Anyone with an interest in anything American automotive might have thought they had died and gone to heaven over the extended weekend of July 23/25 with major automotive happenings taking place in two relatively close parts of the country.
There’s nothing like the debut of a new hot rod to get tongues wagging and the imagination fired up at the start of the show season. It’s fair to say Gary Chester’s fresh out, ’32 five-window coupe, with its pure hot rod flames expertly executed by Neil Melliard, did just that at the recent Watford Rods show held at Croxley Green, Rickmansworth.
When Les Howlett spied The "Brookville Dynaliner", the nostalgic, lakes-style ’32 coupe built for Dynamat in 2005 to promote the company’s sound-proofing materials, he was hooked.
Hot rodding is alive and well in Pakistan. Take a look at these amazing renderings from 25 year old Ammar Abbas and you can clearly see he’s been bitten by the bug.
It seems ages ago now that the NSRA Supernationals took place at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. Much has already been written about the event, so we thought we’d take a different approach now the dust has settled and see what the organisers had to say about it.
Following on from 2008’s successful inaugural Florida affair at Don Garlits’ Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, organisers of Billetproof – tongue-in-cheek billed as ‘the world’s least important car shows’
This year’s 18th California Hot Rod Reunion , a living, breathing, nostalgic drag racing dream, will take place at Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield, California over the weekend of October 16-18.
I've managed to tick off quite a few items on my motorsports bucket list: The Goodwood Festival of Speed, Le Mans, Bonneville, the British Grand Prix and now sleeping on the lake bed at El Mirage.
I spent a day at the 2009 Sacramento Autorama on Feb 7th. The show, now in its 59th year, and one less than the Grand National Roadster Show held in Los Angeles.
I've lost count of how many Breakfast Runs we've organised to date, but for the first one of 2009 we decided to move the event to later in the calendar since last year's Easter BBR
Beaulieu’s MotorMart Autojumble (the little sister to the big International Autojumble held in September) has been running for 16 years and appears to have attracted a very strong European influence both in the number of traders and show visitors.
Upwards of 200 hot rods, custom and American classics braved an unpredictable May Bank Holiday Monday weather forecast for the privilege of parking their wheels on the Croxley Guild of Sports Club turf.
With over 70 cars to his name, John D'Agostino is one of the most prolific and creative customiser's on America's West coast. We knew John was visiting the UK for a short time recently and we were fortunate enough to have been able to track him down to an address in London where we were able to rattle off a few questions about his remarkable career. Read our report to find out what hehad to say.
Surrey Street Rodders have hit upon a successful formula for Wheels Day, traditionally held on Easter Friday, which seems to be more and more successful each year.
Tramping through the dirt on a cold winter’s day is an unglamorous way to kick-off the 2009 hot rodding season, but the NSRA swap meet, which opened its doors at Arena Essex in March,
Adrian Smith of Buckland Automotive Engineering is now racking up the miles in his one-off, recently completed 30/31 Ford Model A pick-up which has been built
Santa Barbara in California is probably best known for its inviting beaches lapped by the Pacific Ocean, but it’s also the birthplace of Chip Foose and continues to be the home of Sam Foose, Chip’s father.
It’s probably true to say that the greater majority of regular visitors to DRCReview.com own a camera of some sort and are quite happy and comfortable snapping away behind the viewfinder.
As readers may have gathered from the news section, we feel honoured and delighted to be able to bring you the step-by-step rebuild of Bob Keith’s 1965 AA/GD Courtesy Chevrolet dragster,
You really would have to have had your head in the sand for the last few years not to be aware of the Hot Rod Hayride.
It’s been exactly a year since we last reported on the activity taking place at the Home Grown Hot Rods workshops in Southend. It’s always a busy place, and as might be expected,
Adrian Smith founded Buckland Automotive in 2005, with the vision of producing hand-crafted and original hot rods. Adrian says he was building cars back when he was a teenager,
The Grand National Roadster Show 2009, which took place in January, marked the 60th anniversary of the event, and it was quite possibly the biggest GNRS ever
Think of all of the influential hot rods that have appeared over the years, and a fair number fall into the 33/34 Coupe category.
