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 radio or air conditioning, George sent the truck back
to The Hot Rod Garage for the build, asking Ray to build it as if it were his
Blue" is shown on the newsstand cover of issue #51 in its current state, after
sitting for almost 40 years since it was parked in 1972. Tom Hutchinson and
Steve Hope worked as partners on the '34 Ford three-window as teenagers in the
mid-to-late 60s. They later went
on to race it at El Mirage, Bonneville and Lion's Drag Strip with the help of
Tom's dad, Tom Sr. The duo are currently thinking of getting the coupe street
ready, and Steve has the flathead ready to run.
It is in true TRJ fashion to research the mystery
surrounding a long-lost hot rod, and in many cases the mystery is solved.
However, as you will see in TRJ #51 there is still a huge cloud of mystery surrounding the
Wes Collins '34 roadster pictured above, as well as
its owner. Pat Ganahl first saw a picture of the customized roadster when he
interviewed George Du Vall for an article in the August 1990 issue of Rod
& Custom since
it boasts one of his namesake windshields. Pat frustratingly exhausts every
avenue trying to uncover the full story behind this unique roadster, and he's written about his efforts in detail in TRJ #51.
before the first issue of Hot Rod magazine was published, Look magazine, a popular general interest publication,
featured a four-page article on two young hot rodders and their '32 Ford
roadster titled, "Hot-Rod Racing in California." Ken Crawford and Jerry Stroner
were the young men in that article. Their roadster was chosen for the article
at the recommendation of Wally Parks, President of the Road Runners car club at
the time. Ken and Jerry built the roadster in 1946, ran it in 1947, but by 1948
their partnership had ended and they sold the roadster. It went through several
owners before ending up with Chuck Longley. Chuck and his son, Mike, began the
restoration in '08. This issue details their experience as well as the rich
history of this car that, in some ways, introduced hot-rodding to mainstream
America in 1947.
ran the first part of Jim Cooper's photography portfolio of drag racing's
golden age in TRJ #50. Part II of the Cooper portfolio is featured in TRJ #51. These images capture the
excitement of the track and include some of the biggest cars/drivers in drag
racing history such as Tommy Ivo and the Barnstormer, Roland Leong and the
Hawaiian, and "Jeep" Hampshire and
the Red Stamp Special.
bought his '40 Ford Deluxe Opera Coupe in 1972 in
Dayton, Ohio. From then until about 2002, other hot rod and muscle car projects
kept his focus from the '40. When he was ready he turned to Doug
Jerger to help bring his many ideas for the coupe to life including a drastic
change to the coupe's profile. Bill's ideal '40 Ford included replacing the front sheet metal with '39 accoutrements including the hood, grille, headlights, and side
trim. All of these design elements are described in detail in TRJ #51.
photographed Joe Santiago's '54 Chevy Bel
Air while in Pomona, California. Joe bought the Chevy in 1989 and did most of
the engine and driveline installation, suspension modifications, and wiring
himself in his garage. Bob Cota did the chop and the custom bodywork. Perhaps
most striking is the paint, a three-stage tangerine and gold pearl combination
by the late Art Fullington. All of the work that went in to this memorable
custom is described in-depth in TRJ #51.
Campbell is one of customizing's earliest photographers. Her work was seen in
early issues of Hop Up, Motor Trend, Rod & Custom as well as the Dan Post custom books from the late 40s through
mid 50s. In TRJ #51
we show some of her most well known photos along with never-before-published
shots. Her story is one of passion for cars and photography, and we have it in
detail in this issue.
and much more can be expected in TRJ #51.