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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 mechanics this car will competing for the Riddler at the Detroit Autorama. To examine the fine craftsmanship and fabrication coming out of Johnson's Hot Rod Shop, this article is combined with Johnson's bare metal '32 highboy roadster. The traditional styling gained from Johnson's personal history and 15 years of professional building are showcased in the detail and aesthetics of both rods.
Peter Prescott's '35 Ford Phaeton is featured in the newsstand cover of this issue. A collector of restored early Ford open cars, Prescott wanted this one to exhibit fifties style customization usually seen on roadsters and coupes. As with his other cars, Peter plans on driving this one many miles.
In this issue, Spence Murray tells part one of the story on Valley Custom. From 1948 to 1960 brothers in law, Clay Jensen and Neil Emory, produced inspiring customs in their southern California shop. Many of the memorable cars they produced are still referred to by many of today's top customizers. This article delves into the personal story of the two men as well as many of the famous cars that came out of their shop. Look for part two in issue #44.
Bobby Friebaum of Wall Township, New Jersey acquired a '35 Chevy three-window some years ago and recently had it rebuilt by the crew at The Hot Rod Garage in Denton, MD. The plan originally included only an interior replacement and new paint for the fenders, but it lead to a complete rebuild. As Bobby said, " one thing just sort of lead to another…it was a good car before, but now I think it's a great car."
For more than four decades the NHRA National Drag have taken place over Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis, IN. In this issue, display photos from Richard McKinstry's scrapbook as he has attended the drags from every year from 1961 to 1968. Mckinstry, from Massachusets, competed and won the E/Gas class with his '55 Chevy in 1963. This article tells his story as well as showcases many of his vintage photos.
This issue also features an article that describes the adventures of Tom Sparks, hot rod pioneer. Tom is now in his 80s and has slowed a few steps since his days as a race driver. In this article he tells exciting and memorable stories of his younger days, hot rodding and racing in Southern California.
As you may have noticed, we now offer new additions to out t-shirt line. One of our most popular features a "Stroker Mcgurk" drawing of Tom Medley's from an enveloped he mailed in 1948. In this issue we take a closer look at more original correspondence by Medley as well as Dick Martin and Bob Lindsay of Hot Rod Magazine.
– and so much more!