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Disproving That a Rat Rod Has To Be Dull

A rat rod is a type of hot rod. Hot rods are put together for speed, handling, exhaust notes, and looks. A rat rod, however, is a little different animal. It is also put together for speed and exhaust notes. But, the handling and the looks aren’t so much a priority. The driving thought, well… …
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What Is a Hot Rod?

In the automotive world there are a lot of terms that are tossed around. Many of us don’t realize we do that. But, to people who are car curious, the terms we volley around tend to linger in the air and need defining. One of those often used terms is, hot rod. Why is this …
Momentoes including a rose, guitar picks and a cigarette are left on the handprints at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, California of rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen on October 6, 2020. - Van Halen placed his hands in the cement and was inducted into the Hollywood, California RockWalk on November 13, 1985. Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose group is considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time, died on October 6, 2020 following a long battle with cancer, his son announced. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

A Look Back on Eddie Van Halen’s Coolest Cars

This year we find ourselves remembering a legend, Eddie Van Halen. For many of us, Van Halen was a big part of our playlists, and whether you were a die-hard fan or not, chances are your blood starts pumping when a Van Halen song comes on. There was more to this American icon than just …
A custom El Camino sits in the grass

Minnesota Car Builder may Get His Own Hot Wheels at SEMA

It has been said that many car enthusiasts get hooked on their automotive passion when they are very young and only one dollar at a time. That is because many auto enthusiasts start collecting Hot Wheels when they are young. Hot Wheels only cost about a dollar each, and they can be faithful representations of …
Beck Kustoms F132 hot rod

Formula 1-Style Hot Rod Is the Right Amount of Insane

In the automotive world, a spark of insanity can sometimes be a good thing. It’s what brought about six-wheeled Mercedes G-Wagons and Jeep Wranglers. It’s what inspired one man to take a Mini Cooper pickup truck and put a twin-turbo V8 in the bed. And it’s why some people off-road tiny Japanese pickups. Now, that …