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Being from the UK, we are aware of what a Hot Rod looks like, but not really what it actually does or means. We went out into the streets, in the best traditions of slightly lazy journalism, to see if we could get a few vox pops about what the term ‘Hot Rod’ actually means.
It didn’t quite go to plan. A few knew that we were talking about the style of car, but had no real idea where it came from. A couple thought that we were talking about Rod Stewart, and one thought we were propositioning them. So, in the best traditions of even lazier journalism, we retreated back to the offices and looked it up on the internet.
It turns out that a Hot Rod is essentially a car styled as if from the 30s, 40s or 50s, but tuned to within an inch of its life. These are properly fast cars, but retain the sophisticated and rather lovely style of their ancestors – vintage style, modern engineering, always a winning combination. The reason for the existence of the originals, those modified cars driven in the 30s, was delightfully shady and illegal – to help bootleggers and other petty criminals escape from the police.
So there we are, a nice, informative and vaguely educational post. On Newsstand. Who’d have thunk it? NB