Hot Rod July 2019

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12 Números

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2 min.
naming names

Network Content Director @douglas.glad This is my 20th year as an automotive journalist. In that time, I have learned a lot about people, how to interview both car guys and company executives, how to listen, and how to translate the jargon used by engineers for someone in another line of work. I’ve been lied to, misinformed, or just plain asked the wrong guy when looking for accurate information. Buried deep in the noise are guys I listen to. BILLY GODBOLD Billy is a camshaft engineer at Comp Cams in Memphis, Tennessee. He’s also a physicist with a bit of experience with military submarines and supercolliders. When there is a complex question about what cam to use, Billy can condense reams of data into a part number, usually in about two minutes on the…

4 min.
chaos and order

Executive Editor @john.mcgann Compared to my neighbors, my shop space is immaculate—something they say they aspire to. I look at it and cringe, however, because I just see a mess. My 1,200–square-foot shop comfortably holds two cars, all my tools, parts for various projects, and a random collection of stuff I know I’ll never use. I’m not a neat freak, but the clutter does bother me. It’s a creeping frustration that can become distracting, and I definitely have some mental threshold that, once crossed, forces me to stop what I’m doing and clean. I’ll dedicate a weekend to do nothing but going through accumulated parts and pitching or recycling as necessary. I’ll also attack the place with a vacuum cleaner or mop if it’s especially dusty. Sometimes, I’ll do this in the…

1 min.
the unsung unser brother

Teenage summers spent scaring tourists in the bus he’d slide up this 12.42-mile Colorado road several times a day later paid off with consecutive 1960–1961 Pikes Peak Hill Climb wins for Louis J. Unser. After qualifying a distant last for the 1961 event in this 409 Bel Air, then watching low-qualifier Curtis Turner’s factory Ford break the course record on race day, a repeat seemed impossible. As the slowest stock car, the Chevy’s turn came last—just as Louie planned. In “The Unbelievable Unsers,” future HOT ROD staffer Joe Scalzo’s 1971 book, Unser explained that he was counting on quicker qualifiers to sweep the unpaved road clear of loose gravel. “During the qualifying run, Louie had purposely stopped his car, parked, and chatted with some spectators along the side of the road…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO July 1999 (164 pages, $3.50): “We told young Metz we’d put his Mustang on the cover,” wrote editor Ro McGonegal, with video footage to air on HOT ROD Magazine TV. One condition: “We’d need to see daylight under the back wheels as well as the front ones.” As if to dispel suspicions of airbrushed trickery by the art department, Ro and company photographer Scott Killeen ordered Mike Metz to repeat the 70-mph flight until they’d bagged a similar shot to start off the “10-Second Streeters” section. The 351-powered, 10.50 pony survived with barely a whimper, suffering only a souvenir stripe on its oil pan. 40 YEARS AGO July 1979 (132 pages, $1.50): In the dark depths of Detroit’s smog-motor depression, 1979’s staff nevertheless found the fun in fully legal late-models.…

8 min.
take 5 with brock yates jr.

With a résumé that includes Cannonball, One Lap of America, driving instructor, and as the son of one of the greatest automotive journalists of the last 40 years, Brock Yates Jr. has experienced and forgotten more about cars than most of us will ever know. From his time charging across the country in a Chevy van at age 14 to organizing one of the best automotive events currently in existence, Brock set aside time to talk cars, Cannonball, and what goes into making great drivers. HRM] Your father, Brock Yates Sr., created the Cannonball. What was that like to experience as a young adult? BY] He traveled a lot, so any time I got to spend time with my father, it was a good thing. One year he asked me if I…

1 min.
automotive archaeology barn-buried 401 javelin amx

After graduating from high school in 1989, a young lad named Jeff knew he wanted a muscle car, and near his home sat a 1974 AMC Javelin AMX. Its young owner was selling it for $1,500 because he had too many points on his license. Jeff didn’t have the money at the time, but knew he wanted the car. Going back with all the cash he had, $950, the owner’s father said, “Sold!” Jeff’s dad pulled the AMX out of the driveway and promptly did a twin-grip burnout. After cruising that summer, they put the car away. Years passed, and Jeff wanted to fix the AMX up. Some rust had formed, so he blew the car apart to repair and replace, and that’s as far as it got. Jeff reports that…