I got the wild hair one day to build a hot rod that cartoon character Arin Cee might have owned back in 1955 when Pete Millar created him for Rod & Custom Magazine. Retro wasn't cool back then, but thank God the glitzy '60s hadn't begun yet either so there were still a number of late '40s-styled hot rods on the streets and at the lakes. This, I decided, was what Arin - a serious gearhead - would have jumped into on his way to work. I'm sure you've all seen the B-roll (supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot) which appears in the 1947 film, "Devil On Wheels", and also somewhat edited in another later film, "Hot Rod", which screened in 1950. This scene has played in my head ever since I first saw it, but I had no idea that it would motivate me to morph my entire hot rod focus onto the years 1946 and 1947. Ironically, that's when I was born. I suspect that the B-roll racing footage was shot on a different day than that with the actors present, and with different cars than appeared elsewhere in the movie. The racing footage, excluding the closeups, features cars that are really right and tight. The cars in the movie itself were far more "average" to my eye. I also had no idea that some of the stuff I've been lugging around for all too many years would be just what I'd need for a build of this type. But as it turns out, I've already got most of what I'll need. So I talked it over with Arin, and he said, "Go for it, 'Dad." So, here we go! But, before I go any further, does anybody have the actual B-roll footage from which the above clip was taken? I'd sure like to post it here to show just how addictive it is as well as how classic the proportions are of the hot rods in it.