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2014 NMCA West Pit Action At Fontana


2014 NMCA West Pit Action At Fontana
HOT ROD was there for the Friday qualifying rounds of the NMCA West drags at Fontana Dragway.

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.

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Photo Gallery: 2014 NMCA West Pit Action At Fontana

Photo Gallery: 2014 NMCA West Pit Action At Fontana

2014 NMCA West Street Car Nationals Strip Action


2014 NMCA West Street Car Nationals Strip Action
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.

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.

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Photo Gallery: 2014 NMCA West Street Car Nationals Strip Action

Photo Gallery: 2014 NMCA West Street Car Nationals Strip Action

2015 Ford Mustang Makes Hollywood Debut


2015 Ford Mustang Makes Hollywood Debut
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 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.

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Ford Mustang Makes Hollywood Debut

Photo Gallery: 2015 Ford Mustang Makes Hollywood Debut

1967 Chevrolet Nova From SEMA Show 2013


1967 Chevrolet Nova From SEMA Show 2013
There's no passing up a red muscle car, especially at the 2013 SEMA Show.

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.

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Photo Gallery: 1967 Chevrolet Nova From SEMA Show 2013

Photo Gallery: 1967 Chevrolet Nova From SEMA Show 2013

1973 Chevrolet Camaro From The SEMA Show 2013


1973 Chevrolet Camaro From The SEMA Show 2013
What better way to celebrate the SEMA spirit than with this 1973 Chevrolet Camaro.

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.

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Photo Gallery: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro From The SEMA Show 2013

Photo Gallery: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro From The SEMA Show 2013

2013 Drag Week - World’s Fastest Street Cars


2013 HOT ROD Drag Week - World’s Fastest Street Cars - Hot Rod
Drag Week™ separates bold claims from the harsh truth to prove, every year, who has the Fastest Street Car in America. Actually, the world.

Presented by Gear Vendors Under/Overdrive
Co-Sponsored by Pep Boys Speed Shop

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Photo Gallery: 2013 HOT ROD Drag Week - World’s Fastest Street Cars - Hot Rod

Photo Gallery: 2013 HOT ROD Drag Week - World’s Fastest Street Cars - Hot Rod

Hot Rod Top Speed Challenge


Hot Rod Top Speed Challenge - Hot Rod Magazine
The Hot Rod Top Speed Challenge returns to Wilmington with the East Coast Timing Association.

The standing mile. It’s a simple premise, one that’s 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. It’s a great high, and the East Coast Timing Association has been dealing it since 1994 at Moultrie, Georgia (briefly), and Maxton, North Carolina (from 1995–2011). After losing the Maxton venue, the ECTA kicked off races at the Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, in 2012 and hasn’t looked back, with participation numbers soaring.

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Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Top Speed Challenge - Hot Rod Magazine

Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Top Speed Challenge - Hot Rod Magazine

Kumeu Car Festival


Kumeu Car Festival - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine
The scene at the Kumeu Car Festival in Auckland, New Zealand. More than 250 Model A's came together, an eclectic group of famous artists gather at the Summernationals, and custom Les Paul guitars.

“A” Picnic In The Park

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Photo Gallery: Kumeu Car Festival - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

Photo Gallery: Kumeu Car Festival - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

The 2013 Carl Casper Custom Auto Show


The 2013 Carl Casper Custom Auto Show - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine
Fifty years ago, Carl Casper staged his first show in the Louisville Exposition center. It was a busy year for car guys: Nitromethane returned to NHRA at the ’63 Winternationals, the last Studebaker rolled out of South Bend in 1963

Fifty years ago, Carl Casper staged his first show in the Louisville Exposition center. It was a busy year for car guys: Nitromethane returned to NHRA at the ’63 Winternationals, the last Studebaker rolled out of South Bend in 1963, drag racing made its national-television debut on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and indoor car shows packed crowds into local armories and huge exhibit halls. The proliferation of outdoor car shows, aka rod runs, was still years away.

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Photo Gallery: The 2013 Carl Casper Custom Auto Show - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

2013 Detroit Autorama - The Great Eight


2013 Detroit Autorama - The Great Eight - Hot Rod Magazine
In February 2013, we had one job to do at the show: find the eight cars contending for the Ridler, nicknamed “The Great Eight.”

