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Frenzel Speed

Frenzel Speed

“That’s what was great about the golden era of hot rodding. If we needed a cam, a carb, or even a complete running motor, we’d just head down to the Speed Shop and pick it up. There were no ‘parts clerks’ like we have today. Usually the guy behind the […]

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The Sargenti ’56: Part 2

The Sargenti ’56: Part 2

It’s not uncommon for me to find a single picture of an obscure historical car and obsess over it for years. I’ll try to hunt down more pictures, information, or anything else that can lead credence to the┬álegendary status that builds in my mind’s eye. It’s the unknown that makes […]

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The Hot Rod Murderer

The Hot Rod Murderer

A few years ago, I was browsing the September, 1956 issue of Rod Builder and Customizer and stumbled across something I had never seen before or since in a hot rod publication of any kind – a wanted poster. It struck me as odd not only because of the rarity […]

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The Lee Pratt Thrash

The Lee Pratt Thrash

In the mid 1960′s my neighbor and good pal, Lee Pratt, built a 1955 Nomad that toured the midwest show circuit and eventually ended up in Rod & Custom Magazine. A couple of years ago, he bought a fairly rough ’55 Nomad body and decided to clone his old car. […]

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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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Daily Driver Update: Hard Knocks

Daily Driver Update: Hard Knocks

It all started about four or five years ago I guess. I had a hankering for an old station wagon, but I didn’t have the funds to secure one. So, I did what most around me considered to be irrational on the grandest of scales – I sold my late […]

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Knock Out

Knock Out

How hard do you have to hit a man with the butt of your .38 to make him crumble to the floor in silence like they do in the movies? As it turns out, pretty damned hard… and multiple times to boot. I must have hit that man seven or […]

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My Visit To The Quonset Hut Of Speed

My Visit To The Quonset Hut Of Speed

I’d love to own a mirror straight and jet black ’65 Riviera, but I’ve always been afraid that such a car would own me instead. So, I’ve gone about my Verde Green example very casually. From my first conversation with Jamie at Atlas Speed & Custom, I made it clear […]

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Texas On The Quarter Mile – Part 2

Texas On The Quarter Mile – Part 2

On Friday, we brought you a number of images from Bob Doty’s photography collection. The response was positive enough that I felt a “sequel” was in order. Something about early Texas drag racing photography just speaks to me. It’s as if Texas was as laid back then as it is […]

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