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Art & Inspiration Sighting your first Hot Rod

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  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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  2. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,760

    from Nebraska

    The 554 coupe rules!

    My first, somewhat vague memory of a 'hot rod' (I'll use that term loosely with this car) was riding in my dad's red '64 Mercury Comet Cyclone. It had a hopped up 289 and a 4-speed. I was five years old and rode with him the last time it was ever driven, in 1984. We took it out to my grandparent's farm to park it, as it was getting tired, showing it's age, and some rust. It was his first car and he'd driven it for 10+ years. To this day, it is still parked on the farm, but unfortunately rusted beyond repair. A tree fell on it about five years ago, too.

    On that trip out to the farm, there are about five miles of curvy, hilly gravel road to get there. He loved flying down that road and sliding around corners, just like he had when he was younger and the police were chasing him. Well, we did a little of that on it's last drive and I remember how pissed my mom was when we got to grandpa and grandma's house. She was following us and couldn't keep up... mostly mad because he was driving like that with me in the car. Haha!!

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  3. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    My Dads ad agency transferred us from Omaha to Davenport,Iowa in the late 60s.Driving with my folks on Kimberly road,an either primmered or very dark gray 32 five window coupe with Hallibrands and running open headers.The driver was wearing wayfarers and cigarettes rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve.45+ years later,I still remember it like it was yesterday.
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  4. Loved that car. Novi Road ? Even better.

    Mine was a 'black lacquer, 60's webbed paint, chrome firewall '40 Ford coupe. Hot Rod magazine car out of Beckley WV/Crab Orchard/Garden View area. My uncle installed its Cad' engine. All I really recall in my enjoyment ... was the flip down little seats in the back of it. I knew there was room for me ! That ranked higher in my little kid mind, then anything that car had.

  5. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,777


    Not my first "on the move" sighting ; but the one forever burnt into my young brain. I was walking the 3 blocks to elementary school in our small town... 10 years old, 1967;...the sound of a hot 283 punched to 301 ,a hard backing off 2nd gear t-10 downshift; it was THE coupe in my avatar...wrecked me for life! Still gettin' the same replaying a favorite record over and over!
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  6. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 211

    from devore, Ca

    First up close sighting was a 29 Model A roadster owned by my brothers friend. He had (with a bunch of help) put an Olds V8 in. Will never forget how it sounded when he took off.
  7. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,490

    from michigan

    This is the first one I remember, dad's '33 Dodge. At age 4 I climbed up in it and turned the key and backed it into a fence. Several years later a friend of ours found it resting in a nearby garage. Still had the dent from my first driving experience! wagner house, Dad\'s cars 020.JPG
  8. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,961

    from KCMO

    My earliest memory is going to
    My dads freinds house and him opening the garage to a chopped 3 window 34 chevy with a 327 and low enough to push a knocked over diet coke can.

    The garage littered in old oil cans, trophies and bonneville posters I was hooked.

    First in motion that I can actually remember was the same car. Tearing down the highway our dads in front blasting the beach boys on the tape deck and us in the tumble seat!

    Growing up in a town of 5,000 in the middle of no where I actualy saw a lot of old cars. I'd say there was at least one on every block In town if you counted drag cars as well.

    Not a lot to do out there but go fast and be rowdy ;)
  9. Honestly? I'm 38 and I never saw a hotrod. Never saw a custom. Only stocks.
    Why am I into this? Cant tell. But I know I'm supposed to.
    My daughter will be able to answer in a few years thou.
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  10. Spex84
    Joined: Mar 12, 2015
    Posts: 168

    from Canada

    I can't specifically remember seeing my first hot rod, but I know I loved them before I knew what they were called. Then the ZZ Top "Eliminator" album must have released, because now I knew: they were all "ZZTops".
    "Look, Dad, a ZZTop!"
    At the local car shows I attended as a kid, I mostly had eyes for anything '30s. I destroyed all my model kits trying to make them look like the cars I saw in the magazines.
    It became a lifelong obsession, one that backed off when I got tired of all the bellybutton hi-tech rods and resumed a few years later when I discovered the rich history behind it all.
    My life does not currently have a hot rod in it. But the bug was planted early, and I will always love the zeezeetops.
  11. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,298


