Hot Rod May 2019

Start running with HOT ROD - the biggest, baddest, car-guy magazine in the business! We bring you the broadest performance car coverage you'll find anywhere. From one end of the smoking¹ rubber road to the other. Barn finds, hot rods, rat rods, race cars, home-built super cars, land speed racers, the latest Detroit iron, and classic muscle - if it¹s hitting the streets, you¹ll read about it here first!

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2 min.
the challenger srt hellcat redeye might be all the car you’ll ever need

Network Content Director @douglas.glad FCA doesn’t advertise that it will tow, but the 2019 Redeye makes enough power to tow like a fishing trawler. The red-key-fob mode on the center display told me 798 hp on pump fuel from the 6.2L Hemi. While it’s bringing in the nets, it can warm your hands, your butt, defrost the windows, connect to your phone to make calls, and do just about everything else you can think of in terms of “connectivity.” That’s just the new-car stuff. It also does muscle-car stuff like make copious, whistling horsepower and deliver fantastic burnouts—glorious, sideways burnouts. In fact, it’s so aggressive that it will break the tires loose at almost any speed south of 100 mph. Fun colors? Check. Hood blisters and functional airscoops? Check. Muscle-car stance and…

3 min.
modern classics

Executive Editor @john.mcgann I recently spent several hours behind the wheel of Lucky Costa’s 1967 C10. It’s a vehicle the HOT ROD Garage co-host and I assembled from a pile of parts buried under a tarp and turned into a rolling chassis on a Saturday about a year ago. Since then, he has filled the vacant engine compartment with a take-out 5.3L and 4L60E combination that runs on Holley’s HP EFI engine-management system. The engine fires at the first twist of the key, idles at 700 rpm, and the coolant never gets above 195 degrees. A big aluminum radiator and electric fans help keep the engine temperature in check, while the underdash Vintage Air HVAC system keeps cabin temperatures cozy. Braking comes from stock square-body C10 discs up front and drum…

1 min.
signs of the times

The lone hot rod roadster seemingly misplaced in the custom-cars section of Oakland’s 1960 National Roadster Show was more radical custom than typical street roadster, due to its hand-shaped fiberglass body. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s experimental sculpting of heated silica cloth and resin (as used for insulation) in a one-car garage literally changed the face of customizing. Three plaster molds produced an outrageous envelope that redefined hot rods for impressionable baby boomers too young to revere vintage tin. Love him or try to forget him, a goateed, sweatshirt-wearing, beatnik artist was becoming perhaps the world’s best-known hot rodder. Those young teens on the threshold of driver’s ed were already buying airbrushed “weirdo” shirts and “monster” stickers displayed in magazine ads or at California shows. Wherever the artist and the Cadillac-powered “Outlaw”…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO May 1999 (164 pages, $3.95): Conspicuous by their absence from this engine-intensive issue are the crate motors coming soon from Detroit. Two short decades ago, rodders still preferred rolling their own, guided by our hands-on writers. A “Best Builds” section recalled 426 Hemi, big-block Chevy, and 351W staff projects from earlier this decade. Co–technical editor Steve Magnante’s pros and cons for the street’s four favorite power-adders could’ve been published in 2019. Rat Fink Reunion coverage led off with what may be the final mug shot in a Petersen magazine of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, two years before his death. 40 YEARS AGO May 1979 (172 pages, $1.25): A big, shiny GMC huffer hogged the glory up front, while turbocharging didn’t even rate a cover blurb. Inside, though, Lee Kelley’s editorial…

5 min.
take 5 with mike swan

Mike Swan isn’t a drag-racing hero. He didn’t win Le Mans or race in NASCAR. We are putting him in the spotlight for the unique way he contributes to the hobby. His gig is proprietor of Mobile Mechanic Mike, an automotive electrical business he runs out of his truck with his dog, Stanley. There are nine SoCal hot rod shops that call on Swan to troubleshoot problems, rewire disasters, and create custom harnesses for pre-1970s hot rods. He will also make house calls for select customers through word of mouth. His home is in Sydney, Nebraska: 1,100 miles and 18 hours away from his customer base. During the year, he drives to the Los Angeles area with a list of jobs and stays for several months, moving from shop to garage…

9 min.
carbon blue bruiser

Detroit has long been home to some of the most impressive, ground-pounding drag cars that the racing community has ever seen, and an insatiable desire for speed seems to course through the veins of those who live there. John Wilhelm spent his childhood riding his bike around a suburb of the Motor City that was full of people working on cars in their driveways and knew at a very young age he wanted a part of the action. So much so that he got into a bit of trouble for driving cars before he even had his license. He actually had to sell his first car, a 1969 Camaro he had bought at 15 years old, to pay for his sister’s car after one of those joyrides went sideways. Despite…