There has been a lot of discussion lately as to what the definition of hot rodding is, and with good reason: We’re in a time where there are more avenues to get into the car scene than ever before. Prior to my journey leading me to write stories and take photos for a living, I worked as a mechanic and fabricator building custom cars. One day, I realized all we were doing was creating brackets to attach components that were never meant to be there on each vehicle we were building. Swapping in a different engine? Build a bracket. Bolting in a different rear axle? Build a bracket, and so the list goes on.
Hot rodding broken down to its most basic level is simply the building of brackets, and whoever builds the nicest brackets builds the nicest hot rods. The simplicity of it staggered me at first, but every day I noticed I was just building another bracket to make something else work. To some people, a bracket can simply be a well-placed zip tie, while others need the bracket to be laser-cut, CNC-bent, and TIG-welded to perfection. Quite frankly, they both get the job done, so who’s to say what is the right way and what is not? The important part is that you get out in the garage and work on whatever project you’ve decided to take on. So what bracket are you building next?