WILD-EYED & REVVED-UP: RODS AND ROSES!

It's become a tradition: The High Noon Engine Rev at the Rods & Roses Car Show in Carpinteria, CA. The show celebrated its 20 Anniversary on July 1st – and the roar of the engines this year was a loud salute to local automotive legend, Andy Granetelli. There were over 150 wicked, wonderful and wild-eyed customs, classics and musclecars lining Linden Avenue, Carpinteria's main thoroughfare that delivers you to the "World's Safest Beach" on the Pacific. Proceeds from this always-enjoyable sho...
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BOOK REVIEW: KENSINGTON MD’S GASOLINE ALLEY!

Our Mike Matune reviews Cynthia Lee Monroe’s unique historical book about the car culture in suburban Washington, D.C. Cindy Monroe’s impressive volume, KENSINGTON MARYLAND’S GASOLINE ALLEY, began life, as of all things, a crime novel. Fortunately for historic motorsports aficionados, Monroe changed direction after a trip to a local historical society revealed there was a story even more intriguing. The book is about a place on the map in suburban Washington, D.C. that hid behind its humble app...
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HOT RODS & CUSTOMS: HOT TIME IN OLD TOWN!

The Bent Axels Car Club shut down Old Town Orcutt, CA, drawing car guys, vacationers and BBQ lovers. Jim Palam, our man on the Left Coast, loves nothing  more than great BBQ and cars. The 35th Annual Bent Axles Car Club Show drew crowds hungry for Santa Maria style Tri-Tip BBQ and pre-1972 hot rods, customs and vintage vehicles. This popular, easy-pace show started Friday July 17th with a Strawberry Social and buttoned-up on Sunday the 19th with a Poker Run and Picnic. Proceeds and dona...
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POWER & PETALS: RODS & ROSES AUTO SHOW!

Jim Palam captures some of the highlights of the annual Carpinteria hot rod,  classic and muscle car show. "Car and Flower Guys" came together again on historic Linden Avenue in seaside Carpinteria, CA last weekend to showcase captivating examples of American engineering and California agriculture. Proceeds from this popular show benefit local non-profits such as Future Farmers of America and Carpinteria Education Foundation. The weather was perfect – as were these “cream of the crop” ...
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POMONA FAIRPLEX: ULTIMATE SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW!

There's something for everyone - rods, customs, sports cars, racecars, trucks - at the premier swap meet and show in Southern California If you're a car guy and live in Southern California, you've probably dragged your body out of bed at 5 AM on a Sunday morning, grabbed a wad of cash and your Radio Flyer wagon, and headed over to the Fairplex in Pomona. That’s the home of the biggest and best event of its kind. Well that's what Car Guy Chronicle's Jim Palam did this past Sunday – leavin...
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2015 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

The Amelia Island Concours was graced with sunny skies, warm temperatures and the most eclectic assortment of important cars – from hot rods to classics. Who would have thought that original gathering of 160 cars just 20 years ago would double in size to include a show field chock full of rare, fun, interesting and significant cars? Our congratulations to event founder and chairman Bill Warner, his staff, volunteers, supporters, judges and entrants who helped turn a dream into a reality. Th...
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RODS & CUSTOMS IN CLIFTON: LIONS ROAR!

The Clifton Lions Club presents its 15th annual Labor Day Car Show in Clifton, VA. Mike Matune brings us highlights. Benefiting local charities, the show has become a staple on the Washington, D.C. area car calendar. Here the Fairfax County Police Color guard presents the colors at mid-day. From the buildings in the background, you get an idea of the show’s setting in historic Clifton, about 25 miles West of Washington. In addition to cars, the show featured live music and a Chili Challeng...
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HOT RODS & CUSTOMS: ART OF THE BUILD!

The AACA Museum celebrates handcrafted cars, and their builders who dare to be different. It’s a brand new day at the AACA! Normally, the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) prides itself on promoting the preservation and restoration of showroom stock cars and other vehicles to the exact way they left the factory according to historical documentation. The automotive hobby has been going through major changes, and so has the AACA Museum. Today, many new car dealerships offer in-house ...
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’29 FORD ‘DICK FLINT’ ROADSTER: ICONIC ROD!


The May 1952 HOT ROD Magazine cover car and Class winner at the Pebble Beach Concours and Grand National Roadster Show, to cross the block at the  RM Art of the Automobile Auction next week.
 Dick Flint’s hot rod was “Hot Rod of the Month” in the May 1952 issue of HOT ROD shot by Felix Zelenka and illustrated with a Rex Burnett cutaway drawing. The car’s contours were perfect, and its hand-formed aluminum pan functional belly pan created by Valley Custom’s Neil Emory and Clay Jensen an...
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ROD RUN & CAR SHOW: FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

Our man in Solvang (CA), Jim Palam, joins the Central Coast Streetrods cruise to Nojoqui Falls County Park. Check it out. Unless you live on the Central Coast of California, you probably have never heard of the annual Nojoqui (Nah-hoe-ee) Falls Fun Run sponsored by the Central Coast Streetrods Club. Well, they have been doing it for 41 years, enjoying their specialty vehicles and helping raise money for good causes. This year the club supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation that grants the ...
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