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The 200th Article from Custom & Hot Rod Life

Welcome to the garage! Pull up a chair (mind the grease) and we'll review the last year!

Time flies when you're having fun! DRIVETRIBE has been a blast this last year and this article marks the 200th I have written for the Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe, since last June. Put on some comfortable shoes and we will take a stroll down memory lane!

My very first attempt at an article:

I wrote this one back in October of 2017 and took a little break from DT after publishing it.

The Custom Files, Custom Characters and Builders Spotlight:

I started out on DT using the "Gallery" feature to write short little articles about '50s and '60s Custom car builds, some crazy characters, and some slick builders:

The Sunday Read

The Sunday series started as a look at the first two issues of Rod & Custom magazine:

The News and big "J" Journalism:

I've even tackled some stories that could be considered "news".

Know Your Cars! Series:

In an effort to help explain the multiple different types of modified classic cars in the US, I started the Know Your Cars! Series. These are just a couple of the stories in the 7 part series.

A Little Hot Rod Building Education:

For those that wanted to understand more about the jargon in modified classic cars, I did the Terms from the Garage series. To give people a better understanding of how Hot Rods and Custom Cars are constructed I unleashed the from the Garage series.

Spotting Guides:

These how to tell the difference guides where extremely popular and hopefully helped some of the 100,000 people who viewed all 15 different articles!

Event Coverage:

I've covered so many events over the last year, that I may have spent more money on event entry fees, than on food during the time. Well, probably not, but it's close I'm sure.


I had some questions, and DRIVETRIBE had some answers!

Single Stories:

I've loved sharing my opinions and observations with everyone on the site.

Horsepower in the United States Series:

Ever wonder when the Muscle car died and what killed it? Want to know what took the Muscle cars place? How will this 2nd era of horsepower end? What will the automotive scene look like in the future? The answer to all of these questions can be found in this 5 part series.


Hours of a Hillbilly with a camera have been produced. I don't pick a banjo once, promise.

A new series:

Look for this new series, every Saturday! Sometimes it will be a single image post and sometimes a whole article.

This 200 article count doesn't include any polls, single image posts or extended individual car stories. The total count would be into the thousands if they were included. If you'd like to look back through all of those posts, then head over the the Custom & Hot Rod, Rerun tribe. That's where posts from C&HRL get put after being up for a month. Just think of it as a "Best of" tribe!

It's been a LONG year here at the Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe! We have been running with a wide open throttle all year long! In fact, it's time for a little break. I'm going to hold off on daily articles and individual car posts for a while. I'll be attending a few shows later this year and I'll bring that coverage to you as it happens. Look for a new article every Wednesday, a new poll every Monday and Friday, a ... from the Garage single image post on Saturday's and event coverage as they happen. I've got a ton of things to do in the garage, so those ...from the Garage type posts should be interesting and you guys will be able to keep up with what's going on here at the Custom & Hot Rod Life worldwide headquarters

I'm going to attempt to learn how to take better pictures, make better videos, write better articles and cover events in a better way. I need some time to figure those things out. Don't worry! C&HRL will be back to wide open throttle soon and when we return the coverage will be better than ever! Thanks for the ride and let's...

Keep on Cruisin'!

Art by: Chris Breeden

Art by: Chris Breeden

Thanks for reading!

About the Author:

Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck

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