When’s a traditional hot rod show not typically traditional? When it’s not the typical traditional cars we’re traditionally used to, traditionally speaking. More precisely, when it’s a show aptly named The Hot Rod Revolution.
Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Revolution is truly a grassroots hot rod event put on by grassroots-fueled hot rodders Ryan Cochran (The Jalopy Journal), Keith Tardel (Rex Rod & Chassis), Steve Wertheimer (The Continental Club), and Will Muntz (Lucky Lounge). This time around, they received additional help from the U.S. Army and Texas Military Forces Museum, appropriately, as the show was staged at Austin’s Camp Mabry, the Lone Star State’s oldest active military base.
While the Revolution’s focal point is based on pre-’48 “traditional” hot rods—and customs—as show founder Cochran states, “Its focus is on quality, not quantity.” And that quality is definitely what sets this show apart from pretty much all the rest, as the particular quality goes well beyond the vehicles themselves. No, you won’t encounter tattoo, pin-up model, or pompadour contests at this event, as it’s not about cheese ball culture—it’s about true gearheads with true passion and respect for real hot rodding heritage.
Interested in learning more about The Hot Rod Revolution? Next time you’re perusing the Internet, check out a little place called The Jalopy Journal—you’ll find what you need (and more) there. In the meantime, have yourself a look-see at our sampling of photos from the show.