The Detroit Autorama has been showcasing custom cars since 1953 and awarding the coveted Ridler award since 1964. In February 2013, we had one job to do at the show: find the eight cars contending for the Ridler, nicknamed “The Great Eight.” It seemed easy enough, but sending us to a car show in the Motor City is like sending a squirrel into a nut factory. We got distracted.

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Photo Gallery: 2013 Detroit Autorama - The Great Eight - Hot Rod Magazine

Scene At The 2013 Hot Rod Homecoming


Scene At The 2013 Hot Rod Homecoming - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine
In an unprecedented reunion of past HOT ROD feature vehicles since 1948, the HOT ROD Homecoming showcased nearly 300 street and race cars and trucks in person that most folks had seen only in print.

When our big sister committed to renting the expansive and expensive Fairplex for an unprecedented reunion of past HOT ROD feature vehicles since 1948, the big question was whether the response from car owners and spectators would justify such heavy investments in effort and dollars. After all, the targeted audience had been here recently for the huge Grand National Roadster Show, and NASCAR was running the same weekend at nearby Fontana.

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Photo Gallery: Scene At The 2013 Hot Rod Homecoming - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

2013 World's Most Beautiful Custom


2013 World's Most Beautiful Custom - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine
The Harold A. Bagdasarian Award for the World's Most Beautiful Custom goes to an international winner!

Truly International

Twenty-two years ago, when the Sacramento Autorama named its perpetual Harold A. Bagdasarian Award for World's Most Beautiful Custom after the show's 1950 founder, nobody expected competitive entries to originate outside of our own borders. Back when the hot-rod world was flat, the coolest customs all came from America.

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Photo Gallery: 2013 World's Most Beautiful Custom - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 World's Most Beautiful Custom - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

Scene At 2013 Sacramento Autorama


Scene At 2013 Sacramento Autorama - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine
So many more folks showed up for Sacramento’s 64th Autorama that we’re inclined to believe a promoter claiming a sudden 10 percent spike over his best recent year.

Exactly a year ago, we were wondering aloud how much longer the world’s second oldest hot rod show—indeed, any major indoor event—could survive Great Recession attendance levels (July 2012 HRD). Never mind. Call off Dr. Kildare. Cancel the meat wagon.

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Photo Gallery: Scene At 2013 Sacramento Autorama - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

Photo Gallery: Scene At 2013 Sacramento Autorama - Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

Straya! (Google It) - 727ci of Australian Mayhem


Straya! (Google It) - 727ci of Australian Mayhem - Hot Rod Magazine
There must be a law in Australia stipulating any used-car purchase must include a Roots blower, because half of the hot rods at Powercruise had aluminum lungs busting through the hood. How do we know this? Because we were there.

There must be a law in Australia stipulating any used-car purchase must include a Roots blower, because half of the hot rods at Powercruise had aluminum lungs busting through the hood. How do we know this? Because we were there. How did we get there? Good question. It all began innocently enough: We wondered what would happen if we stuck our 1,160hp drag-boat motor into a hot rod and then drove it on the street. What would 900 lb-ft of naturally aspirated torque feel like if the tires managed to hook up? Would the brute force break the rear tires loose on the freeway and send us straight into the guardrail with a mix of sheer terror and joy on our faces? We had to know, but we didn’t have a car to install the engine into that wouldn’t twist into a pretzel from the shock of quad-digit power. Our engine also runs on 118-octane Rockett Brand race fuel, so the experiment would be expensive and short-lived—even if we wrecked the car immediately.

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Photo Gallery: Straya! (Google It) - 727ci of Australian Mayhem - Hot Rod Magazine

Photo Gallery: Straya! (Google It) - 727ci of Australian Mayhem - Hot Rod Magazine

Win a Trip to the 2013 SEMA Show From LAVA


Win a Trip to the 2013 SEMA Show From LAVA - Hot Rod Magazine
Find out how you and a guest of your choosing could win a trip to the 2013 SEMA Show!

