Rodder’s Journal Blog

A Grand Pictorial from “The Granddaddy of Them All”

January 29, 2020

Over the weekend, the Pomona Fairplex was hot rod heaven. From the buildings to the midways, everywhere you looked were cars, cars and more cars. There were big dollar show rods and homebuilt creations, record-setting drag cars and one-off customs. Topless, pre-1937 machines without...

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Full Custom 101: Chopping a ’41 Buick

September 11, 2019

As a follow up to his piece “Full Custom 101” in issue #82, Rodder’s Journal’s Curt Iseli walks us through chopping his ’41 Buick Super at Cody Walls’ Traditional Metalcraft in Milton, Delaware.


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Coast to Coast Summer Snapshots

August 30, 2019

It’s no secret that we love being on the road, and for the past month we’ve done just that. From East Coast car shows to Midwestern drag races and more, it’s been an especially jam-packed summer for the entire TRJ...

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2019 NSRA Street Rod Nationals Wrap-Up

August 8, 2019

Over the weekend, nearly 13,000 rods and customs took over the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville for the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals. The weather was beautiful and everywhere you looked there were cars, cars and more cars. It’s the most...

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Swap Meet FAQs

June 26, 2019

We are rereleasing small quantities of long sold out Rodder’s Journal items including some the earliest and rarest issues of our magazine. We are calling this sale TRJ Swap Meet. The sale is pretty simple in nature, but it does seem to raise...

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TRJ Across the USA

April 18, 2019

Not long after the first of April, we had finished cleaning out our Rodder’s Journal headquarters in South San Francisco. More than 25 years’ worth of memories were sorted, stacked and stuffed into a trio of 53-foot tractor-trailers and sent east. In a...

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Under the Hood: 25th Anniversary Package

February 13, 2019

This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of The Rodder’s Journal. We believe a quarter-century of any print publication is a milestone worth recognizing. With that in mind, we’ve created a limited-edition 25th anniversary package. The...

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TRJ Live Video from the Mooneyes Xmas Party

December 6, 2018

Fresh from last weekend’s wildly successful Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, our friends at Mooneyes are gearing up for another Mooneyes Xmas Party this Saturday, December 8th at Irwindale Speedway. And we’ll be broadcasting the party on Facebook Live...

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The 2018 Goodguys West Coast Nationals

August 30, 2018

Over the weekend, we made our way across the San Francisco Bay to Pleasanton, California, for the Goodguys West Coast Nationals. Now in its 32nd year, the event brings a wide variety of rods, customs...

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High Speed Action at the H.A.M.B. Drags

August 28, 2018

For nearly two decades, traditional hot rods and racecars from across the country have converged in Asbury, Missouri, in mid-August for the H.A.M.B. Drags. This daylong event is hosted by The Jalopy Journal and is part reunion, part drag race and...

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Wooden Boats Make a Splash at the 2018 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

August 21, 2018

If the word “Concours” makes you think of large hats, manicured fairways and multi-million dollar classic cars, you’re not alone. As hot rod and custom car aficionados, we’ve strolled several historic golf courses—including a particularly...

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TRJ Summer Snapshots

July 20, 2018

Summer is always a busy time here at The Rodder’s Journal, and this year has been no exception. The past month has been a whirlwind; we’ve covered thousands of miles up and down California, visited old friends, made new ones and...

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L.A. Roadster Show Photo Wrap Up

June 21, 2018

On Father’s Day weekend, hundreds of hot rods and customs took over the Pomona Fairplex for the 54th annual L.A. Roadster Show. Although the show is not as big as it was at its 50th anniversary, we were glad to see...

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Beach Invasion — A Giant 2018 Race of Gentlemen Photo Gallery

June 13, 2018

Rough, rowdy and raw, a swarm of traditional hot rods and motorcycles took to the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, over the weekend for the 2018 Race of Gentlemen. With snarling flatheads, hot inliners and potent V-twins, these pre-war machines battled...

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A Slick Saturday

June 6, 2018

Over the weekend, more than 60 Gassers, Altereds, Super Stockers, slingshots and other vintage drag cars made their way to Illinois’ Byron Dragway for the first annual Uncle Sam’s Pie Eating Contest. Hosted by Vintage Drag Racing 101 (the...

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Scrapbook Snapshots

May 31, 2018

With the weather getting warmer and the car show season fast approaching, we’re hard at work on the next issue. We recently came across two very different scrapbooks that bookend the traditional hot rodding spectrum. One’s loaded with black...

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The Kookie Kar & Golden Sahara Find New Homes

May 22, 2018

Last weekend the hot rod world watched as the “Kookie Kar” T-bucket and the “Golden Sahara II” crossed the block at Mecum’s Indy auction. Today we can tell you that well-known Pennsylvania hot rodder and car collector Ross Myers...

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Bob Simons Scrapbook: Drag Racing on the Eastern Seaboard

May 18, 2018

In the RJ Times section of issue #78, we share the story of “Safe Driving” day—a nationwide event set into motion in 1954 by Dwight D. Eisenhower and the AAA. In our article, we catch up with longtime hot rodder Bob...

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TRJ #78 Hot Off the Press!

May 11, 2018

The all-new Rodder’s Journal #78 is hot off the press! With the weather warming up and the weekend fast approaching, we figured now would be the perfect time to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the new issue getting...

