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Hot Rod Deluxe

November 2019

Hot Rod Deluxe is the magazine that brings you nothing but traditional hot rodding. In every issue, HOT ROD DELUXE delivers vintage photography from the Hot Rod magazine archives that you just can't get anywhere else.

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opinions are like…

The G-rated way to end that saying is “…noses. Everyone has one, and they all smell.” You may have heard other, less family friendly versions, which essentially convey the same message. Our cover car this month, Matt Picaro’s ’34 Ford roadster, is not your typical, traditional hot rod. It’s built in a traditional way, as you’ll see from Scotty Lachenauer’s story on page 38. Traditional, that is, except for the front end. If you look close, you can see the remnants of the Ford’s trademark ’34 grille, but it has been altered to fit within a reshaped ’36 Cadillac shell, one of many Caddy components incorporated into the Ford. Automaker marketers who put on focus groups to test potential vehicle designs would likely call the car’s nose “polarizing,” meaning there’s no middle…

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hot rod deluxe

EDITORIAL Network Content Director Douglas R. Glad Editor Drew Hardin Managing Editor Courtney McKinnon Director, Social Media Brandon Scarpelli Social Media Editor John Roberts ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Art Director Roberta Conroy Creative Director Alan Muir ON THE WEB CarCraft.com HOTROD.com MoparMuscle.com ADVERTISING General Manager Matt Boice Eastern Sales Director Michael Essex 863/860-6023 Western Sales Director Scott Timberlake 310/531-5969 Ad Operations Manager Monica Hernandez Ad Coordinator Patricia Ludi General Manager’s Assistant Mimi Hirata TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC Chairman Greg Mays President Kevin Mullan SVP, Editorial & Advertising Operations Amy Diamond General Manager Automotive Network Tim Foss Senior Director, Finance Catherine Temkin CONSUMER MARKETING, ENTHUSIAST MEDIA SUBSCRIPTION COMPANY, INC. SVP, Circulation Tom Slater VP, Retention & Operations Fulfillment Donald T. Robinson III VP, Aquisition & Database Marketing Victoria Linehan VP, Newsstand Retail Sales William Carter MOTORTREND GROUP President/General Manager Alex Wellen Group SVP, Sales Eric Schwab Head of Operations Jerry Solomon Head of International & Business Development Francis Keeling Head of Digital Product & Technology Argam DerHartunian SVP,…

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highway bingo

In June 1960, HOT ROD’s Le Roi Smith headed out with members of the L.A. Roadsters club on “a new and interesting interpretation of the ever-popular reliability run.” They called it Highway Bingo, which was also the title of Smith’s November 1960 HRM account of his day on the rally. As with a traditional reliability run or rally, entrants—a driver and a navigator—were given directions to cover “a prescribed course in a prescribed time,” Smith wrote. “Nothing to it, we told ourselves.” That is, until they were handed “a second sheet of instructions along with a sheet of paper with many squares marked on it. Each square contained a ‘key’ word along with a few other words. That’s where the fun began.” Each hot rod team was to not only finish…

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roddin’ @ random

S.CO.T. VS. MCCULLOCH: A QUICK PRIMER (The mid-’30s hot rods Ken Gross profiles in “Two of a Kind” on page 26 take different approaches to powering up their flatheads. We figured a short explanation of their differences would be a good idea, and Ken obliged.—Ed.) There’s nothing the matter with a Ford or Mercury flathead V8 that forced-induction can’t fix. In the pre-war era, the McCulloch centrifugal supercharger could be purchased outright from McCulloch, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or bought from and installed by a capable Ford or Mercury dealer. The price was $87.50 (the equivalent of $1,500 in 2019 dollars), so it was not inexpensive. McCulloch advertisements claimed an output of 123 to 125 hp, and a dual-exhaust system was recommended. Mounted on the stock intake manifold with special brackets supplied…

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scene at the 2019 holley national hot rod reunion

The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, organized by the NHRA Motorsports Museum and presented by AAA Insurance, offers a look back at the cars and personalities that paved the way for modern-day drag racers. The real beauty of the Hot Rod Reunion is the diversity in the racing divisions, as hundreds of race cars battle it out in more than a dozen classes at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. If you like gassers, there were three classes devoted strictly to them: Straight Axle, Geezer Gassers, and AA/Gas. Other classes, such as Hot Rod Eliminator, allowed all types of cars to compete, while classes like Nostalgia Super Stock were geared toward mid-’60s muscle cars. There were multiple classes for dragsters, altereds, and Funny Cars, including Nostalgia Top Fuel,…

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scene at the 2019 nitro revival

Steve Gibbs has experienced more than one man’s share of ups and downs during six decades of track operations, but nothing like the ricochets of early 2019. Hook, as he’s called, had buried both his mother and his wife of 68 years, Gloria, before the end of April. Simultaneously, he and his three daughters were consumed with final preparations for the fast-approaching third edition of a reunion-oriented event that had yet to prove profitable—or even land a permanent home, having bounced from remote, space-constrained Barona Drag Strip (San Diego County) in 2017 to unlikely Laguna Seca Raceway, which “cackle” cars oddly shared with vintage road racers in gloomy weather last year. Support from long-hauling L.A. car owners was strong, again, but spectator admissions disappointed. Pushing 80, Gibbs had to question…