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Hot Rod January 2018

Start running with HOT ROD - the biggest, baddest, car-guy magazine in the business! We bring you the broadest performance car coverage you'll find anywhere. From one end of the smoking¹ rubber road to the other. Barn finds, hot rods, rat rods, race cars, home-built super cars, land speed racers, the latest Detroit iron, and classic muscle - if it¹s hitting the streets, you¹ll read about it here first!

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3 min.
where is issue no. 1?

I have a secret. Locked in my desk drawer is the very first issue of HOT ROD magazine. Not the reprint or sub version, but Numero Uno, which was personally handled 70 years ago by founder Robert E. Petersen and every subsequent editor of the mighty Big Red. There’s also a box that contains a complete 1948 and 1949 collection of HRM originals with a small Post-it note that says, “Trusting you with these.” That note was written for me. The drawer also contains a complete set of bound HOT ROD first editions through 1956, each carrying the small gold stamp from the Egon W. Engleman Bookbinding Company in Hollywood, California, as proof of absolute authenticity. Open the drawer and you’ll get a big whiff of long-extinct ink solutes and old-growth…

1 min.
cook and bedwell a/dragster

Kenny Arnold is behind the wheel of the brutal, heavily gusseted Scotty Fenn 100-inch dragster at the 1956 National Drag Championship campaigned by the Yeakel brothers. With a Cadillac engine built by Ted Griffin, the dragster would become the prototype for Fenn’s Chassis Research model TE 440 slingshot chassis; one of the most popular chassis of the 1950s, but that’s just the beginning. Fenn sold this dragster to two racers from San Diego to help fund his budding Chassis Research Company. Cliff Bedwell and Emery Cook initially ran the dragster with a flathead Ford, then a 331ci Chrysler, before heavily reworking the chassis and dropping in a nitro-fed, 354ci Hemi with an early Isky overlap cam that Fenn suggested be named “5-Cycle,” which Isky did, and one of Crower’s U-Fab six-carb…

3 min.
hot rod anything! squeeze box

Growing up, you can’t help but compare your toy box to someone else’s. When the Joneses on the block get a new mini-bike and your parents give you the predictable “no fun allowed” safety talk, you tend to remember these things as an adult. “You know the story, it’s like when the kid down the street has one and you’re like, ‘aw man, c’mon, why not,’ but your parents say you’ll kill yourself,” Murray Pfaff, of Pfaff Designs, jokes. “For me, that was a kid named Joey. He’d go out and jump like 30 trash cans with a Trail 70!” This manifested until Murray was sitting at Chuck Yee’s shop, gawking at the Trail 70s he was restoring. After reminiscing about the mini-bikes of yore, he decided the 125cc Honda Grom…

1 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO January 1998 (228 pages, $3.95): Gray Baskerville’s review of the 1950s kicked off a 50-page history lesson by staff writers, each of whom covered one decade. Individual mug shots celebrated a Top 100 of hot rodding heroes—among them, “Basket Case” himself and Andy Brizio. The Rodfather’s son and rod-building successor, Roy Brizio, based his cover car on HRM’s very first one, Regg Schlemmer’s lakes roadster (Jan. ’48 issue). 40 YEARS AGO January 1978 (102 pages, $1.25): Two decades earlier, Baskerville also got the call to tell hot rodding’s story, but was allotted just 8 pages for possibly the biggest batch of archival images yet published. He also got stuck road testing a 94hp Datsun 510 that must’ve been snail slow, given that no performance numbers were given. Kenny Youngblood airbrushed…

1 min.
automotive archaeology treasures tucked away in a garage

The Woodward Dream Cruise, held each year in Detroit, attracts more old, American iron than almost any other event there is, and I stumbled across a yard packed with treasure on my way home. In the owner’s driveway was a C3 Corvette, a 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T convertible, as well as a 1962 Dodge Dart four-door he was modifying into a two-door. However, it was what was hiding in the garage that excited me most of all. The first thing I saw was an extremely rare four-cylinder Henderson Motorcycle leaning against a 1968 Camaro convertible. Further in was a fully optioned 1967 Camaro RS 327, but the car that made my jaw drop was the Sassy Grass Green 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible with a 340 under the hood. These cars might look like long-forgotten…

6 min.
hot rodded art deco

What can be said about a Model A that hasn’t been said before? Better question: What can be done to a Model A that hasn’t been seen before? This is what Andy Leach, owner of CAL Automotive Creations in Bennington, Nebraska, had to ask himself when a header-fabrication job snowballed into a full-kill build for the 2017 Detroit Autorama—ultimately, landing him a seat as one of the Great 8 finalists for the coveted Ridler Award. Early Fords have been the de facto hot rod canvas for nearly a century, and for good reason. Henry and his factories produced more than four million units, which made them cheap and plentiful for hot rodders and customizers, but after seven decades of chopping and channeling, you begin to feel like you’ve seen every single…