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Hot Rod December 2017

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.
until next time

I thought it’d be longer. I really did. But life’s funny that way, and here I sit, writing my last Starting Line column. I’m not burnt out. I’m not overwhelmed. I’m not in the least bit tired of doing something I’ve dreamt of as far back as I can remember. But I was presented with a choice, and albeit the hardest I have ever made, it was one in which the answer was clear. Family first. Always. I won’t dwell on the negative. That’s not who I am or how I’ve survived in this fast-paced world. I’ve treasured my time here and hope I’ve done my part to advance the magazine. While I am stepping down as editor-in-chief, I will continue to write for HOT ROD and it will always…

1 min.
first manufacturers funny car championship

Just a hazy 1967 Thanksgiving holiday evening of Funny Cars at the packed, million-dollar Orange County International Raceway (OCIR) in Irvine, California, for the first- ever Manufacturers Funny Car Championship. Known as the “Supertrack,” OCIR was just a few months old. With its magnificent, three-story tower and actual landscaping, it seemed like civilization would never encroach way out in south Orange County, guaranteeing a beautiful racing venue forever—or so everyone thought. Gaining popularity by the day, Funny Cars still had no class of their own in the NHRA hierarchy, but that would soon change with events like this. Forty-five Funny Cars showed up for a round-robin with a guaranteed $22,000 cash purse. Staging just shy of the Chrondek “eyes” are the Samson Dodge Dart out of San Jose and the SoCal…

1 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO December 1997 (140 pages, $3.50): While appreciating the first “double cover,” we question the decision to repeat both the ’57 and the V10 on the extra real estate, instead of teasing newsstand browsers with the 1968 Hemi ’Cuda or four-valve Chevy street heads lurking inside. Nor was mention made here of fine writing by Gray Baskerville, who revisited HRM project and race cars since 1950, or Jeff Koch, whose hilarious coverage of Pebble Beach’s first hot rod class ripped “graying men with slinky little minkies half their age on their arms” who paid scant attention to some of history’s most famous roadsters. 40 YEARS AGO December 1977 (108 pages, $1.25): Alternative horsepower earned two references this month—literal horsepower in Post Entry’s retelling of a 1939 street race that Ak Miller…

8 min.
take 5 with kenny duttweiler

Saticoy, California, is a small town that sits just east of Ventura, which is a bit northwest of Los Angeles. In the last census, there were 1,029 people living there. It’s the sort of place you can drive through without ever realizing you’ve been any place at all. There, in a ramshackle building off an alleyway where his shop has been since 1970, Kenny Duttweiler is building some of the best engines on Earth—engines like all-billet V6s turbocharged to the tune of 2,000 hp. Engines like those that have found a home in the Speed Demon streamliner that seems to set a new record every year at Bonneville. Duttweiler’s fantastically powerful engines have spread his renown across the planet. If there’s anyone who has become a legend in his own dyno…

1 min.
automotive archaeology the bee in the garage

I recently came across a 1970 Dodge Super Bee that the owner rescued from a junkyard, where it had been sitting since the original engine blew decades earlier. Even back then, the Super Bee was rare—1 of 599 V-Code cars—which meant it had a 440ci V8 with the three 2-barrel Holley carburetors and a 727 three-speed automatic transmission. Instead of putting the car back together, the current owner tucked it away in his garage for 40 years. It was stunning to imagine such a rare and desirable car sitting for so long. Even so, it was something special and was saved from a very rusty fate.…

8 min.
big red redemption

It was during HOT ROD Power Tour® 2016 that we got the call: “Big Red” had caught fire, but thankfully, RJ Gottlieb was OK. It was less than a week before the team had to be in Colorado Springs for last year’s 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, when a fuel-system failure torched the baddest Camaro ever during testing at Buttonwillow Raceway. The team was devastated, but also counted their blessings on RJ’s good health. Racing is all about redemption. Whether you’re too late to the finish line, rebuilding after a wreck, or repairing mechanical maladies, the attitude of “never give up, never surrender” is probably the most important tool you can carry. You pick up the pieces, find a solution, and return—failure is not in what happened in the moment,…