The iconic Hot Rod Magazine celebrated its 65th birthday in grand style with a Hot Rod Homecoming at the Pomona Fairplex this past weekend. The show included 75 cars from Hot Rod covers over the years, which were accompanied by a wonderful collection of hot rods that gathered outside the feature buildings…

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There were plenty of cars to greet us upon arrival, including a number of stylized vehicles, like this tunnel ram rod. We’ve continued to see more of these types of vehicles at shows, proving that distressed rods still remain popular amongst customized project cars.

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Filled with exquisite wood work and themed with a surf-inspired interior, this van was a hit with show goers.

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We loved the custom detailing on this truck, including the flamed cutouts, which showed off the engine in a unique way.

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This stylized “male” truck was an interesting take on a vintage postal delivery vehicle, and included every possible detail, right down to the distressed engine, the passenger sign and the vintage padlock on the back.

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Parked quietly amongst the many hot rods outside, this ’31 Ford Model A Roadster took our breath away. This blown and injected Pontiac 4 cylinder is owned by Rich Ralstin of Covina, California, this side mount equals engine compartment genius in our book.

Consider this first taste of the show as just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more incredible cars to show you this week, be sure to stay tuned to see the “where are they now” of Hot Rod Magazine cover cars!

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