How To Build a Hot Rod, Top Gear America-Style

What is a hot rod? This a passionately debated topic at the MotorTrend places; even the editors at HOT ROD Magazine don’t completely agree. But, if we take the word of mythical HOT ROD editor, Gray Baskerville, a hot rod is any car that has been revised for recital and wording, increased emphasis on the former. And so the Top Gear America hosts idea themselves hot rodders. But are they?

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Quick History of Hot Rodding

The quintessential American contribution to the world of automotive culture is hot rodding. Hot rodding culture has its springs buried under the baked lagoon bottoms and vacated WWII airstrips that were prolific around Southern California at the conclusion of its 1940 s. Young veterans, hungry for adrenaline with presidents full of newly-acquired mechanical lore, would take cheap cars, “hot them up, ” then run scoot their friends.

Illegal street racing and unsanctioned top speed racing abruptly originated into what we know as drag racing and shore velocity racing today. Automobile squads, like the Prowlers founded in San Diego, attached armies with other automobile fraternities and local authorities to form hastening societies like the National Hot Rod Association( NHRA) and Southern California Timing Association( SCTA) and initiate dedicated rooms for racing.

Gow jobs and rails soon caused direction to lead sleds and street poles. Muscle autoes came along, then died. The Malaise Era tried to kill performance but couldn’t. The 1980 s gave us inexpensive turbocharging, the’ 90 s reignited the horsepower campaigns and, today, hot rodding has developed so many facets and sub-cultures it’s become nearly impossible to tell what is or isn’t a hot rod.

One could say country of origin, time period of manufacture, engine and drivetrain configuration, aftermarket modifications or factory-stock performance–the debate will never cease. Current Editor-in-Chief of Hot rod, John McGann, agrees with his predecessor: A hot rod is a car that has been revised for operation and vogue, and that description dress us just fine.

How to build a hot rod

You’ll hear it a lot in the hot rodding world–built , not bought. That’s what the producers have challenged Dax, Jethro and Rob with; detecting and constructing their own hot rods for only $ 5,000. This is a apparently hopeless project when traditional hot rods regularly change hands for high five-figure summarizes. The periods of know a cheap Deuce Coupe or’ 48 Merc around every region in your local junkyard are long gone.

So what do the hosts show up in? A 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, a late-2 000 s MINI Cooper S and a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor–this won’t end well. By the 1990 ’s Cadillac had become the advertisement “figure”( child precisely doesn’t fit here) of retirement-age luxury transportation. How could this extra-luxurious( that’s the Brougham package) land-yacht be a hot rod? Same for the MINI–it’s British, it’s front-wheel drive and it’s British! At least Rob pictured some smell and delivered something with a troublemaker V8 and solid, limited-slip backside axle.

But a beast hides under the hood of Dax’s Cadillac in the form of a Corvette-derived LT1 V8 that is also connected to a solid rear axle capable of frying both tires. Between the body armor and antennas on the Crown Vic and all the sound-deadening and cushion in the Caddy, the two V8-powered Americans are pretty evenly matched. We can’t count out Jethro and the MINI either, because( duh) there will be racing.

Since their first liberate in 1959, the MINI Cooper( Austin Mini, back then) has been a giant-killer, regularly triumphing against most powerful gondolas in the British Touring Car Championship. To the British, the MINI is a hot rod. Plus, this S modeling comes supercharged from the factory–it had not been able to American but we have to appreciate the tenacity Jethro is showing.

Just getting the car isn’t fairly; a hot rodder revises their trip with conduct in recollection but too with an nose toward form. With whatever fund they have left, the hosts now get to modify their brand-new hot rods however they crave. Do they go for pure performance, see catching vogue or a mix of the two?

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