Waste of Paper?
Even if I’m the only guy on the planet that thinks this way, I am going to rant. Please stop wasting paper, ink, and my sensibilities with this beach racing crap (“Sand Baron,” Nov. 2018). That is the stupidest thing that could ever be done with a rod! I’d rather be washing Bonneville off my car than seawater and sand! How many engine rebuilds have been done because of sand-scored bores and pistons? And I really don’t care for most of the build styles. For the most part they seem about one notch up from a rat rod. Not my rod cup of tea at all. I need paint, even if it is 50-year-old paint. And yes, fortunately the feature car was indeed painted, but look at the group photo. Yes, I’m old, and no, I don’t get it. We’ve heard from other readers who can’t get behind The Race of Gentlemen, but there are many who really like TROG, as well as the Hot Rod Hill Climb, Hot Rod Dirt Drags, and other events where cars get driven rather than just sitting in a show. The participants and spectators at these events run the gamut age-wise, but we think a big part of this phenomenon’s appeal is to younger enthusiasts who like this link to the kinds of events that were run frequently in the past. And while these cars may look rat-rodish to you, they work far better than the typical rat rods we’re familiar with.