||This is the premier issue of HOT CARS magazine. This magazine is dedicated to all the “Gear Heads” out there who enjoy all forms of motorsports. Whether you enjoy watching Trans Am cars fly through the ‘corkscrew’ at Laguna Seca, or cruising Virginia Street during Hot August Nights, HOT CARS is the magazine for you. In this issue we take you to Hot Rod Week, held each year before the world famous Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California. Then we head down the coast for the Monterey Historics for some world class vintage auto racing! Also included in this issue; Our project car get's modern headlights and tail lights, but retains it vintage look (and we update it's radiator). Feature cars are Ron Pippin's "Foothill Flyer" '43 Ford P/U, Giancarlo Cuzic "Miss Molly" '50 Merc. Auto Art is sick looking Barracuda. Our "In-Scale" column takes a look at some fantastic 'mechanical wonders'. This is the issue that started it all!
||I had a great time putting together this latest issue of HOT CARS. I got to spend some time with some great people. I spent a Saturday morning in Stockton photographing Roger Lee’s dragster and talking with Roger about nostalgia drag racing and model car building. Two of my favorite subjects. Then I got to know Randy Thompson a little better as I spent a Sunday afternoon photographing his amazing truck! Randy DRIVES his truck! He told me some interesting road trip stories. I got to talk with Gary Campesi, an artist I meet through “The HUB’ on the internet. I’ve been a BIG fan of his art work and I’m really happy that he wanted to share his talent with our readers. Our project car gets a new E-Brake and Gas Pedal! Our summer events coverage is a special look at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals! In the last issue we brought you "Hot Rod Week" which is just before the the WCN, now we bring you the show itself.Feature car is Ron Magnuson's Muroc Roadster that won the "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" that year, and Randy Thompson's gorgeous '57 Chevy P/U. Our project car gets it's emegency brake and gas pedal installed. In-Scale is Roger Lee's scratchbuilt brass dragster!
||In this issue we take you to the "Grand Daddy" of all car shows, The Grand National Roadster Show! We don't run just two our three pages of tiny photos, no way! This is one of the biggest shows in the country and it desrves big coverage!! Terry Lewis' trick Chevelle is our feature car.Nationaly acclaimed artist Tom Fritz shares some of his art work. We take a shop tour of Dominator Street Rods in Tracy, California. Then spend a day with "BOB" our project car (and a few close friends) and we correct some of the rod shops bad work, and we do a "Budget Brake Upgrade" on Monte Carlo SS. Gale Banks Engineering
announces the Gale Banks
Automotive Technology Exhibit
at the Wally Parks NHRA
Motorsports Museum. Feature car is Terry Lewis' amazing "Hatch Back Chevelle". What? you've never heard of a 'hatch back' Chevelle before? What until you see Terry's one-of-a-kind ride!
In this issue we take you to the Cruisin Nationals in Santa Maria, California where nostalgia rods and cool customs cruize the fairgrounds! Then we're back up north for the Historic car races at Sonoma Raceway. We start the gas tank insulation in our project car that turns out to be a waste of time, but we did brush-up on our fabrication skills. feature in our "Auto Art" is Javier Erbella.Our feature car is Lillard Hills wild '34 Ford "Fink Rod"! The "Shop Tour" visits nearby CalFabz when the shop was packed with great projects. Reader's Rides features Ron Garbez's 340 A-100 pick up"It was cold, and raining. My one shoe had a hole in it that I hadn’t discovered until I got to Infenion Raceway. I was holding my new digital camera under my coat, trying to keep the rain off of it. My Levi’s were sopping wet. I was miserable. But then I heard the whine of an Offy motor screaming up the hill towards me. I pulled out the camera, took three or four shots of the vintage Grand Prix car flying by throwing rooster tails of rain off it’s tires! WOW! I couldn’t help thinking how lucky I was to be standing on turn two photographing a Grand Prix car in the rain. No, really, how often does that happen in one’s life? A grin came over my face and I braced myself to shoot the next car to appear over the hill. This was fun." excert from the Sonoma Historics article.
