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
Murray's collection in the issue. Along with amazing images from the World
War II era, Spence tells stories of gas scarcity at the time in Los Angeles
as well as a few fads he encountered during those days.
You may have seen it at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville, but
we've got the S.A.R. reproduction '34 three-window coupe in our studio. This
feature takes a look at the detailed craftsmanship of the bare metal body
created by the crew at Steve's Auto Restoration in Portland, OR.
Customs fans will enjoy quite a bit of variety when they get a
glimpse of Richie Valles' work from his shop, Unique Twist. Included are a
'66 Impala fastback, the Mills' '59 convert, a chopped ‘50 Fleetline, '62
Impala convertible, a '59 El Camino and a '64 Impala Convertible. The Valles
collection truly blurs the line between custom and low-rider.
As you are well aware, this year marks the 60th Anniversary of
Bonneville Speed Week and TRJ has taken some time, and 24 pages, to
celebrate. This retrospective includes must-see historic photos of action on
the salt flats as well as images from this year's speed trials.
This issue is rounded out with some great hot rod features. Neal
Hartl's '39 Ford coupe may, or may not, have a history as a moonshine
runner, but it is definitely note worthy as it is today. Danny Zoeller's '39
coupe and '36 Phaeton are definitely a pair with character. In celebration
of the Model T turning 100, we have an excerpt from the Lindsay Brooke book,
"Ford Model T: The Car That Put the World on Wheels."
Last but definitely not least, this issue recounts the events of
the TRJ road trip to the NSRA Nationals in Louisville. In order to have
something remarkable in our booth, as well has jump start some interesting
conversations, we decided to flat-tow Geoff Miles' '29 roadster chassis with
Steve Coonan's '32 highboy roadster there and back. This article delves into
all of the stories of the faces and places along the way.
The TRJ Staff