For me it's about the idea that people were still figuring this stuff out at the time. The "styles" we all talk about weren't styles yet; they were one guy's vision that he either realized himself or was able to pay or barter with someone else to have created. Now we can buy anything from a web page, and a 1000hp street engine really is easy, all it takes is money.... I see traditional hot rods as a tribute to those who gave us all the technology and "style" that we enjoy today. For me, this also explains why rat rods are (rightly) not welcomed here. The pioneers of hot rodding may have sacrificed looks and some safety in the interest of going faster, but nobody "back in the day" built junk on purpose just to get noticed.