Rodders Journal #74

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On Sale April 2017

Inside, TRJ #74 is jam-packed with features from across the United States and beyond. From chopped and channeled early Fords to scratch built customs to an excerpt on the new Tom Medley book, there’s no shortage of exciting new content. Plus, we’ve filled the front and back of the magazine with more photos, stories and tons of extras that you won’t want to miss. On the cover -  a nostalgic black and white photo of Joe Conforth’s Beach Modified in action at the first annual Race of Gentlemen West in California.


Beach Modified  - Regardless of what coast it’s on, Joe Conforth’s New Jersey-based Beach Modified has been a dominant force at The Race of Gentlemen. With its big Lincoln flathead, Model A frame and lightweight construction, the homebuilt single-seater captures the early competition look. Michael Alan Ross photographed the Modified in full detail on Pismo Beach at the first TROG West.

The Goldtop  - Kevin Anderson’s 1963 Riviera is outrageously subtle as well as being subtly outrageous. Dubbed “Goldtop,” the slammed Buick is a full custom by definition, mild custom in spirit—and it’s one of our favorite Rivieras of all time. John Jackson shot the chopped and shaved Rivi near Kevin’s home in Indianapolis.

The 15oz. Coupe - With its heavily chopped top, weathered paint, magnesium wheels and nitro-burning Hemi, the fabled “15oz. Coupe” is the embodiment of badass hot rod. In this article, we work with original owner Les Hawkins to chronicle the car’s history from the late-’50s until present day. Now owned by automotive photographer Peter Vincent, the coupe is currently being prepped for land speed competition at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Confluence of Influence - Justin Veazie’s 1930 Model A takes a fresh spin on the time-honored A-V8. He and his brother, Evin, are both employees at So-Cal Speed Shop and drew inspiration from a number of master craftsmen—including their father as well as the late Tommy Sparks and Pete Chapouris—while building the traditionally styled roadster. We shot the nailhead-powered highboy in baremetal in our studio. 

Slingin’ Sand Across the Globe - There’s been a resurgence in beach racing as of late, and we have the complete story of two new events that have surfaced on opposite sides of the globe—The Race of Gentlemen West in California and the Rømø Motor Festival in Denmark. For this article, we got the inside scoop from the folks responsible for bringing these races to life like never before. We’ve crammed a whole lot of coverage in this 14-page article that documents beach racing’s coming of age.

Attitude Adjustment - Rick Dore’s coachbuilt creations have become staples of the custom car landscape, and we’re excited to showcase a pair of them in TRJ #74. The first is “Aquarius,” a one-off roadster hand formed by master metalmen Marcel and Luc De Lay for Metallica frontman James Hetfield. The second is Rick’s personal roadster—also formed by the De Lays—that he christened “Shangri-La.” As you can see, these two look pretty wild running side by side on the open road.

Stroker: The Art of Tom Medley - Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley is a beautifully crafted, 240+ page hardbound book written and assembled by Tom’s son, Gary. Through the years, Stroker McGurk has become one of hot rodding’s icons, and this excerpt gives an exclusive glimpse into his backstory as well as Medley’s life. To put things simply: it’s a bitchin’ book about a bitchin’ guy.

Modern Vintage Quickchange Rears - In this issue, we’ve assembled an exposé on the quickchange—a top choice for red-blooded hot rodders for decades. We’ve long been fans of the performance aspects of these rears, and we’re glad to see that as technology improves, newly manufactured quickchanges are taking on a more traditional look. There’s no doubt about it—these are hot rod parts for the ages.

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