The Hot Rod Challenge

The Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly well known for being a hot-rod hot spot, but Portland International Raceway hosts what must be one of the best weekly cruise-ins in the country. From June to September, hundreds of classic and collectible cars converge at the racetrack every Wednesday evening for the Beaches Cruise-In (http://beachesrestaurantandbar.com/community/cruisin/) — a laid-back show-n-shine that takes place alongside PIR’s Wednesday night bracket racing.

On the last Wednesday of this past September, we Read More

Emotional Investment

The process of writing for and contributing to the publication of a magazine can, at times, feel a bit like a long, lonely, one-way conversation. We report, we analyze, we predict, and we assess — all in an effort to create content that we hope you find engaging, thought-provoking and relevant in ways that are both entertaining and insightful.
There are times, however, when I just can’t help but wonder where all those words land once they’re shot out Read More

Back to the Future

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting out of my first trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas, but the event somehow ended up being both everything and nothing I thought it would be.

Let me put it this way — I can say with some confidence that whatever it is you’ve heard about SEMA, it’s true. All of it.

The event is carried out on a scale that is virtually impossible to articulate on paper, and the Read More

Life in the Fast Lane

Ispent a LOT of my teenage hours nose-down between the pages of one hot-rod magazine or another.

I read them cover to cover. Over time, I eventually grew weary of reading what seemed like the same feature article intro over and over.

I’m sure you know the one — guy reluctantly parks old car for decades to build family/house/life, but finally gets around to car of his dreams.

The only sorrier story was guy reluctantly sells old car to build Read More

1963 Dodge Dart Altered

This 1963 Dart was built by Steve Magnante in 2008 as a totally streetable tribute to Jack Sharkey’s Chicago-based “Rampage” Dart match racer.

The all-steel California body is California-sourced with just the right amount of real patina and a Mazzolini Racing fiberglass Max Wedge hood scoop. The painted body graphics were hand-applied by Southern California go-to graphics man Bob Thompson. The narrowed 8¾-inch rear axle has 10-inch drum brakes and a clutch-type 3.91 Sure Grip with Super Stock leaf springs Read More

1989 Chevrolet Lumina Goodwrench #3

Authentic Richard Childress Racing serial #5, with a Chevy Lumina body, sponsored by Goodwrench and raced by Dale Earnhardt.

This NASCAR Cup car comes with supporting documentation from crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine, who personally inspected the car and found it to be 100% true as raced by Dale Earnhardt. This car was raced by Earnhardt in 1989 and 1990. The car was originally built as a Monte Carlo Aerocoupe Read More

1988 Oldsmobile Nascar racer

This Olds has been campaigned in vintage racing and does show some signs of track time, but is largely straight and clean. The interior space will only need updated safety equipment to return to competition; however, all components are currently present.

The heart of the car — the Banjo Matthews chassis — is complete, with lots of good racing components ready for their first shakedown and adjustments. While Read More

1965 Chevrolet Nova SS “Dobbertin”

Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

When the Dobbertin Nova was unveiled in 1982, it turned the custom car world on its ear. It has appeared on the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 publications around the world. It is, without question, one of the most significant and important custom cars ever built, and to this day remains a benchmark for innovation and excellence among hot rod enthusiasts.

Rick Dobbertin devoted more than 3,000 hours over the course of three years Read More

1957 Ford Thunderbird Custom

Glenn Zanotti ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
  • Estimated 500-hp Chevrolet LS2 V8 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Independent coil-spring front suspension
  • Solid rear axle with coil springs
  • Four-wheel power disc brakes
  • A sleek, award-winning custom Thunderbird
  • Built to the highest standards by Wayne Davis’ private shop
  • Classic style with the best of modern engineering
  • Full power equipment and air conditioning
  • Carmel Concours class award and Goodguys Builder’s Choice winner
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