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Vintage Bonneville Footage

Vintage Bonneville Footage

So the last few weeks have been crazy for me. The Revolution came… and was canceled. Thanksgiving came… and we had a bit of a family medical emergency. And then, of course, there is the redesign of The Jalopy Journal and the H.A.M.B. – maybe the most ambitious project I’ve […]

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Global Hot Rodding — Antarctica, 1968

Global Hot Rodding — Antarctica, 1968

Assuming you’re in the United States, traveling around 9,000 miles southwest would drop you deep into a barren landscape — the frigid terrain of Antarctica. Today at McMurdo Station, the top-notch crew studies their instrument panel to determine wind speed, humidity and exactly how far below zero the temperature will […]

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Unearthing the Top-Shelf Vicky — 43 Years Later

Unearthing the Top-Shelf Vicky — 43 Years Later

He removed his glasses and squinted at the grey brick building that stood a hundred yards ahead. Its outer walls showed signs of aging, cracked and worn at the foundation from decades of ruthless Michigan weather. The oil stained gravel surrounding the structure provided enough promise to lure him in, […]

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Madman Muntz

Madman Muntz

You know “Special Ed,” right? He’s the grumpy old fart that tells you like it is – leaving only his avatar as a calling card of sorts. And that oh-so recognizable avatar is an image of his gorgeously restored/customized 1953 Muntz Jet (pictured above). I think it was featured in […]

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Scenes of the Crime — An Interactive Look

Scenes of the Crime — An Interactive Look

An overwhelming portion of who we are today is rooted in our upbringing. For decades, lab coat types have been arguing the principle of ‘nature vs. nurture.’ Can we simply blame our actions on our surroundings? Or are we the only ones responsible for our psychosis and subsequent indigence? In […]

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Early Lakesters… The purpose built racer.

Early Lakesters… The purpose built racer.

Check out this great pictorial on 1941 – 1952 era Lakesters, and how they remained at the forefront of speed in those early SCTA days. Streamliners and Belly Tankers get much of the glory when it comes to breaking records and high-digit timing tags in the 1940s and 50s, but […]

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Death of a Corvette

Death of a Corvette

In the late 1960s, the guys at Chuck’s Speed Center in Phoenix decided to build a drag car. They started with a 1962 Corvette, dropped in a tunnel-rammed, square-port 427 Chevy crate motor and lightened the front end with a transversely-sprung tube axle adorned with spindle-mount Americans. With a towering […]

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A Photo-Heavy Look at Hydro-Phobia

A Photo-Heavy Look at Hydro-Phobia

Phobia – perhaps the only suffix in the English language instantly capable of casting a definitive shadow of fear. Ranging from the deep disdain for spiders commonly known as  arachnophobia to trepidation for the number 13, triskaidekaphobia, phobias come in all shapes and sizes. But for Lou Lang, his took the form of […]

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A Tip of the Hat to the 2 door Hardtop.

A Tip of the Hat to the 2 door Hardtop.

When I consider one of the greatest American car body designs of the 1950s, the 2 door hardtop is pretty near the top of the list. I personally LOVE two door wagons, but there is no doubt that the ‘pillarless coupe’ made a far wider impact for many years, if […]

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