From Our Friends

From Our Friends

From our friends is the category where we post articles that just don't fit into the other categories. These are interesting and fun stories from "our friends" and we're sure you'll enjoy these hot rod stories.



Tim White's Tales of Inspiration

In September of 1957, when I was 10 years old, I was "working" at my dad's Texaco station one Saturday when the bell rang signaling that a customer was arriving.  I ran out front, expecting to pump some. 29 cent gas and found my self face-to-face with a gorgeous black, full fendered '32 Vicky.  Red wheels with trim rings, caps, wide whites, and a red roll... read more...

Thadd McNamara's Tales of Inspiration

I went to high school about 30 or so miles from where I lived. Before I got my license, I would either ride the train to school or bum a ride. One morning, my best bud called and said that a friend of his had just gotten a car for his 16th birthday, and that they would be picking me up every day as long as I helped pay for the gas. A few minutes later, I... read more...

Alvin Shier's Tales of Inspiration

My tale of inspiration - thanks for the opportunity to tell it. In my case I can narrow what inspired me to indulge in a lifetime interest in specialty vehicles to two incidents from my early teens. The first occurred around 1961/62, in Calgary Alberta, Canada when my dad took us kids to the A&W on MacLeod Trail one evening. We were sitting in our 1956... read more...

Vincent Giardina's Tales of Inspiration

I was in my senior years of high school. I was a member of the East New York Hydromaniacs. It was then that I bought my first car. It was a 1940 2 door sedan Chevy, on the bottom of each fender was the name Lil Six. That was the cars name. I had fallin in love and I paid 50 dollars for it. She had a blown second gear, but first and third got us to where we... read more...

William Day's Tales of Inspiration

It was fall of 1952. We lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, right smack on the Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between Marblehead, “Home of the American Navy” and later the site of the fictitious city of Paradise in the Robert Parker/Tom Selleck made for television mysteries, Salem, “The Witch City” and Gloucester, of “The Perfect Storm.” My dad was a... read more...

Vernon Long' Tales of Inspiration

It was 1950 on our farm in southern in. Our neighbor farm hand showed up one day in his 1931 ford coupe, remember standing on the running board and peeking straight threw the side window, this will give you an idea how tall I was at the time, from that day on I was hooked.  It was an a great sight that I will never forget. Vernon Long ... read more...

Tom Lee's Tales of Inspiration

In 1956, my brother and I bought a 1936 Ford Phaeton in Hayward, California from a guy going into the Army.  The car was really a "lead sled".  The only thing not leaded was the doors and the hood.  It had a early '50s grille installed and an 8" Carson top.  My brother sold the car while I was in the Marine Corps.  When I got out, I found the car in... read more...

Okolona Street Rods 40th Anniversary

Okolona Street Rods Club was founded July 20, 1973 with five rodders present. Currently, two of these original members are still active in the club. The club acquired its NSRA charter membership March 15, 1974 with twelve members. We incorporated in September of 1976 to protect the clubs interests. Our enrollment averages between twenty-five and thirty... read more...

Trophy from the Santa Ana Drag Strip

Attached is a photo of a 1950 class winner trophy from the Santa Ana Drag strip that I recently acquired from an antique mall in southern California. Thought it might be of interest to you guys. Feel free to share the photo as you see fit. ... read more...

Phil Denofrio' Tales of Inspiration

One of my neighbors came home in a pretty 55 Chevy. My heart broke, how many years had I rubber necked the cars I saw at the local cruise nights. I complimented him and said " I can't remember a time when I didn't dream of owning a Hotrod. He just quietly said " when your ready, you'll get one". I was speechless, that simple remark said what had needed to... read more...

Gary Magner's Tales of Inspiration

Hi gang, I was so taken back when I read what my son wrote for your contest about growing up in the back seat of my 34 Ford Tudor.  Honestly, it brought tears to my eyes as I had no idea I had such an impact after 36 years of being a dad as best I could and how he now completes the circle by being an avid street rodder himself and volunteering for our... read more...

Bryan Magner's Tales of Inspiration

Here is a great story for you. I grew up around the guys including my father that started the Minnesota Street Rod Association. I spent my childhood in the back seat of a 1934 Ford Tudor sedan. Now I have my own 1946 Ford coupe and am very involved with the MSRA. This summer we celebrate our 40th year anniversary and the show has grown to over 11,000 +... read more...

The Auto Race That Changed Everything Posted Jan. 9, 2013

Here is a bit of auto history sent to us via Gary RosierThe Auto Race That Changed EverythingNarrated By Edsel Ford II   Henry Ford was not a racer, but that didn't stop him from getting behind the wheel for a race that is still being talked about 110 years later. In this video, Edsel B. Ford II tells the story of his great-grandfather and how he beat the... read more...

OPERATIONAL V-12 DIESEL ENGINE THAT FITS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND DEC. 4, 2012

HERE IS AN  AMAZING VIDEO OF TRUE CRAFTSMANSHIP  Sent to us from Irving CobosAN OPERATIONAL V-12 DIESEL ENGINE THAT FITS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND This is not CNC technology; this guy made everything at home on his lathe and drill press. Took 1220 hours (a year and a half?) to make the 261 pieces. Note the end-loaded crankshaft into the block (like an Offy... read more...

