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How to Get Into Hot Rodding

6 easy steps to being one of the coolest people in town!

The people that love Hot Rods, known as Hot Rodders or just Rodders, can be an odd group of people. They spend all summer long wearing brightly colored t-shirts and driving from one show to another. Then, during the winter months, they are holed up in their garages. Only coming out to pick up newly arrived FedEx, UPS or Postal packages. When spring arrives, the garage door will open and either a new Hot Rod will emerge or the old one will be "better" or "cooler" than when it went in. Then the whole cycle will repeat itself.

In an effort to help those that might not be familiar with the Hot Rod world here's a handy 6 step process to becoming a Hot Rodder yourself!

6: Join a National Hot Rod Club

The two largest National Hot Rod clubs in the US are The Good Guys Rod & Custom Association and the NSRA (National Street Rod Association). These two bodies put on a combined total of 30 shows every year. The divisional shows put on by these clubs will attract over 3,000 cars per show. Both clubs have an event they call 'The Nationals". The one put on by the NSRA attracts over 10,000 cars a year in Louisville, KY each August. Their is sure to be a regional event close to you! In addition to being able to enter their shows at a discounted rate, you will start to receive an actual printed magazine delivered by your actual mailperson every month! These trade magazines are a window into the Hot Rod world! Also, think about joining a small local club and help out your own community. You'll find that Hot Rodders are very charitable people.

5: Subscribe to a Hot Rod Magazine and

Order a free Street Rod catalog from Speedway Motors

Seek out your local bookstore and have a look at the magazine rack. You'll see a plethora of magazines aimed at a myriad of different types of Hot Rods! Buy one! Read it! Magazines are responsible for getting more people into Hot Rodding than can be counted! Head over to Speedway Motors and order a FREE Street Rod catalog. Look at everything in the catalog and you'll have a pretty good idea of how a Hot Rod goes together!

4: Hot Rod Videos

YouTube Screenshot by: Chris Breeden

YouTube Screenshot by: Chris Breeden

Check out YouTube for Hot Rod centric videos. Study what they are talking about and then, take a look in that Speedway catalog and see if you can find the parts they are talking about! You'll learn a ton this way and it's FREE!

3: Read EVERYTHING on the Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe on DRIVETRIBE!

Screenshot of Custom & Hot Rod Life by: Chris Breeden

Screenshot of Custom & Hot Rod Life by: Chris Breeden

Join the Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe here on DT! ...good, now that you've done that be sure and look back through some of the old posts. There is a wealth of knowledge right here for an aspiring Hot Rodder! Don't forget about us though! Be sure and check back regularly. We publish Hot Rod & Custom related content almost every day! Oh, and ask questions! I'm here to help.

Here's a helpful link!

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2: Go to a local show and look for a Hot Rod or twenty!

Photo by: Chris Breeden Photo from: The 2018 Baxter, Tennessee Cruise-In.

Photo by: Chris Breeden Photo from: The 2018 Baxter, Tennessee Cruise-In.

Take a look around on social media or just head over to the local auto parts store and ask about Car Shows in your area. When you get to one, find the Hot Rods and ask the owner about it! Hot Rodders are great people and if they know you are interested, they will help you in any way they can! Plus, having a in with a Hot Rodder will help you with the next step...

1: Buy a Hot Rod!

Photo by: Chris Breeden Photo from: Chevrolet Dealer Cruise-In, 2018.

Photo by: Chris Breeden Photo from: Chevrolet Dealer Cruise-In, 2018.

The best way to become a cool cat is to own a Rod! Do your research like you would when purchasing any car. Set a budget and stick to it! Get one of your new Hot Rod friends to have a look at it for you. Hot Rods are truly awesome pieces of machinery and owning one will be one of the funniest things you probably ever do!

The most important thing to remember is this: Once you get that Hot Rod always, Keep on Cruisin'!

If you have any questions, please ask in the COMMENTS section!

And remember...

Art by: Chris Breeden

Art by: Chris Breeden

Links:

National Hot Rod Clubs in the United States:

NSRA

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Good Guys Rod & Custom Association

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Hot Rod Clubs outside of the United States:

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Speedway Street Rod Catalog:

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Magazine Links:

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Hot Rod Posts from the Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe:

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Helping out with your garage knowledge!

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Last, but NOT least!

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Thanks for reading!

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Comments (20)

  • Gaining a knowledge is one thing, but I could never be one.

      2 years ago
  • I absolutely love this read! I'm my neighborhood, there a(32) Ford 3 window that used to run around....I haven't seen it in years, but I do know it's still around!! Hopefully I can spot it,. I would love to show it here! Thanks for the great article!

      2 years ago
  • Americans are lucky, old cars are so common and cheap over their compared to any thing over here.

      10 months ago
  • Go on the H.A.M.B.. if you can deal with that you will be able to get into the hobby;)

    SoCal Speedshop is (was) a great source too.

    Brookville Roadsters website can also give you a nice overview of the $ you can (and will) spend.

    When it comes to magazines the Rodders Journal is a great publication.

    Dave Mann at Roadsters.com also provides a nice overview of traditional Hot Rodding.

      10 months ago
  • Terrific article Chris! Thank you!

      1 year ago

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