Every issue we work to push the proverbial envelope, and for TRJ #72, we took things to a whole new level. How so? For our newsstand cover, we set up a car-mounted camera to capture Don “The Snake” Prudhomme smoking the tires in his freshly restored “Shelby Super Snake” Top Fuel dragster. On the subscriber cover we have an overhead studio shot of Mike Young’s Cad-powered ’33 Ford built by longtime customizer Lee Pratt.
Inside, we have the tale of Wayne Henderson’s timeless Deuce Vicky, a Midwestern ’32 Ford five-window Gasser, a pair of customs from both U.S. coasts and a special-edition Super Snake foldout. And that’s just a taste of what’s included in TRJ #72’s 170+ pages. From panel paint to E&J headlight history, this issue has it all. Click on the images below to learn more.
Bay Area painter Brian Jennings built his Chevy Biscayne in early-’60s custom style. Throughout its nine-year construction, the ’60 has been shaved, slammed and detailed to the hilt. Brian sprayed the custom PPG tri-tone blue panel paint, while the polished Rocket Strikes were the grand prize from our first ever TRJ Holiday Wheel Giveaway. We photographed the recently finished custom not far from Jennings’ home in Martinez, California.
There’s an old saying that trends come and go, but style lasts forever. Wayne Henderson’s ’32 Ford Vicky is a prime example. With its pristine stock sheetmetal, mag wheels and reliable underpinnings, the black ’32 blurred the line between hot rod and resto rod back in the early-’70s. We’ve had a packet of Jerry Slattery’s unpublished photos of the car in our archive for years, and we’re excited to finally share them in TRJ #72.
The E&J Type 20
In his retrospective of the E&J Type 20 headlights, TRJ senior contributor Jay Fitzhugh lays it all on the line in the first paragraph. “These are headlights that you likely love or hate,” he writes. “Typically, there is no in-between.” Love them or hate them, this article explores the origins of these torpedo-shaped headlights that have made their way onto all kinds of hot rods for over half a century. Along with period photos and advertisements, we photographed a NOS example in our studio.
Shelby Super Snake
Back in 1967 the team of Lou Baney, Ed Pink and Don Prudhomme dominated Top Fuel drag racing with their SOHC-powered slingshot. Nearly 50 years later, Prudhomme restored the car with the help of the original team. Just like the first time around, the dragster is based on the same Don Long chassis and runs a multi-thousand horsepower Ed Pink Cammer. This isn’t strictly a display piece—Prudhomme was excited to jump back in the seat and do some smoky burnouts for our cameras in Bakersfield. As an added bonus, this article includes a double-sided three-page foldout of the Super Snake cackling and shooting flames, making this issue even more collectible.
The Custom Coupe
Lee Pratt is known for building customs, but he had no problem transforming Mike Young’s ’33 Ford into the show stopping hot rod you see here. From the rolling stock to the dual-quad 331 Cadillac, the Austin, Texas-based five-window has all the right early-’60s hot rod elements. We photographed the House of Kolor “Titian Glow” coupe in our studio and on location.
Ray Tognarelli lives in Arizona now, but during the ’50s and ’60s he was highly active in the Chicago area rodding and racing scene. In this article, we take a look at his Pontiac-powered ’32 Ford five-window A/Gasser as well as some of his friends’ street and drag cars that range from an A/Altered Anglia to a Kellison with a 348 Chevy.
The Bronze Star
Clarence L. “Slick” Patterson was a highly talented sheetmetal worker and machinist who built this ’39 Ford convertible as a 20-year-old in the early-’50s. By the time he finished the car, he had combined components from over a dozen vehicles to create “Slick’s Slick Custom,” as Speed Age called it. Roddy Moore of Ferrum, Virginia, took on the task of returning the historic East Coast custom back to its Caribbean Coral glory.