Mater The Tow Truck Has An Evil Cousin That Destroys Drag Strips


What started life as a conservative, utilitarian 1947 Chevrolet pickup has been stretched, slammed, distorted, and overboosted into a delightfully offensive rolling coal rat rod from tuner truck hell. » 5/06/14 6:47pm 5/06/14 6:47pm

For $7,000, Canada Says Truck Off, Hoser

Do they have moonshine in Canada? You know, bathtub gin, white lightning, the hooch. If they do then today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom Canadian-located Chevy pickup would make a pretty sweet rum runner. That is, if its price isn’t too loonie. » 6/28/13 8:00am 6/28/13 8:00am

Watch Classic Rat Rods Do Their Thing On The Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats are gearhead heaven. Whatever you're driving, you can push it to the limits on the seemingly endless expanse of dry lakebed. Surrounded by distant mountains, driving out there feels like being in an arena. » 9/19/12 10:00am 9/19/12 10:00am

This Diesel Rat Rod Might Twist Your Face Off

The truckish rat rod started out as a California avocado-getter, but now it's packing a 400-hp Powerstroke diesel from a Ford F-350, producing 700 lb-ft of cranking force. It's also a horror flick waiting to happen. John Carpenter's Face Twister: Torque of Madness, perhaps. » 4/13/12 2:30pm 4/13/12 2:30pm

The rat rod pickup truck roadster you'll never forget

Much as houseboats don't make good houses or good boats, this multi-hyphenated creation from North Carolina offers too many choices in one $25,000 package. Why, I bet that floor wax would make a delicious dessert topping. » 7/26/11 2:00pm 7/26/11 2:00pm

"Rat Bike" collects 31 years of road dirt, trinkets on one Harley

This may look like a flea market got caught in a twister with a pallet of super glue. But it's acutally the Harley-Davidson of Milo Anderson, a.k.a. "Ratbike Milo," who's driven it 615,000 miles over the past 30 years. » 6/20/11 2:00pm 6/20/11 2:00pm

The $150,000 Rat Rod Camaro takes a trip to the dyno

After rolling out their throughly modern rat rod Chevy Camaro the gentlemen behind the $150,000 exercise in modern muscle car art/trolling tested their 485-cubic-inch supercharged V8 on the dyno. Yeah, it'll pull. » 5/23/11 2:30pm 5/23/11 2:30pm

The brand-new $150,000 Camaro rat-rod

There are hot rods. There are rat rods. Then there's this: A new Camaro SS that's been speed-rusted and deglossed into junkyard condition while getting a 1,000-hp supercharged engine — and it only cost $150,000. » 5/10/11 4:30pm 5/10/11 4:30pm

Rusty Slammington's owner: "I guess Satan just wanted his car back"

Following the Sunday fire that burned celebrated rat rod Rusty Slammington, owner Mike Burroughs posted his account of how the fire started — and how he was trying to keep some perspective on losing a cherished piece of work. » 4/12/11 2:30pm 4/12/11 2:30pm

World's Worst Hyundai Tiburon? World's Worst Hyundai Tiburon

In tough times, people keep their old cars alive through elbow grease, spare parts and know-how. This Hyundai Tiburon owner applied super glue, speaker wire and plastic sheeting in combinations so unfortunate his mechanic saved the sight for posterity. » 11/03/10 10:30am 11/03/10 10:30am

The Paint And Chrome Artwork of Billetproof Texas

Billetproof is one of our favorite series of car shows, highlighting vintage-style hot rodding, various elements of car culture, and taking itself none-too-seriously. This beautiful gallery of photos is a peek at Billetproof Texas. » 8/06/09 5:30pm 8/06/09 5:30pm

The Stupidest Awesome Car At Billetproof 2009: Lowest Car Ever

This Ford Model A at Billetproof is the lowest vehicle we've ever seen. It's so low you can't get a foot under the frame. We're pretty sure it's being naturally clearanced. And that's just the start. » 6/09/09 5:15pm 6/09/09 5:15pm

This comes from a truly sick and twisted mind. We looked for the guy walking around with the…

And The Winner Of The Greatest Use Of Fiero Powertrain: '39 Chevy Rat…

The art of chopping up Pontiac Fieros and using their guts in other projects is one which occasionally, if rarely, produces something really unique. Instead of a passe Nailhead up front, or a cobbled together amalgam of collected parts, LuckyFast Eddie of Camden, Delaware has dropped the whole enchilada — engine,… » 6/19/08 2:00pm 6/19/08 2:00pm

Flame Jobs Or Surface Rust?

Some may argue that the only proper finish for a hot rod or kustom is a good ol' flame paint job. But at Billetproof we noticed that many of the rides have adopted the growing trend of a natural (or natural-looking) surface rust. It really depends on the car, and the owner's preference. We dig both, so we'll let you… » 6/09/08 6:00pm 6/09/08 6:00pm

Billetproof: All Ate Up With Motor

Summer is car show season in Michigan. So, after checking out the Orphan Car Show last weekend, this past weekend we went up to the little town of Davisburg to hang out at Billetproof. Basically, it's the most badass Hot Rod show there is. No six-figure trailer queens here. This is a show where surface rust is loved… » 6/09/08 4:20pm 6/09/08 4:20pm

1-in-5 Youngsters Dig Muscle Cars

Results of a survey of magazine readers compiled by SEMA are in, and showing that 1-in-5 fans of hot rods, customs, and muscle cars are in their teens and twenties. The automotive lifestyle survey was sent to readers of Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Popular Hot Rodding, and Rod & Custom along with other Primedia titles. 19.7%… » 9/06/07 3:00pm 9/06/07 3:00pm

Autorama Blowout! Vintage Rods - It's All About the Parts

Vintage rodding now is basically the same as it was when it was just rodding. You find the best parts, the rarest treasures, and put them on your ride to make it go faster or look cooler. Wondering around amidst this treasure trove of chrome and aluminum and rust and WD40, the gorgeous bits and pieces you find are… » 3/16/07 5:00pm 3/16/07 5:00pm

2006 Woodward Dream Pre-Cruise: What's The Difference Between A "Rat…


Sometime before we finished up our evening in the company of one of Royal Oak, Michigan's finest , we made a new friend by the name of Bill Jagenow from Brothers Custom Automotive. Jagenow's driving what to one of our untrained eyes is a "rat rod," a term that came from an article written in Hot Rod Magazine by Gray… » 8/16/06 2:31pm 8/16/06 2:31pm

Hanging in the Bronx with the Rumblers

A few weeks ago we spent a Saturday with members of the Rumblers NYC, a hot rod and custom car club founded by Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret. Since we spent our 17th year on earth following that band all over the NY metro area, it was a helluva thrill to hang out with Miret and nearly a full-house of Rumblers at… » 12/23/05 2:21pm 12/23/05 2:21pm