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Hot Rod October 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.
things to come

At the kickoff of HOT ROD Power Tour® 2017, we held an open forum with VIP Platinum participants. It was their chance to ask the HOT ROD staff about any subject matter they wanted. I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being an extremely memorable part of the event. Being in a room with that many like-minded car people, many of whom had double-digit Power Tours and decades of readership under their belts, was an absolute blast and the questions were heartfelt and fun to answer. One of my favorites—and the most unexpected—was, “Do you see electric cars becoming a mainstay in hot rodding?” The staff was each given a chance to relay their thoughts on the issue. Every member had a radically different answer. Phillip…

1 min.
in my opinion

Drive Time I’d like to organize a drive to the start of Power Tour® 2018. Who’s with me? The World Is Flat Someone suggested a dyno test of flat- versus cross-plane crankshafts. That would be a ton of work, but I think I know who can help me pull it off. Donor Car On Steroids A friend brought home a “donor car” with a healthy powertrain to swap into his 1962 GMC pickup, except it wasn’t a “car” but a motorhome! Which Is It? The most common question I was asked on Power Tour® 2017 was, “What was your favorite car?” Truthfully, I couldn’t pick between all the awesome rides.…

1 min.
pomona fairgrounds dragstrip, may 1958

This is an impressive assemblage of Top Gas dragster competitors at the almost unrecognizable Pomona dragstrip at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. We can’t identify many, but we can see what they’re running, so we’ll give it a try. At the far end, barely visible, is Mickey Thompson’s four-wheel-drive, twin–Chrysler Hemi rail; then a Ford flathead; a multi-carbed Chevy straightsix; a blown flathead; a front-blown Pontiac OHV; an injected, Ardun overhead– converted Ford flathead; then a blown flathead; the Cyr and Hopper carbed Chrysler Hemi 146-mph dragster; and finally another flathead. From our 2017 perspective, it would seem that by mid-1958, flathead Fords were obsolete and gone, but 25 years of abundant and cheap engines don’t evaporate in spite of the overhead onslaught. Flatheads were proven, and there was much tribal knowledge…

3 min.
build your own $500 drift trike

Drift trikes aren’t new—they were called Big Wheels or Green Machines and featured mechanical tricks you might recognize on modern drift cars like “stick shift” brake handles and absurd steering angles. Fuzzy wristbands, Keds, and sliding sideways on a Big Wheel made for serious street cred in 1976. The drift trike faded away as the punks coming up preferred folding Razor scooters and adults started buying Segways. Then, a few years ago, we starting seeing drift trikes return in the form of metalframed renditions of the classics, with dirt-cheap price tags. They were designed as simple tricycles with slick wheels that drifted with a little pedaling, but let’s face it, someone took one on a high-speed downhill run as soon as it was out of the box on Christmas Day. In the…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

UNLIMITED ARCHIVE ACCESS! Every page of every issue since Volume One, Number One (Jan. 1948) can be viewed online by Platinumlevel members of the HOT ROD Club. Sign up at Club.HotRod.com. 20 YEARS AGO October 1997 (128 pages, $3.50): Among other things, this package is notable for cover-blurbing “ass.” It’s not every issue that finds a staffer hitting 156 mph on the road in a 32-year-old Chevelle, as Executive Editor Jeff Smith did in Nevada. In Gray Baskerville’s rod test of the restored Doane Spencer roadster, “Basket Case” expressed regret for blowing an opportunity to buy it himself, 28 years earlier (“I ‘el paso’d”). Roddin’ at Random brought good racing news—and bad: Danny Thompson was updating Mickey’s last ’liner into Challenger II, while an exploding dry-sump tank earned Pro Stock teammates Jerry Eckman…

12 min.
take 5 with chris mcgaha

Chris McGaha speaks from the heart and tells it like it is, so when we delved into the intricacies of Pro Stock racing, we got much more than we asked for. Chris has been racing in Pro Stock for five years, having come from a Competition Eliminator background with his dad’s car in the 1980s. As he says, “When I was nine, I thought everybody had a C/Econo dragster with a 750 on it.” Amazingly, in this age of super-sponsors, his family business pays for the majority of the racing expenses. Why? Because they’ve always wanted to be competitive in Pro Stock— and they are. He does all of his engine development and also builds engines for Mopar’s Deric Kramer, who came in 13th in 2016, so he’s deep into…