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Be Among the First to See the Golden Sahara II!

May 9, 2018

By now most of the hot rodding world has heard that the “Golden Sahara II” along with the rest of Jim Skonzakes’ collection (including the famed “Kookie Kar” T-bucket) are up for grabs at Mecum’s Indy auction, which runs May 15-20....

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The Golden Sahara & Kookie Kar Cross the Block

April 25, 2018

One month ago news broke that the late Jim Skonzakes’ “Golden Sahara II” and the “Kookie Kar” were unearthed after years in hiding, destined for Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds May 15-20. Since then,...

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Look Who’s Going to the Congregation Show

March 6, 2018

The word is out and entries are flooding in for next month’s Congregation Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Even though the date is fast approaching, there’s still time to have your hot rod or custom car on display inside...

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Motor City Mania!

March 2, 2018

It’s Autorama weekend in Detroit, and that means hundreds of rods, customs and show machines are taking over Cobo Hall for three days of non-stop action. Now in its 66th year, the Autorama features a diverse mix of vehicles...

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TRJ x The Congregation Show: You’re Invited!

February 20, 2018

On April 14th, the Congregation Show is returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, bigger and better than ever. A collaboration between our friends at DicE Magazine and Prism Supply Company, the invitation-only show brings a carefully curated blend of traditional...

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The 2018 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Contenders

January 24, 2018

Eddie Dye Roadster-1929 Highboy Roadster, James Bobowski-owner

For more on the history of this iconic roadster go to TRJ issue number 77. To bring you up on the current resto, Bobowski hired...

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TRJ Gift Certificate Winners!

January 24, 2018

Last week, we announced our first round of winners for our Great Big $15,000 Holiday Giveaway and now we’re back with the next batch. Throughout the month of December, we received more than 3,000 entries via Instagram, Facebook and...

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And the Big Giveaway Prize Winners Are…

January 19, 2018

The wait is over—we’ve hand picked the winners of our Great Big TRJ Holiday Giveaway! Last month, we teamed up with our sponsors to give away a long list of hot rod and custom car parts.

To put things simply, we were overwhelmed with...

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TRJ #77 Outtakes and Extras

January 4, 2018

The all-new Rodder’s Journal #77 has shipped to subscribers and is making its way to newsstands as you read this—and we figured we would start the New Year off right with a look behind the scenes. From Fuel Coupes...

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There’s Still Time to Win!

December 27, 2017

We’ve been overwhelmed by your TRJ Holiday Giveaway entries, but we haven’t chosen our winners yet—and now we’re extending the entry deadline to 11:59pm on New Year’s Eve! That’s right—post a photo of your car here or here (or email...

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Win Every Issue of The Rodder’s Journal

December 15, 2017

Win a complete set of Rodder’s Journals! Everyone who purchases a subscription between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is entered to win a complete set of TRJsWhether you’re renewing, giving a gift or starting new, there’s never been...

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Up goes the Ala Kart!

December 8, 2017

Today while working on our next issue we ran across some photos of the “Ala Kart” that we shot awhile back. We thought you might get a kick out of them. But a little explanation is probably in order.

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New Issue On Its Way!

December 5, 2017

Later this week, the brand new Rodder’s Journal #77 will be shipping to subscribers around the world. On the newsstand cover, we showcase Richard Rawlings’ Hemi-powered ’34 Ford, which he built Fuel Coupe-style with Brian Bass at Gas Monkey Garage...

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Go With Moon: 2017 Hot Rod Custom Show

November 29, 2017

This Sunday, December 3rd, the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center will be swarming with hot rod, custom car, and vintage motorcycle activity for the 2017 Hot Rod Custom Show (HCS). Now in its 26th year, the HCS brings builders and enthusiasts...

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SEMA, Baskerville’s roadster & a week in Vegas

November 10, 2017

We’re back from a jam-packed week in Las Vegas where we attended the 2017 SEMA Show and photographed Gray Baskerville’s Deuce roadster and Jon Wright’s ’36 Ford custom for an upcoming issue of TRJ. We figured what happened in Vegas doesn’t...

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High-horsepower Happenings at the Hot Rod Reunion

October 25, 2017

After a busy weekend in Bakersfield, we’re back at the office and able to sort through some of our photos from the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. Now in its 26th year, the show is revered as a mecca for those...

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Reliability Run

September 12, 2017

Over the weekend, the Northern California Reliability Run brought close to two dozen rods and customs on a day trip to Mount Diablo State Park in the East Bay. The flathead-powered roadsters were out...

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And the Winner Is…

August 30, 2017

After sifting through the sea of entries, one thing is for sure—you didn’t make it easy on us! We were impressed with both the quantity and quality of cars that made their way into our inbox from around the world. There...

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Our Mistake!

August 22, 2017

It has come to our attention that we provided the wrong email address in our Subscription Drive newsletters earlier this week. All car submissions should be sent to To make up for any confusion this may have...

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It Ends Tonight

August 17, 2017

Our 2017 Subscription Drive ends tonight at midnight. We have a few spots left—there’s still time to get your limited edition Keith Weesner T-shirt and a shot at a full feature in a future issue of The Rodder’s Journal.

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The Drive Continues!

