There is still a vibrant Hot Rod culture worldwide, especially in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden. The hot rod community has now been subdivided into two main groups: hot rodders and street rodders. Hot rodders build their cars using a lot of original, old parts, and follow the styles that were popular from the 1940s through the 1960s. Street rodders build cars (or have them built for them) using primarily new parts.
A common factor amongst the current owners of hot rods is to make them more noticeable. There are now many different sectors of Hot Rodding, some of which are:-
Street Rods (These are a very popular branch of 'hot rodding'. Contrary to the implications of the term hot rod, street rods are a peculiar mix of hot rods, custom cars, and modern Detroit cars. Emphasis is on high end custom paint jobs, luxury leather interiors with all the amenities, modern engines and running gear.) As specified by the NSRA (National Street Rod Association), a Street Rod is to have been manufactured prior to 1949.
Pro-Street Rods (a branch of street rodding featuring mildly customized sedan and coupe models that one would not normally associate with hot rodding that have monster engines and huge rear tires inside the fender wells. They retain all the other luxury features of Street Rods.)
Billet Rods (street rods noted by many items being machined from Billet aluminum),
Traditional Rods (those that built according to a particular point in time and stick to those build techniques and materials),
Rat rods (those that are pieced together to look like old time jalopies, although some times they require more work than a show rod), and
Show Rods (Hot Rods created to compete in National Car Shows such as AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster), and the Detroit Autorama).
There are hundreds of local car clubs supporting the hot rod/street rod community. The National Street Rod Association (NSRA) is the largest club in the world and sponsors many local events including the Street Rod Nationals which serve as a showplaces for the majority of the hot-rodding and street-rodding world to display their cars and to find nearly any part needed to complete them. Collectively they are all referred to as Hot Rods.
September 14th, 2010
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