Hot Rod July 2020

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Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann This is a tough one to write. More than a month into quarantine from this virus that threatens to crash the world’s economy, what could I possibly say to help, inspire, or support anyone who is struggling? I think what we can do is take inspiration from the adaptability and tenacity of the people around us and the businesses that are finding creative ways to respond to and survive the crisis. In the midst of dire news of layoffs, furloughs, and stay-at-home orders, we find a way to persevere. Uber and Lyft drivers are now bringing us groceries and take-out food instead of shuttling us to the airport. Car shows have gone online, and that’s a surprisingly cathartic and pleasant way to spend time on social media. Radwood held a…

1 min.
muroc 1940

In the early days of California’s hot rod culture, serious racing was done at a small group of dry lake beds in the Mojave Desert named Rosamond, Harper, El Mirage, and Rogers. Situated at the edge of Rogers Dry Lake was Muroc, a desolate farming settlement on a little-used Santa Fe Railroad line with a depot, a small store, and not much else. The Western Timing Association and its friendly rival, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), liked Muroc for timing meets because of its proximity to Highway 99 and the fact that Rogers was, by far, the largest dry lake in the region. Unfortunately, the Army Air Corps liked Rogers Dry Lake, too—for use as a bombing range. Racing activity was curtailed at the lakes with the start of WWII,…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO July 2000, 156 pages, $3.99 This issue delivered on a number of levels. Want a deep dive on emissions-legal engine swaps? Tech Editor Terry McGean handled that deftly with the cover article. How about a bucks-down, big cubic-inch engine build? Steve Magnante brings the noise with a 500 cubic-inch Cadillac, an engine family he became synonymous with. In that installment of the “Junkyard Jewel” engine series, Magneto’s Caddy went from 303 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque to an impressive 450 hp and 580 lb-ft, all with bolt-on parts. Other highlights include a performance Quadrajet rebuild, and an in-depth look at combustion chamber design and the effect on combustion efficiency. 40 YEARS AGO July 1980, 116 pages, $1.50 Sweet graphics and panel paint jobs ruled the Street Machine scene of the early…

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hidden & forgotten

People really dig reading about and looking at old cars pulled from barns. Even if you’re not a hardcore gearhead, the idea of finding something stashed away that is worth a few bucks has a universal appeal. If you’re dialed in to the whole car thing you appreciate them even more, but the expectation is that at some point the well will eventually run dry on these finds. We’re not quite there yet, and like clockwork, they keep surfacing at a steady rate. Even if they’ve never seen the inside of a barn, they are by default lumped into the barn find category. We’ll just cut to the chase at this point and tell you that the 1969 Dodge Daytona that you’re looking at is a barn find that has…

7 min.
cookie’s 32

When he was a kid, William Lind would often sneak out of his house to a bakery across the alley and ask if he could have a cookie. The little guy did it so often the bakers nicknamed him Little Cookie. The name stuck. People knew him as Cookie, and when he raced at the Antique Nationals in the 1970s, his flathead-powered ’27 T, which had been built by Bean Bandit Joaquin Arnett, was named Cookie Monster. That’s also why a furry, blue, goggle-eyed Sesame Street character lives on the floorboard of this ’32 roadster. Deuce roadsters are precious things these days, and this one is too, but not just for rarity or collectability sake. This roadster has been in the Lind family since Cookie bought it in the late 1950s. His…

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In the summer of 2018, the faithful dropped their collective jaws when a Yenko collector named Doug Perry revealed that, after nine years of pursuit, he was fortunate to purchase a one-owner 1967 Yenko Camaro, rarest of the three years of production (1967 to 1969). What was the story? How did this 1967 coupe, born to race, have such low miles? How well preserved was this car? Did it have its original 427? The Camaro’s original owner, John Weaver of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, repainted his Nantucket Blue Yenko red in October 1968, six months after purchasing it the previous spring. That’s why when Perry bought YS760 (YS for Yenko Serial number, 7 for 1967, and 60 for the 60th and last built for the model year), it had to be stripped to…