    there were some local cars when I was in high school, but not many and they were the usual 50s shoeboxes with lowering blocks and skirts or early 50s Chevys, always nosed and decked. But what stands out in my memory was taking a trip to CT Dragway, maybe 1958?. A buddy and I went over to see the dragstrip for the first time. Bear in mind CT was always a good place for hot rods, lots of industry and good wages compared to my little dairy farm town in upstate NY. I had cousins who lived in Bridgeport area, Sikorsky Helicopter, Remington Arms, Singer, and so forth. Anyway we made it to Colchester, CT where the drag strip was supposed to be located but our directions petered out at a tee in the road. Sitting there, ready to flip a coin as to right or left, here came a vision! A real candy blue '27 roadster, chrome roll bar, chromed V8 engine, mag wheels. My God, just like in all those little books piled in my bedroom, a real honest to God California style hot rod! Hey we just followed him, drooling looking at this roadster, and of course he led us right to the drag strip entrance.
  12. chriseakin
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 381


    I think the first hot rod I saw was when I was in junior high (Maybe 197071?) - a bright yellow pickup truck - can't remember if it was a Model A or a '32 Ford but it was low, had a shorty pickup box and no hood covering the v-8 which had spaghetti headers (not sure if that's the right name but the pipes looked like somebody had twisted them around each other - like spaghetti). I had seen photos of hotrods before, so I knew what it was, but that was the first one I saw in real life, on the road.
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  14. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,370

    from oregon

    My folks took me to So. Cal. (by train) 1963ish, I was about 9 yrs old and my only exposure to the hot rod world was toy cars and models, I think I had been doing model cars only about a year at that point.
    My first hot rod sighting was while visiting relatives in LaMesa (San Diego) and I'm pretty sure my reaction was as if I had seen a flying saucer.
    If you did the math from above; you'll understand why the details of said car are a bit fuzzy.
    I did not know at the time what it was exactly or what year either, but I have revisited that scene in my mind many times over, and by that I know for a fact that it was a Roadster P.U.
    It could have been any number of model year car, but I want to say it was a 28/29 Ford.
    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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  15. Jon SSS
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 425

    Jon SSS

    Early 1970's on the 101 near Ventura, Ca. In a station wagon with Mom and Dad. The kind with seats that face the back. What's this? Eight or nine Hells Angels wizz by on bad ass chops. Chrome, colorful metalflake sparkle paint and lots of attitude. Fried in my mind to this day. Never been the same since. Help!!
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  16. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    I'm from rural Missouri, but grew up in Raleigh, N.C. I was in school there in the 1st to 12th grade roughly from 1961-'73. I honestly can't remember seeing any hot rods or customs there during that entire period. Plenty of '50's & '60's cars all along, and from the '40's when I was younger. Not that I wasn't looking, either. I was the kind of car crazy kid that noticed anything out of the ordinary, like an Isetta, or a Triumph two door sedan (hey, I thought they only made sports cars!?).

    I used to spend hours checking out the model car selection at the local hobby shop, then going down in the basement at home to put together these 1/25 scale portals to a world that didn't have any connection to what was in the streets and driveways of my neighborhood. By the late '60's, I saw a lot of new muscle cars, and when I was in high school, warmed over '55 - '65 Chevies were all over the place. I can tell you that American Graffiti made a real impression when it came out! K6
  17. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,274


    I can't remember not being around hot rods. I remember dad's first project after I was around, but there were other friends of his that had cars before then. Bud's T touring, Dave's 37 delivery, Jim's A delivery.
  18. 1949*john
    Joined: Jul 27, 2010
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  19. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 3,009

