Have you ever wondered how far you could jump your truck while wheeling with your buddies? Like the young teenage skateboarders that we all used to be, things havenât changed much when it comes to our off-road machines. The rules are simple, hit the biggest jump and see who can go farther. The same rules apply at Huckfest, an event that has come to be known as the biggest truck jump competition in the nation which has been held at the Oceano Dunes, or Pismo Beach as itâs most often referred to.
In the rarified world of the Concours d'Elegance, a few events stand out as world-renowned. But you don't have to make the scene at Pebble Beach or Amelia Island to enjoy the ambience of meticulously restored vintage automobiles on display in a gorgeous setting. Case in point: the San Marino Motor Classic. Far more than just another local Southern California car show, the SMMC draws an incredibly diverse array of vehicles to the rolling lawns of Lacy Park (near Pasadena). Among the 260 cars in the show this year heavyweight classics were there in forceâDuesenbergs, Packards, Cadillacs, and the likeâbut there were also hot rods, Porsches, Italian sports cars, woodies, brass-era cars, and more. This was the show I referenced in my Editor's Note column in the August issue, where an electric Tesla S sedan was parked next to a restored Wells Fargo stagecoachâbookends in American transportation history sitting not 20 feet from one another.
So youâve seen the two galleries of all of the action and racing and iron appeal of the 23rd Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso drag strip in Bako. Now check out the gallery of Cacklefest action below. If you didn't see the Day 1 and Day 2 posts from the 2014 Hot Rod Reunion go HERE for Day 1 and HERE for Day 2.
Day Two of the NHRA 2014 California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield at the Auto Club Famoso drag strip was a full assault of all of the senses. Between race action, and cackling in the pits, plus racers from the day, make this a must attend event for drag racing enthusiasts.
The 2014 California Hot Rod Reunion takes over Bakersfield and the Auto Club Famoso strip just outside of town for the 23rd time. Of course Famoso has been the site of the US Fuel and Gas Championship, better known as the March Meet, since 1959. Art Chrisman won that first meet. It is very much like it was then, which makes it the perfect venue for this step back in drag racing time.
Most automotive enthusiasts are familiar with National Parts Depot, famous for their wide selection of parts, fast service, and strategically placed warehouses around the country. In addition to their multiple catalogs and vast inventory, they are also well known for their car shows. We attended the 2014 GM Oktoberfest, held at Floridaâs oldest nature park: Silver Springs. The crystal clear aquifer running through the park and the legendary glass bottom boats have been fascinating tourists since the 1870s. Itâs also a great site for a car show, this year attracting more than 450 of GMâs finest.
After a cold front dropped precipitation during yesterday's The Race of Gentlemen event Day 1, the Jersey shore was greeted with clear skies and sunshine with temperatures in the 40s when the hot rod racers hit the sandy beach this morning. But Fall in the air didn't dissuade spectators from pouring into the event grounds by the thousands. By the time the tide receded and races commenced, which was around 9:30, the race course's perimeter was packed in with eager fans of The Race of Gentlemen series ready to see some action. And just like last year they weren't disappointed.
The event went off as planned just after 8am this morning; Day 1 of The Race of Gentlemen --which was low tide here in Wildwood. It made for a compact racing surface. Before long it was spitting rain from the southwest with a stiff wind. But hey, everyone forged on, this is TROG. By noon the showers had stopped.
Like a horsepower driven âperfect stormâ, the annual âThe Race of Gentlemenâ is now pummeling the New Jersey coastline, once again taking over the popular summer resort town of Wildwood with an invasion of hop-ups, gow jobs, and traditional hot rods-not to mention pre-war two-wheeled machines of the Harley and Indian kind. The third installment of TROG series promises to be bigger, badder, and more user friendly than the previous two undisputed colossal hits, as Meldon Stultz and the Oilers Car Club have shaped this mega motorhead spectacular from its grassroots beginnings to a sponsor-driven mega show. And it all takes place on the sparkling sands of the Garden State.
Once again HOT ROD brings you our third and final picture gallery from the 2014 GoodGuys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California. We've also included some cool and crazy stuff from the swap meet this time around. The Goodguys event always have a little bit of everything, so check it out!
Hey we're back with the 2nd huge gallery of over 100 images from Goodguys 2014 West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California. If you missed the first gallery of over 100 images click HERE to check them out. We'll be posting one more gallery for a total of THREE galleries of just some of the great cars we shot at Pleasanton this year, so be back tomorrow!
Itâs hard to believe that the Good Guys Pleasanton, California, event is almost 30 years old. This is the 28th annual version of the Good Guys West Coast Nationalsâtheir âcrown jewelâ located just down the street from Good Guys headquarters. The Pleasanton, California, event has traditionally been heavy on pre-1949 hot rods, and you can still see the early car influence. But over the years Good Guys has bumped the year cut off to 1972, with modified cars and trucks of any year allowed to participate on Sundays. So over the last few years the participant numbers have increased, and so have the post-WWII hot rods. As with all Good Guys events thereâs too much going on to get into one article, but our main intention is to show you the breadth of hot rods, custom cars, trucks and more.