Interested in winning a trip to the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas? Well, then send us a photo of you and your hands at their dirtiest and submit it to lava.moments.hotrod@sorc.com to be entered into our contest presented by LAVA Soap. Please see the Official Rules below. *Note: The SEMA Show is a trade-only industry event that is not open to the general public.*

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Photo Gallery: Win a Trip to the 2013 SEMA Show From LAVA - Hot Rod Magazine

Hot Rod Homecoming History Gallery


Hot Rod Homecoming History Gallery - Hot Rod Magazine
The Hot Rod Homecoming, presented by Chevrolet Performance and co-sponsored by Edelbrock was this past weekend, March 23rd and 24th, 2013.

The Hot Rod Homecoming, presented by Chevrolet Performance and co-sponsored by Edelbrock was this past weekend, March 23rd and 24th, 2013. Building 4 featured the earliest of hot rods ever featured in the magazine. This was the place where you could witness the cars that created the hobby. Stay tuned this week as we bring you more information and photos of the people and cars from Hot Rod Homecoming.

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Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Homecoming History Gallery - Hot Rod Magazine

Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Homecoming History Gallery - Hot Rod Magazine

Fastest Street Cars in America: Hot Rod Drag Week


Fastest Street Cars in America: Hot Rod Drag Week - Hot Rod Magazine
Travis Gilpin lay flat on his back behind the burnout box at Memphis International Raceway in total silence, just a few feet behind Todd Maschmeier’s wounded '68 Camaro.

Travis Gilpin lay flat on his back behind the burnout box at Memphis International Raceway in total silence, just a few feet behind Todd Maschmeier’s wounded ’68 Camaro. His driver suit was pulled down to his waist, and the racing logo on his hat was almost unrecognizable beneath the dirt and chemical stains. He had a defeated look on his weather-beaten face, the lines of his cheeks caked with oil and aggravation. Except for a puzzled track official who stood over him repeatedly asking whether or not he wanted the Camaro pushed or pulled off the track, there were few people around to witness the dismal scene. Most of the other competitors had already hit the road, looking for victories large and small on the last leg of HOT ROD Drag Week™, the racing road trip that’s the proving ground for the fastest street/strip cars on Earth.

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Photo Gallery: Fastest Street Cars in America: Hot Rod Drag Week - Hot Rod Magazine

Photo Gallery: Fastest Street Cars in America: Hot Rod Drag Week - Hot Rod Magazine

The Race of Gentlemen


The Race of Gentlemen - Hot Rod Magazine
Meldon Van Riper Stultz III is a pretty interesting guy. Behind the cool name and the full-frontal fascia of rusty hued whiskers lies the mind of a true innovator.

Meldon Van Riper Stultz III is a pretty interesting guy. Behind the cool name and the full-frontal fascia of rusty hued whiskers lies the mind of a true innovator. A jack of several trades, Mel and his crew have taken to building cool pre-war hot rods and bikes just off the New Jersey shorefront in the town of Neptune. They started building period-correct rides for Mel and his friends and gradually ventured into fabrication for a select clientele across the globe. A few years back, Mel was sick and tired of going to the typical parking-lot car shows; spectacles of lawn chairs, light conversation, and stagnant rides never impressed him much. So, to demonstrate to the masses that there was more to life than just parking your car, he jumped in the fray, putting on rousing, old-time-styled racing events in the greater Jersey Shore area.

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Photo Gallery: The Race of Gentlemen - Hot Rod Magazine

Photo Gallery: The Race of Gentlemen - Hot Rod Magazine

The Quickest 32 Daily Drivers of Drag Week


The Quickest 32 Daily Drivers of Drag Week - Hot Rod Magazine
On the surface, HOT ROD Drag Week™ is all about winning. You say you have a fast street car, we ask you to prove it during 1,400 miles of backwoods road tripping while also being quicker, faster, and staying together longer than all the other cars in your class through a week of drag passes.

On the surface, HOT ROD Drag Week™ is all about winning. You say you have a fast street car, we ask you to prove it during 1,400 miles of backwoods road tripping while also being quicker, faster, and staying together longer than all the other cars in your class through a week of drag passes. If you don’t break, crash, slow down, and/or dissolve in a weeping puddle of failure in the shadow of a small-town water tower, then you win, and that’s the point. If someone tells you, “It’s not about winning,” you can usually assume that’s because they lost. When 32 different people say it—including the guy who won—then you have to wonder: If it’s not about winning, what is it about?

