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Here is the man that started it all. In 1946, immediately after his discharge from the Army Air Corps where he served as a B-17 engineer, Alex Xydias opened the So-Cal Speed Shop in Burbank, one of the first hot rod shops in Southern California. In 1950, he was the first person to break the 200 mph barrier with a hot rod called the "So-Cal Streamliner," which was powered by an Edelbrock V-8 60 engine. And he's still active in hot rodding. I had the opportunity to sit with Alex a few years back at Bonneville, sharing a few Newcastle Brown Ales with him and talking cars.