It may have been cold and inhospitable throughout December, but for many hot rodders in cosy garages, it was a time to use the holiday period to work on their projects.
Launched in America during December 1927, on the back of one of the biggest advertising campaigns the world had ever seen, the Ford Model A was an outstanding automotive success, with more than five million built by the time production ceased.
In June of this year we heard about Neil O'Shea and his one-off roadster project he is building in his purpose-built garage in Lincolnshire.
It’s difficult to see where the National Custom & Sports Car Show, which took place last month at Doncaster race course on October 18/19, and which coincided with the Custom & Sports Bike Show
The first week in November was not only election time in the US, it was also time for the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas—more commonly known as "Lost Wages".
The annual three-day funfest known as the California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, returns to Auto Club Famoso (just outside Bakersfield) for the 17th time, October 10-12.
The wait to get in a run may have been lengthy, but the number of competitors who attended the recent Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway spoke for itself, as many have-a-go hot rodders queued for hours
Last month you may recall we took a look at Gary Chester’s in-progress ’32 five window coupe, which is being expertly pieced together by Wayne Streams in Reading.
What’s new in the SCTA exhibit at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum?
There is a time in the lives of most people when events unfold that provide a glimpse of the future. In the case of born-to-be-a-hot-rodder, Tony Osborne, that moment took place at a time long ago, in a place far away . . . er, well,
Mid Surrey Roadsters members Steven and Dee Young organised a family-themed hot rod event last weekend, the Banyard Backyard Run, set in the grounds of a private home nestled in the rolling Surrey Hills. In fact, the idea for the get-together originated with hosts,
They said Lord March, proprietor of Goodwood, was there. I didn't see him.
I did see the King of Bonneville, though, riding his tricycle. He had a nice crown.
“Tea-bag” is the nickname adopted by Gary Chester for his in-progress, steel ’32 five-window coupe, imported from New York State back in 2006 - you’ll see why it came by that moniker if you read on.
Some may say being on assignment for six weeks in the US of A would be great fun, but sitting in a hotel room for weeks on end is not. However, it does have some advantages - or should I say opportunities?
“SuperNationals Sunday this year certainly turned out to be a surreal day, from the moment I parked up in the grounds at Old Warden and was approached by a pleasant guy from Manchester, who wanted to know if I would consider selling the Model A,
According to the BBC Weather Centre, temperatures edged up to 31C in parts of the country last weekend - hot by anyone’s standards. Hot was also the only way to describe many of the new cars making their public debuts at the NSRA Supernationals at Old Warden this year, notably the Willys
Once again, the throb of American V8 engines was at the very heart of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The keenly anticipated historic dragster line-up - 10 front-engined and one rear-engined - were positioned in two
Over Father’s Day weekend, the 6th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion returned to its spiritual home at Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky. and what a time we had.
I am always full of admiration for people who are both self-taught and mechanically minded. It’s not that I’m averse to tackling the odd mechanical job or a bit of body and paint work, but the thought of building
After 20 years of racing and preparing Cobras in the UK and overseas, seasoned competitor, Bill Shepherd, recently decided on a change of direction.
To stay or not to stay? That seemed to be a consistently hot topic of conversation at Billing Aquadrome last weekend during the course of the annual Fun Run.
Calling in for a sneak preview of John Martinez’s in-progress ’49 Chevy truck sort of knocks you back - literally. If John’s friendly, giant-sized “Labradoodles” – a cross between a Labrador and full-size poodle – don’t knock you off your feet, then the amount of work John has already put into this truck certainly will.
As usual, there’s a lot of hot rodding activity going on in garages around the country right now. Although we can’t hope to bring you details of everything that’s being pieced together behind closed doors, we can at least provide a
Leif Tufvesson is no stranger to the world of hot rodding. His Company, Caresto, turned out some very stylish, minimalist modern hot rods using Volvo