More Mod­i­fieds

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Tom Decker

In re­sponse to your Sept. 2017 Flag Man col­umn (“Thinkin’ @ Ran­dom”), I think the magazine is do­ing pretty well. I was a typ­i­cal teenager into cus­toms and hot rods but went over to the dirt track side of com­pe­ti­tion. There was more stock car rac­ing in western New York than drag rac­ing. I re­mem­ber a few is­sues of HRM back then fea­tur­ing a T-bod­ied coupe that ran at Bal­boa Sta­dium, and some jalopy rac­ing cov­er­age. I’d like to see some of that in the near fu­ture. You get close with track road­sters, but the old Su­per Mod­i­fieds that ran from the mid-1950s into the 1970s de­serve some at­ten­tion.

There is a fair num­ber of old Mod­i­fieds all over the coun­try that can be used as a base for a good street rod. That’s what I did. I found a re­stored Su­per Mod that was built in 1965 to run Satur­day nights at Man­zanita in Phoenix. I bought it off the track from a guy who was rac­ing it in vin­tage events. I did what was needed to make it street le­gal, and I have a unique street ma­chine.

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