When there were far fewer people around, far fewer laws and regulations, when the legal speed limit was 75 mph, when gas was cheap, when driving was a pleasure, if you owned a hot machine you could point the grill down an empty road and go!

Portland Pictorial Review

There's also nice review of Portland Pictorial by Richard Parks at HotRodHotLine.com.
"The photos and their captioned stories provide us with a great deal of history. It’s just that the readers have to dig it out for themselves, bit by bit. The format of Portland Pictorial, The 1950s is similar to benchracing with the gang on Saturday night, thumbing through the local hot rod club’s photo album and relishing the memories."
 He also has reviewed Hot Rodder!, mentioning that it's not a slick book, but it
"...more than make(s) up for it in the quality of the text, research, photographs and sheer exuberance in loving the sport of hot rodding and land speed racing. Drake is first and foremost a fan of motorsports and it is his love and loyalty that shines through loud and clear."
Thanks Richard!

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Dick Larrowe's '34 Chev Coupe

In 1952 Dick Larrowe cruised around Portland, Oregon in this 1934 Chevrolet coupe. It was lowered, had home-made fender skirts, painted WSW and a cut-down spare. A few months later Dick cut the top off, made it into a roadster with home-made cloth top.
In the 1980s Dick started Stovebolt Engineering. He currently has a couple hot rods with in-line Chev/GMC engines.
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