Automotive customizing subcultures are strange, glorious things that seem to arise from one odd detail and then grow into a massive movement, incomprehensible to anyone on the outside. Think Stance, Donk, Bosozuku, Rat Rods, Lowriders, you get it. Today I’d like to propose a new one.
Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Volvo really looks like it took its styling cues from the post-war Ford. This one also looks like a rat rod, and in fact it's really kind of ratty, but will that make its price seem like playing cat and mouse?
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.
Carl Rice was given a 2001 Chrysler Sebring by his grandfather, which I think may be the most common way anyone ends up owning a Sebring. An accident on one of California's Hobbesian freeways led him to converting it into a post-apocalyptic survival machine.
Lockheed's SR-71 was conceived at the company's Burbank California Skunkworks. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 1983 280ZX is similarly turbine-powered, but does its price simply stink?
Even though the term "Rat Rod" is no longer a popular one with hot rodders, it is hard to think of a better way to describe the 1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod seen here. It's rough and it's rusty, but as the above video shows, it looks like a lot of fun in the snow.
What if, instead of seeking world domination, the Nazis had sought to build rat rods and hold Bug-ins? Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe master beater Thing might have been the history-changing result, but is its price as low as its roof?
The April fire that burned the garage and home of rat-rod favorite Rusty Slammington was hot enough to warp its frame and melt an engine block head. According to owner Mike Burroughs, it only killed him a little. "It'll take more than Satan's hand to end his days."
Its doors are made of discarded stop signs, its air cleaner's an old pressure cooker. It has the heart of a Corvette and the front end's from a '39 Dodge Truck. It's the VetteRod-Amino. This is its story.
Call 411 on your phone and you'll get Information. That might be helpful as the first question that springs to mind about today's Olds 455-powered Nice Price or Crack Pipe 411 is WTF?!
I spent the last week on vacation in Wisconsin, but now it's work time: busting cheatin' racers at the Mutually Assured Destruction Of Omaha LeMons race! Here's one of the first things we saw upon entering the state of Nebraska.
You've seen the Telluride Marine Sniper VW Bus, but that wasn't the only vintage German machine I photographed while I was 9,000 feet up in the Rockies.
Do you like the limbo, snakes in the grass, and Datsun Pickups? Well, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has something that's sure to blow your mind, and it'll be a low-blow too!
We learned last year that most of you prefer hot rod pinups to European Booth Professionals, so here's a selection of Alameda photographer Phillip Hall's "Girls With Cars" work for you.
We heard that a lot of readers were using the Patinas Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008 images for their desktop wallpaper, so I decided to shoot a few more this year. Enjoy!