Welcome to Rod & Custom's official 60th anniversary issue. Before I go on, let's get two things cleared up and out of the way: One, R&C is not really 60 "consecutive" years old (due to a couple corporate lapses in better judgment, unfortunately); and two, December 2013 is not R&C's actual birthday (est. May 1953); we just wanted to save all the hoopla for the final issue of 2013, despite the actual year still having a few months left!
All right, on to the hoopla. In order to compile this special issue, art director extraordinaire Aaron Kahan and myself spent some quality time in the not-so-dark annals of R&C history, aka the Petersen Archive. After piling through literally thousands of images, proof sheets, and typewritten editorial matter, we came up with well over three full issue's worth of material. The ensuing weeding out and narrowing down was nowhere near as fun, but nonetheless, a necessary evil.
Now, along with all the wonderful archival goodies, we also managed to get a few exes—Spencer Murray, Bud Bryan, and Pat Ganahl—to contribute their thoughts and perspectives related to R&C's storied past. Furthermore, our "youngster" historian, Chris Shelton, was more than kind enough to provide some interesting insight into what we consider the magazine's Golden Era(s): the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
All in all, hopefully our collaborative efforts provide some good perusing material for our loyal readers. We sure enjoyed it!
Oh, and lest I forget, we also have the wrapup of our Tribute T build! We'll kick off the new print year next month with a full recap and full color feature on the T, which we just debuted at the NSRA Street Rod Nats.