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Hot Rod November 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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2 min.
what’s in the garage?

In Southern California, houses built in the 1950s are still standing. Heavy rains, tornados, and other natural disasters designed to flatten them don’t happen here (Sharknados don’t count, as they hurl sharks at your house that are largely harmless). Also, because of the cost of real estate, an 850-square-foot bungalow still has value, so no one tears them down. Take a drive through an established neighborhood and you will see small one- and two-car garages detached from the house as a key indicator as to the home’s age. In these small garages lie California “barn finds.” I have purchased two such finds. The first was a 1967 Rambler American two-door sedan from Altadena, California, a neighborhood just south of wealthier—and therefore more developed—La Cañada Flintridge. Grandma had hit the side of…

3 min.
project-car inspiration, and how to keep it

Have you been to our website lately? If so, you’ve likely noticed a proliferation of so-called barn-find cars. A couple weeks ago (as this is written), we ran two barn-find articles, each car more unlikely, ultra-rare, and utterly impossible to find than the other. They appeared two days apart. It’s as if lightning struck twice, and we all know the odds of that happening. Hold on to your hats, too, because there are more barn-find articles coming down the pipeline. It’s almost comical. Truth-be-told, the barn finds generate lots of Web traffic, so we run them as long as that fact remains true, though I’d like to see fewer. I believe these barn finds appeal to the explorer in all of us: unearthing some automotive treasure like Indiana Jones and the…

1 min.
discrimination, liberation, domination: 1962

Two of the most significant streaks in motorsports history are also among the most overlooked whenever pioneering women are discussed. In the five months following NHRA’s refusal of her entry into Indianapolis’s first Nationals, veteran SoCal driver Carol Cox’s letter-writing and phone-calling campaign raised such a ruckus with politicians, sponsors, and local competitors that Wally Parks reluctantly relented, allowing female participation in the February 1962 Winternationals. That event’s first and only female driver made the most of the breakthrough by winning S/Stock Automatic with a street-driven 1961 Pontiac Catalina in 13.06 seconds at 107.65 mph. Afterward, she struggled to hoist a Winternationals trophy for HRM’s Tex Smith and a nearly all-male audience who had loudly cheered the local lady through eliminations. In September, Cox avenged 1961’s Indy indignity by humbling two…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO November 1998 (164 pages, $3.50): Former Editor Jim McFarland was recalled to active duty to tell the cover story of the project car that he purchased following a year of merciless flogging for HRM. The preproduction, hand-assembled “magazine car”—described here as the third Camaro built, and the first SS350—was trucked to Hollywood in June 1966 for the usual testing. Eschewing standard procedure for passing new cars further down the publishing pyramid, we talked Chevrolet into sharing this one with local aftermarket manufacturers for R&D before and long after Camaro’s fall introduction. Retired in 1984, this Bolero Red mule’s six small-blocks and three rat motors produced 300-plus quarter-mile passes—memorably, staffer Don Evans’ first-round Super Stock/C upset of Bill Jenkins’s red-lighting Chevy II at the 1967 NHRA Winternationals. McFarland kept…

7 min.
take 5 with smitty smith

The hot rod world is awash with personalities. Some, you know. Others, you should. Smitty Smith is a name that likely hasn’t permeated dinner conversation or your TV guide. He’s never been on an episode of Street Outlaws, Overhaulin’, or part of any other automotive theatrics. But if you’ve ever bolted an Edelbrock part onto your car, engine, or otherwise, there’s a good chance Smitty had some role in that. So who is Smitty? To start, we don’t know his real name—few do. We just know him as the guy you call when you need to know some random part spec, number, or application—something he has all but memorized. He’s the parts-counter king and the man to go to when you need something built. But who is he really? Officially, Smitty is…

1 min.
automotive archaeology hudson pickup truck hidden in the hills

After the 2018 HOT ROD Power Tour®, I took a few days to travel through the Southeast, and I came across this Hudson pickup truck. The owner bought it many years ago, and as things usually go when life gets busy, he parked the truck at his gas-station antique store. Thankfully, the Hudson pickup was under the gas-station roof, sparing it from the worst weather. It doesn’t look like it needs much to get back on the road. 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…