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Hot Rod July 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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4 min.
hemi…v2.0

Overhead-valve pushrod engines are supposed to be dead. At least, that’s the proclamation all the major in-market car magazines made on the eve of the LS1’s debut in 1996. The cam-in-block, two-valve-per-cylinder V8 was an anachronism with one foot in the grave, soon to be replaced by all manner of innovation—internal combustion and otherwise. And while many of those rapidly developing technologies have come to pass—direct injection, diesel, hybrid, electric, and variable displacement to name a few—we still have major breakthroughs in “knuckle-dragging” V8s every few years. These advances have often been combined with pushrod V8s to raise the bar of mechanical efficiency—a term that’s associated with fuel economy, but is really a proxy for horsepower. Try as its detractors might, the mighty pushrod V8 in the guise of the small-block…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO July 1998 (172 pages, $3.50): “Bad-Ass Beasties” is the sort of blurb that Gray Baskerville spontaneously, endlessly spouted during his decades of issue-planning meetings. Gray’s cover story revived archived examples of the fastest and/or wildest streetable drag cars presented by HOT ROD since Tommy Ivo’s T-bucket in 1957. Jack Roush drives the Mustang II he built for Detroit street-racer Joe Ruggierello. Phil Cool’s wind-blown family reappears in an outtake from our July 1978 cover shoot. We recall the private war fought by the blown Ford coupes of pioneer nostalgia racers Fat Jack Robinson and Jerry Moreland in the 1980s. Young’uns Scott Sullivan and Rick Dobbertin represent Pro Street with dissimilar supercharged Chevy IIs. 40 YEARS AGO July 1978 (116 pages, $1.25): Photo Editor Bob McClurg got in front of Phil…

7 min.
take 5 with kenny wayne shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a gearhead at heart who keeps his finger on the pulse of all things automotive and is known widely as one of the most pivotal young blues rock guitarists to come on the music scene since the 1990s. With eight chart-topping blues albums and multiple singles reaching into the top 10, he is no stranger to the spotlight. His music career has funded his car addiction, and he has acquired quite a collection of Mopars over the years. Each vehicle has been customized by Kenny to make them fit his unique style, and when he builds a car, he tries to incorporate the latest and greatest from the automotive marketplace. In this interview, we learn a little bit about Kenny’s musical and vehicular past as well…

1 min.
automotive archaeology   rare buick saved from a defunct horse-racing park

Horses usually doesn’t have anything to do with hot rods, but at a shop in Chicago, we found a car unlike anything we had seen in our travels: a starting-line car for horse racing. Of the 3,305 Buick Roadmasters built in 1954, this one was ordered specifically for this purpose. Unlike thoroughbred racing, where the horses start from a fixed gate, the gate in harness racing is mounted to a vehicle that starts the race by pulling away from the line of horses. The gates fold forward on the vehicle as it accelerates and then it turns off the track at the end of the straightaway, while the horses continue around the turn. Nobody we spoke with knew the car’s history, but the snow tires it used to claw its way through…

10 min.
hammerhead hemi

“I want to be able to bolt my heads on and have them work. Simple as that.”— Greg Brown “Blasphemy!” That’s the outrage we’d expect from the Mopar faithful or perhaps even the Ford hemi guys. After all, their righteous indignation is aimed directly at a set of hemi heads sitting astride an LS short-block. Allow that to stew in its own juices for a moment or two. Then ignore the automotive theologians and focus instead on the fact that hot rodding has always ridden on the knife’s edge of automotive heresy. It wasn’t all that long ago that hot rodders were reviled hooligans. Still, the two terms “hemi” and “LS” would seem to be mutually exclusive, except to Greg Brown. To him, the two were destined to partner up to create the unlikeliest…

7 min.
v12 ls camaro: american with an accent

Every year leading up to the SEMA Show, we’re treated to announcements of builds that will be unveiled during the week. In October 2016, HOT ROD reported there was a Camaro being built with an LS-derived V12 that was to debut at the show. Beyond some teasers, we really didn’t know what to expect. We know that the SEMA Show never fails to pull in some of the coolest cars from across the globe, and the mix is usually pretty eclectic with rides you wouldn’t otherwise give a second thought to. Having said that, there’s also no shortage of the tried and true. One of the biggest culprits to fall into that category is the Gen 1 Camaro. There are always new interpretations of GM’s F-body unveiled during the week,…