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Exploring Creative Automotive Design, Innovative Fabrication, Inventive Techniques, Custom Cars and Trucks and Hot Rod Culture

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch Discuss Pinstriping and More...

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch Discuss Pinstriping and More...

Friday, May 3, 2013

11 Essential Road Trip Routes

11 Essential Road Trip Routes

Tired of traveling cross-country on boring, endless interstates? Take the next exit and get yourself onto a two-lane highway. You’ll have an unforgettable experience. A retro experience. An all-American experience.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright Service Station

Frank Lloyd Wright Service Station

The R. W. Lindholm Service Station is still open and pumping gas. This unusual Phillips 66 service station is located at the corner of MN-45 and MN-33 in Cloquet, Minnesota.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Auto Polo - The Sport of the Brave

Auto Polo - The Sport of the Brave

Auto Polo...

Auto polo was invented in the United States with rules and equipment similar to equestrian polo, and of course used automobiles instead of horses. The sport was popular at fairs, exhibitions and sports venues across the United States and several areas in Europe from 1911 until the late 1920s.

The reported "first" game of auto polo occurred in an alfalfa field in Wichita on July 20, 1912 using four cars and eight players (dubbed the "Red Devils" and the "Gray Ghosts") and was witnessed by 5,000 people. The official inventor of auto polo is purported to be Ralph "Pappy" Hankinson, a Ford automobile dealer from Topeka, Kansas who devised the sport as a publicity stunt in 1911 to sell Model T cars.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Photos: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013

Photos: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013

Westworld of Scottsdale - 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260


SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Love Them or Hate Them, Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction takes place January 13-20, 2013 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

This will be the largest event in the company's 42 year history. Nearly 1,400 classics, exotics, muscle cars, Hot Rods, Resto-Mods and contemporary collectibles are expected to cross the auction block, setting a new world record for the largest offering of No Reserve vehicles at one auction.

Official Barrett-Jackson 2013 Car & Truck List

Official Barrett-Jackson 2013 Live Auction Stream

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Barry Weiss' Cowboy Cadillac

Barry Weiss' Cowboy Cadillac

Barry Weiss is an eccentric personality with attire and transportation to match.

Barry made his fortune selling wholesale produce (really) and has used those resources to feed his collecting obsessions including his love of rare and unique automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Barry has been a collector for most of his life, so he knows when he comes across something that's the cream of the crop, and his car collection truly reflects that.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

First Annual SEMA Show - 1967 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

First Annual SEMA Show - 1967 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

The Specialty Equipment Market Association, more commonly known to automotive enthusiasts as SEMA, is an organization that brings the manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of the performance aftermarket community together. Their annual trade-only convention is held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center in early November, and member manufacturers show their newest and greatest parts to the eager members of the media, as well as potential buyers.

The annual SEMA Trade Show has certainly been a major factor in the Specialty Equipment Market Association's vitality and growth, although it was an idea that took a few years to catch on.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bonneville Salt Flats - Save the Salt Coalition

Bonneville Salt Flats - Save the Salt Coalition

Speed Week 2012 brings this issue back to the forefront...

Registered as a National Landmark, the Bonneville Salt Flats is a national treasure which has gained international significance as an awe inspiring geologic phenomenon – a place so flat you can see the curvature of the planet. For motor sports enthusiasts world-wide, of which there are millions, it is much more. It is hallowed ground. From the first speed record attempts in 1914 and through the present day, hundreds of records have been set and broken in a variety of automotive and motorcycle classes.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Want to Watch a Gene Winfield Television Show?

Want to Watch a Gene Winfield Television Show?

There's a push coming out of Austin, Texas headed by Mercury Charlie and Wolf Motorsports Magazine to get Gene Winfield a show on the Discovery Channel...

An open letter from Mercury Charlie:

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Epitome of American Ingenuity - Doodlebugs, Scrambolas, Jitterbugs, Field Crawlers and Other Farm Rigs

The Epitome of American Ingenuity - Doodlebugs, Scrambolas, Jitterbugs, Field Crawlers and Other Farm Rigs

Doodlebug is the colloquial name for a home-made tractor made in the United States during World War II when production tractors were in short supply. The Doodlebug of the 1940s was usually based on a 1920s or 1930s era Ford automobile which was then modified either by the complete removal or alteration of some of the vehicle body.

