HOT ROD magazine celebrated its 65th anniversary this year, and with it the biggest car reunion in history presented by Chevrolet Performance, co-sponsored by Edelbrock. The car show took place in Pomona, CA, on March 23rd and 24th.
The focus was a collection of more than 300 cars, 72 of which were on the cover of HOT ROD magazine at one time. This was the largest-ever gathering of magazine cover cars that included hot rods from issues as old as 1948 and as new as the most recent edition. All ticket holders also got into the NHRA museum on site for free.
Among the famous cars in attendance were Gary Schroeder's '27 T from HOT ROD's August '58 cover and Tony Baron's '27 T from the December '58 cover. Each '27 roadster was on HOT ROD's cover in '58, yet they look completely different. These two vehicles are what make the hot rodding hobby what it is. Created around personalizing your car, the hobby embraces making your car different from your buddy's, even when you're starting with the same car.
The HOT ROD Homecoming featured industry icons Linda Vaughn, Courtney Hansen, Vic Edelbrock, Tommy Ivo, and many more; a pin-up girl contest; a ride-and-drive from Chevrolet Performance; and a pinstripers' panel jam.
The show was separated into four buildings; each building representing a piece of hot rodding history. Building 4, the main and largest building has all of the early cars and famous figures that created hot rodding along with a couple important cars in hot rodding timeline including the HOT ROD Levi van. Building 6 moved into the later years of budget drag racers and then into the Pro street era. Building 5 featured pro builders like Steve Strope and Bryan Fuller and the last building, building 8, featured an exhibit from Petersen Museum and all of the HOT ROD project cars. Land speed record holders were also in attendance; tons of dragsters and engines popping out of hoods could be seen throughout the buildings. Each car's cover photo was placed in front of the appropriate vehicles on a stand.
A majority of the cars were unchanged and looked better than the grainy covers, but some were just a hint of what they once were. Owners of the cars were nearby and loved to talk about the famous hot rods.
HOT ROD Homecoming gallery: