20 Years AgoFebruary 1998 (144 pages, $3.50): Editor Ro McGonegal described the happy driver as “demonic” and the spray as “hippie crack.” No less shocking was his editorial explaining how the new Petersen Publishing Co. publicized its initial stock offering (8.05 million shares at $17.50) with a smoky burnout through Manhattan’s Wall Street Canyon by John Bolkema’s 1937 Ford coupe. The green goblin reappeared in “Bottle Bomb,” Steve Magnante’s tale of juicing a junked Cordoba’s 130,000-mile 318 and coaxing 13s from a beater Duster. “Speed Seekers,” the second installment in Gray Baskerville’s yearlong, 50th-anniversary series, tracked the history of aftermarket engine parts. 40 Years AgoFebruary 1978 (116 pages, $1.25): Mere months after Star Wars rocked the universe, we ripped off the logo type to introduce three new-model HRM project vehicles incorporating the road-racy “IMSA look” that Editor … [Read more...] about Highlights From February: 20, 40, and 60 Years Ago in HOT ROD Magazine
We know what you want — and without any further delay, here are your official 2018 to 2020 HOT ROD Drag Week rules:[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL 2018-2020 DRAG WEEK RULES][CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 2018-2020 HRDW RULES W/ CHANGES HIGHLIGHTED] (In some browsers, you will need to right-click and save) The big news? With the mountain of feedback, Modified and Pro Street are back in their corners, and we’ve added some power-balancing to all-billet combos, affecting Super Street, Street Race, and Gasser:Added Monte Smith memorial award for Quickest Nitrous Car.Clarified that both NHRA and IRHA licenses may be required depending on the track. (And today’s a good day to check double-check all of your expiration dates on licenses, certs, and gear!)Valve covers now sealed to heads for Sealed Engine reliability reward. (Previously limited to “intake sealed to the block” — no pulling valve covers for lash adjustments for 2018-2020)Rainout … [Read more...] about Official HOT ROD Drag Week 2018 to 2020 Ruleset
The Rhythm Collision Music Festival and Car Show was back on the first weekend of 2018 for three days of traditional hot rods and traditional rock ’n’ roll.The car show season in Southern California has no beginning or end. It’s year round here. The Christmas lights were still on the house when we attended the 5th Rhythm Collision, held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Riverside, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Axle Idzardi and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association present the event, which is hosted by the Throttle Kings Car Club. PPG and several other companies and organizations help sponsor the event, and several local car clubs contribute their support.The music starts on Friday when numerous roots-rock bands perform, and continues through Sunday. We were out there on Saturday, when the Marriott’s four-level parking structure was packed with pre-1966 traditionally styled rods and customs, drag cars, classic trucks, and antique motorcycles. Any leftover … [Read more...] about Traditional Hot Rods and Rock ’n’ Roll at The Rhythm Collision 2018
HOT ROD Power Tour gearing up this summer for its 24th year, and we’re kicking this shindig off we stopped the last– Bowling Green! This year we’re hitting the Appalachia region with the route winding through Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hoover Alabama; Hampton, Georgia; and Darlington, South Carolina!Registration is OPEN for Long Haulers, Multi-day and Single-Day passes, and if you’re looking to save some stress and sweat on planning, we’ve got our VIP and Gold packages (details below) again for 2018! Power Tour is a 5-day, 5-city summer road trip through the highways and by-ways of America, with thousands of car folk taking over this nation’s small towns as we wind through a 1,000-plus-mile route with thousands of hot rods, kustoms, street machines, muscle cars, and practically everything you could think of (last year, we had a solar car!) PARTICIPANT PRICINGAll Power Tour registrations will receive a Motor Trend on Demand 14 day free … [Read more...] about Registration Opens for HOT ROD Power Tour 2018 — Ready to Join Us?
Half a century ago the recently formed Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association did something that never existed. It hosted a trade show for parts and services intended to modify cars and trucks. It was a small affair—so small the card tables and folding chairs of its few displaying vendors didn’t take up all of the basement under Dodger Field.A lot has changed in the past fifty years. For one thing, SEMA officially changed its name to Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association. Then it moved the show to Las Vegas. And it did something unprecedented in the 40 years it’s been there: a trade show about car trinkets became the seventh-largest trade show in the world and the second largest in Las Vegas (in case you’re wondering, the Consumer Electronics Show owns top distinction in both categories). The convention space covers nearly 1.3 million square feet.With such a large target market in one place, SEMA vendors use the show as an opportunity to … [Read more...] about HOT ROD’s Favorite Products From The 2017 SEMA Show! #TENSEMA17