Noun a motor vehicle that has been specially modified to give it more power and speed. Hot rods have become an art form, a vehicle modified not only to increase performance but also to achieve a refined look. The best part about hot rodding is that, once you're done, you can be with your best friends and travel with your creation to hang out, meet and be with other people who live and breathe the same desires. One explanation is that the term is a hot roadster contraction, which means a roadster that was modified for speed.
For example, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in its vehicle emissions regulations refers to a hot rod as any motor vehicle that has a replacement engine other than the factory original. Everything from the right proportions and the right posture to consistency in the subject matter of the construction and the materials used, adds to what it takes to be a hot rod. Hot rods were used as the theme of Lightning Rod, a roller coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction in Dollywood. The term can also be applied to other elements that are used for a particular purpose, such as the hot rod amplifier.
Many hot rods would upgrade brakes from mechanical to hydraulic (juice) and headlights from bulb to sealed beam. The Hotrod's predecessors were the modified cars used in the Prohibition era by smugglers to evade revenue officers and other law enforcement agencies. Hot rods first appeared in the late 1930s in Southern California, where people competed with modified cars on dry lake beds northeast of Los Angeles, under the rules of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), among other groups. At first glance, a Hot Rod is an early car without a fender, lowered at the front, with great posture and a high-performance engine with three carbs lined up.
This includes a new generation of builders, artists and traditional hot rod styles, as well as classic-style car clubs. Hot rod music was largely a product of several surf music groups that ran out of ideas for new surf songs and at the same time shifted their lyrical approach to hot rods. The term has been expanded to apply to other elements that are modified for a particular purpose, such as the hot rod amplifier. There are magazines that feature traditional hot rods, including Hot Rod, Car Craft, Rod and Custom, and Popular Hot Rodding.
A real hot rod is very obvious when you're a kid and you like cars, no matter if you grew up in the 50s, 60s, 70s or if you're growing up now.