After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.
The Goodguys holds events for the rod and custom community that benefit its members, and its Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is now geared specifically toward teen gearheads. That’s because the event challenges teens to debug a small-block V-8 in less than 35 minutes! Check it out!
Buick’s rather obscure “Nailhead” V-8 became one of General Motors’ most unique, performance motor underdogs during the ’50s and early 1960s. It was an overhead-valve engine that made use of some peculiar chamber angles and valve diameters, but now Rad Rides by Troy has built a twin-turbo spin on the early mill!
Lincoln’s mid-size, V-12-powered Zephyr of the ’30s and ’40s became one of Ford Motor Company’s most innovative marques. The late George “Dutch” Fuchs of the St. Louis region was one of the area’s most seasoned car collectors, and now some of his Lincoln rarities have leaked out on the eBay block!
When Rick Edward of Texas started his ’32 Ford street rod a while back, it began as a father-son project. Unfortunately, Rick’s dad passed away shortly after he bought his parts and accessories from Sachse Rod Shop. But with Sachse’s help, Rick has successfully completed the cool coupe.
There are still some individuals and organizations that base their work on values, and in regard to the rod and custom craft, Heart Of A Craftsman is one of the hobby’s most charitable entities. This Christian-based hot rod camp helps the next generation be more involved in the custom auto world – check it out!
Tom Warner of Fort Pierce, Florida is a seasoned hot rodder who brings plenty of experience to the table. During his heyday, a ’36 Ford stuffed with an old-school HEMI was one of Warner’s first claims to hot rodding fame, and today he relives his old-school, Chrysler rodding legacy with his 392-powered, Model T.
Walt Austin of Tacoma, Washington brings us a Willys coupe that’s completely aluminum-bodied, while packing a blown HEMI under the aluminum hood. Not only a strong runner in a straight line, but Austin’s aluminum coupe makes use of Kirkham Motorsports’ suspension, making for a true winner all around!
American Racing has been a leader in aluminum and magnesium wheels for the rod scene since 1956, and their signature Torq Thrust style wheels have become a hot rodding staple. At California’s recent Del Mar Nationals, American Racing made an appearance, and many rides present sported their products.
The Zephyr was a very early attempt by Lincoln in the 1930s to create a personal luxury coupe that packed big engine power. It became a marque that was designed to be mid-range in price. Only 404 Zephyrs were built for 1940, but now one has found its way to the Vicari Auction Block, and will soon be up for grabs!
Ron and Deb Cizek of Bennington, Nebraska have won the prestigious Street Rod d’Elegance award with their cranberry red, ’40 Ford coupe, appropriately dubbed, “Checkered Past.” They took home the trophy from this last weekend’s Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals. Congratulations go out to Ron and Deb, check it out here!
This year’s Temecula Rod Run was one of the Southern California Wine Country’s most charitable rodding events. But if you’re in the Conejo Valley and looking for something similar that’s much more local, then be sure to check out the Oaks Plaza’s monthly Cruzzz-In, in Thousand Oaks. It’s a meet not to be missed!
A HUGE round of congratulations is extended to Nick Rogers, for winning Goodguys and Mothers Polish 2013 Custom of the Year award for his clean, ’51 Mercury. Rogers and his Merc sled grabbed the award at Alameda Fairgrounds, 31st All American Get-Together. It’s a clean ride, and the award is well-deserved!
Goodguys has been hosting Northern California’s famous hot rod and custom car event, the All American Get-Together, since Goodguys was founded in the spring of 1983 by area car guru, Gary Meadors. This last weekend, the annual event welcomed over 3,400 vehicles and tons of enthusiasts to the Alameda Fairgrounds!
Dakota Digital’s products bring to the auto aftermarket electronic instrument layouts that are made to fit nearly any custom or classic application. This is especially true for their recent VHX instrument series, made to fit your rod, custom or classic car build without cutting-up original gauge housings!
Recently at the AutoRama, Ron and Deb Cizek of Bennington, Nebraska won the prestigious Ridler Award with “Checkered Past,” the couple’s own full-custom, ’40 Ford coupe powered by a blown Flathead. It’s quite an accomplishment, and now the cherried rod will soon pop-up at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in California!