3. July 2008 03:20
The great thing about being a web based magazine is the fact we can point out great things that live in traditional paper magazines without worrying about stupid things like market share and publishers and all that jazz. Hot Rod magazine is an institution, having been around from the early days of hot rod culture as a paper fanzine all the way up to the present day championing causes like environmental impact of scraping old cars they have always been involved in the hobby of modifying cars.
There is an ill informed opinion that hot rods are all the same, the idea that one 32 Ford custom is the same as any other, or that all hot rods are just the same ideas recycled. Really though Hot Rod magazine has been leading the way in showing how innovative hotrodding still is with its Dare To Be Different features since 1989. It is safe to say that in hot rodding circles there are "ways to do things", this is the same in any scene really, certain styles become predominant at certain times. Dare to Be Different actively highlights those cars that aren't constrained by any of these rules.
Featured in the past have been pro street drag looking road cars, drag racing vans, jet powered VW Beetles, as well as having had a number of now famous people pass through the Dare To Be Different looking glass.
We recommend you to go and pick up a copy of the magazine when they do their big Dare To Be Different features or go and browse their website. Even if you aren't building anything, or even want to stand out that far, or be that different, it is great fun to try and think like these innovators and see where your ideas can take you.
All images from Hot Rod magazine, please don’t sue us for using them, we love you.