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Hot Rod Deluxe July 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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trivial pursuit

Months ago, when I was planning this issue’s Model A tribute, I thought about putting together a historical look at the car. But that’s been done. Amazon lists over 2,000 results when you search for “Ford Model A” books. I figured Deluxe readers already own a chunk of those. Instead, I thought it would be fun to go down a bit of a rabbit hole and explore some Model A trivia, as well as some historic context to the second model Henry Ford tagged with an A. Second Model A? Yep. The Ford Motor Company’s first production vehicle, built in 1903-1904, was a two-seat, two-cylinder runabout Ford called the Model A. In his company’s early years, Henry Ford named models by the alphabet, though not every model made it to production.…

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too much fun?

The 1962 season got off to an exhausting start for Los Angeles gearheads and National Hot Rod Association workers. Wally Parks scheduled his second editions of the Winternationals car show and gas-only Winternationals drags for back-to-back weeks, starting January 31 with show setup and finally concluding 18 days later with rain-delayed eliminations. HOT ROD’s Tex Smith happened upon this relaxed team early one morning of the second race weekend, February 17-18, 1962. Not even bright Pomona sunlight and hundreds of uncorked headers disturbed the sleepyheads, though the boyfriend in the Pontiac looks a bit perturbed. He appears to be the only one aware of the camera. Fifty-seven years later, that kid is pushing 80—and possibly still wondering whether such a weird shot ever got published. Now that it has been, we’re hoping…

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and he walked away

Freelance photographer Paul Sadler was at the right place at the right time when Matt Bynum, driver of the Matthews Motorsports’ Nitro Nick Camaro Funny Car, was doing the exact opposite during the run-up to this year’s March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield. Sadler, shooting from a perch above the track at the top end of the quarter-mile, said the Funny Car went into tire shake “and he looked like he stayed in it too long.” Despite the severity of the crash, Bynum walked away and felt he didn’t need to be checked out at the hospital. For more coverage of this year’s March Meet, see Dave Wallace’s report on page 20.…

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keepin’ the smokers smokin’

Bakersfield’s Smokers Inc. became the world’s best-known hot rod club in 1959 for staging the inaugural March Meet. The club retained that lofty status long after its final roster of 30 members—the charter’s self-imposed maximum—disbanded in 1965, selling off rights to both its name and drag racing’s biggest independent event, whose success had overwhelmed the volunteer promoters. Over subsequent decades, the club and the race itself nearly faded into oblivion before respective resuscitations by local boys Dan Lee, who reinvented the club as Smokers LLC, and Jack Williams, the late member and Top Fuel star who brought the Goodguys marketing machine to his old Famoso stomping grounds. In his eight years of stewardship, Dan Lee has introduced honorary memberships, reproduced the world-famous logo on retail apparel, launched a website (smokersdragracing.wordpress.com), and…

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gnrs elevates slonaker award

In a major change that will take effect at the 2020 event (January 24-26), promoters for the Grand National Roadster Show announced that they are altering the parameters (and prizes) for the Al Slonaker Memorial Award with an eye toward elevating it to the status of the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award. Since 1974, the Slonaker Award (dedicated to the memory of show founders Al and Mary Slonaker) has been given to the best non-roadster vehicle at the GNRS. That won’t change. But the award will now include a $12,500 cash prize and a custom-made trophy. All vehicles (excluding roadsters) that debut at the GNRS in their finished state will be eligible for the award, though if they enter the competition they will not be eligible for any other class…