August 16, 2017

Time is running out, but it’s not too late to take advantage of our TRJ Subscription Drive. Anyone who signs up for a one or two year subscription, renewal or gift subscription before 11:59 p.m. West Coast Time tomorrow will get:

1) A FREE, limited edition TRJ T-shirt...

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Rods, Customs & A Free Weesner T-shirt

August 14, 2017

Things are moving fast here at The Rodder’s Journal. We have hot rod and custom car projects in the works, and we’re giving away a FREE limited-edition Keith Weesner T-shirt with every subscription until Thursday at midnight. If that’s not enough,...

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Come along for the Subscription Drive!

August 10, 2017

To celebrate our first-ever TRJ Subscription Drive, Keith has drawn our Riviera and his roadster in motion for an exclusive FREE T-shirt. Along with some random snapshots of...

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Restoring the Dorman-Koopman AA/Street Roadster

June 6, 2017

For over 15 years New Jersey hot rodder and Radir Wheel company owner Rich Conklin has been gathering parts to restore the famed Dorman-Koopman ’32 Ford AA/Street Roadster. Originally built in Michigan, the car epitomizes the wilder drag roadsters of the...

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NSRA Nats East Happening Now!

June 3, 2017

NSRA events have been on our yearly rod run schedule ever since The Rodder’s Journal debuted at the Nationals in 1994. This weekend the Nats East will be taking over York, Pennsylvania, and since I’m located on the East Coast, I was...

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North Carolina Day Trip

May 17, 2017

Charlotte, North Carolina, may be NASCAR country, but hot rodding is alive and well virtually everywhere you look. On a quick trip there earlier this week we were excited to find early-’60s customs roaming the streets, bustling shops cranking out all...

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TRJ #75 Hot Off the Press!

May 15, 2017

The all-new Rodder’s Journal #75 is hot off the press and we’d like to give you an exclusive glimpse at what’s inside. On the newsstand cover, we have Harry Luzader’s Deuce five-window Gasser: a coupe that we see as the quintessential...

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Pete & Jake’s Open House Saturday, May 13th

May 10, 2017

For those in the Midwest, there’s no better way to kick off the spring cruising season than at Pete & Jake’s annual Open House. This Saturday, May 13th the doors open at 9 a.m. as over 450 hot rods, customs and muscle...

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TRJ #74: The Outtakes

May 4, 2017

One of the toughest parts about putting together The Rodder’s Journal every quarter is leaving good material out. There’s a limited amount of space on each page and there’s no possible way to make it all fit (trust us,...

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Kross Kountry Kustom Adventure: Return of the Ayala “Wild Bird”

March 17, 2017

Road trip in a historic custom? Why not! The restoration of the Gil Ayala “Wild Bird” is almost complete at Yaril’s Customs in Hialeah, Florida. Once it’s finished, owner Bjørn Inge Jansson of Oslo, Norway, will be setting off for a...

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Vintage Photo Tuesday

March 15, 2017

One of the best parts of putting together The Rodder’s Journal each quarter is sifting through scrapbooks from days gone by. There are some books that are loaded with information outlining all the specifics—the who, what, when and where. And then...

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Hot Off the Press: TRJ #74!

March 3, 2017

We photographed the Veazie brothers’ 1930 Model A in our studio for the newsstand cover of the all-new issue. The Veazies are both employees of So-Cal Speed Shop, and they built the nailhead-powered roadster with the help of the...

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The Rodder’s Journal Visits the 65th Detroit Autorama

February 24, 2017

On Friday, February 24th at noon, Cobo Hall opened its doors for the first day of the Detroit Autorama. Now in its 65th year, the historic event welcomes cars and spectators from across the country to the Motor City for a weekend...

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A Pair of Autoramas

February 23, 2017

The indoor car show season is in full swing, and we’ve been on the move this month covering two of our favorite Autoramas—Sacramento and Detroit. Last week, we loaded up our camera gear and headed north to Sacramento with a pack...

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TRJ Giveaway Week Part II: TRJ Award Winners

February 8, 2017

Our Great Big Giveaway Week continues! On Monday, we announced our 14 “Parts” winners and today we have 14 more—this time each will be getting a $100 TRJ gift certificate shipped to his or her front door. On Friday, we’ll announce who...

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TRJ Giveaway Week Part I: $10k “Parts” Winners

February 6, 2017

The wait is over—we’ve selected the winners of our Great Big $10k Giveaway! At the end of last year, we partnered up with our sponsors to give away more than $10,000 worth of hot rod and custom car parts.

The response was...

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A Glimpse Into “The Granddaddy of Them All”

February 1, 2017

On January 27th-29th, close to 1,000 cars took over the Pomona Fairplex for the Grand National Roadster Show. Now in its 68th year, the event brought some of the world’s best hot rods and customs out onto the show floor (as...

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TRJ at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

January 25, 2017

Now in its 68th year, the three-day event brings cars and enthusiasts from across the globe to the Pomona Fairplex.

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award is one of the most coveted titles in hot rodding, and this year’s champion...

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An Update from TRJ Headquarters

January 12, 2017

This issue, we’re showcasing a traditional A-V8 built by So-Cal Speed Shop employees Justin and Evin Veazie. Assembled at the shop after-hours, the Brookville-bodied ’31 rides on a So-Cal chassis and features Buick nailhead power. The late Pete Chapouris...