||In this special edition of HOT CARS magazine we go to the races!! First up is the Rolex Sports Car race that also features the "Race N' Rods" car show at Laguna Seca Raceway. Then we're off to Infinion Raceway in Sonoma for the NHRA Autolite Nationals drag race, that also has a car show. But then, we return to Monterey and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance!! We bring you special TEN PAGE coverage from this world famous car show. Dave Lozano shares his Boyd Coddington built '32 Ford Sedan with us, and we check out a painting by Mark Townsend in our Auto Art section. Very cool issue!
BILLETPROOF! One of the 'koolest' car shows on the planet, then off to a Indy car race! Two big how-tos; putting new wood into your old rod, and Vintage Air for your vintage rod! John Pantaleone is our featured artist in this issue with a cool cartoon. We visit Don Triolo and check out his 1932 Ford Collection where we do a feature on his1932 Ford Victoria. Race coverage includes the Indy Car race in Sonoma where Will Power proves once again that he is truly; “King of the Road Courses". The Reader's Rides in this issue is Giancarlo & Barbra
Tracy, CA with their 1950 Chevy 5 window pick up. The "In-Scale" column features Louis Chenot’s 1/6th scale 1932 SJ Duesenberg
LaGrande dual-cowl phaeton that is totally scratchbuilt and just amazing to see. Louis spoke with visitors at the Western Engine Model
Exhibition held at the GoodGuys West Coast Nationals
car show August 26-28, 2011. The show brought in a lot
of hot rodders that had not seen the tiny engines before,
and Louis’ Duesenberg was a hit as always. The car was
displayed with the engine out. Louis ran the engine on
Friday and early Saturday. The Shop Tour in this issue was Vern Tardel's Flat Head Ranch!
||This issue we take you to two of the biggest and oldest hot rod shows in the country! The Goodguys West Coast Nationals and the Grand National Roadster Show. The GNRS coverage is 14 BIG pages of coverage! While in LA for the GNRS would took our cameras to the Nethercutt Collection in San Sylmar. This is an amazing collection of vintage cars.Our project car gets a new
Edelbrock carb! The In-Scale column features Jerry Cardinal's beautifully scratchbuilt brass sprint car. Our cover car/feature car is Don Triolo’s
super rare, 1967
Chevy Impala SS 427 convertible.Our Auto Art in this issue is a street mural painted & designed by:
Joshua Powell and assisted By:
Wythe Bowart & Brent McHugh in downtown Hayward, CA.
||In this issue of HOT CARS we celibrate "AUTO RACING" and bring you coverage from four of Northern Californias best races: American LeMans Series, Sonoma Historics, NASCAR road course racing, and the NHRA Nats!! The thing to remember about our race coverage is that we're not big on reporting the race results, we want you to "experience" the race through our eyes! Eric and I shoot hundreds of photos at each race and narrow it down to the best photos for you to enjoy! In the Auto Art column we bring you Australian artist Shane Cowham. He not only draws great race cars, he drives one too! But don’t worry, we also have a couple of
street rod shows for you to check out as well.
Just a little bit north of me is Solano County
Fairgrounds where good friend Steve Hinson
and I attended the NorCal KnockOut car
show. Think, "Billetproof ’, but on a smaller
scale. Then on a much bigger scale, the L.A.
Roadster Show from Pomona. David Davis
has joined the HOT CARS family as a contributing
Southern California correspondent.
