Rod & Custom Street Rod Nationals • Midsummer 1971 • Memphis

The term "street rod" actually dates back to the '40s, although we think of it as a '70s term. Back in the '40s, a hot rod that was built with the intention to be driven on the streets and not built to be raced became known as a street rod. In the early '70s R&C put the "neat" in "street". Our slogan became "Street Is Neat", and we meant it by putting the staff members and their cars on the road to prove that we not only did a magazine, but we drove our cars. In the summer of 1971, our staff drove from Los Angeles to Memphis to meet up with thousands of other rodders. Gray Baskerville probably stated it the best saying, "We also wondered, why would anyone make that midsummer drive from L.A. to Memphis and back in an old car just to look at more old cars?" Well, our questions were answered when thousands showed up for the second Street Rod Nationals.