Hot rods have become a trademark nowadays. In many countries like Canada, Finland, Sweden, Australia, and the United Kingdom, there is a vigorous culture of hot rods. The coining of word’ hot rods’ is an indefinite matter till date. Another commonly used name for this obscure word is hot roadsters. In the late 30s or 40s, a group of people based in California oversized rear on wheels by combining 4 cylinders together to have afternoon races in local dry lakes in period pre World War 2. This led to mass production of the oversized rear on wheels. Ford was pioneered this with the launch of Model T. Model V8 ‘Deuce’ of Ford from 1932 is one of the most popular car models of hot rods. Later, Ford came up with flatty with flathead engines and increased the height of strokes. Those mercury built models with enhanced cylinder bore were still relevant. The basic aspect behind these was to increment the gear ratio and smaller wheels in front served same. Windshield and other parts were avoided in hot rod models to keep the weight as less as possible.
The custom built hot rods are a segment of cars for racers and car lovers which bring in not only magnificent looks but also enhanced performance. In the current scenario, the hot rods culture is spread worldwide and is fragmented into two categories; hot rodders and street rodders. Almost all wheels companies have experimented with hot rods. Some models of modern times are 34′ standard by Chevrolet, Volvo T6, Twin Ford coupes, Hi boy deuce roadster, Fiat’s Topino and there are custom cars by Kustom. Three window coupes is a quite famous classic style of hot rods.
The culture of drag racing hot rods is not just about the hot rod drivers but also the artists associated with this vibrant culture. There is a hot rod music named California sound having an audience in many countries. The best way to be well versed with the culture of hot rods, go to the car clubs and meets of hot rods in your country. Power Big Meet or Power meet is a famous American cultured car show held in Varberg, Sweden establishes a lot about the hot rod culture. Another way is to read literature and other relevant details of hot rods from the famous magazines such as Rat-Rodz and Rust queens, Grease and gals, Popular Hot Rodding, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Rod and Custom, and book by Tom Wolfe., ‘The Kandy Kolored Tangy Flake Streamline Baby. It is a collection of essays on hot rods published in 1965.