The Second Annual
Vintage Speed & Custom Revival
September 27-29, 2013
The Second Annual Rodder's Journal Revival will be taking place this September 27-29 in Baltimore, Maryland. The weekend-long rod run will once again be held on the historic grounds of Pimlico Race Course. For those of you who attended our inaugural event last year, we aren't changing very much about the forma—we're just making it bigger, better, and more fun. And for those of you...Read more
Highlights from TRJ #58
Many of you have just recently received TRJ #57, but issue #58 is complete and will be mailing to subscribers next week. It will hit newsstands later next month. This issue features two impeccable Deuce Tudors, each one spotlight-worthy in its own right. Additionally, we highlight the resurgence of Tom Medley's iconic '40 Ford coupe, a Bellflower-era Chevy custom cruiser and a portfolio of historic drag racing photos. Here's a look at those, and some of the ot...Read more
TRJ #55 HIGHLIGHTS
The subscriber cover of TRJ #55 features Terry O'Herren's menacing Gasser-style 1931 Ford Model A Victoria. Terry found inspiration in Larry Teter's well-known C/Gas Deuce Vicky from the early '60s, but it took 40 years of fine-tuning his own vision to arrive at the gorgeous lacquer-coated street fighter you see here. Pat Ganahl explores Terry's journey through the interesting choices he made, like the use of the earlier '31 body style and the carbureted 348-inch W-mot...Read more
TRJ #54 Issue Highlights
The Rodder's Journal #54 is on its way to our warehouse and is scheduled to mail to subscribers in the next week or so. Here are some highlights of what you can expect to see in the new issue. Make sure your subscription is up-to-date to be sure your receive a copy in the initial mailing. Click here to renew today!
The subscriber cover of TRJ #54 features the recent recreation of the So-Cal Streamliner built by Dan Webb of Burton, Michigan, which...Read more
TRJ #53 Highlights
The subscriber cover of issue #53 features the Eddie Miller Lakester now owned by Don Ferguson Jr. The Ferguson family has long been associated with land speed racing both on the dry lakes and the Bonneville Salt Flats. Their participation spans three generations with Don Sr., Don Jr. and Don III, who is now President of the SCTA. Don Sr. was always on the hunt for old racing cars, engines and parts. One of his most important acquisitions, which he...Read more
The subscriber cover of TRJ #52 features Ryan Reed's '37 Ford Standard coupe. The article explains all of the subtleties that make this coupe so much more than a "quickie hot rod" as one may first assume. Ryan spent a great deal of time and energy on the less-noticeable details. The most impressive of which is the stance. He specifically built everything else to fit where he wanted the wheels and tires to sit inside the fenders. And as Pat comments about his rid...Read more
TRJ Issue #51
cover of issue #51 features George Poteet's 1934 Ford pickup built by The Hot
Rod Garage in Denton, Maryland. George Poteet is a self-professed "car nut" and we believe it! He has owned many
hot rods, muscle cars, and racecars over the years. HRG owner Ray Bartlett originally
owned the truck, with plans for it to become his shop truck before selling it
to George. With a few requirements including a 327 smallblock, a
heater/defroster, and no...Read more
TRJ Issue #50
Our 50th issue will be mailing out to subscribers very soon. We are very excited about this milestone, and want to share some highlights of the issue with you. If your subscription is up for renewal, we recommend renewing now so that your copy mails with the initial subscriber mailing. Click here to renew or subscribe today!
The newsstand cover of issue #50 features the recently restored lakes racer originally campaigned by Fred Carrillo in the early 1950s. We shot t...Read more
Coming Soon in TRJ #49
The newsstand cover of issue #49 features the profile of Mark and Dennis Mariani's 1932 Ford 5-window coupe shown in the TRJstudio with emphasis on the blown Ardun-equipped flathead engine. The subscriber cover features Rory Forbes' 1934 Ford roadster on the rarely seen dry lakes just outside of Reno, Nevada. This issue also contains features on a group of mild customs from Maryland, an artist profile on Rex Burnett, and an interview with Joe Bailon and so much...Read more
The recently completed clone of the Sam Hollingsworth 1957 Chevy Nomad is creating quite a buzz, and we have the complete, in-depth story on this famous custom. This Nomad, known for its candy bronze and gold flamed paint, is beautifully displayed on the newsstand cover of this issue. We photographed it both on location and in the studio, and have included many previously unpublished historical images. In the fourteen pages devoted to this custom clone, we explain the journey that led to...Read more
Fifteenth Anniversary Special Edition
The first issue of the year celebrates our fifteenth anniversary here at The
Rodder’s Journal and we’ve devoted the entire issue to a look back
at the very special cars we have been fortunate enough to feature over the years.
