The Jalopy Derby

The Jalopy Derby

By the Spring of 1941, Europe was in utter turmoil as Nazi Germany had swallowed up surrounding countries and set its sights on jolly old England to the… continue reading »

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Florida Man Breaks Rules

Florida Man Breaks Rules

While at the 2022 Lone Star Roundup, I found myself sitting in my old travel trailer discussing the merits and demerits of hot rod and custom cars with… continue reading »

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Hot Rod Racing in the 40s – Now in COLOR!

Hot Rod Racing in the 40s – Now in COLOR!

This amazing dirt track footage has been around for over a decade now, and well-documented here on the Jalopy Journal. Shot by cinematographer Elmer Dyer (best known for… continue reading »

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The Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat

Today I have promised myself that I would get a feature done for Wednesday. To make that happen, I have to clear up my Monday morning and to… continue reading »

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Return of a Mechanix Special

Return of a Mechanix Special

As we pulled into the Holiday Inn Express parking lot, a silver sports car on a trailer caught my eye. It was a warm summer night in Minneapolis,… continue reading »

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The Babbitt Bank Trophy – Dirt Racing in Japan

The Babbitt Bank Trophy – Dirt Racing in Japan

I’ve said it before- Being a hot rodder in Japan requires serious dedication. Narrow roads, expensive parking, and strict vehicle laws… Not to mention any old part you… continue reading »

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The Best That Never Was

The Best That Never Was

Earlier in the week, I featured livery designs on American race cars. While digging through images looking for examples, I stumbled upon a car that I had forgotten… continue reading »

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Weekend Heroes II

Weekend Heroes II

There was a time in the postwar American racing scene that hot rods and sports cars intersected. In the early 1950s many of the speed-crazy El Mirage and… continue reading »

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