Hot Rod October 2018

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2 min.
industrial art

I am becoming a believer that customs and race-car design are getting to the level of fine art. A good example is the recent offering of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for $45,000,000 at Sotheby’s in Monterey, California. As postwar art goes, this is in the same league as an original Basquiat or Warhol. Those are some big dollars for something designed to get from A to B—and C on the weekends. But this really isn’t news. The SoCal car-culture industry has made billions of dollars since WWII selling apparel and magazines for the sake of looking at cool stuff—or art, if you will. Now more than ever, cars are treated like a canvas to recreate the look of age or rust, or even the appearance of use by a fictitious…

1 min.
a special sweep, 1957

Peter DePaolo Engineering and pilot Jerry Unser were in the chase to win a USAC championship when 1957’s industrywide racing ban officially shut down Big Three “skunkworks” operations in June. Both of DePaolo’s factory-supercharged, 312ci Fords went up for sale. HOT ROD owner Robert E. Petersen stepped up to help the Unser brothers become overnight team owners, with enough leftover lettuce to last until October’s series finale at the new Riverside Raceway. Jerry’s Ford (92)—the same car that won Pikes Peak back in July—brought a 300-point lead over Ralph Moody into a showdown paying 500 First Place points. The first stock-car race on Riverside’s 3.3-mile sporty-car course saw the two title contenders trade the lead for the first 44 of 76 laps, after which Moody dropped out, clinching Unser’s title. Ten…

1 min.
automotive archaeology hemi gtx accidental discovery

Taking the long way home is always the best option, because you never know what you will find along the way. Such was the case when we found Rod’s & Hot Rods in a small town in Alabama. The owner showed us several pallets full of engine blocks—many of them 426 Hemis—then his 1967 GTX, one of 1 of 312 produced with a 426 Hemi and a four-speed transmission. He’s the second owner of the car and has owned it since 1967. The GTX has been sitting since 1983, with less than 65,000 miles on the odometer. CONTACT RYAN! Want Ryan to visit your stash? Drop him a line on the cool stuff you know about, and he might go on an expedition with you! His email is…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO October 1998 (148 pages, $3.50): Editor Ro McGonegal’s “On the Cover” description tipped readers to even more of our cover model inside, adding, “Our apologies to high school librarians everywhere.” Sure enough, spread throughout the cover story, we counted another dozen photos. Ten include a theme-appropriate, checkerboard bikini. A nice set of correspondence in “Reaction Time” is subtitled “Letters on Letters About Cleavage” and led with a rerun of the April 1998 cover shot that inspired reader response. 40 YEARS AGO October 1978 (108 pages, $1.25): An editorial package that was conceived at the planning meeting as an overdue nod to kustoms with a “K” instead delivered only one traditional example amidst a mix of modern show cars and lowriders. One Impala named “Garden of Eden” is laced with leaves…

5 min.
take 5 with sal fish

Spend five minutes with former Car Craft publisher Sal Fish and you’ll hear a rundown of the most famous people in American motorsports history: “Carroll Shelby,” “Bill France,” “Mickey Thompson,” “Shirley Muldowney.” He’s not name-dropping, he’s just telling you about what daily life was like under Robert E. Petersen in the early days of HOT ROD and Car Craft magazines. Fish was hired as an ad sales rep at Car Craft when he was about 25, and during his tenure, he attended every race in the country from NASCAR to NHRA and visited every aftermarket manufacturer from Offy to off-road. He was part of the AMC marketing stunt in 1968 that pitted three tuner teams on three AMC Javelins against one another to make the fastest running car on the…

6 min.
is this the future of show cars?

“The crazy esoteric part about hot rodding is how it isn’t always the best choice, it’s your choice.”— David Martin There was a motorcycle coming up behind us, just barely visible in the small silver moon of a sideview mirror on the passenger side. I expected David Martin to look for a place to let it pass, but instead he laid into the throttle and the bike disappeared. We were at the top of the hill and pulled off at a scenic lookout before they caught back up. The rider gave us a thumbs-up and shot a credulous glance at the little 1931 Ford ticking and cooling with a backdrop of Malibu mountains behind it. You could see him thinking, “Did that car just do what I saw it do?” It’s impressive…