Included are customs such as the Hirohata and Sam Barris Mercs, The Moonglow
and Kirk Hammett’s ’36 Ford coupe. Hot rods like the McMullen Deuce
highboy roadster, the Doyle Gammell Deuce coupe and Norm Grabowski’s “Lightnin’ ...Read more
Purchase Issue #46
The subscriber cover this issue features one of the most famous '34 Ford hot
rod coupes of all time, “The California Kid.” Pete Chapouris built this car
back in 1973 and it appeared on the cover of Rod & Custom magazine
in November of the same year with Jim Jacobs' yellow '34 highboy coupe. Pete
and Jake had just formed Pete and Jake's Hot Rod Parts and would go on to take
the coupes on tour, driving them across country a...Read more
Purchase Issue #45
The subscriber cover of this issue features a dramatic head-on shot of Dan Webb's Golden Submarine. His modern-day version of the Harry Miller and Barney Oldfield 1916 egg-shaped speedster is a marvel in metal craftsmanship. When Dan set out to recreate the Golden Sub, he had artist Thom Taylor sketch the concept with slight changes including a more streamlined body along with a more aggressive stance. Both the interior and ex...Read more
TRJ #44 Issue Highlights
Purchase Issue #44
George Poteet's Deuce Delivery
The subscriber cover of this issue features George Poteet's '32 Ford sedan delivery. Built at Dave Lane's Fastlane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa this car has been described as the best '32 built in the last 25 years. This article takes a fascinating look at the owner, George Poteet, and his vast collection of cars over the years. It also delves i...Read more
Purchase Issue #43
TRJ #43 – In this Issue!
Issue #43 has been printed and will be mailed to subscribers in the next couple of weeks. It will hit the newsstands early next month. In the mean time, here are some highlights from this issue.
The subscriber cover of Issue #43 features the bare metal 1932 Ford B-400 built by Alan Johnson of Johnson's Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, AL. Now complete with paint, interior and me...Read more
Purchase Issue #42
The Rodder's Journal Issue #42
This issue opens with an in depth look at George Leonard's Deuce
Roadster. This is the story of Leonard's reunion with the all-black Deuce
highboy roadster he bought in high school in '54. Also told is the story of
George Leonard's racing days as a member of the Safe-Wheelers.
We are extremely pleased to have historic photos from Spence
Purchase Issue #41
The Rodder's Journal Issue #41
This issue begins with Dave Simard's 60's style Deuce roadster. A quick glance at this East Coast '32 will immediately evoke memories of Gary Kessler's heavily raked yellow hiboy. Under closer inspection, you will see the hundreds of hours that Dave spent crafting his roadster at his Massachusetts shop, East Coast Custom.
Spence Murray has again contribu...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #40
This issue begins with the restored Walker Morrison roadster, which is featured on our "A" Cover. This '32 was featured in Hop Up in 1952. The car has since had a Hemi, and a Chevy small block, but current owner Jack Stirnemann restored it to the way Walker had it in 1952, with a '46 Ford Flathead.
Issue #40 has Part 2 of Pat Ganahl's Ayala Story. The Ayala Brothers were lesser kno...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #39
Issue #39 starts off with Part 1 of The Ayala Story. The Ayala Brothers were lesser known than the Barris Brothers, Frank Curtis, or the Carson Top Shop, but they were just as important to setting the trend for custom cars. Pat Ganahl examines Gil and Al's L.A. area shop in a great historical feature.
We revisit "The Ohio Look," which is a healthy rake, traditional styling, and a ground...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #38
The Rodder's Journal has recently completed Issue #38, and our staff has put together another fantastic magazine. The new issue, scheduled for a mid-November release, features 200 pages of the best and most interesting Hot Rods, Customs, various types of race cars, and the culture that follows these cars.
Issue #38 kicks off with a story about Bobby Green's Belly Tank Lakester. Gree...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #37
Artists Lee Pratt and Jimmie Vaughan have each produced subtle, yet extensively modified Customs. Lee's '49 Ford and Jimmie's '54 Victoria were heavily influenced by Spence Murray's early Hop Up writings. Jimmie's Victoria is what he calls a "factory custom." This is due to the '54 Victoria looking great unchopped, and we would have to agree.
"Tradition lives on" is the theme for Kirby ...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #36
We've just put the final touches on TRJ #36, and it's going to be another exciting issue! This issue is another 204-page collection of some of the finest hot rods and customs, with in-depth looks at rarer-than-rare wheels, the life of a hot rod cartoonist, and some recently uncovered custom history.
Appearing on both covers are the re-created T-buckets of Norm Grabowski, as cloned by k...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #35
Issue #35 of The Rodder's Journal is set to arrive in early February. This issue will bring your customers over 200 pages of the finest new hot rods, the best in rod and custom history, and interesting examinations of hot rod culture.
A pair of newly completed Ford Victoria sedans appears in Issue #35. Heavily influenced by Corvettes and built with an eye towards elegance,...Read more
The Rodder's Journal Issue #34
Issue #34 of The Rodder's Journal is another step forward for us, as the page count has increased to over 200. The 204-page format of #34 represents a 55% increase in the size of the magazine. We have done this without a raising the cover price or compromising the high standards of The Rodder's Journal. Readers now get more of our features for the same money.
These feature...Read more