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A Custom Photo Gallery

December 29, 2016

A few weeks ago we shared a handful of hot rod photos from the archives and now we’re showcasing the second half—the customs. Some are subtle, some are wild, but there’s no denying that they’re all excellent examples of traditional custom...

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Japan’s Biggest Hot Rod Show Turns 25

December 2, 2016

On Sunday, December 4th, more than 300 custom cars and 600 motorcycles will take over the Pacifico Yokohama convention center for the 2016 Hot Rod Custom Show. This year marks the 25th anniversary, and Shige Suganuma and the Mooneyes team have...

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A Hot Rod Photo Gallery

November 22, 2016

Through the years we’ve had the opportunity to photograph a wide range of cars for The Rodder’s Journal. As the action-packed Holiday Season grows closer with each passing day, we figured we’d mix it up and show you a few outtakes...

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A Look at TRJ’s Instagram

November 17, 2016

Although we publish four Rodder’s Journals every year, we always have a number of projects in the works. From studio photo shoots to new product development to event coverage from coast to coast, we’re constantly on the move.

It doesn’t matter where...

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Hot Rod Reunion & SEMA Show Wrap-Up

November 11, 2016

The fabled Famoso Grove is always one of the main attractions at the Hot Rod Reunion. We thoroughly enjoyed checking out the James & Fischer “Syndicate Scuderia” ’40 Willys. With its supercharged 354cid Chrysler, the coupe was a fierce...

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The California Hot Rod Reunion Turns 25

October 20, 2016

This weekend, we’re headed south to Bakersfield for the 25th annual California Hot Rod Reunion. The event, which runs from Friday, October 21st until Sunday, October 23rd, always brings out the best front engined dragsters, Altereds, Gassers and Funny Cars to...

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Round Two on the Bayou! 2nd Annual Bayou Round Up

October 5, 2016

It’s early October once again, and that means the Bayou Round Up is back! Now in its second year, the show brings hundreds of hot rods and customs to Lafayette, Louisiana, for a jam-packed weekend of food, music and cars. The...

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Rods, Customs & Classics Cross the Block

August 30, 2016

This weekend, Auctions America will be hosting Auburn Fall, their flagship event, in Auburn, Indiana. More than 900 lots are slated to cross the block, ranging from award-winning classic cars to hot rods to one-of-a-kind automobilia. In 2015, approximately 85,000 spectators...

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West Coast Nationals Wrap-Up

August 29, 2016

Over the weekend, 3,300 hot rods, customs and street machines packed the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the 2016 Goodguys West Coast Nationals. Now in its 30th year, the three-day show has earned a reputation for drawing some of the country’s best...

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H.A.M.B. Drags & Pebble Beach This Weekend!

August 19, 2016

August is always an exciting month for hot rodding, and two of our favorites events are happening this weekend. The H.A.M.B. Drags will be taking over Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri, on Saturday, August 20th, and the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance...

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Brookville Roadster Open House Featuring Chip Foose

August 17, 2016

This Saturday, August 20th, the Brookville Roadster headquarters in Brookville, Ohio, will be filled with hot rods and custom cars for the seventh annual open house and car show. As an added bonus, famed automotive designer Chip Foose will be in attendance....

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Another Great Year in Louisville

August 10, 2016

Last weekend, close to 10,000 hot rods and custom cars filled the Kentucky State Fairgrounds for the 47th annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals. Despite the hot weather, participants and spectators came from across the United States to take in everything Louisville...

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Art Chrisman Passes Away

July 12, 2016

It’s with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Art Chrisman. Art was a craftsman and competitor to the utmost degree; he dedicated nearly 70 years to building racecars and hot rods that were as beautiful as they were...

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Hot Rods & Customs Cross The Block At Santa Monica Auction

June 23, 2016

This weekend, nearly 300 hot rods, customs and collector vehicles will cross the block for Auction America’s Santa Monica, California, event. Held this Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th, the auction will feature a wide selection of cars ranging from...

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2016 Race Of Gentlemen East

June 2, 2016

On June 4-5th, Wildwood, New Jersey, will take a step back in time for the 2016 Race of Gentlemen. Hosted by the Oilers Car and Motorcycle Club, the exclusive event combines a traditional, 1940s atmosphere with high revving, sand flinging racing...

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Kent Fuller’s Crowd-Funded Streamliner Gets Moving

May 25, 2016

For years we’ve been watching the progress of the Kent Fuller streamliner project. Earlier this month, the D/Fuel Streamliner made its first two full passes at the SCTA season opener at El Mirage. Nicknamed “Smoke-n-Mirrors,” the car features a monocoque design,...

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Bill Hines, 1922-2016

May 20, 2016

The late Bill Hines customized cars for more than half a century. Here he’s seen with one of his most well known jobs, Tats Gotanda’s “Buddha Buggy,” shortly after it was removed from storage in 2005. The lifted ’59...

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Hot Rod of the Year Announced at Goodguys Nashville Nationals

May 17, 2016

The Music City was abuzz this weekend for the 11th annual Goodguys Nashville Nationals. More than 2,500 rods, customs and street machines made their way to the Nissan Stadium grounds for three days of show and shine. With fantastic weather...