David’s first coverage is the world famous LA
Roadster show! I think you’ll agree David
has a fantastic eye for shooting cars and we’re
looking forward to more coverage from LA!
||Special Pebble Beach issue!Historics week on the Monterey peninsula is one of my favorite "working vacation" each year. In this issue our cameras take you to some of the great events that happen all week long! The Gooding & Co. auction is one of biggest, classiest, richest auctions in the US, the cars are amazing. Then Thursday morning we'll take you out onto PCH down by Big Sur as the Concours Tour takes these big buck cars to the beautiful coast highway. Then Saturday it's off to the races at the world famous LaGuna Seca Raceway and the Motorsport Reunion! Top it off with an early morning trip to the 19th hole at Pebble Beach to see some of the WORLD's most amazing classic cars! This expanded issue also includes the the equally famous Goodguys West Coast Nationals, the always fun Race N' Rods car show, Indy Car Racing at Sonoma, and our project car finally gets doors! Our feature car is the Austin Martin Vanguish "Cut-Away" car. In-Scale features Mishko Models.
|| In this issue we cover FOUR BIG SHOWS! The Grand National Roadster Show, The Coronado Festival of Speed, The World Touring Car Championship, and our cover story; The Art of Speed exhibit from the Utah Museum of Modern Art. The GNRS just amazes us every year, and this year's hall of 100 Woodies was really popular with the crowd! David Davis brings us shots from one of SoCal's oldest historic races; The Coronado Festival of Speed--featuring some great vintage race cars! But the feature story is the Art of Speed exhibit. Many of you know Dave Lindsay from his fantastic web site SoCal Car Culture, when I saw Dave's pictures of this great exhibit in Utah I was quick to ask him if we could run them in the new issue of HOT CARS. Dave and I are old friends and he was more then happy to share his photos with our readers. Then we capture a little history of the very first World Touring Car Championship on US soil! Plus we visit Sanderson Headers to see how headers are built. Sanderson supplied the header bits and pieces for our project car BOB.
||Nostalgia drags from both Northern California, and Southern California as we take our cameras to the Mooneyes Christmas Party in Southern California, and then take a trip back in time to see Tommy Ivo push out his car at Half Moon Bay drag strip! We vist the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA. A one of a kind collection of French vintage cars. Peter Mullin's collection features some of the rarest and most interesting cars in the world. Our project car gets tanked! After losing our gas tank mock up to a shop that went out of business, TANKS, Inc. came to the rescue with a pre-fab unit that fit like a glove! Mooneyes sent us an overflow tank for the front of the car. Indy Car test day at Sonoma Raceway proved to be very interesting as we got to interview some of the drivers. Our feature car is a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport. We our Rod Shop Tour visits one of favorite Nor Cal shops: Roy Brizio Street Rods who had just won the AMBR award. In-Scale: Mooneyes Dragster.
Woodies on the Wharf in Santa Cruz California has to be seen to be believed! There's always a great gathering of some the best and most unique woodies in the country. Want to see some wheel standing, tire burning some of the best drag photos in the country? Our coverage of the NHRA Division 7 drags & Sonoma Nationals well bring you just that! 2013 Antique Nationals
is SoCal Nostalgia Drags at
it’s best! 4th Annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival celebrated the Corvette’s 60th anniversary at Sonoma
Raceway. There were 32 Corvettes in the three hundred and fifty
car entry with three winning their race groups! We had great weather at this year's historics. Then we cover the NASCAR Toyota SaveMart 350 that turned out to be a wild race!, Plus we start to wire our project car and show you how to install a hidden sound system in your next project.
“There’s only two road courses on the
NASCAR trail of events, Watkin’s Glen
and here! The first time I attended a NASCAR
event at Sonoma I was blown-away
seeing these big stock cars flying through
the twisty track at Sonoma...”
Special Historics Week coverage includes the Pebble Beach Tourd'Elegance, Gooding & Co Auction, Motorsports Reunion, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elagance, and special bonus coverage of the Coronado Festival of Speed! As if that isn't enough events coverage for you, we also have the Sonoma Indy Grand Prix!! WOW! Hugo Prado is our feature artist in the Auto Art page, and our feature car is Dave "Big Poppa" Pharr's beautiful 1954 Buick custom!
