History of Automobiles: Hot Rods

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  • 1969
  • 1 Season

The period of postwar prosperity between the end of the World War II and the mid 1950s created a unique environment, where teenagers and young men had the time and money to invest in creating cars that were built for a new type of fun. That meant that if you had the need for speed and knew how to check under the hood, you could create your own Greased Lightning and zoom through the night!

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Ingenuity in Action
3. Ingenuity in Action
 
Now we move onto what is probably the best clip for the true hot rod fans. It explains how to prepare and enter a car show and gives us a detailed history of the "nomadic tribe of hotrodders". Producer: Hot Rod Magazine. Sponsor: Davis (Sid) Productions. Year: 1958. Length: 00:27:14. Audio: Mono. Color: COLOR
Cool Hot Rod
2. Cool Hot Rod
 
This film, narrated by a teenager, shows how a hot rod club contributes to safe driving through its strict membership rules and restriction of speed runs to sanctioned "drag strips". It is a great piece of hot rod history! We meet young "Bullet Bill" Bowers who at first is a menace to society. By the end of the film he learns about the rules of the hot rod community and sees the error of his ways.
Road Runners
1. Road Runners
 
The first classic clip is about outlaw hotrodders who become law-abiding gear heads after a community organizes supervised racing clubs and timing associations. This film shows us a healthy alternative for boys who loved to drive their cars fast: organized drag racing - a fun way to blow off steam and stay out of trouble. Year: 1952. Length: 00:12:34. Audio: Mono. Color: BLACK &WHITE
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The period of postwar prosperity between the end of the World War II and the mid 1950s created a unique environment, where teenagers and young men had the time and money to invest in creating cars that were built for a new type of fun. That meant that if you had the need for speed and knew how to check under the hood, you could create your own Greased Lightning and zoom through the night!