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Two Great Shows—A World Apart!

April 28, 2016

Although they’re nearly 10,000 miles apart, there are two must-attend car shows taking place this weekend: Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Boogaloo Invitational in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

Now in its sixth year, Vintage Torque Fest will run from Friday,...

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Get Your Photos Featured in TRJ

April 20, 2016

Here at The Rodder’s Journal, we thought now would be a great time to give you an inside look at some vintage photos that we have collected. From show rods to slingshot dragsters, these images help paint an accurate picture of our...

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Lonestar Round Up Turns 15

April 8, 2016

This weekend, hot rods and customs will take over Austin, Texas, for the 15th annual Lonestar Round Up. Held on April 8th-9th at the Travis County Expo Center, the show has grown into a must-attend event for hot rodders across the globe.


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Hot Rod Detroit and the 2016 Autorama

February 26, 2016

The 64th Annual Detroit Autorama kicks off Friday, drawing hot rodders and customizers from around the world for an action-packed weekend in The Motor City. We’ll be posting photos all weekend on the Rodder’s Journal Instagram as some of...

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2016 Grand National Roadster Show Wrap-Up

February 8, 2016

On January 29th-31st, hot rods and custom cars filled the Pomona Fairplex for the 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show. After spending nearly five decades in Oakland, California, the “Grand Daddy of Them All” has continued its legacy in Pomona for...

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2016 Grand National Roadster Show AMBR Winner

January 31, 2016

This just in—Darryl Hollenbeck’s ’32 Ford has been crowned America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. Much like previous years, the AMBR competition was stiff, and the contestants ranged in style from pre-war traditional to...

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Preserving History in Survivor’s Alley

January 7, 2016

More than 400 hot rods and customs will roll into the Duke Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 56th annual Cavalcade of Customs from Friday, January 8th until Sunday, January 10th. Along with the glitz, glamour, impeccable detailing and intricate...

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Japan’s Biggest Hot Rod Show This Weekend

December 6, 2015

This weekend, more than 300 traditional hot rods and customs will make their way to Yokohama, Japan, for the 2015 Hot Rod Custom Show. Now in its 24th year, Shige Suganuma and the Mooneyes team will be hosting a collection of...

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Not Stock Photography in TRJ #68

November 9, 2015

John Jackson photographed Clyde Wooten’s ’58 Pontiac mild custom near Clyde’s Portland home for issue #68.

Rodder’s Journal #68 is heading to subscribers in the next week, and we’re excited to have a pair of features shot by John Jackson...

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Goodbye George, King of the Kustomizers

November 8, 2015

George Barris, an icon both inside and outside the world of custom cars, passed away on Thursday, November 5th at his home in Encino, California. The images in this blog come from his son Brett’s newly released book King of...

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Cacklin’ in Bakersfield

October 29, 2015

The 2015 California Hot Rod Reunion invited hundreds of cars to Bakersfield, California, to relive the sport’s glory years. On Saturday night, historic drag cars of all types were fired up and set to cackle until the tanks went...

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Places to Go, Hot Rods to See!

October 22, 2015

We’ve been hard at work on a number of projects here at The Rodder’s Journal, but the weekend is approaching fast. As this week comes to a close, three must-attend events are taking place across the United States.

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Live from Louisiana: First Bayou Round Up

October 17, 2015

Rods, customs, live music and homestyle cooking are on the menu this weekend for the Bayou Round Up. More than 300 cars from across the United States are taking over the town of Lafayette, Louisiana, for two days of southern-style hot...

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Counts of the Cobblestone: An Inside Look

October 14, 2015

The Counts of the Cobblestone have been active in the South Dakota rodding scene for more than half a century. When Jim Neuzil of Rapid City first spotted Don Wickman’s chopped, Chevy-powered Model A coupe in 1958, he knew...

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The Race Of Gentlemen

October 9, 2015

Engines will roar and sand will fly on the beaches of Wildwood, New Jersey, this weekend for the fourth running of The Race of Gentlemen. The event, which is hosted by the Oilers Car and Motorcycle Club, draws dozens of stripped...

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Customs By The Sea: Pre-’52 Customs Hit the Beach

September 25, 2015

Next weekend, a group of handpicked traditional customs will take to the beach for the second annual Customs by the Sea. The event, which is hosted by the Kustomrama team, is held October 3-4 in conjunction with The Race of Gentlemen...

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Summer 2015 Car Show Wrap-Up

September 10, 2015

For the past three months, we’ve been busy producing content for The Rodder’s Journal and traveling to car shows to take in some of the best hot rodding and customizing around. Now that Labor Day is over, we thought we’d look...

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West Coast Nationals Highlights

August 22, 2015

The Alameda County fairgrounds filled with hundreds of rods and customs for the first day of the 29th Goodguys West Coast Nationals. This year’s event brought cars from across the country to Pleasanton, California, for a weekend showcase of some of...

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Wrap-Up

August 18, 2015

Last Sunday one of the world’s most diverse groups of vintage collector automobiles filled the fairway at the Pebble Beach Golf Links for the 65th annual Concours d’Elegance. Although the California-based event is a major destination for antique and classic car...

