A hot rod is any car that is modified to make it its own. For me, that 1076 horsepower Toronado represents what hot rods were originally, which are cars built out of necessity because there was nothing like them commercially available. Look, young people have always wanted to go fast and make noise. And the best way to do that (besides riding a motorcycle) is to fit a large engine into a smaller car.
But in the old days, when hot rodding took off, big engines only came from the factory in big cars, so rodders started putting Cadillac engines in the '32 Fords. When the Pontiac GTO came out, GM put the engine of the big car in a medium body and it seemed crazy, although it was exactly what people wanted. Hot rodding maintained its popularity in the early 21st century because it didn't indulge in pure nostalgia, but rather allowed innovation and creativity. I arrived in Los Angeles in 1972 to enter show business, and when I arrived at the airport, I had nowhere to live or a car or anything, so I bought a Penny Saver.
While hot rod modifications focus on performance and aesthetics, homeowners customize street rods to be comfortable, including luxuries such as power windows and air conditioning, both unthinkable in a hot rod. One of the most important general rules for customization is that newer parts can go on older cars, but never the other way around. However, the 1973 oil crisis caused automakers to focus on fuel efficiency over performance, leading to a resurgence of interest in vehicle use. The hot rod, immortalized in music and as represented in B-movies such as Teenage Thunder (195) and fine films such as American Grafitti (197), symbolized freedom, creativity and rebellion among young Americans.
Hot rod (hot rods present simple singular in third person, hot roding of present participle, past simple and past hot roded). When I was physically working on the show, not the camera, I always enjoyed the episode where the car was used because number one was a hot rod. Some pursued European sports cars and therefore emphasized handling, while others gravitated towards hot rodding, which focused on American cars and designed them to be as fast as possible. When I was a kid, real motorcyclists were engineers, or guys whose parents owned transmission stores and knew everything about cars.
The common theme is that heat is related to heating a car, which means modifying it for greater performance. Wally Parks, who took over as editor of the magazine in 1949, believed that by channeling loud young people out of the streets, where they were a public threat, and into the organized and orderly world of drag racing, he could repair the tarnished image of hot rodding and protect the sport from being banned or strictly regulated by forces external. Although many hot rodders attributed changes in their fondness to these problems, experts date some problems that arose within hot rodding as early as 1955.