Some people's reactions when learning that R&C would be attending, and subsequently covering, the Rodder's Journal Vintage Speed & Custom Car Revival (Revival for short), was simply, "Why?" Of course my typical response was, "Why not?!" Rodder's Journal is not viewed upon as competition, for many reasons; it's more of an inspiration than anything else. So, naturally, it only seemed fitting that R&C witness firsthand whether or not our fellow rodding publishers could pull off a decent car show.

Well, they did just that. The Second Annual Rodder's Journal Revival played out to be the type of event that I, acting not as a motorvated photojournalist, rather a red-blooded gearhead, would make a point to not only attend, but do so with a hot rod or custom. It's not a static show; it's for those who take pride in driving their antiquities … to, from, and during the weekend's activities. (In other words, lawn-chaired koozie collectors beware.)

Since its inception, the Revival has been staged at the famed Pimlico Race Course (home of the Preakness Stakes) just outside of Baltimore. The track itself offers a charming, old-timey venue for an event of this nature—and journeying a bit outside the immediate Pimlico area (along the Chesapeake) provides for plenty of memorable time behind the wheel, as well as sightseeing.

And as the accompanying photos will clearly attest to, the Rodder's Journal Revival also happened to be our third stop on the 2013 R&C/Coker Fab 5 program, for which we may have experienced the toughest time selecting the overall pics due to the overwhelming number of "worthy" recipients! For more on next year's Revival, visit

2013 Rod & Custom/Coker Tire Fab 5