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2015 NSRA Nationals Wrap-Up

August 13, 2015

More than 10,000 hot rods and custom cars made their way to the Kentucky Expo Center for the 46th NSRA Street Rod Nationals last weekend. The event, which celebrated its 21styear in Louisville, brought cars and spectators from across the globe...

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Auctions America Preview: Rods, Customs, Roth and Von Dutch

July 16, 2015

In last week’s newsletter we featured the “Beatnik” bubbletop being offered at Auctions America’s California Auction this weekend. It’s sure to cause a stir when it hits the block. There are several other rods, customs and pieces of custom-culture memorabilia slated...

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Mooneyes Open House

July 10, 2015

Tomorrow morning, the streets surrounding Mooneyes headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, will fill with hot rods and custom cars for their 2015 Open House. It’s not technically a car show, but rodders from across Southern California see the event as...

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Beatnik Bubbletop Crosses The Block

July 9, 2015

A host of interesting and unique rods, customs and automotive memorabilia will be up for grabs next weekend at Auctions America’s California Auction. The event takes place Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th at Barker Hanger in the beachfront...

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Rods And Customs From The Archives: pre TRJ Favorites

July 8, 2015

Here at The Rodder’s Journal, we pride ourselves on our extensive photo archive. The envelopes, stacks and folders of transparencies and B&W negatives span several decades, and although we dig into them every once and awhile, we realize that we don’t...

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Holley’s National Hot Rod Reunion: Bowling Green, Kentucky

June 16, 2015

The 13th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion rolls into Bowling Green, Kentucky this week. Beginning Thursday, tire smoke and nitro fumes will fill the air as Fuelers, Funny Cars, Altereds, Gassers and hot rods and customs of all kinds storm...

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Custom Car Revival: 200 Traditional Customs Invade the Midwest

June 12, 2015

Hundreds of customs are already roaming the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana, for this weekend’s 3rd Annual Custom Car Revival. It’s a celebration of traditional custom cars that gets rolling with a cruise tomorrow and culminates in Saturday’s show and shine at...

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Cruisin’ Santa Maria: 34th Annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals

May 29, 2015

Last weekend, we weren’t able to make it to the 34th Annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals. Luckily, our own Pat Ganahl as well as photographer Tom Davison were in attendance to take in the more than 800 traditional customs, lowriders,...

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TRJ’s Round Up Preview and Chattanooga Cruise-In Review

April 16, 2015

We’ve been in Texas all week shooting a gang of Ford hot rods, a cool Chevy custom, and a restored vintage Top Fueler for upcoming issues. Now the 14th Annual Lonestar Round Up is finally here, and hot...

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The 63rd Annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama

March 16, 2015

A week or so ago, we returned from a whirlwind trip to the Motor City. The visit centered on the 63rd Detroit Autorama, which once again proved to be a stellar event thanks to the folks at Meguiar’s, Summit Racing Equipment,...

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A Different Kind Of Nationals

March 12, 2015

The 2nd Annual O’Reilly Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals This Weekend

Don’t be fooled by the show title. This weekend, March 14-15, the Pomona Fairplex will host an impressive display of traditional hot rods and customs alongside hundreds of the...

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TRJ in Motor City The 2015 Detroit Autorama This Weekend!

March 5, 2015

The 63rd Annual Detroit Autorama kicks off tomorrow at Detroit’s famed Cobo Center. We’re not always able to make it due to our magazine production schedule, but it’s always one of our favorite shows and we’re excited we’re able to make...

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2015 GNRS Wrap-Up

January 28, 2015

A new AMBR has been crowned, another Grand National Roadster Show is past, and once again we had a blast hanging out in Pomona with our friends, readers, and fellow hot rodders. Our “Revolving Rolling Stock” exhibit was a hit. Throughout...

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2014 Year In Review

December 31, 2014

TRJ Year In Review: A Look Back at 2014

As 2014 heads for the history books, we thought it’d be fun to show you some of the outtakes, extras, and behind-the-scenes snapshots from the last 365 days. Hot rodders and customizers are among...

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SEMA 2014: Photos and Highlights

November 21, 2014

Spread out over one million square feet within the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show, is an overwhelming display of everything automotive. The hot rod and custom halls were brimming with activity–not to mention some unbelievable cars and cool new...

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Brookville Roadster Open House

July 16, 2014

This Saturday, July 19th,  Brookville Roadster is hosting their 5th Annual Open House and Car Show at their headquarters in Brookville, Ohio. The company’s been manufacturing early Ford steel reproduction parts for 42 years, and they’re probably best known for their...

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The Unknown Roadster Auction

June 11, 2014

It’s a rare opportunity to own a bona fide hot rod survivor. But that’s just what Auctions America is offering when the flathead-powered Model A Ford “Unknown Roadster” (TRJ #61) crosses the block at their upcoming California auction. It’s one of...

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Pete & Jake’s Open House Revisited

June 2, 2014

A few weeks ago on May 10th, Pete & Jake’s continued their 40th Anniversary celebration with an open house at their Peculiar, Missouri, shop. The event was a monumental success, raising $32,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and drawing nearly 600...

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Cruisin’ Nationals Wrap-Up

May 29, 2014

We just returned from the 33rd West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals in Santa Maria, California where the ambience was uniquely laid-back and people strolled leisurely between the candy colored and Metalflake custom cars on display.

