60 YEARS AGO

Hot Rod - - Roddin’ @ Random - Dave Wal­lace

Septem­ber 1958 (100 pages, 35¢): Ray Brock re­turned from his an­nual Colorado trek with ex­cit­ing news, great pho­tos, and grease on his hands. Ak Miller’s Chevy-pow­ered Devin, en­tered and let­tered as the HOT ROD Mag­a­zine Spe­cial, won the first run­ning of Pikes Peak’s Sports Car class with hands-on help from our tech edi­tor, who wrenched on its Hil­born-in­jected small-block be­tween snap­ping pic­tures. Brock surely had less fun con­duct­ing what must’ve been the slow­est new-car show­down in HRM his­tory. Worse, the Swedish en­trant em­bar­rassed the Amer­i­can (Ram­bler, that is) at both the dragstrip (20.3 to 20.5 sec­onds) and gas pump (28.8 to 25 mpg).

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