When Parnelli Jones hot lapped his ’32 around a dirt field near his home he never thought he would become a race driver, let alone that he would win the Indy 500. Just shows you what happens when to pursue your dreams. Photos courtesy of the Parnelli Jones collection.
Just a note to tell you how much I enjoy reading the feature stories of the icons of our hobby. Some of the bigger names, like Bob Bondurant, Vic Edelbrock, and Alex Xydias, I’ve known about all my life. I’m less familiar with some of the others, but the stories have all been well written, informative, and great fun to read. These stories alone are worth the price of admission. Thanks again!
I love the magazine, especially the archival shots you include. The Creepers Club represents the grassroots of drag racing so well. I noticed a set of early zoomie headers blowing at those “state-of-the-art” 7-inch-wide slicks. Could the Creepers hold the title for the first set of zoomies while everybody else was running weed cutters? Believe it or not, those guys were having FUN!
I have been following this issue on ethanol for some time ... your (“Ethanol Ethics”) has hit the nail square on the head! This ethanol use and the increased percentage has really got me steamed—there are places back East here that you buy by the bag to heat your home (it needs to be a food product and not a fuel, at least for the masses)!
I have read and taken Rod & Custom for a very long time—you’re still one of the best.
Thanks for publishing the editorial “Ethanol Ethics” in the November R&C. I never read the “editorials” in R&C nor STREET RODDER because they’re always pandering to the money people, but the headline “Ethanol Ethics” caught my eye, so I read it. You did a good job. It’s funny—populism and individualism are what gave birth to hot rodding, but it didn’t take long for the car media people to find out who paid their salaries, and abandon the individualism of the movement. Maybe you can do a little to bring that back.
I wanted to compliment you on R&C and let you know that I enjoy it every time it comes through the mailbox. I also wanted to point out another piece of the ethanol fueling problem that you captured in your editorial this month. SEMA and pretty much every other agency helps to protect us in the old car community (which is great), but one thing no one really points out is that we in the hobby are arch environmentalists in one sense. We recycle things that most people think are junk, sometimes to the point of absurdity. Our hobby has saved things that would cost much more to produce or reproduce. And considering that we typically repair, even our newer vehicles, we have saved the production and environmental costs of that as well. On top of that, few people think about how much it costs to produce and/or destroy a car, and the environmental impact it has. The folks tooling around in their environmentally friendly hybrids scoffing at us oil-spewing old cars don’t consider the fact that the batteries that their cars use are more toxic than (most likely) all of our old polluting ways. In addition, the costs to actually plug those cars in is problematic in the sense that many places use even worse polluters than our beloved gasoline to power the plants that produce the electricity for their cars. I attached an article below on that.
Anyway, thus endeth my diatribe. Keep doing the great publication you always do.