The most common question posed to any HOT ROD staffer is “How do I get my car in your magazine?” We’ve covered that in detail many times, but here’s a quick answer: Send us some good photos of it and the pertinent information so we can see what it’s all about. If we want to shoot a feature on it, we’ll be in touch. The second most popular query is “How do I get a job working for your magazine?” I get that at least once a week, and it’s a tougher question to answer, since it involves a unique mix of interests and talents, especially with a magazine like HOT ROD. Matt King left us eight months ago, and I’ve been trying the entire time to fill his vacant chair in our Detroit office. When people ask why, I give them the list of requirements, and then they get it. It just dawned on me that this list is also the perfect way to answer the second most popular question. So here’s what’s required to be a magazine staffer. … [Read more...] about How To Get A Job At HOT ROD Magazine
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So you’re driving down the boulevard on a Saturday night. The temperature’s perfect. Your girl’s never looked better, sitting there next to you. The rumble of your 440 echoes off the buildings as you drive by. Life is good. You’ve got the radio tuned to your favorite station, when the all-time best driving song comes on. The bass gets heavy…the guitar riffs get heavy…your foot gets heavy…Life is definitely good. You just can’t cruise without tunes! But if the only three stations you can pick up on your radio are All La Bamba All The Time, The Reverend Killjoy Ministries, and Angry White Male Talk Radio, all in glorious, canned Monophonic Sound, it’s going to get pretty lame, pretty quick. When the right song comes on the radio, there isn’t an enthusiast among us who isn’t instantly transported to a Friday night in May of their senior year, cruising with the windows down and a car load of buddies, or just you and your … [Read more...] about How To Install A Mopar AM/FM Thumb Wheel Radio – Radio Redo
Car chicks have it rough. On one hand, they have to deal with egomaniacs stricken with wee-man syndrome refusing to believe that a woman can actually build or drive a car better than they can. On the flip side, there’s no shortage of creepy bald dudes who are too busy ogling them to fully appreciate their wrenching or driving talent. A certain open-wheel-turned-stock-car racer of GoDaddy.com fame comes to mind. Michelle Harvey has been dealing with this kind of nonsense her entire life, so she gets a kick out of sticking it to the boys in her ’68 Camaro. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, the fact that this F-body is owned by a woman has nothing to do with why it’s getting featured in the pages of PHR. To the contrary, it’s a homebuilt, autocross-ripping, big-block–powered g-Machine worthy of the limelight in any arena that just happens to be owned and driven by a woman. And whether you have one X chromosome or two, it’s a muscle car from which … [Read more...] about 1968 Chevy Camaro – You Go Girl!
In September 1967, American Motors Corporation (AMC) had no performance parts, no performance engineering group, no racing group, no engine-development program, and absolutely no plan for what it was about to embark on. With only months left before the introduction of the company’s AMX and Javelin ponycars, AMC decided the best way to market them was to enter into Trans-Am road racing and NASCAR and Pro Stock drag racing. Let’s just say it was highly optimistic AMC believed it could dive into any form of racing, as it was the manufacturer of sensible, compact cars and a few other things like Marlins. Look it up if you don’t know about Marlins. They were the little Wisconsin car company that could, as long as it didn’t involve speed, racing, performance, or impressing your friends at the local Psycho Taco. Chrysler, Ford, and GM were all heavily involved in different facets of racing for years to help market their cars. Their participation in Trans-Am—a … [Read more...] about The Unbelievable Story of How AMC Won a Trans Am Championship
Sunday 23 June 1991, 6:30pm, Kidlington Airport – Michael Harvey reports The sky is as bleak as the three grey stripes on the flanks of Ayrton Senna's British Aerospace HS125, making the arrival of the Formula 1 world champion in Oxfordshire difficult to spot. He's filed three different flight plans today for this short hop from Paris, but lands on the dot of 6.35pm. Senna is first off the plane, his plain white Reeboks and straight uncuffed jeans sliding into sight first on the blind side of the aeroplane. He is slighter than you might think, but big in the chest and arms beneath the pale blue cotton short-sleeved shirt and the red McLaren bomber jacket. The Honda PR man is standing beside me with his little boy, Jack. Jack wants to know if Senna can fly aeroplanes like he drives cars. "No‚" says dad, "but he flies his own helicopter back in Brazil." Jack is impressed; has Senna really got a helicopter as well as a racing car and an aeroplane? "Oh yes," says dad. … [Read more...] about When Autocar met Senna: 24 hours in the life of a legend
