Like so many things that once started as unique, very personal creations, many Hot Rods have now become things that fit rigidly into certain categories of design and construction. There's strict rules for what is, say, a Rat Rod or what constitutes a 'true' T-Bucket. Tom Jennings' Rambler doesn't follow these rules,…
Let me just be up front here and admit my bias: I know Tom Jennings, and love the guy. He was on my LeMons race team, and is a good friend. He's also the guy I look up to most for any hands-on project. I think "what would Tom do?" and then usually screw it up. And he's building this really interesting Rambler hot rod.
We are a mere 10 days into July but it's already been a really crappy month for Bob Heroux.
The website Dirty Hero has dug up a fantastic old treasure trove of hand-drawn custom van styling tips that originally appeared in a 1976 edition of Hot Rod Magazine Vans. They have the full text too, and it's a reminder that vans need to make a comeback.
A 1972 longbed Chevrolet C10 pickup crawled into a chrysalis and emerged as a beautiful butterfly of a hot rod with suicide doors, a scrunched up face, and front wheels open to the elements. Somehow, it all kinda comes together.
The Petersen has been in the news a lot lately, and while there’s many opinions about selling part of their collection, it’s a safe bet that everyone agrees that descriptions of the cars to be auctioned should be accurate. Unfortunately, that didn’t seem to be the case with the hot rod called the Boothill Express.
When I was a kid, almost any kid-eye-level surface seemed to be be-stickered with some kind of gross sticker that we all thought was hilarious, usually Garbage Pail Kids ones. It was like the world was a big physical 4Chan, and our GIFs were stickers. But the best ones were the rare car-related series, Weird Wheels.
Have you ever wished your shopping cart had a huge engine powering the wheels as you schlepped groceries down the dairy aisle? There would be no point to it, of course, but it would be cool.
Considering the Model A has been the Hot Rod platform of choice for decades, coming up with a unique way of modifying one is no small task.
Considering the fact a total of 127,952 Ford wagons rolled off the assembly line in 1960 some would take issue with the idea of calling this Ranch Wagon rare, but when is the last time you saw one of the 27,136 examples of this model built that year?
When your country is blanketed in snow, what are you going to do? Garage up your old hot rod and let it hibernate for half the year? Not this hardy Swede, who slides his '34 Ford through a snow track like it was a rally car.
The Shoebox Chevys were also known as the Tri-fives because they encompassed three years in the mid fifties - 55, 56 and 57. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Bel Air is from the first of those three, but does it come with a price that's triple what it should be?
We aren't sure exactly what motivated someone to start building a hot rod around a bathtub, but the results are certainly interesting. This unfinished project is built on an unknown frame and features a low cubic inch small block Chevy V8 (283 or 305), an automatic transmission, some shiny new headers and you guessed…
When you think about a Cadillac, drag strips are usually not among the first things that come to mind. This 4 door CTS-V produces approximately 865 horsepower which help it run an impressive 9.85 second 1/4 mile with relative ease.
Hot Rod Magazine got 9 time Pikes Peak Class Champion and Pro Racer Mike Ryan and his Freightliner to the Toyota Speedway to prove there is at least one Big Rig that can drift. (Hat tip to autoedit!)
If you picked up this month's Hot Rod you undoubtedly read about the boys carbing a C4 Corvette then chopping it down in pursuit of speed. Here's the video of the whole blessed event. It looks like lotsa fun.
This is the story of how a busted hunk of hot rod hopes spurred one man to honor another man's dying wish.