20 YEARS AGO
July 1998 (172 pages, $3.50): “Bad-Ass Beasties” is the sort of blurb that Gray Baskerville spontaneously, endlessly spouted during his decades of issue-planning meetings. Gray’s cover story revived archived examples of the fastest and/or wildest streetable drag cars presented by HOT ROD since Tommy Ivo’s T-bucket in 1957. Jack Roush drives the Mustang II he built for Detroit street-racer Joe Ruggierello. Phil Cool’s wind-blown family reappears in an outtake from our July 1978 cover shoot. We recall the private war fought by the blown Ford coupes of pioneer nostalgia racers Fat Jack Robinson and Jerry Moreland in the 1980s. Young’uns Scott Sullivan and Rick Dobbertin represent Pro Street with dissimilar supercharged Chevy IIs.