By Tony Baker
Californias imperative coast used to be fertile flooring for warm rodding, and all motor activities in most cases, throughout the Forties and Fifties. sizzling Rodding in Santa Barbara County takes the reader again in time with a set of outstanding photos from the earliest days of the recent rod circulate. This publication contains photographs of the 1st drag strips within the kingdom, rough-and-tumble jalopy racing, early road-racing motion, and plenty of nice sizzling rods and customs. stick with neighborhood hot-rodders as they take journeys to El Mirage dry lake and the world-famous salt residences at Bonneville, Utah, and stopover at a long-lost global as noticeable via photos taken from the private albums of people that contributed to the start of a tradition that may unfold around the country.
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The gas crisis of the early 1970s put an end to Roach’s days as a Philips 66 dealer, but he kept the garage open as a repair shop. From then until Roach’s death in 2012, building engines and hot rods became the main part of the business, although it still did general automotive repair. After Roach’s death, the garage was purchased by employee Hunter Self, who operates the business in the same tradition as did Roach. ) 38 Jay Roach built this fast-looking 1931 Ford Model A sedan back in the late 1950s.
The clean and simple appearance of Alan Jennings’s rod is evident in this image. Cars similar to this one were on streets all over California by the early 1940s and became the prototypes for most of the hot rods seen over the last 70 years. Jennings’s roadster would soon go into mothballs as he too entered the military; it would be rebuilt on his return. ) 31 This is the well-crafted dashboard of Alan Jennings’s roadster. Fabricated by Jennings himself using elements from a 1932 Ford, the Stewart-Warner gauges are nicely laid out.
The engine sports a pair of relatively rare Riley heads and an exhaust cutoff. The fit and finish look good. Note how the 1932 Ford grill shell has been dropped, and the headlights, lowered. ) 64 Another frequent visitor to Goleta in the early days was well-known hot rod builder Don Mansfield of Ojai. One of his creations, which also served as his personal rod, was this little flathead-powered Model T roadster. This was state of the art for a hot rod of the late 1940s. Note the “chopped” canvas top and chrome tube shocks.