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Texans On The Quarter Mile

Texans On The Quarter Mile

Bob Doty was a young man in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. He had  a passion for both drag racing and photography. Recently, he sent me an email and asked if I would be interested in peaking his collection of photographs taken as he toured the state of Texas […]

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Puyallup Valley Raceway 1961

Puyallup Valley Raceway 1961

In the early 1960′s, Bill Dake and his buddy Jon would pester their parents relentlessly almost every week. If they made enough noise, they figured, their folks would almost certainly drop them off at the drags for a day of speed and power that weekend. Lucky for us, Bill liked […]

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Seven Degrees

Seven Degrees

When people ask me who my favorite historical hot rod figure is I always blurt out the same name – Mal Hooper. And it’s funny, because I don’t really know a lot about who Mal was or what he did. There just hasn’t been much reported on him. In fact, […]

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For Miles In Circles…

For Miles In Circles…

Josh Shaw sent me an email the other day with the title of, “Check this shit out!” And when he does something like that, I pay attention and you fellas reap the rewards… See, Josh has been recently corresponding with Rich Harmon – a 71 year old man that has […]

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The So-Cal Streamliner… Reborn…

The So-Cal Streamliner… Reborn…

It actually started with a belly tank. More specifically, it started with the So-Cal belly tank that was last ran by Xydias and Batchelor in 1948. Itching for more speed, Xydias and Batchelor decided it was time to get seriously innovative. It was time to build an honest to goodness […]

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The Jalopyrama

The Jalopyrama

All of my suspicions were confirmed. My trip to the far north this weekend could have had hideous consequences had I not prepared accordingly; had I not covered my bases; had I not dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s; had I not brought along my attorney. It started with […]

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How To Be A Hot Driver

How To Be A Hot Driver

Throughout the 1950′s, Fawcett Books put together small format annuals that looked in depth at things like customs, sports cars, and hot rods. In 1953, they released a book titled “Best Hot Rods.” It’s a glorious publication edited by Ray Gill who’s forward begins with, “This is not a book […]

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Fear & Loathing The Classic Car Dealer

Fear & Loathing The Classic Car Dealer

This article is going to touch a nerve with some, so I am consciously watching my words as I type them. I don’t want to spit out something that’s too terribly toxic and over dramatic, but I do want to express my feelings accurately and without filter. I’ll tread lightly. […]

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The Last Daily Driver Update

The Last Daily Driver Update

I got a late model this weekend. It’s the first post-1960 car that I’ve had in over 3 years. The first 15 months of that span were in a 1960 Chevrolet wagon with modern appointments such as a ZZ383 crate motor, a/c, disc brakes, etc… The last 18 months and […]

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