This is a really great issue. Plus if you're a Historics Week fan, you can order the special "Cars on the Coast No. 2 / Historics Week 2013" pictorial issue (below, right) to go along with this issue. Together they give you the best coverage of this world famous event that you'll ever see!
||This issue is jammed with great events coverage! We have the Grand National Roadster Show from Pomona, CA, Once again this year the GNRS was amazing! The special hall of Land Speed Record cars was unbelievable, the Suede Palace was just cool, and the AMBR contenders featured a lot of non-traditional contenders, and the big winner was a little controversial. Then the coolest show in the California; Billetproof! We went back again for Race N' Rods, and attended a new show right over the hill from where I live, the Danville d'Elegance was a great collection of high end cars, old classics, cool muscle cars, and a few surprises! Plus we have art work by Rich Boyd, and the In-Scale column features Revel'sl 1/25 1949 Mercury Wagon.
||In this issue we bring you part one of our coverage of the Historic Car Week in Monterey. Our coverage in this issue includes the Thursday tour down the Pacific Coast Highway, Motorsports Reunion & PB Concours! With a special feature on the "Best of Show" winning Ferrari! We celebrate road trips with a trip to SoCal to visit Surf City Garage and the Classic Chevy Show! And we catch up with Faith Granger on her road trip up the coast promoting her movie "Deuce of Spades". Our race coverage includes Ferrari Days and the NHRA Sonoma Nationals! Plus we take a look at two new Hybrid Super Cars! Auto Art artist is Scott Buck.
||Pebble Beach Part 2, Gooding car action, Motorsport Reunion Race Pics, Sonoma Indy GP, Billetproof, Surf City Garage car show, Doug de Castro Profile, Fremont Drag Strip Art, and much more!!
||Great events coverage in this issue including the world famous Grand National Roadster Show, the Goodguys All American car show, the Nova Nationals and the SCCA Sports Car Nationals! We check out new super cars from TRION and Chip Foose---yes, Chip Foose. Plus we visit the Blackhawk Auto Museum, and more...
In this issue we visit Kindig It Design in Salt Lake City, Utah, check out a gorgeous '48 Chevy built by Unser Close Customs from Henderson, Nevada, full throttle racing action for the TUDOR sports car race at Laguna Seca Raceway, events coverage includes the NorCal KnockOut from Valeijo, California and the Fall Classic in our home town of Castro Valley! Our project car gets more wires, Auto Art features Silver Arrow history, and more...
||Special Southern California Shop Tours: Hollywood Hot Rods, Old Crow Speed Shop, and Delmo's Speed Shop! SoCal Spring Nationals. How-tos include Model "A" trunk hinges (on a budget), point less ignition conversion, more wiring for BOB!
||We have some fantastic eye candy in this issue! If you're into custom Merc's this is a "must have" issue! We do a special feature on the historic Merc's that competed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Then we cover two weekends of drag racing here in Northern California, including some amazing night shots of Friday nights qualifying! Then we have reports on the Gooding & Russo/Steele auctions during Monterey's Car Week. A report about the NEW Petersen museum.
||Special Pebble Beach Issue! We take you to the tour on Thursday along Pacific Coast Highway, and onto the 18th green on Sunday. Plus we have the racing action from Laguna Seca on Saturday! Also in this expanded issue: California Hot Rod Reunion, "Billetproof" car show, and TWO Indy Car Champions are crowned in Northern California!
||In this issue we have some fantastic coverage of the Rennsport Porsche Reuion No. 5 from Laguna Seca Raceway, the Danville Concours d’Elegance, and the grand opening of the NEW Petersen Auto Museum. A rare look at the Sparreholm Collection in Sweden! Feature cars include a Pro Street Datsun 510 and the Moomjean ’32 Roadster. We take you on a “Lincoln Date Night” and more…
||In this issue: The Cobra Experience! Even if you're not a Ford fan, this is a very interesting museum! Grand National Roadster Show, don't miss our coverage of the "Grand Daddy" of all car shows! Dave Pharr builds a show stopper of a wagon for his wife! We visit Moal Coachworks for a behind the scenes look at this world class shop?
