For the sold-out “A” cover of TRJ #84, we turned the spotlight on Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie Kar” in all its restored glory. In celebration of ’40 Ford’s 80th anniversary, we have Barry Lobeck’s flamed ’40 Ford coupe on the “B” cover. Inside, you’ll find the Panella Trucking Willys Gasser, a high school hot rod F-100 pickup and a whole lot more.
Beyond the car features, we have our first-ever custom upholstery scrapbook that showcases perennial Texas trimmer Vernon McKean, a Missouri hot rodding retrospective with Bob Rothenberg, a tour of Mercury Charlie’s shop, and a colorful profile on surf artist Eddy Y. This issue spans the hot rod and custom car spectrum, and we’d like to think it’s a great escape from all that’s happening in the world today.