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Hot Rod

March 2020

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!

United States
TEN: The Enthusiast Network
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12 Issues


1 min.
hot rod

EDITORIAL Network Content Director Douglas R. Glad Editor-in-Chief John McGann Executive Editor Phil McRae Managing Editor Rusty Kurtz Senior Technical Editor Marlan Davis News Editor Zach Martin Director, Social Media Brandon Scarpelli Social Media Editor John Roberts Video Producer Kale Eickhof Video Host & Producer Mike Finnegan HOT ROD Garage Hosts Tony Angelo Lucky Costa Tech Center Manager Calin Head Contributors Wes Allison, Anu Athanikar, Ryan Brutt, Tom Donchez, Mike Galimi, Rob Ida, Steve Jost, Matt King, Rob Kinnan, Jesse Kiser, Barry Kluczyk, Scotty Lachenauer, Mike Musto, Povilas Pullinen, Mark Sanchez, Chris Shelton, Jeff Smith, Kevin Smith, Tori Tellem ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Creative Director Darren Scott ADVERTISING Eastern Sales Director Michael Essex, 863.860.6023 Western Sales Director Scott Timberlake, 310.531.5969 Advertising Operations Manager Monica Hernandez Advertising Coordinator Patty Ludi General Manager’s Assistant Mimi Hirata TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC President Kevin Mullan SVP, Editorial & Advertising Operations Amy Diamond General Manager, Automotive Network Tim Foss Senior Director, Finance Catherine…

4 min.
currents in the river

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann If you love advanced technology in the automotive industry, the last few months have been exciting times, with, among other things, the announcement of two new electric vehicles: the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Cybertruck. I’m not so excited, though. Both vehicles have received their fair share of criticism—most of which has addressed the looks and functionality of each. The Cybertruck is beyond ugly. I’ve read speculation that, to keep the sticker price down, Tesla designed the car with flat panels that wouldn’t need complicated stamping processes. If that’s the case, I can forgive the vehicle’s looks, but just barely. Less forgivable is calling a battery-powered SUV a Mustang. I get the notion of drawing on brand heritage, but for a brand to have heritage, it needs purity and…

3 min.
we want cybertruck! the windows are bulletproof

Network Content Director @douglas.glad If George Peppard were here to see the 2022 Tesla Cybertruck, he’d chew his cigar a little faster and maybe rub his hands at the prospect of a Damnation Alley remake. Don’t get the reference? Google it. We’ll wait. Any human who views Elon Musk’s angular stainless steel swipe at the lucrative half-ton market will have a similar reaction. What does it remind you of? Cylons? That hot chrome Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? For us, it was Dean Jeffries’ gleaming Landmaster used to fight radioactive scorpions. We really couldn’t imagine it towing a race car. Somehow, we got a third-party look at the ultra-secret photos and spec sheet before the launch of the Cybertruck in Tesla’s Hawthorne, California, facility on November 21. We were interested…

3 min.
hot rod drag week

“40 Cars. 5 Tracks. 1,500 Miles. You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before!” promised the cover of the Jan. ’06 issue of HOT ROD. It was the birth of HOT ROD Drag Week, which hit the 15th anniversary milestone in 2019. Who has the fastest street car in America? Even local street racers in the earliest days of hot rodding wanted to know. In the modern era, the question attempted to be answered by the original HOT ROD Fastest Street Car in America Shootout in Memphis in conjunction with the NMCA. That race started in 1992, and for the first few years competitors did “‘a 30-mile drive,’ which was just laps around the road course—not exactly stoplight-to-stoplight,” said former HOT ROD editor, Rob Kinnan. “It had a winner every year—but also…

1 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO (March 2000, 148 pages, $3.50): It was our Paint & Body-themed issue—but for some reason we opted for a Photoshopped cover. Regardless, inside was packed with info on how to paint, schemes to paint, and 10 of the worst bodywork mistakes you could make. We also went deep when it came to explaining axle tech and intake manifolds, and also while looking at Billy Glidden’s 10-second Windsor race engine. 40 YEARS AGO (March 1980, 136 pages, $1.50): Putting an exclamation on the cover could only equate to one thing: Pontiac extravaganza! That meant a history lesson, a Funny Car, speed equipment, and two road tests, including one that ended in breakage. The fastest stock-body Corvette? It also made it into the issue, as did a bunch of Chevy small-block performance…

6 min.
take five with aaron shelby

As one of the greatest rivalries in automotive history, the film Ford v Ferrari (in theaters now) tells the story of how automotive legend Carroll Shelby took on the likes of Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is not some cobbled together Hollywood hash, but instead, a representation of what Mr. Shelby and driver Ken Miles went through as they battled the big red performance juggernaut. HOT ROD Magazine sat down with Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby and copresident of the Carroll Shelby Foundation, to talk about the new film, continuation cars, and what the future holds for Shelby American Inc. HRM] What was it like growing up with the last name Shelby? AS] I was born in 1971, so as a young kid it didn’t mean…