||In this issue we take you to the always fun Rattle Trap Revival in Valley Ford, CA to see some cool hot rods. We visit the Sonoma Historics and check out some great vintage car racing. A few months later we’re back in Sonoma for NASCAR racing. Our project car continues with the Vintage Air insulation in our ‘30 Coupe. Then 14 pages of the GREAT RACE!! Including a gorgeous Auburn in our very special centerfold.
||TEN PAGES of TROG coverage! Our coverage of Monterey Motor Week continues; Gooding & Co. Auction, Spanish Bay seminars, Motorsport Reunion! Cars & Coffee Blackhawk! Race N' Rods! We check out the World Challenge sports car series. Auto Art by Al Dimauro!
||The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) can best be described as a 1930's or 40's re-enactment of that eras drag race on a ocean beach. If you attended TROG: PISMO, you want this very special pictorial to relive the weekend. If you have always wanted to attend a TROG event, you need this issue. 58 pages of fantastic photos, fantastic cars, fantastic action,NO ADS!
||In this special EXPANDED edition of HOT CARS Pictorial we take you to the Monterey Peninsula for "Historics Week" and take you to some of smallest and biggest events where our cameras will show you some of the most beautiful "Cars on the Coast! In this issue we show you what it would be like to spend all week there. Monday we hit the “Little Car Show” in
Pacific Grove, Tuesday its the Carmel
by the Sea Concours on
the Avenue, Wednesday we visit 10th Annual Automobilia Monterey
International Expo and stop by the Gooding & Co. auction to droll over cars, Thursday is the Concours d'Elegance Tour down the coast, followed by the Infiniti Welcome Party Thursday night. Friday & Saturday is the Motorsports Reuion at Laguna Seca Raceway, and then the crown jewel of the week; The Pebble Beach Concous d'Elegance! If you ever wondered what it would be like to attend this event, here's a glimps at this world famous automtive wonder!
||In this issue we take you to my hometown car show, the Castro Valley Car Show! Then we head for Sonoma Raceway for some drifting during the WinterJam! Three great feature cars, Ramon Coria's 1937 Ford Roadster, Roger Blanchar's 1959 Chevy convertible, and Steve Morgan’s 1951 Henry J Custom. We also visit the John Mozart collection and give you an update on our project car, BOB.
||We have a special extended
edition for the “extended” coverage of the 2011
Grand National Roadster Show. My wife Lynne
and I spent three full days covering the entire
show. It started Friday morning with a press conference
and ended Sunday afternoon when we
were too tired to walk anymore. In between we
were treated to three days of “Gear Head” overload!
This show is HUGE! The L.A. County Fairplex
is a rather large fairgrounds. Eight of the big
exhibition halls were packed with row after row of
the nation’s best hot rods.
The hall that drew the most attention was
the one with all the contenders for the “America’s
Most Beautiful Roadster” award. A close second
was the “Customs: Then and Now” building. It
featured over 75 of the most historic customs
from all over the country. Sponsored by Kustoms
Illustrated magazine, each
car had a picture posted
with it that showed how the
car looked in the old days.
It was like passing through
a ‘museum’ of custom cars.
The other exhibit hall I really
enjoyed was the L.A.
Roadsters building. The
local club filled the exhibit
hall with a wide variety of roadsters to check out!
And then there was the “Suede Palace” with a ton
of vintage rods and customs.
Other activities included a drive-in show
outside the buildings Saturday and Sunday. They
had a huge “customs meet & greet autograph
session” with over a dozen of the nation’s top
builders. There was a mini “Cracklefest” with two
or three nostalgia dragsters out back. The pin
striper’s reunion and auction raised $12,000 for
charity. There were the usual celebrity appearances...
and of course, the model car contest.