We spent the weekend in The Rodder’s...

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Roy Brizio Street Rods’ Open House

May 23, 2014

May is Open House season for hot rod shops, and one that we always look forward to is at Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco. Brizio’s is celebrating their 37th year in business. On...

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Outtakes and Extras: TRJ #62

April 9, 2014

We never seem to have enough room in print for all the cool images and stories we gather while working on each issue of The Rodder’s Journal, and TRJ #62 is no different. Fortunately there’s a place for them in our...

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TRJ Turns 20! Anniversary Road Trip: Lonestar Round Up

March 31, 2014

It’s been 20 years since issue #1 of The Rodder’s Journal was published. One of the ways we’re celebrating our anniversary is with a summer-long road trip in the TRJ roadster. Our first destination is the Lonestar Round Up this weekend...

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Lonestar Round Up Bound

March 18, 2014

The 2014 Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas, is just a little over two weeks away. Once again we’ll be there April 4th and 5th at the Travis County Expo Center, hanging out all weekend in The Rodder’s Journal booth and...

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Hot Rodding Legend Tom Medley Passes Away at 93

March 7, 2014

As many of you have undoubtedly heard, Tom Medley passed away this past weekend. He was born in 1920 and would have turned 94 on March 20th of this year. When we think of Tom Medley the first thing that comes...

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Road Trip Photo Contest

March 4, 2014

We are daydreaming of the summer months that lay ahead so that we can get out on the road. With winter’s hold still strong on most of the country, we will have to get by with photos of road trips past....

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45 Years of Chrome Plating

February 26, 2014

Jon Wright’s CustomChrome Plating is celebrating 45 years of providing impeccable plating and polishing to hot rod, motorcycle, and boating enthusiasts–and beyond.

In November of 1968, Jon Wright opened the doors of his newly established CustomChrome Plating shop in Grafton,...

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On the Road Again

February 5, 2014

We spent the days leading up to the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona cruising the greater Los Angeles area in the TRJ Deuce roadster. Despite being just a few hundred miles up the coast, we don’t get to visit the greater...

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2014 GNRS Wrap-Up

January 28, 2014

We’ve just returned from a weekend in Pomona, California, for the 65th Grand National Roadster Show. Once again the GNRS lived up to its promise of being the “Grand Daddy of Them All” with an amazing array of hot rods, customs,...

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Garage Scene: Pennsylvania Gold Mine

January 15, 2014

We recently received an email from Carl Tregler, a longtime Rodder’s Journal reader from Erie, Pennsylvania. The note was short, but the accompanying photos of his speed equipment collection were worth a thousand words. Every available surface of his snug two-car...

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Westergard At Bonneville

January 9, 2014

We get a lot of cool photos mailed and emailed to us throughout the year. We always enjoy seeing what people are building in their garages, and we love checking out recently unearthed images from hot rodding’s past. If they haven’t...

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TRJ #61: Outtakes And Extras

January 3, 2014

We hope you all had a happy and safe new year. After taking a brief break to ring in 2014, we jumped right back into production of our next issue, TRJ #62, which will be printing next week. We’ll bring you...

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2013 Year In Review

December 30, 2013

It’s been another great year at The Rodder’s Journal. Through the daily work of producing the magazine, we’ve had opportunities to stay connected with our old friends and make many new ones. You’re a talented group, and we’re always amazed by...

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Winter Photo Contest

December 24, 2013

Last week we thought we’d have a little fun with the wintry weather many of us have been having. We asked you to send in your snowiest, cheeriest holiday rod and custom photographs, —. By that evening photos from around the...

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Lee Pratt’s Nomad Resurrection

December 23, 2013

Last year in our email newsletter we told you about customizer Lee Pratt’s ongoing restoration of his wild ‘60s-era ’55 Chevy Nomad custom. The car has a storied past, having gone from the show circuit to the drag strip...

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Scrapbook Archives: Extras and Outtakes from our Almost Sold-Out Scrapbook

December 17, 2013

Scrapbook has been one of our best selling books since its release in 2011 and now there is only a very limited supply left. With Christmas approaching the few remaining copies are flying off our shelves, so if you want...

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John Gunsaulis Road Trip: From the Pacific Northwest to the Mid-Atlantic

December 12, 2013

John Gunsaulis is probably best known for his most recent effort, “The Woodward Roadster.” It made quite a splash at the Grand National Roadster Show this year, where it competed for the AMBR award. John is, however, a second generation hot...

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Pacific Northwest 1960s Photo Archive

December 9, 2013

It’s hard to believe how many guys have had the same cars for a half-century or more. Some time ago Junior Nelson, of Tacoma, Washington, sent us a small assortment of photos taken in the Pacific Northwest back in the 1960s....

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Photos From The TRJ Files

December 6, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve come across quite a few photos in our files that had frankly, kind of slipped our mind. The newest of these images are more than two decades old and the oldest were shot just...

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SEMA Show: From Its Humble Beginnings to 2013

December 4, 2013

The very first SEMA Show in 1967.

It’s been a few weeks since we returned from the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. What has prompted this post is not only what we saw of interest at this year’s show, but also...

