Wednesday’s Magazines

Today’s at Topper’s we discussed  a new magazine entitled Rodding USA, which is published in Tucson and features Paul Martinez as editor. If you have been around for a few years, you may remember him as the ace photographer from Street Rodder a few years ago. I always enjoyed his photo’s and builds. It seems to me he was building a 34 coupe – a blue one. The magazine is full of great photos and lengthy features of cars and shops. Rather than the one page write up you see in most magazines, you have complete coverage over several pages in Rodding USA. The newsstand price is $7.95 which seems high in my mind and I hope it continues to survive without increasing the advertising pages. The Rodder’s Journal is a different publication than this new venture but also started without major advertising and even at the $15.95 price still managed to hang on until the cost exceeds the income. I think most people feel they would pay whatever TRJ has to charge, as there is no equal in my mind. Rodding USA has a seven issue life line so far and I hope they continue to keep the quality paper and content in focus. I am going to subscribe as that is the backbone of any car publication with accountants looking over the shoulder of the editor. Issue number one is sure to be a treasure for most of us car magazine collectors.

I continue to only take Hot Rod, Street Rodder and Goodguys due to the internet. I like all of the editors and their vision. These publications also must compete with the internet and keep subscriptions coming in as the bean counters will be forcing changes if they don’t. Hot Rod, for example, has gone through many years of editorial change and I stuck with them even though I felt I should cancel my subscription. I even wrote Freiburger a note telling him to go back to Hot Rod as he has the vision to make it a first class publication. He did that and now I think most will agree, he with the help of my friend Thom Taylor, have really brought the magazine back to something I look forward to receiving each month. I don’t know if the numbers are up but the pages and advertisers sure are. We must continue to provide feedback to our favorite magazines and keep them on track by subscribing or purchasing newsstand copies. I am a constant surfer on the net, but when I relax in my easy chair I need the latest copy of my subscriptions to help me through the boring Velocity TV programs and reality shows.

What magazines are next to your easy chair?

Stay Tooned!


Chris has been busing working on his 34 roadster. He has added the fenders and top to produce this wonderful profile. This was not a perfect car to begin with but was very nice. He is young but old school and I like that. HAMB photo.

Since I am a hiboy fan I love this photo showing his new top and chrome wishbone. Note the steering wheel and battery box. Great job Chris!

My friend Thom drew up this concept for one of Roy’s customers and it is now being gone through at Roy’s for Scott, the new owner. Good hot rod designs never grow old.

Prolific Deuce builder, Don Smith, had Jimmy Smith draw this concept for this year’s Riddler contender. He was selected for the “Great 8”.

Here is the concept by Ruben Duron prior to the build. The chop is around 4 inches or more.

Here is the car when I looked at it a few years ago. Flathead, QC and nothing else made it appealing to me. Drive and have fun.

Most people don’t care for model 40 without fenders but I think they can be made to look very racy like this example, now over in Japan. I believe this is the same car as shown above and was built in Napa, CA a few years ago. The old editor of R&C was building one, but I don’t know what happened since he left R&C.

Here is a good comparison of a Deuce hiboy sedan that is being finished by Highley Rod & Custom. Which do you like?

Here is a stock phaeton showing the front seat back that needs to be moved about 3 inches reward to be comfortable for a 6 ft. driver.

Here is one at Roy’s that has been moved back for added comfort yet still leaves lots of room for the rear passengers.

Wednesday’s Pick!

Louie picked a senic spot on his way home to stop and shoot this beautiful photo of his roadster. Thanks Louie, Joe would be proud of you.

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  4. TRJ in my opinion is the best. In addition I still subscribe to R&C, Street Rodder, Hot Rod, and Hot Rod Deluxe. Street Rodder subscription mi
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  5. Hi Lynn:

    I am only getting TRJ at the moment. They do a truly great job at presenting the subject of trad rods and customs. I even pick up the news stand issue also so I have a complete set. Subscribed to Street Rodder for years and stopped recently. Their choice of cars I feel has declined to the gaudy. The tech articles are the best part of the mag and I miss them. The Jalopy Journal is great and the HAMB can absorb lots of time. Thanks for the tip on Rodding USA. Terry

  6. Lynn,

    Talk about timing I just started my subscription to Rodding USA this afternoon. I talked to Paul on the phone and ended up getting the five (5) back issues.

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