If you haven’t been to the GNRS since
it moved to Southern California, put it on your“bucket list” of things you must check-out! But I’m
warning you, it takes at least two days to see all
of this show!
||Special 14 pages on Land Speed Record cars! A special look at ALL the AMBR contenders, stories on the Madusa RPU, and a special side by side look at a barn find '32 roadster and a modern street rod roadster. A chapter on the drive-in car show. The section on the 'Suede Palace' is worth the admission fee for this one-of-a-kind pictorial on the grand daddy of all car shows. Other magazine run maybe four our six pages of coverage, our special pictorial issue is 60+ pages in full color! You've never seen anything like it before!!!
||I can't fit all my photos into HOT CARS magazine, so HOT CARS Pictorial was born! In this premiere issue we will look at some of the West Coast's best "Vintage Rods" and Customs. A picture is worth a thousand words and this pictorial we'll give you a thousand ideas for your next project! The two page spread on the Gilmore gasoline truck is worth the price of admission!!
||Our cameras take you to one of the most famous car week in the world; Historics Week 2013 from Monterey, California! We take you to the car shows, auctions and races during the day, and the big parties at night! The Motorsport Reunion's feature marque this year wasCORVETTE, so we have a whole section dedicated to all the Vettes! I mean if you're a Corvette fan then this is "must have" for your library! We bring you page after page of some of the most famous Corvettes in history! Pacific Grove
Rally always has some interesting cars to check out. Infiniti Opening Night
Press Party featured the first Studebaker, the first Porsche Targa, and more. But Friday nights McLaren P1 unveiling at the Gooding & Co. auction was fantastic! Then the Motorsport Reuinion on Saturday, and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday. This is the best coverage you'll ever see in one magazine of "Historics Week 2013"!!!
||In this issue is ourcoverage of the Blackhawk Museums
Father’s Day Celebration. Blackhawk is just over the hill
from my home, and is one of the best museums in the
country. So when they said they were going to have a local
car show in the parking lot, and let all the Dads into the museum for FREE, I knew I was going to take advantage
of that offer!
My good buddy Giancarlo called me and said he was
going to be spending the day at the Hot August Nights
swap meet in Sacramento to look for a new hot rod, and
would Lynne and I like to meet him and his wife Barbara up there? I hadn’t been to this huge swap meet in years, so
we jumped in the car and headed north. It was great fun
walking through the many rows of car parts, cars for sale,
Next up is our coverage of the CalFabz Labor Day
Charity Car Show that Mitch and his crew hold at their
shop each year. CalFabz is one of my favorite rod shops
and is just down the highway from me. You gotta support
local car shows, and it’s for a good cause.
One of my favorite shows during the summer is
BilletProof at the Antioch Fairgrounds. This show
doesn’t let in any ‘big-buck’ billet riddled street rods.
It’s strictly old school customs, hand built, nostalgia
style rods, and yes, even vintage choppers! You have to
attend this show in order to appreciate the fun atmosphere
here. There’s car clubs barbecuing, rockabilly
bands playing, pinstrippers roaming the grounds. It’s
just a kool show.
Last year Lynne and I were coming back from a
show in L.A. and heard that “Woodys on the Wharf” was happening in Santa Cruz, so we swung by to
check it out. It was Sunday afternoon and the show
was held on Saturday. There was only ONE woody on
the wharf. Bummer! I made a mental note to plan on
attending this year, and I wasn’t disappointed! Lynne
and I had a really fun day and we look forward to next
Our last bit of coverage
actually could have filled all
sixty pages! Hot Rod Week
is held each year just before
the Goodguys West Coast
Nationals in Pleasanton, CA.
You just show-up at the local
Hilton Hotel’s back parking
lot, pick-up directions for the days rally, and off you
go! Monday through Thursday hot rodders can be
found cruising the highways and biways of Northern
California touring rod shops, private collections, and
auto museums. If you’ve never done this before, you
are missing out on a great experience! It’s like being on a “Power Tour” but you go back home (or to your
hotel) every night