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Saturday Matinee: The Cool Hot Rod

Last week we showed a menacing story of hot rodders. This week we show how the hobby came together as a cultural game-changer


In 1947, as we showed last week in our Saturday matinee, the cautionary tale of hot-rodder juvenile delinquents. This week, it’s now 1953 and the rebels and lone wolves have organized, creating some of the foundations of car culture as we know it today.

The film follows a misfit teenager with a passion for hot rods and trouble. He moves to a California town where he learns the errors of his ways and becomes a model hot rodder.

Albeit more positive, it is still a cautionary tale. Once again, the cars are cool, and the rise of organized racing and car clubs makes this a valuable history piece.

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


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