One of my passions is motor racing history. I run a motorsport history website and discussion forum called The Roaring Season www.theroaringseason.com in which I write articles related to historic cars or racing events, along with modern day historic racing events etc. Plus, people send me their old motorsport photos to post on the site. Much of the content is non-HAMB related, as a lot is post-1963, mostly from the late 1960s through '70s and '80s. However, there are a lot of New Zealand members on the site, and in NZ during the late 1950s through the 1960s, modified pre-war American coupes made for cheap and popular road-race cars. In New Zealand, American cars were predominant until WW2, when the British industry products became more readily available. By the late 1950s, pre-war US cars were cheap and plentiful. Many ended up in speedway, and for young guys buying their first car, late '30s Ford or Chevy coupes were an obvious choice. For those starting out in road-racing, these also made for a cheap way to be relatively competitive, as import laws made it hard to purchase more purpose built sporty cars. Although the guys who raced them at the time didn't really consider them to be hot rods, today most of these cars, if built now, are pretty similar to what we consider to be traditional hot rods. Anyway, I just thought I'd share some of the photos and cars that have been posted in various threads on the site, kicking off with this one supplied by Mark Quertier of his Dad Stewart, pounding up a gravel road during a hillclimb competition in the late 1960s in his '39 Deluxe coupe.