60 YEARS AGO

Hot Rod - - Roddin’@random -

Novem­ber 1958 (100 pages, 35¢): Front-driven GMC blow­ers were still state of the art, as il­lus­trated by a big-inch Chevy for the time: a stock-bore 283 whose half-inch-stro­ker arm ex­panded dis­place­ment to a whop­ping 328 cubes for part­ners Ron Hier and Hank Ben­der. Our Bon­neville cov­er­age brought many read­ers their first news of Mickey Thomp­son’s for­tu­itous de­tour en route to the NHRA Na­tion­als. In­stead of con­tin­u­ing east to Ok­la­homa City, M/T and his dual-en­gined drag­ster be­came Amer­ica’s fastest driver and car at 294 mph (record av­er­age: 266.866).

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