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What exactly is a Hot Rod? Check out WIKI… Hot rods are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. The origin of the term “hot rod” is unclear. For example, some claim that the term “hot” refers to the vehicle being stolen.

Other origins include replacing the engine’s camshaft or “rod” with a higher performance version.

The term has broadened to apply to other items that are modified for a particular purpose, such as “hot-rodded amplifier”.

Some automotive historians say that the term originated with stolen vehicles being refitted with another engine and repainted. In the early days of automobile manufacturing there was no identical matching transmission, body frame, and engine numbers.

It was possible to change engines and repaint the car or truck and in effect turn it into a different vehicle and thus it became near impossible to prove that the vehicle was stolen. The term “hot” was equivalent to being stolen. The term “rod” was equivalent to any motorized vehicle.

Even today, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in its vehicle emissions regulations, refers to a “hotrod” as any motorized vehicle that has a replacement engine differing from the factory original.

Another possible origin includes replacement of the camshaft with a new (“hotter”) version, sometimes known as a hot stick or hot rod.[citation needed] Roadsters were the cars of choice because they were light, easy to modify, and inexpensive.

The term became commonplace in the 1930s or 1940s as the name of a car that had been “hopped up” by modifying the engine for higher performance. A term common in the early days was “gow job”. This has fallen into disuse except with historians.

The gow job morphed into the hot rod in the early to middle 1950s.

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VLOG 46 – Hot Rods in the Park

This episode… Fireball heads to the Huntington Beach Concour d’ Elegance.



Huntington Beach’s “Hot Rods in the Park” gets serious…

Ok, so yesterday was day one of the HB Concours Show. And since I’m Grand Marshall, I got to give out awards to the best and have a super cool time with all the passionate peeps of the rod world.

Although, Saturday is really the Hot Rod Day and not a Concours at all, but who wants hoyty toyty cars when you get rods like this? (I brought the MINI Coupe, thanks to MINIUSA… since it’s a modern Hot Rod) Ran into Neville Ooms and his awesome red Camaro and buddy Pietro Frigerio from Lambo of Newport Beach. Gonna be hookin’ up with him to drive the McLaren soon. Plus, gonna go bonkers over the Lexus LFA.

Check out the MEGA Gallery below with the best of the show. Congratulations to the winners!

Hot Rods lose a Legend…


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p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri,sans-serif”>Boyd Coddington passed away at 6:30 this morning.  He was 63. …Only 63.


Your time is limited, people. Only sixty-three years for Boyd. A man, despite his difference with people, lived his passion.


Get off your butts and live your lives!! Do what you’ve always wanted and stop making EXCUSES.


Rest in peace, Boyd.  We’ll miss your visions.

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The LA AUTO SHOW in BLACKS… #Colors #LAAS #LosAngeles #AutoShow @weinspiretech #HotRods #DarthVader #HotWheels


It’s that time once again for THE LA AUTO SHOW. Spent yesterday (PRESS DAY 1) checking out the coolness, and like for the last 20 years, I present to you THE LA AUTO SHOW IN COLORS. Today, it’s BLACKS. Some awesome rides in the assemblage of all color. Each day, I’ll be giving you highlights via a new color, so your favorite is coming up!

But if you’re going this weekend, besides all the great cars, you’ll want to check out the WE INSPIRE Booth near the West Hall in the Design Gallery. Tweet to them here. Art Center is on display there also, but We Inspire has an incredible new technology that will blow your mind if you’re a Designer, Ad Agency or Design Firm. You’ll want one of these… and although we didn’t get a picture yesterday, there’s a hidden Batmobile there. 😉 Be the first to ask to see it and you’ll win one of my Children’s Books! WE INSPIRE will need to confirm that you saw it and email me @ DO IT!


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