The Stoner T: How to build a hot rod in 10 years (and influence people) Part 1 – Dan Stoner Hemming’s Daily

Really interesting part one of an article tracking Dan Stoner’s 10 year Hot Rod build,

Read more here

 

2017 Hot Rod Hill Climb in Colorado – Scotty Lachenauer Hot Rod Network

Hot Rod Hill Climb 2017

Excellent article from the Hot Rod Network on what must be one of the best live Hot Rod events anywhere!

The even started back in 1953 in  Georgetown and was resurrected by Mike Nicholas in 2o13 running for three years at the original venue.

This year due to the popularity of the event it has moved to nearby Central City, and once again it was a great event.

Read the article here

40 Years At HOT ROD, the Marlan Davis Saga – Hot Rod Network Thom Taylor

40 Years At HOT ROD, the Marlan Davis Saga

40 Years At HOT ROD, the Marlan Davis Saga

 

Forty years at one company is crazy, but that’s the landmark we’re celebrating for HOT ROD’s very unique, devoted, and walking GM part-number catalog, Marlan Davis. Forty years! You know him as HOT ROD’s Tech Editor par excellence—and he’s that, for sure. But Marlan is somewhat of a mystery, even to the staff, as his desert residence in Neenach, California, isolates him from city hustle and bustle, making commutes into Los Angeles a long haul and sightings at the HOT ROD mothership rare.

Great article on Marlan Davis from Thom Taylor here at The Hot Rod Network 

 

 

Joe Jagersberger (Rajo Joe) Hot Rod Pioneer

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Joe Jagersberger came to the USA from Austria and began working for Case Corporation in Racine Wisconsin to assist in developing a race car programme.

Whilst working for Case Jagersberger was a regular race competitor including racing at the Indianapolis 500. He continued to race until 1911 eventually becoming victim to a career ending crash after which he spent several months in hospital and resulted in an amputation of his right leg.

Despite his injuries he continued to work at Case as a consultant. He continued to design cylinder heads and other peripherals eventually starting his own company under the famous Rajo brand. The name of the brand was formed from the RA of Racine and the JO from his first name.

Rajo started off by producing spark plugs and various other items. They then moved into producing  performance cylinder heads for Ford Model T and Model A cars.

The first design was the Model 30 which had 4 exhaust ports and one intake port all on the right side of the head. The Model 31 had two intakes on the right and four exhaust on the left. The Model 35C, first known as the “Improved Rajo Valve-in-Head” and later as the Model C had two intakes and three exhausts on the right. The Model A used the stock intake ports on the block. It had two exhaust ports on the right. His Model B two intakes on the right and four exhausts on the left. It came in three versions. The BB featured a higher compression ratio and the BB-R also included two spark plugs per cylinder.

He also offered a modification to the 1941-52 Chevrolet “stovebolt” L6 OHV 15 bolt head, which added another set of 3 intake ports above the 3 originals, to permit adding (an) extra carburetor(s) on a separate manifold.

Jagersberger died in 1952. The company closed in 1980.

Rajo equipment is still very much sought after and command very high prices amongst the traditional hot rod community

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Here on Hemmings are some great examples of  period Rajo powered racers

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1925 Ford Faultless RaJo Racer

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1922 Ford Model T Indy Board Track Racer

There are also some interesting Rajo ephemera items to be found on sites such as eBay

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Sources Wikipedia, Hemmings, trackforum.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajo_Motor_and_Manufacturing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jagersberger

 

 

 

 

Puzzled: A Hot Rod Built From Spare Parts – Dave Thomas Rod Authority

 

Interesting throwback “use what you got” build  in an article from Rod Authority by Dave Thomas. Read about Randy Defrot’s rod Here

Building a Four-Banger Model A Motor for Street and Race – Hot Rod Deluxe – Scotty Lachenauer

This is what I’d love to do for my Model A at sometime in the future (if I win the lottery 🙂

Traditional Hot Rod Four Banger Build

Traditional Hot Rod Four Banger Build

Scotty Lachenauer is following the build of a hopped up roadster for TROG

This episode covers the build of a four banger for the project, the article is here

 

Esprit de hardcore: Pismo Race of Gentlemen 2016 – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings

West Coast Race of Gentlemen

West Coast Race of Gentlemen

 

On October 15/16th this year the inaugural west coast version of the Race of Gentlemen took place at Pismo Beach.

Having been to Pismo a few years ago it’s an ideal spot, the beach is great and it’s a real “car hobby” area.

Unfortunately and ironically the weather wasn’t at all kind to the event, and it may be that it ends up being a one off?

Read more in Daniel Beaudry’s Hemmings article here

 

Interview with Neil Fretwell of the VHRA

Really enjoyable interview with Neil Fretwell the driving force behind the Vintage Hot Rod Association here in the UK

 

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