40 YEARS AGO
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).