Larry Wood has arguably every car-loving kid’s dream job. Known as “Mr. Hot Wheels,” the Connecticut native has been designing Hot Wheels cars for Mattel since 1969 and continues to design and build hot rods today. “I have had a hot rod in my life,
Speedtech Performance is well known for its line of high-performance chassis systems. In addition, though, tucked away in its 20,000 sq. ft. facility in St. George, Utah, is a custom shop that not only installs the company’s products, but creates and builds vehicles from the
If you’ve bought or sold an old car, you know the options: sell to a friend; window signs at shows; Craigslist; a Goodguys Gazette classified; one of the many national car-selling sites. And of course, auctions like Barrett-Jackson and Mecum. For thousands of other buyers
As social distancing, postponed events, and staying at home became the new norm for much of the United States this spring, hot rodders had a bit of an advantage for avoiding cabin fever. It turns out we like being in our garages, and the forced
The name Penske has become synonymous with cars and racing, thanks to Roger Penske. The owner of the Team Penske pro motorsports organization, the Penske Corporation, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (to name just a few of Penske’s very famous automotive businesses), Penske has also
Raise your hand if you’ve got a dresser drawer (or several) overflowing with car-related T-shirts. C’mon, we know you do! Collecting shirts from events, races, shops, and brands is an integral part of the hot-rodding lifestyle.
Chances are, one or more of the shirts in your
There's probably no best time to start a business. But Chris Holstrom chose probably the worst to launch his Puyallup, Washington-based shop, Chris Holstrom Concepts. “December 2009,” he says, laughing. “We started a hot rod shop in the middle of the worst recession.”
“In like ‘07,
Brad Fanshaw has basically done it all over the course of his career in the automotive aftermarket. From running numerous successful companies, to fabricating award-winning cars, to starring on the reality show “Car Warriors,” Fanshaw has been a staple in the hot rod and custom
When Rodney Beasley talks about building his business Designer Street Rods, he means just that. He built the building before he built the business.
Starting in high school, Rodney worked on friends’ cars and saved most of the money he earned. After just a few years,
George Trosley’s family and friends thought he was crazy back in 1973 when he walked away from a very lucrative job as a commercial artist…to draw cartoon cars. George Trosley – who helped design the box for the then-state-of-the-art RCA 8-Track Player – knew his