Hot Rod April 2020

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4 min.
one more in the books

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann In one of the eternal mysteries of the publishing world, this, the April 2020 issue, is actually in production at the end of December 2019. You’ll forgive me, therefore, for this retrospective look back at 2019 as the calendar year winds down. As always, this memorial is a tale full of ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies—well, as much tragedy as one can experience when writing about cars, which isn’t that bad, relatively speaking. Let’s start with the fun stuff. One the most memorable events for me this year was witnessing Tom Bailey break into the 5’s at Drag Week. The historic 5.998 at 250.46 mph pass came at the end of the last day of competition, well after it was clear he had a good enough average to be declared…

3 min.
like tools? more tool stories.

Network Content Director @douglas.glad I have no clue where I first saw the word Duralast. It was likely dangling from a string in the center isle of a chain parts store where I was buying a drain pan or a bottle of antifreeze. As a rule, I avoid parts stores for the simple reason that most of my cars aren’t stock and the supply-chain systems are designed for factory hardware and part numbers. Parts stores are usually handy for late-night breakdowns and a bag of peanut M&Ms. There are cars in the fleet that are stock. When they need repairs, I fall into the bracket of DIY guy in the strictest since of the word. I don’t send the daily drivers to local mom-and-pop shops, and despite being on the robocall A-list,…

1 min.
speed parts hall of fame

HOT ROD’s objective has always been to cover what’s happening in the hot rodding world—the people, the trends, the races, the culture, the cars, the builds, and so on. But sometimes we’re about spotlighting what’s not happening, and at one point, it had to do with speed parts. Sure, we’d been featuring them on the pages for 60 years, since the Jan. ’48 issue’s “Parts with Appeal” showcased a fuel pump. The problem as we saw it was that, to date, there had been no hall of fame for the aftermarket parts that helped to build an industry. HOFs did exist, such as the Automotive Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame, but there was nothing for speed parts. That prompted the Speed Parts Hall of Fame, which first appeared…

1 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO (April 2000, 154 pages, $3.50): Eleven seconds. $2,000. Fast. Cheap. Any of those on their own is winning, but we put them all together in one issue, including the Fastest Street Cars in America Top 10 Shootout, a bigly 500ci Cadillac engine in a tiny Chevette, how to pick the right carb, and a 13-sec blown Buick, for starters. Who is Art Chrisman? Answers on that, too. 40 YEARS AGO (April 1980, 128 pages, $1.50): “The 1980s will be a most difficult period for the automotive enthusiast,” proclaimed Editor Lee Kelley at the start of the issue. Government regulations and gasoline prices were of concern. That’s insight into why “economy” got an exclamation point on the cover. Kelley also had great worry that the aftermarket industry would implode from all…

8 min.
take five with kyle tucker

Engineers notoriously know at least six or seven workable answers to any question put in front of them. What separates a good engineer from an okay one is the ability to recognize which of those options is the best answer. But Kyle Tucker isn’t merely a good engineer he’s a great one, and that greatness lies in his ability to get to the ideal answer quickly, turn it into a tangible and practical product, and deliver that with almost insane efficiency, into the hands of consumers. Tucker grew up on a farm in Missouri and attended what is now Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Rolla. It was a must, while studying mechanical engineering, that he meet Mark Stielow. Yes, that Mark Stielow, the guy whose series of…

1 min.
stash of chevrolets found after decades

One day a 1970 Challenger R/T appeared at a house I had driven past for decades, so I had to stop. Behind the house was an old storage shed that contained a few muscle-car era Chevrolets and an early Mustang shoved in the back corner. Next to the Mustang was a 1967 Chevy II Nova SS. The original engine was gone, as was most of the original front end, but the owner was collecting parts to make it into a drag car at some point. In front was a 1964 Impala SS with a mostly clean body, apart from some damage to the right rear. It was put on the back burner for other projects: like the 1956 Nomad that was currently residing in the owner’s shop, finally being put right.…