Freak Show Friday is all about car enthusiasts with a unique take on car building, no better epitomized than by what you are about to see and read. A group of former McMaster engineering students who ended up in sunny SoCal have slowly hatched a plan to run their 1969 Caddy convertible turned into a hot tub; christened The Carpool DeVille, at this yearâs Speed Week at Bonneville in an attempt to capture the title of Worldâs Fastest Hot Tub. At first this might seem the hooniest of desperate attempts for attention.
Just back from his 317.756mph run for Danny Thompson's Challenger 2.5 streamliner at this week's test and tune leading up to the 2014 Speed Week next month, we talked with him to get his impressions. Thompson has two goals: to beat the Speed Demon speed of 437.183 mph and to take the Challenger 2.5 to 500 mph. "Everything went perfectly last week," says Danny. "There is nothing I would change on the car, other than more horsepower, which we're going to take care of this week."
Salt fever is in the air! Another party heard from is Sactoâs Eddie Umland of Eddies Chop Shop. Any reader of HOT ROD in the last year or so knows about Ed, having built a couple of memorable coupes featured in our March 2013 and January 2014 issues. On weekends heâs been working on his Bonneville roadster; a steel-bodied, tube chassis racecar heâs shooting for over 300mph in B/BGRMR .
If the names Kuhl and Olson have a familiar ring, well, they should. Having spent the â70s as a Top Fuel team with both front- and rear-engine dragsters winning some prestigious races like the NHRA Winternationals, the March Meet, and The Last Drag Race at Lions Drag Strip, and an IHRA world championship, they made one Hell of a team. In 2007 they were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, and in 2012 were inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame as a cherry on top of their fun Fueler forays.
Back in the day it was fairly common to see Cobras, Corvettes, and other sports cars dicing with each other on the Pomona Fairgrounds' 1.8-mile road course. However, it has been a good 20 years since someone last heard the throaty roar of a 427 big-block Ford going through the gears on that stretch of SoCal pavement.
HOT ROD was there for the Friday qualifying rounds of the NMCA West drags at Fontana Dragway. Check out the pit area with this gallery of Friday's festivities. A huge crowd of both spectators and racers showed up for the highly organized NMCA West event.
The 3rd Annual Lucas Oil NMCA West Street Car Nationals at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana celebrates the return of quarter mile drag racing in SoCal. A huge turn out of street and strip hot rods brought lots of racing action and a busy pit area. What's amazing is that such a large number of cars exist in a region that's seen all of its quarter mile drag strips bulldozed with the exception of Pomona, which hosts limited meets.
The world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood (formerly Grauman's and Mann's Chinese Theater) hosted the West Coast debut of the 2015 Ford Mustang. The redesigned pony car is a logical step in the evolution of the Mustang DNA that we've become familiar with over the past 15 years. Equipped with a choice of three engines, from a standard V-6 to the obligatory all-aluminum 420hp 5.0L Coyote GT motor plus and the new 305hp (projected) 2.3L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder.
For the 50th anniversary of the original pony car, Ford redesigned the platform, changing around the rear (independent) and front suspension to not only give better ride, handling, and steering, but also to allow the stylists to redesign with less restrictions. One of the benefits of the new suspension design are bigger brakes.
The event kicked-off with a breakfast and presentation by Ford executives, then the launch of the all-new Mustang. Judging by the photos, the Mustang's gone Hollywood! Millions of people walk past the theater each year to admire the famous handprints and signatures displayed out front, and the Mustang is no different, leaving its tire tracks on a slab of soft concrete.
Later this afternoon, HOT ROD will be headed to Venice Beach for another Mustang celebration hosted by Ford. This car show will be for the general public, so if you're local and want to display your Mustang colors, not to mention get close to the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, you will be welcomed.
There's no passing up a red muscle car, especially at the 2013 SEMA Show. That said, we couldn't hep but showcase this Glasurit Fire Red, 1967 Chevrolet Nova sitting in the Magnaflow exhuast booth. Owner Jimmy Shaw has always shared an affinitiy to the Nova; even owning a couple of them. However, this one couldn't just be a cruiser. It had to handle, stop and have the stance of some of our late-model favorites.
What better way to celebrate the SEMA spirit than with this 1973 Chevrolet Camaro. It's oozing with performance goodies from some of our favorite aftermarket heroes. Randy Johnson, D & Z Customs owner and builder out of Wisconsin planted this second-gen in the Auto Meter booth and we couldn't help but showcase this awesome ride. Though information on the car is limited, we were able to pull out some of the details including a go-fast goodies from Heidt's suspension for a slick stance.
The standing mile. Itâs a simple premise, one thatâs caught on big lately: From a stop, you accelerate your car to the fastest top speed possible before the 132-foot timing traps at the end of a single mile. Itâs a great high, and the East Coast Timing Association has been dealing it since 1994 at Moultrie, Georgia (briefly), and Maxton, North Carolina (from 1995â2011). After losing the Maxton venue, the ECTA kicked off races at the Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2012 and hasnât looked back, with participation numbers soaring.