Rod and Custom’s Pat Ganahl blogs about Gasser legend ‘OHIO GEORGE’ MONTGOMERY: FIRST DRAG COUPE. We add a couple of photos of Ohio’s most iconic quarter-mile rides: Malco Willys & Mustang Gassers powered by blown Ford SOHC engines. I am going absolutely bonkers. No, it’s not from being cooped up at home for the past four-plus months. Anna and I are doing very well in that regard, thankfully. Plus I got one car finished in the garage, another to build, and I even finally got some ti...Read More
HOT ROD HEAVEN: DEUCES ON 101!
’32 Fords flock the Zaca Creek Golf Course fairway for the Deuces On 101 Inaugural Car Show. CGC’s Jim Palam runs the numbers: 3+2 = ‘10-out-of-10.’ Let’s check his math. Henry Ford didn’t like the numbers. The Great Depression and higher horsepower competitors like Chevrolet had broken his monopoly of the American automotive industry. So he decided to double-down: 1932 would be the year to introduce the Model B and Model 18 – and Ford’s new V8 motor – to lead the cylinders war and fire-up sales...Read More
DUECE COUPE: OLD SCHOOL; NEW SCHOOL!
Ronnie Staples’ flamed classic ’32 Ford has gone through a number of engine-transmission combos over the years, but it’s all sorted out now and ready for serious cruising thanks to a modern five-speed. Ronnie Staples is a serious carguy with a very large garage filled with Pro Touring customs and hot rods that he drives as well as shows. His collecting mantra is simple: NO TRAILER QUEENS! Some are designed and engineered to “bring back the good old days”, while others feature state-of-the-art b...Read More
ROCKER’S ROD: SPEED IS THE NEW BLACK!
Hit Velocity series kicks off its second season with Noah Alexander and his team of master craftsman at Classic Car Studio building a head-turning hot rod for rocker Dale Stewart. Following its debut in 2017, Speed is the New Black has become Velocity’s most watched freshman series ever. Thanks to this popularity, Velocity has renewed the series for a second season to continue to give fans what they crave – speed, style and performance. Season two starts on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT...Read More
VERN TARDEL: HOW TO HOT ROD YOUR MODEL A!
If you’ve ever thought of building an old-school traditional Model A based hot rod, not a billet-build trailer queen, you must read this book. Vern Tardel, America’s premier traditional hot rod builder, has just released his new 340-page book: Hot Rod Your Model A. This comprehensive how-to guide to the conversion of a stock Model A into a traditional, flathead V8-powered hot rod is must for any traditional hot rod builder. It belongs in every hot rod enthusiast’s library. Created in partner...Read More
’32 FORD: OLD SCHOOL’S THE BEST SCHOOL!
The Pacific Gun Sight Special is more than a picture-perfect Highboy roadster. It represents a four-wheeled ‘window’ into the history of a uniquely American hobby. Kim and Mitch McCullough are consummate, hands-on car guys. They collect cars, but more importantly they drive and compete with the cars they have acquired. Trailer queens have no place in the McCullough collection. Cars are the focus of both their vocations and avocations. Kim is Vice-President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover ...Read More
ICONS OF AMERICAN CULTURE: HOT RODS & CUSTOMS!
The Historic Vehicle Association will be showcasing a ’32 Ford hot rod, ’51 Mercury custom and a ’64 Chevy lowrider on April 12 to May 4 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The vehicles will be exhibited in the HVA “glass case” on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. The vehicles are privately owned and are being commemorated and recorded as part of the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Departme...Read More
MONTEREY MADNESS: JET CENTER REVIVAL!
Mike Matune never misses a party – even when he’s covering Monterey Car Week. Twenty-five years ago Molly & Gordon McCall invited a few like-minded friends to a gathering of car people to kick off Monterey’s Car Week. Begun as a shop party with a collection of cars, it grew from one hanger to another and then another. Along the way aircraft were incorporated along with the finest in cuisine and spirits. Today Motorworks Revival is still going strong with no signs of slowing. Far more th...Read More
VERN TARDEL: HOT ROD PICTURE PUZZLE!
If you love ‘old school’ hot rods, you gotta have this 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. Traditional hot rod builder Vern Tardel takes you inside his shop with this extraordinary new 16x20-inch jigsaw picture puzzle. The subject is a 1932 roadster he built. Always the guy to share his fascination with hot rods, Vern's new puzzle will challenge anyone with its vibrant colors and amazing detail seen in this high-resolution HDR photo created by Richard Small. Packaged in a super-structured box, typica...Read More
HOT ROD JAGUAR: PRO STREET SIX!
This could be the only XJ6-C with Webers, Nitrous and five on the floor! John Chiungos is an attorney who, when it comes to cars, just doesn’t play by the rules! Most owners of XJ6s either keep their rides stock or upgrade using some factory parts from later models. Others dress them up with period aftermarket accessories. But not John Chiungos. He designed all the custom features of his ’75 Jaguar XJ6-C, worked with Jag experts like Peter Gould (British Auto/USA) and has his head-tu...Read More