We love old photos of real hot rods. When we detoured our Asphalt Ego-Rama ’01 trek through northern Nevada to tour Louis Cote’s collection of old Ford iron, we never expected him to lay these photos on us. He kept these original, near-mint photos safe in plastic sleeves and organized in a binder.

Louis grew up in Pasadena, California, and was active in Southern California hot rodding and lakes racing immediately after WWII. It turns out that some of the “neighborhood guys” were notable lakes racers with names you might recognize. We thought these were so cool, we just had to share them. Thanks, Mr. Cote. Enjoy.