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MotorTrend’s 19th Annual Hot Rod Drag Week

The race to determine the title of “Fastest Street Car in America” is back as Hot Rod Drag Week 2023 Presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive returns to premier tracks in four Southeast cities Sunday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 22, and made extra special this year as HOT ROD Magazine celebrates 75 years in 2023. Registration for this highly-anticipated

Hot Rod Power Tour 2023 Dates and Locations

MotorTrend Group, a Warner Bros. Discovery company, has announced the 2023 HOT ROD Power Tour in celebration of HOT ROD’s 75th anniversary. The HOT ROD Power Tour Driven By Continental Tire will be heading south to Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee visiting five cities over five days in June. As America’s largest traveling car show, more than 6,000 cars

Larry Jeffers Purchases IHRA from IRG Sports + Entertainment

World championship car builder Larry Jeffers has taken over ownership of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) from IRG Sports + Entertainment. Jeffers is the owner of the House Springs, Missouri-based Larry Jeffers Race Cars.  Jeffers, who will serve as IHRA President and CEO,  wants to grow the sanctioning body’s bracket and grassroots racing efforts

509 cid Twin-Turbo W Series Big Block Chevy Engine

From front to back and side to side, not a single inch of this 1931 Chevy 5-window coupe was left untouched. Done by Bruce Harvey of Pro Comp Custom, Rick Bird’s ‘Sho Bird’ recently won the 2022 Don Ridler award and the car features a 509 cid twin-turbo W series big block Chevy engine done by Shafiroff Racing Engines as the cherry on top.

2022 Don Ridler Winner “SHO Bird” – ’31 Chevy with Twin-Turbo 509 W Series BBC Engine

Recently, the Piston Powered Autorama took place in Cleveland, OH, which is our backyard at Engine Builder Mag. We walked the show floor and came across this 1931 Chevy nicknamed SHO Bird. The custom-built car, owned by Rick Bird, had just come off winning the 2022 Don Ridler award at the Detroit Autorama, and you

“Organ Grinder” Hot Rod Features 454 Big Block Chevy Engine

This hot rod isn’t flashy, but it certainly earns points for cool factor. Dubbed the “Organ Grinder,” this 1930 Ford Model A has a 454 big block Chevy stuffed between the frame rails. Check it out!

Organ Grinder – 454 Big Block Chevy Engine

After watching Reggie Moore pop wheelies off the line during Sick Week, we had to know what he had in his 1930 Ford Model A hot rod… check out this 454 big block.

DEI Joins the Hot Rod Power Tour

Automotive heat and sound control products company Design Engineering, Inc. is doing its part to make sure the annual HOT ROD Power Tour features some of the most imaginative, inspiring and just plain cool cars around. Along the Power Tour, the DEI booth will play host to vehicles provided by Boris Maryanovsky and his shop, Street Machinery, as well

Blown 414 cid Small Block Chevy Engine

Jeremy Bonnett is no stranger to the drag-and-drive scene. He’s been at it for a number of years. Those familiar will surely recognize his 1929 Pontiac featuring a blown 414 cubic inch small block Chevy. Check it out in our newest Engine of the Week!

Jeremy Bonnett’s ’29 Pontiac with a 414 cid Small Block Engine

During a rained out Day 2 of Sick Week, we came across a few hot rods lined up at Orlando Speedworld. Among them was Jeremy Bonnett’s 1929 Pontiac with a blown 414 cid small block engine.

MotorTrend’s 28th Annual Hot Rod Power Tour

The world’s largest traveling car and truck show is back! Celebrating 28 years in 2022, registration is now open for MOTORTREND’s HOT ROD Power Tour presented by eBay Motors and Driven by Continental Tire. Set to roll through the southern U.S., the premiere hot rod culture event returns to five cities beginning Monday, June 13 through Friday, June

NHRA Announces Hot Rod Heritage Series Schedule

NHRA has announced the eight-race schedule for the 2022 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, featuring two Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions. The series will feature nitro-burning Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.  The 2022 season will begin at the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet, March 3-6, at Famoso Dragstrip.