Hot Rod

"The term Hot rod seems first to have appeared in the late 1930s in southern California, where people would race their modified cars on the vast, empty dry lake beds northeast of Los Angeles. The activity increased in popularity after World War II, particularly in California because many returning soldiers had been given technical training in the service."

Roihupelto, Helsinki

Ford 1930s?


1959 Pontiac Star Chief (Bethany Beach, Del.)

Bethany Beach is one of Delaware’s nicest towns and certainly the greatest town on the face of the planet to have been founded by the Disciples of Christ. It may not be as well-known as nearby Rehoboth Beach with its large gay community, and Beltway holidaymakers, but it is every bit as pleasingly quiet as Dewey Beach is obnoxiously rowdy and Ocean City, Maryland, is crowded and commercialized. Doubtless this is attributable, at least in part, to Bethany’s having been a dry town for most of its existence. It was not until 1982 that liquor could be served at all and even today bars are too few in number to attract the rabble.

What is more, some of its residents get permanent “Platinum” parking passes. The owner of this Pontiac seems to have got the first one.