    Corn Fed

    My earliest memories both involve my Dad's '62 Vette (red with white lace painted coves and 5 spoke Americans) circa 1972. I'd have been about 3 years old. One was driving down a hill with my brother and I both sitting in the passenger seat with our Dad trying to teach us how to whistle at pretty girls. That would be the first "hot rod in motion". The other memory is sitting in it watching trains drive by (little boys love noisy trains).
  20. 1957 and I was in 3rd grade. We'd bought a house in a housing development in suburban Portland, Oregon and there were a pair of brothers living in an old farm house down the street. I'd hear them racing each other in two old black primered ford coupes, screaming down the street in front of our house.
    That was it! I was hooked..............ruined for life!
  21. I was about 5 years old so it would have been around 1965. I went with my folks to the nearby town of San Marcos, CA. to look at a 1948 Allis Chalmers Model C farm tractor for sale. While we were standing in this field next to San Marcos blvd, a coupe of some kind came down the road at full throttle. I remember the roar of the pipes and the chrome wheels and that big old shining motor sticking out of where the hood should have been. It left one hell of an impression on me. I still think about it whenever I drive by that spot. Of course it's all shopping centers now, but it was a country road lined with eucalyptus trees in those days.

    It probably wasn't the first one I saw, but it's the one that stuck in my mind. Oh yeah, dad bought the tractor. It had a cracked block but he found another block, rebuilt the motor and we used it for years on our property.
  22. 1963 or 64. A pale purple 28/29 model A roadster on deuce rails. '58 Chev wagon taillights, side dump headers, and an absolutely WICKED channel at the cowl that gave it the best looking rake. It looked almost bent at the firewall. Piecrust slicks on torque thrust "D" in the back, 12 spokes up front without brakes. Chromed EVERYTHING! Burned into my 7 year old brain? Oh, HELL yeah!
  23. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    I didn't have "a sighting" because I was living among them nasty machines. Growing up in SoCal in the 60s, there was "jacked up in the rear" hot rods and a few "50s' Hot Rods such as my brother-in-law's 29 roadster, everywhere. The sound of those high compression, hi-po cammed engines exiting thru glasspacks was everywhere. The guy driving his machine with his girl sitting right next to him. That was life, not some strange phenomenon.
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  24. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 963

    from landis n c

    The 1st hot rod I remember was in Concord NC near Fryling Ave. Was a 5/window coupe and probably a drag car. It was a fenderless rod with a tow bar if I remember correctly. It was around 1956 and I never forgot it and I am 70 yo now. These hot rods leave lasting impressions................
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  25. EarlyFordV8
    Joined: Oct 20, 2013
    Posts: 115

    from Dallas

    Saw my first hot rod on the cover of a model car box at a toy store back in 1964 (6 years old), then at the slot car tracks in Dallas in the 60's, then at the NSRA nationals in Memphis 1968 (real ones)...then I was whooped...loved them ever since...dang it.
  26. woodypecker
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 300


    I was 10 in 1955. A 38 Chevy 2dr brush painted red with a corvette 6 with split exhaust passed our house almost everyday with me on the porch waiting just to hear it. I have never heard anything so pleasing.
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  27. cheap-n-dirty
    Joined: Jan 28, 2002
    Posts: 793


    I was 4 in 1956 and remember going to the garage to watch my dad and his best friend Lee Hamock work on this 34 race car(the call it the jalopy). Then his other friends and buddies would come over and they would start it to set the timing and tune it. Also going down town to Bob Joehncks shop and seeing all the different hot rods and race cars being worked on.
    It took me to the dark side forever.

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  28. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,195

    Dick Stevens

    I guess the first one would be a neighbor's son came home from the service in the early 50s with a flathead powered belly tank hot rod.
  29. thommoina33
    Joined: Jun 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,051

    Alliance Member
    from australia
    Staff Member

    I was 10 or 11, a roadster, possibly a deuce. A life altering/ defining moment?
    Such a rarity in late 70's suburban melbourne (australia).
    I still remember the way it moved, it didn't so much as accelerate but lurch forward, I had no idea cars could travel at that speed. And here I am 35 years later still playing with old cars, all down to that one chance sighting.
  30. Martin Harris
    Joined: Aug 3, 2014
    Posts: 321

    Martin Harris

    Lived around the corner from this:
    [​IMG]Not really a hot rod, but it was radical, v8 powered and metalflaked. I was 14 and living in Northern England, hot rods were almost unheard of, and this blew my mind.

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