Great news from the Rodder’s Journal, as a Lifetime Subscriber it’s really pleasing to see the publication getting back on track.
Greetings from The Rodder’s Journal!
It has been sometime since we have sent out a Rodder’s Journal email blast to you, but we are excited to announce that we are in full swing and working hard to get back on track. It has been a tough road getting back to this point, but we’re confident we are headed in the right direction, and we are excited about the future.
You may have heard that we debuted the new issue, TRJ #85, this past weekend at the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. First of all, we would like to thank everyone for the positive and supportive reception we received. Thank you to all that took the time to stop by.
We’d like to give you a quick run-down on where things stand without going into too much gory detail. You will be able to read more about all of that in the Editorial of TRJ #85.
But, first off, we do want to thank you for your patience, and your continued support in all of this. Failure is not an option and we have never faltered in our efforts to continue with The Rodder’s Journal. It has been a tough couple of years and many challenges lay ahead, but we firmly believe that we are well on track to bring the Rodder’s Journal back to its former glory.
Nearly 13,000 rods and customs took over the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville for the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals. The weather was beautiful and everywhere you looked there were cars, cars and more cars. It’s the most crowded Nats we’ve ever seen—and we were thrilled to be right there smack-dab in the middle of it all.
There was no shortage of vintage tin at this year’s Street Rod Nationals. It’s not every day that you have ’32 Ford hot rods for as far as the eye can see.
From Thursday through Sunday, our days and nights were filled with early iron and great conversations with friends new and old. There was a lot to be excited about in Louisville, including our 25th anniversary, the freshly printed TRJ #82 and our first-ever Street Rod Nationals Live video stream, sponsored by Jon Wright’s CustomChrome Plating. Even if you weren’t able to make it to Kentucky, you can catch all the action on our Facebook page.
There has never been a more influential automotive publisher than Robert E. Petersen. Through Hot Rod Magazine and his other titles—including Rod & Custom and Car Craft—he helped legitimize our sport and spread the word to millions of car crazy readers around the globe. Petersen was a photographer, racer, marketing genius, family man and much more—and now his life story is in print like never before. We’re excited to introduce Hot Rod Empire: Robert E. Petersen and the Creation of the World’s Most Popular Car and Motorcycle Magazines, published by our friends at Motorbooks and now available in the TRJ Library.
Written by acclaimed author Matt Stone and Gigi Carleton, Mr. Petersen’s longtime executive secretary and confidant (whose story was told in TRJ #75), Hot Rod Empire covers all the bases. It leaves no stone unturned, and it features a foreword by none other than Ed “Isky” Iskenderian and a preface by Bruce Meyer. It’s a star-studded cast, and it’s only fitting for the all-American tale of the King of Hot Rod Publishing.
The latest book from the always excellent Tom Cotter of the “In The Barn” series of books and the star of the Hagerty YouTube series “Barn Find Hunter” chronicles his drive across the USA with Michael Alan Ross in a hopped up 1926 Model T Roadster via the Lincoln Highway.
This newly released hardcovers spans 225 pages and is loaded with entertaining stories from the road.
The McGee Deuce roadster, one of the most iconic hot rods ever, is now the focus of an exciting full-length documentary by the Historic Vehicle Association. Packed with vintage and contemporary action footage, and interviews with guys like Ed Iskenderian, the roadster’s current owner, Bruce Meyer, and TRJ senior contributor Pat Ganahl and senior editor Greg Sharp, the film captures the spirit of the car and the era it was born from. Click here to see a one-minute teaser and the full 20-minute documentary.