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Godspeed to the Big Wheel…

Godspeed to the Big Wheel…

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Mickey Rooney passed away earlier this week at the age of 93, making his acting career the longest in Hollywood history. He was a American film legend staring in a number of great pre & post-war movies, and a few that were […]

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God Speed, Stroker McGurk

God Speed, Stroker McGurk

By now you’ve all heard the very sad news of Hot Rod Magazine legend Tom Medley passing away Sunday evening. I can’t begin to express what a tremendous loss this is, and it was just last Summer I saw Tom beaming next to his freshly-restored ’40 Ford at a Goodguys […]

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Luzader’s ’22′

Luzader’s ’22′

Whenever you read, hear or even think of the name Harry Luzader, I’m assuming the image of a high-riding mint green Deuce five-window comes tearing across your mind, pulling the front wheels in every gear. For those of you unfamiliar with his Model B, perhaps you’re better acquainted with his […]

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Finding the Alexander Brothers’ Alexandria

Finding the Alexander Brothers’ Alexandria

Things are lost. Things are found. Even though everything from pets to teenagers can be tracked via satellite, pesky keys and change continue to slide between seats without fail. An old scientific law states these strays will eventually surface, albeit after days or decades. But this game of lost and […]

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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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A Creative Customs Christmas Celebration

A Creative Customs Christmas Celebration

“Where are you headed tonight?” he asked me again, this time much louder. “I’m trying to get to 8934 Riverview Drive, St. Louis,” I replied, apprehensively handing him the makeshift itinerary I had scrawled on the back of a napkin at Union Station. He flipped on the Dodge Caravan’s dome […]

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Project 38: Moving To Austin

Project 38: Moving To Austin

For the last couple of years, my ’38 Ford coupe has been slowly going through a transformation while resting in the Northern California work shop that my brother, Keith Tardel, has called home almost all of his life. To be honest, it’s been a bit painful. See, this car is […]

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Wally’s Thanksgiving Record Setter

Wally’s Thanksgiving Record Setter

With the afternoon sky shedding a dreary cast on the vacant lot, I set my sights on the service road ahead. Off in the distance, I saw a man step out of a tired-sounding Jeep and start walking towards a nearby warehouse. Sloshing through the damp grass, I squinted at […]

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Appreciating the Jeff Beck ’32 Sedan

Appreciating the Jeff Beck ’32 Sedan

If you read Rodder’s Journal, then you probably saw Jeff Beck/ Charles Nearburg’s ’32 Tudor in issue number 58 titled “Common Ground”. I’m the first to admit that when I see polished 60s mags and bright paint on a full fendered Deuce, it just doesn’t flip my switch. Taste is […]

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