HOT ROD Homecoming Car Show Celebrates 65 Years - Petersen Automotive Museum

Pomona CA, Mar 24 2013 – HOT ROD celebrated 65 years at the Fairplex in Pomona, California with a very special car show on Mar 23-24 2013.

Petersen Automotive Museum Hot Rod Collection:

1998 Custom Go-Kart
This original pre-production prototype is powered by a Briggs & Stratton L-head, single cylinder, air-cooled engine and has a maximum speed of 18 mph. It is the first of only 500 go-karts built by Funkarts, Inc. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hot Rod Magazine.

1998 Custom Go-Kart

1926 Ford Model T Sedan, by Lil' John Buttera
Noted funny car and top fuel dragster builder Lil' John Buttera constructed this hot rod sedan in 1974. Completed in a scent six months, the rod featured a highly tuned 289-cubic Ford V-8, a large number of specially fabricated components, and numerous comfort and convenience touches. Hot Rod Magazine documented its construction in a series of stories that described a friendly rivalry between northern California-based Andy Brizio and Southern California-based Buttera. The car was so well designed and fabricated that enthusiasts have come to regard it as a milestone in hot rod development.

1926 Ford Model T Sedan

1991 Bentley Turbo R Sedan
The personal car of Margie and Robert E. Petersen, the Turbo R sedan was a high performance Bentley with a turbocharged V8 engine and modified Mulsanne suspension. Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1985, the Turbo R (for "roadholding") had far superior handling than its predecessor, the Mulsanne Turbo, in addition to more power which came in the form of fuel-injection. To achieve better handling on the Turbo R, it was equipped with wider tires on alloy wheels, independent suspension with coil springs in the front and rear, and Girling hydraulic self-leveling ride control. The 6.75 liter engine produced over 350 horsepower and pushed the Bentley to a top speed of 150 miles per hour. The personalized California license plate reads "H-O-T-R-O-D", a highly desirable combination of letters that hints at the background of its influential first owner, Robert E. Petersen, publisher of Hot Rod magazine, Motor Trend magazine, and dozens of other specialty publications.

1991 Bentley Turbo R Sedan

1954 Plymouth Sniper
The innovative Plymouth Sniper was designed by Chip Foose and built by Troy Trepanier and makes use of numerous Dodge Viper components, including the V-10 engine and drive train, suspension, wiring, gauges, and other interior features. Its name a contraction of “Savoy” and Viper”, Sniper won a great deal of acclaim upon its debut, including the 1999 Street Rod of the Year award, the Goodguys Custom Rod of the year award, and the Alexander Brothers Award of Excellence, Like important car designers before him, Chip Foose wins acclaim by designing vehicles that embody a subtlety and elegance not normally associated with others of their type.

1954 Plymouth Sniper

1993 Custom Motorcycle
This heavily customized Harley-Davidson was given to Robert E. Petersen by his editorial staff in 1993 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Hot Rod Magazine. Like other customized Harleys, it was selected because of its aggressive appearance and rugged simplicity, qualities that appeal to customizers and invite the application of individual creativity. In addition to custom paintwork, the bike is equipped with a wide range of custom performance equipment that gives it excellent acceleration and handling.

1993 Custom Motorcycle

1929 Ford Niekamp Roadster
This hot rod was the first-ever winner of the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” trophy at the Oakland Roadster Show in 1950. Constructed by Bill Niekamp in 1949, it used parts from many different cars. Components include a 1927 Essex frame, a modified 1942 Mercury V-8 engine, a 1939 Ford rear axle, and 1949 Plymouth tail lamps. The belly pan, hood panels and nosepiece were hand-fabricated in aluminum. Although intended for street use, performance modifications on this car enabled it to achieve a top speed of 142.40 miles per hour at El Mirage dry lake in July 1952.

Photos by Randy Berg

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