Hot rods have been a part of the custom car world for a very long time. The street rod, however, is relatively new to the scene and there have been endless debates on where the street rod fits in and differs from hot rods and rat rods. Today, we’re going to tackle the origins of the street rod.
Jim Rowlett – an NSRA Spokesman – defined the street rod as a vehicle that was manufactured pre-1949.
As you can imagine, each state has their own definition of a street rod – for legality reasons of course – and most of those definitions refer to the age of the vehicle….
For custom car enthusiasts everywhere, the evolution of the hot rod into the rat rod is essentially common knowledge, but it’s easy to forget the true origin story of this kind of car and the culture that’s broken away from the more generic hot rod. See our origins and history of the hot rod post for more detail on hot rods.
Rat Rod Style
Rat rods (see our rat rods for sale section for examples of rat rods) are generally styled more like the cars of the 40s, 50s and the early 60s but they’re not re-creation or restoration cars. Rat rods are more customized, used mainly for show rather than racing and tend to have that edge to them that sets them apart from the more traditional hot rods. The best way to identify if you’ve got a rat rod is determined by the way it seems to have been thrown together. The ramshackle look is what defines the rat rod, and although the car looks like it might not work, I can assure you it does….
Hot rods are a large part of the custom car scene (also see rat rods) and over the years they’ve increased in popularity to encompass the attitude, originality and creativity of custom car builders all over the world. As much as we may take them for granted, it’s easy to forget that there’s a hot rod culture and an origin story there somewhere.
Let’s face it, hot rods are about American as you can get. Sure, they’re a global obsession, but despite modifications, it will always belong to the American people. And I don’t say that just because of their style but how they encompass the innovative self-expression, rebellious attitude and proud freedom that represents the American spirit….
See below for some awesome free lowrider wallpapers, muscle car wallpapers and hot rod wallpapers. Which one is your favourite? I’m going with the red 1959 Cadillac.
To download one of the custom car wallpapers, simply ‘right click’ and click ‘save as’ to download the wallpaper.
Hot Rod wallpaper 1600 x 1200
1959 Cadillac wallpaper 1280 x 800
Plymouth Barracuda wallpaper 1600 x 900
1969 Chevrolet Camaro wallpaper 1280 x 800
Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz wallpaper 1024 x 768
Dodge Challenger 2 wallpaper 1920 x 1200
Hot Rod Roadster wallpaper 1600 x1200
Hot Rod wallpaper 1600 x 900
Oldsmobile Toronado wallpaper 1600 x 1200
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A lowrider is a car that’s been modified to sit low on its axle where the ground clearance is less than the original design. This is how Wikipedia defines the lowrider, and in a very broad sense of the term, this is what lowriders are generally recognized as today. But there’s more to lowrider cars than being close to the ground. There’s a culture and a global phenomenon that has evolved around them. You can view a selection of lowriders in our Lowriders For Sale lowriders for sale section.
The origins of lowrider cars
The origins of the lowrider is something that’s a little more murky, and although numerous cultures and eras will claim the lowriders’ heritage, they all contribute in their own way to the culture that we know today….
Harry Gant developed his driving skills in the 1950s through street racing on the country roads of Alexander County, North Carolina. He began his career driving a 1957 Chevrolet – that he’d built with his friends – on a dirt track in Hickory. Once a full-time driver, Gant used his skills to win the Hobby Class championship and then went on to win over 300 races, including the NASCAR Sportsman Series championship in 1972, 1973 and 1974….
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Ralph Earnhardt’s racing career was sparked by the conditions in the farming community where his family lived. After school, Ralph worked in a cotton mill where the wages were poor. In his late teens, Earnhardt began building cars in the garage. His aim was to race on the local dirt track which happened for the first time in 1949. In 1953, Earnhardt began his professional career and quickly made an impression….
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Jerry Cook started his NASCAR racing in New York at the age of 13. He moved his racing schedule to the original paved Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, New York and won his first track championship there in 1969.
Jerry Cook went on to become one of the best drivers of all time in the modified division, winning the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series six times in 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1975 and 1977. Over his career, Cook took part in 1474 starts and achieved 342 victories which gave him an average of winning every four times he got into his car. An amazing 64.5% of his starts secured him a top-five position and an impressive 85% of his starts landed him in the top-ten….
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Darrel Waltrip’s successful career began in 1959 at the age of 12 and continued for 40 years. Initially driving go-karts, he spent the following 4 years building a 1936 Chevrolet Coupe with his Father. He raced the Chevy in a stock car race on a local dirt track near his home in Owensboro, Kentucky.
After an unsuccessful start – the first race ending when he crashed the Chevy – Waltrip migrated to asphalt tracks where his history in go-karting put his skills to good use. P.B. Crowell noticed the young Waltrip in the late 1960s and suggested a move to Nashville where Crowell was an owner and driver. Waltrip took Crowell’s advice and drove at the Music City Motorplex at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, winning two track championships in 1970 and 1973 which kick-started his career as a professional driver….
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This is Bumongous a 1950 Buick Sedanette that was built back in the 1990’s by Troy Trepanier. It was rated as one of the top 10 hot rods back in 1992 and also featured on the front page of Hot Rod magazine….
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