What is a Street Rod? Where Did it Come From?

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….

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Rat Rod: The Origins and History

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[1]. 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….

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Hot Rod Cars: The History, Origins & Culture

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….

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Lowriders: The History, Origins & Culture Of Lowrider Cars

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[1] 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….

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Harry Gant (Nascar Driver) Biography

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 (Nascar Driver) Biography


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 (Nascar Driver) Biography

Jerry Cook

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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Darrell Waltrip (Nascar Driver) Biography


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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Donnie Wingo

Donnie Wingo

Donnie Wingo is a veteran journeyman crew chief who is currently employed at Wood Brothers Racing, working with Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft car.  Born on the 13th of February, 1960 in the town of Spartanburg, South Carolina Donnie first started in NASCAR racing as a crew member and mechanic in 1978 working for independent car and team owner, Jimmy Means.  His first crew chief role came in 1989 when he started with Bud Moore Racing.  His first career Cup Series win was when he led Morgan Shepherd to victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990, this was followed by a further three victories with Geoffrey Bodine, twice in 1992 and once in 1993.  From about 1995 to 2002 Donnie worked for Travis Carter/Haas-Carter Motorsports working principally with drivers, Jimmy Spencer and Todd Bodine. The biggest break in his career came in 2003 when he was asked to be the crew chief to the rookie, Jamie McMurray at Chip Ganassi Racing for the Sprint Cup season. He guided the #42 team to five Top 5 and thirteen Top 10 finishes, one pole position and the team finished In thirteenth position in the final point standings. Jamie was awarded the Sprint Cup Raybestos 2002 “Rookie of the Year” honours. Encouraged by the results of 2003 the team entered 2004 with great enthusiasm and gained nine Top 5 and twenty three Top 10 finishes. The team earned a $1 million bonus after finishing eleventh in the point standings, making them the highest finishing team outside of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  2005 saw another solid season for Donnie and Jamie when they recorded one pole, four Top 5 and ten Top 10 finishes. They were disappointed in their pursuit for a place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup when they found they were a few points short after the final qualifying race at Richmond International Raceway. The team finished twelfth in the final point standings, their consecutive third top 15 finish together.

Working with Casey Mears in the 2006 season proved to be one of Casey’s most successful seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing when Donnie led him to three Top 5 finishes, including a second place finish in the Daytona 500 and finishing fourteenth in the final point standings. Donnie continued with Chip Ganassi Racing throughout 2007 and 2008, working with Juan Pablo Montoya who he guided to win his first Sprint Cup victory and to earn the NASCAR 2007 “Rookie of the Year” honours and to work with Reed Sorrenson.  Jamie McMurray had left Chip Ganassi Racing two years previously to drive for Jack Roush at Roush Fenway Racing and two years later Donnie joined him at Roush Fenway Racing and it was hoped that the duo could work some of the magic they had in 2002 with Jamie hoping to gain another victory and, most importantly, to put Jamie into the position of a shot at the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.  The duo started the season by dominating the final stages of the Budweiser Shootout but lost out to Kevin Harvick after losing the lead in the final lap.  Donnie and Jamie enjoyed a brilliant Speedweeks when they finished ninth in the Gatorade Duel.  They were doing well in the Daytona 500 until Jamie was involved in a big crash.

In November they won the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and the team also earned their second restrictor-plate victory. Donnie, crew chief for the # 26 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driven by Jamie McMurray, was named the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race for NASCAR Sprint Cup Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.  The team finished the season with one win, five Top 10 and nineteen Top 20 finishes and were ranked twenty second in the final point standings.  At the end of the season the #26 team were released as Roush Fenway Racing had to cut down their teams to the NASCAR mandatory four.  Donnie was retained as crew chief of the #6 UPS team with driver, David Ragan.  The team failed to maximise their potential when at the end of the 2010 season they were ranked twenty fourth in the final point standings after achieving three Top 5 and seventeen Top 20 finishes. It was announced that Donnie would replace David Hyder as crew chief with the Wood Brothers team, working on the #21 Ford with rookie driver, Trevor Bayne for the 2011 season.  The season started brilliantly when Donnie was named as the WYPALL* Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February.  He was awarded this after pulling off an amazing feat in only his second career start.  He held off a late charge by Carl Edwards to take the chequered flag, giving the Wood Brothers their fifth Daytona 500 victory.  It seems that during the Gatorade Duel (a unique heat-race format that determines the starting order for the Daytona 500), David was involved in a last lap crash, damaging the car so badly that the team were forced to completely rebuild the car. Obviously they did a fantastic job, when the green flag fell David moved quickly from his starting position of thirty second to position himself in with the top ten drivers, ready to pull up to the lead of the field and the final green and white chequered flag finish.  “This ‘Cinderella story’ just shows what a leader Donnie really is,” said WYPALL Wipers crew chief representative and FOX/Speed analyst Jeff Hammond. “He showed up for Speedweeks ready to play with the big dogs and they did just that. Despite their setback in the duel, Donnie didn’t give up and led this team to victory with resiliency.”  Donnie lives in Mooresville, North  Carolina with his wife, Kim and two children, Erin and Coleman:


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