Sunday, March 06, 2016

3 reasons to go read the Nov 1963 Popular Hot Rodding magazine. Larry Woods, Barney Navarro, and Bruce Crower were all adding content. Who do they have now at PHR, and would you even care?





If you aren't familiar with who those legends are,
Larry Woods is the designer for Hot Wheels and has been forever, plus, recently he made that cool Spartan trailer and COE http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2013/05/most-impressive-hot-rod-truck-and.html
Barney Navarro was the genius racer / flat head parts designer that also made a hospital artificial heart pump, and a 700 hp 199cu in AMC slant 6 for Indy racing, http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2013/02/700-hp-199-cu-in-amc-rambler-straight-6.html
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Bruce Crower is the genius race car engine designer (flat 8) that invented or improved roller cams, cranks, etc that Garlits and others use, and was a chief mechanic for Indy cars. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2009/06/crower-legacy-display-at-crower-1st.html

4 comments:

  1. The first page says Larry Wood was a student at Art Center in LA in 1963. Hot Wheels wouldn't come out for a few more years.

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    1. Right... I said he was at Hot Wheels forever... not that he was at hot wheels at the time of this art. It doesn't change the situation I am focusing on, PHR had Crower, Navarro, and Wood all in one issue. How could a magazine today compare? To do that, they'd need to have an article on intake design by Vic Jr, the article on hot rodding by Hollenbeck or Strope, an article on paint by Hutton, and a feature on illustrations by Foose. All in one issue. Never going to happen again that such a gathering of talent will add content to a magazine.

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  2. I was impressed that Larry Wood had so many drawings featured in the magazine while he was still in school. Someone recognized his talent early on.

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    1. ain't that cool? He was a student in the ACC of Pasadena and someone got his art in front of the people at Popular Hot Rodding... and they published it. Probably impossible to pull that off today, it's so damn hard to get ahold of anyone in the magazine business

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