200 MPH Club...Bonneville Nov. 14, 2012

In 2012, car enthusiast Bruce Meyer, took a '32 Roadster and a 200mph dream to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. During the world famous Speed Week, Bruce made good on a life long desire to do something very few people ever done. In order to acheive his goal...he could Never Lift.Dreams DO come true....Never Lift By Bruce Meyer         ... read more...

Daughter Finds Fathers Long Lost Car through Hotrodhotline.com

Daughter Finds her Dad's Long Lost Car through Hotrodhotline posting We got a really terrific email last week from Angela Wilson who had written us a while back looing for help in finding  the car she had helped her father build many years ago.  Here's Angela's email and the whole story:    I just wanted to thank you for posting the story of my dad's... read more...

DRAG RACING AND RESTORING MUSCLE CARS

DRAG RACING AND RESTORING MUSCLE CARS By Jim L’Esperance   Having grown up in the fifties and sixties my friends and I became hooked on fast cars with lots of chrome and high horsepower engines.  We soon realized that the guy with the hottest car had the best looking girlfriends. (The car was the attraction, not us.)  Because my parents owned two bright... read more...

Hot Rod Promotions Christmas Party 2011

Hot Rod Promotions Annual Christmas Party 2011 December 2011 Myrtle Beach, SC Pictures By Robert Lyman       Bob Lyman & his 71 Monte Carlo   Click on Photos to Enlarge... read more...

My Dad's Car

  A 1965 Chevy Impala SS is more than a car to the Younger family; it’s what binds them together. My Dad's Car... Here is a great video By Chevrolet.com and sent to us by Bill Neumann   For the car enthusiasts out there...or not...just a great story.  In the fall of 1964, Herb Younger bought a brand- new Chevy Impala SS with everything he had. It... read more...

On The Road Again

My 1976 Trans Am's first real day out on the road again in New Jersey By Ben Deutschman March 2011   Okay, these photos are not from a sanctioned Car Show, or even a Cruise Night, they are instead photos from my 1976 Trans Am's first real day out on the road again in New Jersey, since November 2010. The aforementioned date, was the... read more...

Cruiser's Christmas Party

  Cruiser’s Christmas PartyCousino’s Steak House Toledo, Ohio Dec. 7, 2010 Pictures By Marie Davis and sent By Bill & Cathy Barrand   Barrand’s and Their 63 Impala   On Dec. 7th, 2010 Cathy and Myself attended a Cruiser’s Christmas Party at Cousino’s Steak House here in Toledo, Ohio.  The dinner was put together by our... read more...

Lakers (SCTA) Club News

from Jim Snyder Al Eshenbaugh Presents Trophy to Club   Steinegger & Eshenbaugh Trophy     This is a first! A club member giving a trophy to the club! This is a great trophy, thanks Al! We'll have to put it in the club meeting room, and take it to El Mirage and put it in the club trailer for all to see.  In... read more...

What Is It?!

   I was wondering if you could help me with something? Here are some photos of an old Boattail Roadster of some kind that my father bought a little over a year ago in the Oakhurst, Ca area and he cannot find out what year, make & model it is. Any help would be appreciated! My father's name is Harrison...(ph.) 559-641-6109: E-mails can go to... read more...

Living A Dream

From Charles Shotwell (Chuck the Slacker)Nov. 3, 2009   The Princess and I decided to take advantage of the glorious day Tuesday and drive to Stephens City, VA for lunch. It’s a 160 mile round trip through the Virginia country side. We like to travel the Interstates as much as the lesser roads so we used I-66 & I-81 to get to our... read more...

Santa Barbara Igniters' HotRods

  I am sending along a few pictures of Hotrods owned by some of the ‘Santa Barbara Igniters’ with the ‘Arizona Wing of the CAF’ B17 ‘Sentimental Journey’ at Santa Barbara, Calif. a while back. It is such a super sight of hotrods and airplanes I thought you guys might enjoy them. Keep up the great website and newsletter. Thanks, Bill LaPolla... read more...

40+ Year Collection Goes Up in Flames

  By William Wonder John Bergan of Ithaca, Nebraska is an old car enthusiast, plain and simple, having acquired a fine collection of machines and parts over the past 40 years or so. Many while he was still in high school. Like many of us, he collected the things he liked, or things that he recognized as ‘unique’. . things that had the potential to be rare... read more...

Life & Times of a Dedicated Car Nut

By Bob Huff aka the "Memoree Maker" Due to my being out of work for the last 10 weeks, I've had time to finally finish up and post on the net, my autobiography that I've been working on for the last SIX yrs. The site ("Life of a Dedicated Car Nut") covers my life in the Car Hobby from when I was 4 yrs old up until now (74). Because of the 1000 plus photos... read more...

2009 In-N-Out Collector’s T-shirt Artist Story

It was an honor to have been selected to paint this year’s Collectors’ T-Shirt for In-N-Out Burger. We worked together to create a scene that captures the post World War II era, and celebrates America’s Military.  Being the granddaughter of a Lt. Colonel in the Marines, I could not have been more honored. My grandfather served in the Marines over the... read more...

My Old First Love

  '22 T Bucket "The Orange Crate" Featured in "Street Rodder" Magazine in August 1974 Ted Smallwood is searching for his old First Love a ‘22 T Bucket he called the “Orange Crate”. He would like to hear of any history or of the present owner...Can you help him find this missing car? Built in 1972 by Roger Walker--Moore, Oklahoma Sold to Larry Benson--... read more...

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