continue to be on the lamb until we get a family medical thing under control. As such, I haven’t had any time at all for content creation. Thanks for being patient with me – I’ll be back just as […]

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Stu Hilborn… Pioneer of Hot Rodding.

Stu Hilborn… Pioneer of Hot Rodding.

You’ve probably heard the word by now that speed merchant legend Stu Hilborn has passed at the ripe old age of 96. If your unaware of what he brought to our world, his mechanical fuel injection system was introduced to hot rods by influence of aircraft he saw during his […]

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Before Funny Cars, there was Match Bash

Before Funny Cars, there was Match Bash

Match Bash. A phrase that sounds best when yelled. You see, Match Bash wasn’t for the rule followers. It wasn’t for the tape measure jockeys in white coveralls, and it certainly wasn’t for the faint of heart. Think cobbled, flimsy metal shells held together by strands of hope and wishful […]

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