Hot Rod April 2019

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1 min.
old cars aren’t new cars

Network Content Director @douglas.glad Duh. This revelation split my head after I noticed a gooey spot of oil in the driveway. I was having a causal conversation with my neighbor when I suddenly turned and went to a knee, then dabbed, smelled, and studied the goo in the light. It was gear oil, and worse yet, it was off to the driver side instead of centered in the driveway. It could only mean an axle-seal leak. Walking to the back of the car, I noticed the pinwheel drool marks on the inside sidewall of the driver-side slick. I left the neighbor wondering what was I doing. For seasoned car guys, this is completely normal. You put a leaker on a clean driveway and I can probably tell you which bearing, seal, or…

3 min.
technology feats and frustrations

@john.mcgann In the back of this issue, David Freiburger lays out a case against autonomous cars in a cogent and logical set of arguments. It’s a good read and worth your time to look over. Personally, I agree with all his points. I don’t want the invisible hand of technology wrenching the steering wheel from my hands because its algorithm thinks it knows better. David’s arguments resonate well because they address the issue of technology versus personal responsibility—who is making decisions and based on what criteria—and that is a thorny path to traverse. On a personal note, I don’t want a car that drives for me. I was opposed to daytime running lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers when those features were first introduced. Last summer, I drove a few different cars with…

1 min.
paramount movie ranch, 1956–1957

The historic “movie ranch” immolated in last fall’s firestorm twice hosted USAC stock cars on a 2-mile sports-car track in rural Agoura, California. Contemporaneous publications proclaimed it to be the first figure-eight road course in the West. Ironically and tragically, its most notable feature—a tunnel that enabled the elevated cross traffic seen in HRM photographer Eric Rickman’s overview—became notorious for ending the lives of both the racetrack and the amateur sports-car racer who was ejected after skidding into a concrete upright. His was the second death of that final weekend in December 1957. Most of the film and TV “Westerns” supposedly set in Southwestern badlands were really filmed much closer to Hollywood. Their dusty trails and Main Street storefronts were installed just over the hill, literally. Studio chiefs accurately calculated that…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO April 1999 (164 pages, $3.50): Tech Editor Steve Magnante popped out of a $500 Nova body sprayed “with $30 worth of spray bombs…and a case o’ suds.” True to company tradition for April Foolery were a full-page fake ad for the Talking Gray [Baskerville] Doll, a “Prop Rods” compilation of silly “Hollyweird” custom cars, and the two-page “Car Feature About Nothing,” picturing a Chevy-powered Nash whose owner reportedly failed to provide any specs (“Pistons: Eight”). No joke was Editor Ro McGonegal’s news that our company had been sold for the second time in three years, fetching $1.2 billion for 132 titles. 40 YEARS AGO April 1979 (140 pages, $1.25): Editor Lee Kelley somehow secured L.A. street time for the one-off, “experimental” Z28 that dazzled writers at last summer’s Detroit new-car…

8 min.
 take 5 with mark stielow

Mark Stielow is an engineer with deep roots in both hot rodding and new-vehicle development. He’s been project manager at GM for brilliant machines like the 2015 Camaro Z28, and he’s built at least 17 different first-generation Camaros in his own garage. Those Camaros he builds himself are familiar to anyone who has been paying attention to HOT ROD. Currently, Stielow has been doing both things for a long time—from what he learned working with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula SAE program as an undergraduate in college, to getting the most out of old sheetmetal, and the people who work with him at GM. He also gets the blame for inventing the term “Pro Touring.” HRM] Where did you go to school? MS] University of Missouri, Rolla, which is now…

8 min.

O’ll just say it: In stock guise, the Chevrolet Nova never did it for me. They were nice-looking in a box turtle sort of way, but in my opinion, there were plenty more stylish options on the market to choose from. Maybe it’s because as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, Novas were everywhere. Back then, they weren’t cool or overly muscular. Instead, they were basic transportation that you’d see dented and parked on the street with rusty rockers and holes in the quarter-panels. Sure, every now and then a side-piped and shackled fat-tire Nova SS would roll by, but for the most part, we never gave them a second look. As time goes by, tastes change, as do industry trends and the visionaries who set them. This…