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Street Rodder

Street Rodder

February 2020

STREET RODDER is the #1 authoritative source for how to and technical information, event coverage, the latest features and emerging trends all devoted to the world of street rodding.

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2 min.
a salute to wings kalahan, voice of the nsra

On September 22, an era in our hobby came to an end. At the NSRA Northeast Nationals in Burlington, Vermont, NSRA DJ Wings Kalahan signed off the air for the last time. Wings had been the voice of NSRA events for 42 years. Every event day started with Wings cranking up the sound of chickens clucking, Don Pardo’s voice would greet us “good morning,” and the American Bandstand theme would ring out over the PA system. Caps would come off as Wings played a rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I know that morning wakeup call by heart because I’ve heard it more than 330 times. Between 1996 and 2005, I worked the NSRA circuit, attending every day of every event held in the United States. During those years, I became good…

4 min.
valley custom forged the path for many a rod and custom

It must go with the territory … as one gains experience, one realizes just how much one doesn’t know. I have spent the better part of 50 years talking, writing, and photographing all things hot rod and I have experienced my fair share of attempted builds, some cleaning, and lots of driving. I am never surprised by how much I don’t know. (Although I’ve been told this is a reoccurring theme throughout my life.) For starters, as I have confessed before on this very page, custom cars were my initial draw into the world of hot rodding. While it’s true I have a passion for a Model A roadster sitting on a pair of Deuce ’rails, the fact remains I always look at customs—spelled with or without the letter “k.” My…

1 min.
street rodder

EDITORIAL Network Content Director Douglas Glad Network Director, Street Rod and Super Chevy Groups/Editor Brian Brennan brian_brennan@motortrend.com Senior Managing Editor Sarah Gonzales Feature Editor Tim Bernsau tim_bernsau@motortrend.com Tech Editor John Gilbert john_gilbert@motortrend.com Tech Editor Rob Fortier rob_fortier@motortrend.com Contributing Tech Writer Ron Ceridono Contributing Writer, East Coast Chuck Vranas Contributors Rodney Bauman, Tommy Lee Byrd, Gerry Burger, Ron Covell, Jerry Dixey, Joshua Elzey, Eric Geisert, Ken Gross, Barry Kluczyk, Robert McGaffin, Josh Mishler, Dale Moreau, Greg Sharp, Chris Shelton, Jeff Smith, Tim Sutton Contributing Artists Bob Hovorka, Jeff Norwell, George Trosley Web Content Editor Veronica Beltran DESIGN Design Director Markas Platt mplatt@enthusiastnetwork.com ADVERTISING Network Sales Director Angela Schoof-Ousley Eastern Sales Director Michael Essex, (863) 860-6023 Western Sales Director Scott Timberlake, (310) 531-5969 Advertising Operations Manager Monica Hernandez Advertising Operations Coordinator Patricia Ludi TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC President Kevin Mullan SVP, Editorial & Advertising Operations Amy Diamond General Manager, Automotive Network Tim Foss Senior Director, Finance…

2 min.
street corner

Jessi Combs Remembered Jessi Combs, known as “The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels,” was 39 when she was killed on August 27, while attempting to set a land-speed record in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon. The professional racer, fabricator, and television personality was driving the 52,000hp North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, built from an F-104 fighter jet. Combs had previously set women’s four-wheel land-speed records in the jet car. Her 398-mph record from 2013 was beaten three years later. In 2018, she topped 483 mph. Jessi Combs’ life and accomplishments were honored recently with an exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles called Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed. The exhibition featured objects from Combs’ workshop and studio, including motorcycles, personal notebooks, original Chip Foose drawings from her…

4 min.
that ’60s show

PREMIUM ROD OF THE MONTH The kid was born with a Hot Wheels in his hand, or at least that’s what Peter Georgeades told STREET RODDER when asked how long he’s been interested in cars. We’ll skip past how many Hot Wheels cars Pete collected in his pre–driver’s license days and spin the yarn of Pete’s ’30 Model A coupe and how watching American Graffiti as a kid locked-in the inspiration to spend 10 years of his early adulthood building a hot rod. It wasn’t all Pete; thanks to meeting Ron Cambra, the Model A project had a mentor with a vision and was on the pay-as-you-go plan. Pete met Cambra while he was building cars from his home shop and the “A” project relocated when Cambra opened the doors to Cambra…

10 min.
50th nsra street rod nationals

There are a good number of us who have been around since the first Street Rod Nationals in 1970, held in Peoria, Illinois, with its 600 hot rods. And there are many, many more who weren’t but realize the Nats has history unlike any other hot rod event in the country. (Although if you count indoor car shows you have the likes of the Grand National Roadster Show and the Detroit Autorama, which have longer histories but not nearly the number of entrants.) It was mind boggling in 1970 to see that many street rods in one location. There was nothing like that ever before—and it was just the beginning. Back in the day it wasn’t the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Nationals but rather it started out as the Rod…