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Photo Gallery: The Quickest 32 Daily Drivers of Drag Week - Hot Rod Magazine

SEMA Cruise Gallery


2012 SEMA Show Gallery - HOT ROD Magazine
Huge gallery of cars from the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

January 2013 marks the 65th birthday of HOT ROD and we are starting the celebration early with the 2012 SEMA cruise. Every car, truck, motorcycle and scooter rolled through the entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, November 2, 2012. There were more than 1,000 people packed onto the bleachers and sidewalks to watch, listen, and smell the mean machines that were featured all over 2012 SEMA.


Photo Gallery: 2012 SEMA Show Gallery - HOT ROD Magazine

1971 Plymouth Cuda - Cheatin’ Death On The Mountain


1971 Plymouth Cuda - Cheatin' Death On The Mountain - Hot Rod Magazine
We wrench (and win) in the world’s most famous hillclimb with a ’71 Plymouth ’Cuda in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event.

It's dark. It's dark and it's cold and I'm on a mountain 11,000 feet in the air, if you can still call the oxygen-starved atmosphere "air." I am covering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at the invitation of Jess Neal, driver of the No. 42 '71 Plymouth 'Cuda and member of the Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing (RMVR) group. Jess plans to make his third attempt to take away the Vintage title from fellow RMVR racer Keith Davidson, and he offered to let me work on the team. That was my first indication that these people might be crazy.

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Photo Gallery: 1971 Plymouth Cuda - Cheatin' Death On The Mountain - Hot Rod Magazine

Photo Gallery: 1971 Plymouth Cuda - Cheatin' Death On The Mountain - Hot Rod Magazine

Coronado Speed Festival 2012


Coronado Speed Festival 2012 Coverage - HOT ROD Magazine
How do you make a car show even better? Have a race.

There’s one way to make a car show better, and that’s to have a race, and the only possible way to improve on that? Have the whole thing at a Naval Base as part of San Diego Fleet Week.

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Photo Gallery: Coronado Speed Festival 2012 Coverage - HOT ROD Magazine

Photo Gallery: Coronado Speed Festival 2012 Coverage - HOT ROD Magazine

Cruisin’ For a Cure


Cruisin’ For a Cure 2012 Coverage - HOT ROD Magazine
Possibly the biggest show in the country, Cruisin’ for a Cure is held at the Orange County Fair Grounds and featured over 3,400 cars.

Cruisin’ For a Cure for is one of the biggest car shows in the country. It featured over 3,400 cars, more than 200 exhibitors, live bands, and food. Held at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Southern California, the show was Saturday September 22, 2012. The show raises money to help eliminate Prostate Cancer in men, which strikes over 200,000 a year. They offered free testing at the show. For more information visit CruisinForaCure.com.

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Photo Gallery: Cruisin’ For a Cure 2012 Coverage - HOT ROD Magazine

Photo Gallery: Cruisin’ For a Cure 2012 Coverage - HOT ROD Magazine

Mecum 25th Spring Classic Auction in Indy


Mecum 25th Spring Classic Auction in Indy - Muscle Car Review Magazine
Mecum Celebrates 25th Spring Classic With $52 Million in Sales

The mood at the Indiana State Fairgrounds was upbeat—among participants, spectators, even the auction staff—as Dana Mecum and his crew celebrated 25 years of holding the Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis. During six busy days Mecum moved nearly 3,000 lots through two auction rings. About 70 percent of the cars, memorabilia, and other items changed hands, bringing the sale’s total to $52.6 million.

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Photo Gallery: Mecum 25th Spring Classic Auction in Indy - Muscle Car Review Magazine

Photo Gallery: Mecum 25th Spring Classic Auction in Indy - Muscle Car Review Magazine

Muscle Cars Vs Exotics


Muscle Cars versus Exotics - HOT ROD Magazine
In Woodland Hills, CA there's a battle going on every Sunday and HOT ROD was there.

Every Sunday in Woodland Hills, California a mysterious transformation takes place. The normally dull pavement outside a shopping center becomes a rippling battleground as collectors and enthusiasts vie for the best parking spaces amidst the pine shade dappled parking spaces. Yoink, sorry 911, this spot is taken by American Muscle.

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Photo Gallery: Muscle Cars versus Exotics - HOT ROD Magazine

Photo Gallery: Muscle Cars versus Exotics - HOT ROD Magazine

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