It felt like a fresh startan all-new show on the same weekend that wrenching season officially opened. It was the beginning of daylight saving time in California, and we were at the Goodguys first Del Mar Nationals. The show brimmed with cars wed never seen in our farther-north lingerings, and there were some novel ideas that got us thinking.
Many rodders have been looking at slightly newer cars for building fodder, and our advertisers tell us that early-60s cars are the next big venue for the peddling of parts. Springing forward past a stifling 48-and-older cutoff, Goodguys often welcomes cars as new as 72. Not only that, but our trade organizationthe Street Rod Manufacturers Associationhas recently changed the bylaws to include companies that specialize in cars through 72. The definition of street rod hasnt changed, but the age of acceptable coolness is becoming younger.
Taking the hint, we prowled the Del Mar show with the cameras set on the 60s, hoping to get your take on the newer cars. Were not talking about resto musclecars or 64 409 Impalas with a set of Cragars, but about early-60s American iron with a true Rod & Custom treatment. Here are 10 examples of what we mean. What do you think? Is this the next level, or is it a waste of space in R&C? Tell us your opinion by e-mailing email@example.com or calling the voice-mail line at 323/782-2156. You can also write to Rod & Custom , 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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