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Dick Flint Roadster: Soon to Hit the Auction Block with RM Auctions

November 11, 2013

On Thursday, November 21st the Dick Flint roadster will be offered at RM Auctions and Sotheby’s “Art of the Automobile” sale in New York City. It’s one of the most significant roadsters in our sport’s history, combining performance and...

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Hot Rod Reunion Review

October 25, 2013

We spent last weekend in Bakersfield for the NHRA’s 22nd Annual California Hot Rod Reunion. We always look forward to the Reunion because we get to hang out with old friends, see some great hot rods and racecars, and relive our...

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TRJ Revival: R&C Fab 5 Awards

October 14, 2013

This year Rod & Custom magazine teamed up with Coker Tire to present the 2013 “Fab 5” awards. Five award winners from each of five different car shows across the country are being chosen, and at the end of the year...

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TRJ Revival: Awards & Recognition

October 11, 2013

On the last weekend in September some of the finest hot rods, custom cars, and vintage racecars in the country gathered for The Rodder’s Journal Revival in Baltimore, Maryland. We took time Sunday afternoon to recognize a handful of builders and...

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2nd Annual Rodder’s Journal Revival Wrap-Up

October 3, 2013

Last weekend the 2nd Annual Rodder’s Journal Revival roared into Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Based on feedback from those who attended, and by the number of people already planning to return to next year’s Revival, we’re proud to say...

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Goodguys Pleasanton Wrap-Up

August 27, 2013

This past weekend we were in Pleasanton, California, for the Goodguys 27th West Coast Nationals. It was another fun-filled weekend, complete with an amazing field of hot rods and customs. We want to thank everyone who came by The Rodder’s Journal booth...

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Hot Rod History

August 21, 2013

In our current issue, TRJ #60, we feature Rob Montalbine’s supercharged Cadillac-powered ’34 Ford five-window. The old coupe has a storied past going all the way back to the mid-’50s, and today we heard from a hot rodder...

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NSRA Nationals Wrap-Up

August 8, 2013

Last weekend hot rods, customs, and all manner of street machines rumbled into Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. The weather was unseasonably mild and sunny all weekend, which no doubt contributed to the incredible field of...

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Barrett-Jackson at Hot August Nights

August 5, 2013

This past weekend marked the kick-off of Hot August Nights, when thousands of hot rods and customs descend on the northwestern Nevada towns of Reno and Sparks. The weeklong rod run boasts a jam-packed schedule with everything from cruises and car...

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LA Roadster Show Wrap-Up

July 18, 2013

We just returned from a weekend in Pomona, California, for the 49th Annual L.A. Roadsters Show & Swap. There is a reason the event has become a hot rodding institution, drawing thousands of roadsters, coupes, and customs from around the country,...

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Goodguys Columbus Show Wrap-Up

July 16, 2013

We just returned from a weekend at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus for the 16th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals. We always look forward to Columbus, and this year was another impressive showing of over 6,000 hot rods, customs, and muscle...

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The 40th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals East

June 5, 2013

Last weekend marked the 40th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals East. It was a fantastic weekend on the sunny fairgrounds as well as cruising the streets of York, Pennsylvania, a quaint city with a rich history dating back to the mid-1700s. The...

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The 32nd Annual Cruisin’ Nationals

May 28, 2013

We just returned from a weekend in Santa Maria for West Coast Kustoms’ 32nd Annual Cruisin’ Nationals. Once again the long-running show and cruise, attracting over 750 entries from all over the country, was ground zero for custom car aficionados and hot...

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Fremont Nostalgia Drags

May 14, 2013

We recently came across a file of old photos taken at Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, back in 1986. I traveled to Fremont in my old Deuce highboy roadster and shot these photos on a freelance basis. I believe that some...

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Remembering Dean Jeffries

May 8, 2013

Remembering Dean Jeffries (1933-2013)

Pat Ganahl, Spencer Murray, Greg Sharp, and Junior Conway
Remember an Icon and Friend

Like the rest of the hot rodding community, we were saddened by the news of automotive legend Dean Jeffries’...

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TRJ’s Adventures On The Eastern Seaboard

April 29, 2013

Since we held our first Rodder’s Journal Revival last September in Baltimore, Maryland, we’ve traveled all over the country for various events and photo shoots. It has been a hectic but fun time, and we thought you’d enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek...

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Lonestar Round Up Wrap-Up

April 9, 2013

We just returned from a weekend in Austin, Texas, for The 12thAnnual Lonestar Round Up. For our money, there’s no better way to kick off the outdoor car show season than spending a few days in Texas surrounded by some of...

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Jerry Duncan’s Deuce Coupe

March 4, 2013

The first time I saw Jerry Duncan’s Deuce five-window coupe was the NSRA Nats East in June of 1988 in York, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t the first nostalgia themed ’32 Ford of the 1980s, but it was a car that had a...

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Canadian Roadsters

March 4, 2013

At first glance the black and white photos of Gary Lang’s ’36 Ford roadster and Cam Grant’s Deuce highboy look as if they could have been taken sometime back in the 1950s. These photos, however, were taken in 1991 at the...

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Coast to Coast Garages

March 4, 2013

​Often when we travel around the country developing material for future issues of TRJ, we shoot a few garage shots as we go. A smattering of these photos was used in TRJ #57. We showed garages belonging to Al Engel, Kirk White, Dave...

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