This Rambler American Hot Rod Is Everything Right About Hot Rods

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,… » 12/19/14 5:30pm 12/19/14 5:30pm

This Will Be The Best Rambler American Roadster Hot Rod Ever

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. » 9/04/14 4:19pm 9/04/14 4:19pm

Stolen Hot-Rodded Oldsmobile Cutlass Found In Pieces--Owner Wants To…

We are a mere 10 days into July but it's already been a really crappy month for Bob Heroux. » 7/10/14 10:43am 7/10/14 10:43am

These Vintage Custom Van Design Sketches Are Van-Ripened Gold

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. » 5/08/14 7:05pm 5/08/14 7:05pm

The Cleanest Open-Wheeled Truck You Can Drive From An Adirondack Chair

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. » 4/21/14 5:15pm 4/21/14 5:15pm

Petersen Tried To Auction Hot Rod Without Mentioning It Was A Replica

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. » 7/30/13 2:51pm 7/30/13 2:51pm

Enjoy These Hi-Res Scans Of Weird Wheels Trading Cards

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. » 6/11/13 3:43pm 6/11/13 3:43pm

This 9-Foot-Tall V8-Powered Shopping Cart Is Pointlessly Awesome

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. » 9/25/12 4:00pm 9/25/12 4:00pm

Six Wheel Vintage Ford Stands Out In A Crowd

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. » 6/09/12 11:00am 6/09/12 11:00am

Modified 1960 Ranch Wagon Is Built To Cruise

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? » 3/24/12 12:30pm 3/24/12 12:30pm

Sweden Turns Hot Rods Into Rally Cars

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. » 2/08/12 1:00pm 2/08/12 1:00pm

For $12,999, be a fresh prince

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? » 6/08/11 8:00am 6/08/11 8:00am

Bathtub hot rod on Ebay

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… » 3/06/11 10:00am 3/06/11 10:00am

Nine Second Four Door Cadillac Terrorizes ¼ Mile

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. » 1/22/11 12:30pm 1/22/11 12:30pm

Who Says Big Rigs Can't Drift?

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!) » 12/19/10 2:00pm 12/19/10 2:00pm

America's Fastest Street Car Drives 1000 Miles, Rips Off 6.95-Second…

Larry Larson participated in Hot Rod's anti-trailer-queen Drag Week 2010 with his twin-turbocharged, 2300-ish-horsepower 6.95-second 1/4-mile at 209mph 1966 Chevrolet Nova. He then packed up and drove off as America's fastest street car. [1320 Video, Bangshift] » 9/23/10 4:00pm 9/23/10 4:00pm

Hot Rod Hacks Up Corvette In Search Of Speed

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. » 9/13/10 3:00pm 9/13/10 3:00pm

Dry Lake, Dusty Bias-Ply

If you've ever stood on a sun-drenched, crack-filled piece of lakebed, you'll understand. Even if you haven't, you probably will. Speed. Potential. Horizon. It's all there. I have dreams. God bless California for giving them to me. [via CoolisaColor] » 7/22/10 2:30pm 7/22/10 2:30pm