100 hot rods gallery, Goodguys

For your viewing Pleasure – 100 Hot Rods

We see a lot of cars out on the Goodguys event circuit. If you listen to enough conversations, you just might overhear some folks saying things like “Nobody is building or driving hot rods anymore.” This article and photo gallery will quiet that notion down a little. These images were snapped over the course of the 2018 event season. We opened all of the folders from all of the events around the country so no region would be left out! It was very easy to find a sea of hot rod photos, so don’t talk yourself into the “Hot Rodding is dying,” thing.

100 hot rods gallery, Goodguys

100 hot rods gallery, Goodguys

There are fewer pre-war hot rods at car shows around the country than there was 15 years ago yes. In the new Millennium, 50s and 60s cars outweigh pre-war cars. It’s a fact, but the hot rods are still rollin’ strong.

100 hot rods gallery, Goodguys

For this gallery, we went back through the 2018 event photo archives. We separate and sort event photos by year. These images were all collected from the 00-1939 folder (Sorry ’40 Ford guys – you just missed the cut).

100 hot rods gallery, Goodguys


These are not “Winner’s Circle” hot rods either – we purposely combed the folders to find the backbone hot rods – guys who build ‘em and drive ‘em. That’s not to say the pro-built cars don’t get driven, we just wanted to shine the spotlight on the guys who would rather park in the back of the fairgrounds and relax.

100 hot rods gallery, Goodguys

You might notice there are a few Street Drag Roadsters. Known back in the 60s as A/SR (A/Street Roadster), these straight axle roadsters were once very prominent in NHRA competition. Then they disappeared from sanctioned drag racing competition. New fangled, low-to-the-ground contemporary A/SR cars filled the staging lanes. They just weren’t as cool. But thankfully, we saw a handful of these wild and wacky roadsters this year. We need to see even more!

So here they are – 100 of the coolest 1939 & earlier hot rods we could find from the 2018 season. Enjoy!

Mega Gallery!

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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