Poor Professor Higgins! On he plods/Against all odds! Well, he had a tough job: changing a girl from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks into a prim and proper member of society. I had a simpler task in mind. I wanted to make sure that my hairdresser/girlfriend/bodyguard, the infamous Vodka McBigbra, could legitimately attend all this year’s auto shows with me. She actually works pretty hard at the events, lugging the Steadicam and obtaining everything from AA batteries to front-row seats so I can keep my Kiton jackets free of wrinkles, but a few of the shows don’t permit “assistants”. Publish or perish is their motto. Not a problem. I decided to make an authentic automotive journalist out of her. How tough could it be?Meanwhile, our friends at General Motors were working on a not entirely dissimilar project. They’d identified some “bloggers”, given them all-expenses-paid trips to Detroit, and led them on a two-day adventure where they … [Read more...] about My Fair Lady: How I Trained A Hairdresser To Be A Better Journalist Than The GM Bloggers
After reading Tal Bronfer’s review of the Euro spec Honda CR-Z, I made arrangements to get a North American model for a week. The car arrived the same day that Michael Karesh’s second review of the CR-Z ran on TTAC. Instead of a third review, Ed and I discussed doing a comparison with an original CRX and seeing what CRX fans think of the CR-Z. Well, it didn’t work out that way ….There’s no question that Honda evokes the two seat coupe from the late 1980s and early 1990s in the CR-Z. I suppose the nomenclature skipped a letter in the sequence, but then who wants to drive a CRY? The similarities extend beyond some distinctive styling cues. The CRX was a sporty and economical car. The CR-Z is supposed to be sporty and green/fuel efficient. Honda marketing pitches the car as a “sport hybrid“. The CRX helped popularize the import tuning scene and the car is still much beloved amongst Honda performance and tuning enthusiasts. Honda is … [Read more...] about Honda Knows The CR-Z’s Not Very Sporty
Isaac writes:Bark,I graduated from college six months ago and took my first real paying job four states away from my family and anyone I know. In the process, I needed a different car, as for the past four years I was daily driving a 1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula. While I love my Fiero and will never sell it (my dad and I restored it when I was in high school), daily driving a ’80s GM car is playing with fire. My parents were very gracious and were willing to sell me their 2013 Dodge Dart (Multiair, six-speed manual) for $8,000. I took it as that was the best deal I was going to find at the time.Fast forward six months and I regret that decision.While there is nothing wrong with the car (mechanically and reliability speaking), it is extremely pokey around town and the driveability is frustrating. I could expand more on my dislike, but all you need to know is I want to replace it with something else.What would you recommend I replace it with?Here is the thing, I owe … [Read more...] about Ask Bark: How to Replace a Dart That Missed the Mark
Aaron Cole’s articles about the ridiculous incentives available for purchasing a Leaf in Colorado piqued my interest, mostly because: I live in Colorado; and, I like the idea of paying way less than half of MSRP for a new car.We moved to an inner-ring suburb of Denver about a year ago with a family of six and the requisite three-row crossover: a leased Mazda CX-9. Yet, ever since I bought my Volvo V70R with the way-back seat, we use the Volvo almost exclusively for hauling the family around town. We also bought an RV for long road trips. For the last year or so, the CX-9 has just been a really thirsty, oversized runabout.I’ve idly thought about picking up something like a Chevrolet Volt for a while, but never pulled the trigger because often my wife has the four kids with her, and the Volt only seats four.For some reason I thought the Leaf had the same problem, but after I read Aaron’s article I did a little more research and … [Read more...] about How I Bought A Ridiculously Cheap Brand-new Nissan Leaf
In the latest installment of the worldwide internet sensation, Ask Bark?, we hear from Josh, who’s struggling with deciding what to buy for his family of four. Josh writes: I need advice. I’m looking for a new car. I’m 40 and married. I have a good job and two kids. I’ve owned old Volvos, Saabs, VWs (and paid those bills) and even a black 1969 Lincoln. (I’m sure this will be relevant at some point —B.)We currently own three cars:– a nice 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited (my wife’s car);– a 2007 Kia Optima with nearly 200,000 miles used as my commuter to and from Columbus every night for several years. It’s paid off, but just plain worn out and has nearly no trade-in value at this point. I was considering keeping it strictly as backup;– and a 2000 Cherokee Sport 4.0L 4×4. My unkillable snow car. It’s awful on gas.I’ve got a 40 mile commute each way, four … [Read more...] about Ask Bark: What Would You Drive If You Were Exactly Like You?