Vintage Hot Rods
If you're a hot rodder, it's hard to have missed the tale of Robert E. Petersen and Bob Lindsay founding this magazine in conjunction with the Southern California Timing Association's Hot Rod Exposition, the first rod show ever, held at the Los Angeles Armory.
All we do, all we dream of, and every word we write is in the shadow of the hot rodders, racers, editors, staffers, and photographers who preceded us.
They just lived the job and the hobby they loved, but in the process, they created and documented the sociology of hot rodding.
For five years following its introduction in January 1948, HOT RODS stood alone as the bugle of an automotive underground that quickly grew into a nationwide rage, largely due to the reach of the magazine.
HRM therefore created its own competition as the hobby's popularity spawned a number of other pubs, some from within its own publishing company.
Yet HOT RODS was and is the largest.
As a result, viewing HOT ROD in retrospect reveals the curve of trends since the hobby began.
Since that legacy is more revered today than ever, we decided to show you the hobby's moments of change as illustrated by the single page of HRM that has always represented what the editors considered to be the hottest and most timely subjects.
That most important of pages is, of course, the cover. Follow along as we trace the "firsts" of HOT ROD magazine covers of the '40s and'50s. Retrieved online on 9/23/2011, http://www.hotrod.com/thehistoryof/hrdp_1105_vintage_hot_rod_covers/viewall.html#ixzz1c7bpvZT2
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