Hot Rod March 2020

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4 min.
currents in the river

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann If you love advanced technology in the automotive industry, the last few months have been exciting times, with, among other things, the announcement of two new electric vehicles: the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Cybertruck. I’m not so excited, though. Both vehicles have received their fair share of criticism—most of which has addressed the looks and functionality of each. The Cybertruck is beyond ugly. I’ve read speculation that, to keep the sticker price down, Tesla designed the car with flat panels that wouldn’t need complicated stamping processes. If that’s the case, I can forgive the vehicle’s looks, but just barely. Less forgivable is calling a battery-powered SUV a Mustang. I get the notion of drawing on brand heritage, but for a brand to have heritage, it needs purity and…

3 min.
we want cybertruck! the windows are bulletproof

Network Content Director @douglas.glad If George Peppard were here to see the 2022 Tesla Cybertruck, he’d chew his cigar a little faster and maybe rub his hands at the prospect of a Damnation Alley remake. Don’t get the reference? Google it. We’ll wait. Any human who views Elon Musk’s angular stainless steel swipe at the lucrative half-ton market will have a similar reaction. What does it remind you of? Cylons? That hot chrome Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? For us, it was Dean Jeffries’ gleaming Landmaster used to fight radioactive scorpions. We really couldn’t imagine it towing a race car. Somehow, we got a third-party look at the ultra-secret photos and spec sheet before the launch of the Cybertruck in Tesla’s Hawthorne, California, facility on November 21. We were interested…

3 min.
hot rod drag week

“40 Cars. 5 Tracks. 1,500 Miles. You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before!” promised the cover of the Jan. ’06 issue of HOT ROD. It was the birth of HOT ROD Drag Week, which hit the 15th anniversary milestone in 2019. Who has the fastest street car in America? Even local street racers in the earliest days of hot rodding wanted to know. In the modern era, the question attempted to be answered by the original HOT ROD Fastest Street Car in America Shootout in Memphis in conjunction with the NMCA. That race started in 1992, and for the first few years competitors did “‘a 30-mile drive,’ which was just laps around the road course—not exactly stoplight-to-stoplight,” said former HOT ROD editor, Rob Kinnan. “It had a winner every year—but also…

1 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO (March 2000, 148 pages, $3.50): It was our Paint & Body-themed issue—but for some reason we opted for a Photoshopped cover. Regardless, inside was packed with info on how to paint, schemes to paint, and 10 of the worst bodywork mistakes you could make. We also went deep when it came to explaining axle tech and intake manifolds, and also while looking at Billy Glidden’s 10-second Windsor race engine. 40 YEARS AGO (March 1980, 136 pages, $1.50): Putting an exclamation on the cover could only equate to one thing: Pontiac extravaganza! That meant a history lesson, a Funny Car, speed equipment, and two road tests, including one that ended in breakage. The fastest stock-body Corvette? It also made it into the issue, as did a bunch of Chevy small-block performance…

6 min.
take five with aaron shelby

As one of the greatest rivalries in automotive history, the film Ford v Ferrari (in theaters now) tells the story of how automotive legend Carroll Shelby took on the likes of Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is not some cobbled together Hollywood hash, but instead, a representation of what Mr. Shelby and driver Ken Miles went through as they battled the big red performance juggernaut. HOT ROD Magazine sat down with Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby and copresident of the Carroll Shelby Foundation, to talk about the new film, continuation cars, and what the future holds for Shelby American Inc. HRM] What was it like growing up with the last name Shelby? AS] I was born in 1971, so as a young kid it didn’t mean…

1 min.
automotive archaeology 1970 challenger found in a shed

Hiding in the hills of North Carolina are a bunch of incredible Mopar Honey Holes. This one we’ve been too a handful of times, and yet there is always something new to uncover, like this 1970 Dodge Challenger. We recently visited a gentleman in North Carolina who had let us look at his collection several years ago. On this visit he was going to show us his new shop. On the way to the shop we passed an old shed, and sitting there was a 1970 Dodge Challenger. It was an original small-block car with a flat hood and drum brakes. There was a little rust in the fenders and quarters, but nothing serious. Soon after our visit, the car was moved into the new shop and finished up.…