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Hot Rod May 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.
has horsepower become too easy?

I’m going to get blowback on this, but making horsepower has become too easy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it makes the hobby more inclusive. Better access to easy speed parts, crate motors, and factory hot rods means more people on every part of the spectrum get to enjoy more performance. It would’ve seemed crazy a few years ago, but the 2018 Dodge Demon is faster than Ronnie Sox’s winning Pro Stock Hemi ’Cuda from the inaugural 1970 Pro Stock season. It runs 9s. On street-legal tires. With a warranty. What we’re seeing in the hobby is a microcosm of what we see all around us. In my college days, you went to the library to research a topic, then wrote a paper on a typewriter. It was work,…

1 min.
hemi litter

Seldom, if ever, has a racing engine debuted as dominantly as Chrysler’s second-generation Hemi did in the 1964 Daytona 500. Twenty-six-year-old Richard Petty’s first big win snapped FoMoCo’s two-season, 10-race unbeaten streak in races of 500 miles or more. Plymouths, which hadn’t visited victory lane for 14 years, finished 1-2-3. The winner led 460 miles—183 of the 200 laps. The first dozen of those were affected by a freak litter storm along the main straight. Petty’s second-lap pass of Paul Goldsmith’s pole-sitting Plymouth (174.910 mph) proved critical because all 45 cars trailing No. 43 inhaled debris into their grilles and radiators, overheating engines and forcing unscheduled pit stops until NASCAR halted the action to clean up. Among those affected was the favored Goldsmith, who fell two laps behind. Ray Brock’s…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 Years Ago May 1998 (172 pages, $3.50): Business was booming this month, with extra ad pages boosting the bulky package to 172 pages. Editor Ro McGonegal heaped high praise upon GM’s latest F-body, even ranking the 305hp Z28 as “the best Camaro yet.” Responding to letters critical of our staff’s recent 100 selections for a HOT ROD Hall of Fame, Gray Baskerville presented 18 reader-suggested alternatives in a follow-up article entitled, “The 101st Hot Rod Hero.” Top billing was awarded to Barney Navarro, the speed-equipment pioneer described as “hot rodding’s renaissance man.” 40 Years Ago May 1978 (152 pages, $1.25): Ex–Popular Hot Rodding Editor Lee Kelley’s debut issue opened with news of an all-new 1979 “Mustang III” and the first aluminum Chevy block available over dealership counters. New-car performance was so sorry…

4 min.
celebrating dan gurney

How can someone stop talking about a man so highly regarded as a racing driver, innovator, engineer, and legend? Spraying champagne after his Le Mans victory set a trend, but it was just a footnote in the almanac of accomplishments Dan Gurney collected in his lifetime. Though his accolades in the arena of road racing are most notable, like so many from the era, Dan got his start in hot rodding. After his family moved to Riverside, California, from Long Island, New York, in 1948, Gurney got involved in street racing in the postwar performance boom of the 1950s. Street racing, drag racing, land-speed racing—he was there for it all. His passion for making his cars go faster, along with his skills behind the wheel, gained him a solid reputation among the…

8 min.
the desotomaxx

Imagine owning a junkyard in the Southwest for the past three decades, and think of all the rust-free cars, parts, and pieces that have come and gone. We’d be lusting to build something different every week, only to be reminded that you can’t keep it all, and paying the bills at home should probably outweigh (only barely) trying to horde every cool piece that came through the yard. Leon Ekery has had his share of interesting old tin come through his yard, Dyer Auto Salvage, in the far northeast corner of El Paso, Texas. But he also understands that his business is based on selling the cars and parts that land in his yard. There are exceptions, such as finding your dream car or perhaps something so unusual and against the…

13 min.
lt5 first   look!

In 1990, regular production option ZR1 was a special performance package intended to transform a base Corvette sport coupe into the fastest production car that could be sold in the U.S., and it was nicknamed “King of the Hill.” Federal exhaust emission regulations started horsepower numbers falling in 1971, and when they bottomed out in 1975, the Corvette’s base 350 was left with 165 hp before slowly making a comeback, reaching 245 hp in 1989. But in 1990, power-hungry buyers had a choice. The ZR1 package included the 375hp LT5 that would reach 405 hp in 1993, all out of the same 350ci displacement. At the time, however, it was thought it took four camshafts, 16 fuel injectors, and 32 valves to stay within current federal emission standards while making…