40 YEARS AGO

Hot Rod - - Roddin’@ random -

Oc­to­ber 1978 (108 pages, $1.25): An ed­i­to­rial pack­age that was con­ceived at the plan­ning meet­ing as an over­due nod to kus­toms with a “K” in­stead de­liv­ered only one tra­di­tional ex­am­ple amidst a mix of mod­ern show cars and lowrid­ers. One Im­pala named “Gar­den of Eden” is laced with leaves look­ing sus­pi­ciously like weed (hey, it was the 1970s!). Even the HOT ROD Her­itage se­ries dis­ap­points this month: Though Ge­orge Bar­ris craved pub­lic­ity and was just over the hill from our Sun­set Strip head­quar­ters, zero quo­ta­tions sug­gest that no­body both­ered to re­quest a fresh in­ter­view. The cover car topped HRM’s Top 10 street ma­chines of the year, ran 11s, and re­turned 14 mpg cruis­ing, ac­cord­ing to builder Bill Porter­field, an Oldsmo­bile en­gi­neer (des­tined for the Quad-4 Aerotech pro­gram that pro­duced A.J. Foyt’s closed-course world record of 257 mph a decade later).

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