These contraptions went by many names: Friday Tractors, Scrambolas, Jitterbugs, Field Crawlers, and many others as well as the most common, The DoodleBug, which was a nickname for the aftermarket tractor kit made by David Bradley "The old DB". Initially the idea of the homemade tractor came from several catalog and implement companies in the mid 1920's to the mid 1930's such as New Deal, Peru Plow Co., Thrifty Farmer, Sears, Montgomery Ward, Pull Ford, and Johnson Mfg Co.

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Argentinean 1938 Ford Roadster Pick Up

Argentinean 1938 Ford Roadster Pick Up

We've often heard tales about Argentina and rare Ford stuff. A few years ago, there were all kinds of rumors floating around about a warehouse that was discovered housing crates of NOS Ardun heads. Before that, it was a rumored 1,000's of replacement flathead blocks were located in a similar fashion. And then, of course, there were all of the weird foreign variations of trucks that Ford Argentina put on the market.

The 1938 Ford roadster pick up pictured in this post features a passenger car front-end (deluxe), passenger car fenders and modified running boards, and what looks to be a factory produced bed of some sort. The top appears crude, but it was actually fabricated quite keenly and features some cast parts. In fact, the more the details unfold the more they begin to tell the tale of a production line - limited or not. Dig deeper and the clues start to point to Argentina. The battery and most of the electrical components are Argentinean, it's right hand drive, and the little truck sports a number of aftermarket add-ons typical of the region. I'm sold… This car was produced by a factory in Argentina. But how? Why? When?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trespassing, Pistols and $10 Photos

Trespassing, Pistols and $10 Photos

The story goes like this:

Saturday morning Kristi and I were traveling the back country roads of Florida to visit her parents near Ocala when we happened across this row of dilapidated cars on a piece of property near Starke. Very cool 1930's and 40's Buick's, Packard's, and Studebaker's.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

L & H Race Cars Shop Car

L & H Race Cars Shop Car

L & H Race Cars Shop CarL & H Race Cars recently completed building a shining example of the caliber of hotrods the produce that are known for top performance. The shop designed, built and tested this '57 Chevrolet Bel Air. As you can see from the picturs, it is a monster machine!

Custom Hot Rod Couch

The L & H Race Cars facility, located in Oxford, North Carolina, is already licensed for legal I.H.R.A. and N.H.R.A. approved chassis building. The shop is fitted with all the tools and equipment to produce anything from simple customer modifications to complete turn-key solutions. http://www.landhracecars.com

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blastolene Peterbilt

Blastolene Peterbilt

Blasolene PeterbiltBlastolene (cool in and of itself) has recently finished Piss'd Off Pete. Designed by Randy Grubb, this newest Blastolene Peterbilt hot rod features 12v71 Detriot Deisel with two 671 superchargers, and, oh yah, is currently for sale. http://www.blastolene.com

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Truly Modern Hot Rod Inspired by Volvo`s First Car

A Truly Modern Hot Rod Inspired by Volvo`s First Car

Volvo Jacob: Modern Hot Rod Inspired by Volvo’s First Car

Built by Leif Tufvesson in honor of Volvo’s 80th birthday, the Jacob is a retro-penned hotrod inspired by the first series-produced Volvo car, the ÖV4 (the Swedish abbreviation for Open Car, 4 cylinders) that gained the nickname “Jacob”. The hand-built aluminium body hotrod is based on a carbon fiber chassis and it’s equipped with Volvo’s Flexifuel, five-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 265 Hp.

Volvo Jacob: Modern Hot Rod Inspired by Volvo’s First Car

The entire build is typical of Leif Tufvesson's style. Lean. Aesthetically elegant. Stylishly minimalist. Largely because most of the components have been hidden away inside the body. For instance the springs and dampers, the electrical components and exhaust system. The result is that the body and axles look like they are floating in the air. Design Brilliance.

Volvo Jacob: Modern Hot Rod Inspired by Volvo’s First Car

Friday, January 1, 2010

Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the Roadkill blog.
This blog explores and showcases the use of and vintage and salvaged car and truck parts on hot rod, street rod or rat rod project vehicles. We’ll also explore innovative and inventive fabrication executed by crafty hot rodders.

 


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