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The best Hot Rod magazine cover of the first decade?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    They're all great, but Dec '50 is my fave. Old timey B&W except for the bright red car and masthead. Jimmy B gave me a copy of that one a couple of years ago, thanks again Jimmy.
  2. Hot Rod Elvis
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
    Posts: 606

    Hot Rod Elvis

    Wow Payne....thanks a whole lot for posting the first 10 years of Hot Rod!!!!
  3. Tank
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 749


    Awesome! Oct '50, and March '51 are my 2 favorites
  4. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    its cool you did not have to have half a million bucks to have your car on the cover.. and look at all them T's.. great stuff.
  5. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    What I'm noticing in the hot rods is the hieght of the cars. Especially the frontends. When I was planning my bucket, someone talked me out of doing it that way. I guess the "in the weeds" look came later. I actually like the old style better.
  6. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Wha...? Is that a Chevy engine going in a Ford!?:eek:

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  7. jimbob
    Joined: Jun 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,221


    my fav as well, have a framed print hanging in my lounge room.

  8. D ROD
    Joined: Jun 28, 2010
    Posts: 965

    D ROD
    from New Jersey

    X 3 on the April 1950 cover, hands down my fav!!!
  9. Greybeard
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 40


    My all time favorite cover has always been Nov '49. Great car and even though she's probably 80, that's a right pretty girl with the movie star smile.... I always liked that "look"...
  10. ThirdGen
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 452

    from Wales, ME

    Guess I caused a bit of a stir! Yes it is photoshop'd. It was a cover i made for my design proposal for my senior design project. Check out my build thread if you are interested. Dirty Dug - thanks for the comment about the rust bucket, now that you mentioned it, it does look out of place, given the time period. I will have to fix that.
  11. Couldnt make up my mind ... Still a work in progress.

  12. So many great and historical cover photos, but none are as original and iconic as the Dick Flint Roadster, May of 1952.
  13. AV8-Rider
    Joined: Jan 31, 2002
    Posts: 909


    Not that the pic is that artistic in any way maybe, but I love the feel of Nowember 1950. Takes me straight in to Daydream Modus.

    Waiting for a signal to go down the track...... Love it.

  14. GaryC.
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,539


    June 1963.
    It was the first "Hot Rod" I ever bought.
    I still have it and enjoy it!

    I like the headline. "Can a hot rod win at Indy?"

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  15. I couldn't pick just one single issue as my favorite, so here's my top five:
    1. February '58 (quarter midgets cover)
    2. July '51 (flathead v-8 drawing)
    3. November '49 (Calori Coupe)
    4. May '52 (Dick Flint Roadster at crosswalk)
    5. Oct. '50 (Kenz Twin-Ford Special, the So-Cal Special, and the Tornado Special at Bonnevile)

    If I had to choose an era it would be the Jan '48 - March '51 large single image black & white covers.
  16. 39cent
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,569

    from socal

    I like the one showing the guy welding on a ford front suspension, don,t know exactly the date. But in your comments about the first issue being in 48 I guess I was there!
    We moved to 80th and Figeuroa, around 1947, and I recall us kids riding our bikes to the L.A. Coloseum area to see the hot rod show. As I recall there were some rods outside that we could look at and we peeked in a doorway and saw some more in there.
    So that must have been 1948, and I was 10. We moved to LA in 44 and I saw many rods back then, I think thats where and when I caught the desease. Used to read HR and othe mags at the drugstore, thats how I learned to read. No wonder I talk funny. But I could spell pretty good, not no mo tho
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  17. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,587

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Oct 48, forever a classic!
  18. November 1949..

  19. One from the color.. It's real hard, they are all masterpieces!

  20. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    I like all of the 49 & 50 covers!
  21. this would be some bitchen wall paper..
  22. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 772

    from Phoenix

    oct 57-hands down. thanks payne for all those pics
  23. rbantique
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 6,418

    from maine

    Really like this one .. which depicts the 50s era. Sports & chicks were important as well .
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  24. TerrorSwain
    Joined: May 1, 2011
    Posts: 217


    this one gets my vote. Love the car so so so so much!!!!
  25. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,865


    anyone know what these back tires are and if they repop them?i want them.

  26. Don't know who made the tires, but the cross grooves look to be hand cut, maybe with a grooving iron, or a saw. That was quite common during that era.

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