60 YEARS AGO

Hot Rod - - Roddin’@ random -

Oc­to­ber 1958 (100 pages, 35¢): The now-com­mon con­cept of cre­at­ing a ve­hi­cle specif­i­cally to win a par­tic­u­lar car show dates at least to 1958 and Richard Peters, whom free­lance-con­trib­u­tor Ge­orge Bar­ris pho­tographed be­side the Dodge Red Ram-equipped pickup named Amer­ica’s Most Beautiful Road­ster this year (and again in 1959, be­com­ing the first re­peat win­ner). Bar­ris han­dled paint and metal, merg­ing ’29 A and ’27 T bod­ies atop a frame fabbed by Fresno pals Peters and Blackie Ge­jeian, then com­pletely chromed. In­side, the “Ala Kart” was joined by ev­ery­thing on wheels, from cop cars to race cars, plus out­board boats.

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