Hot Rod Magazine

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Hot Rod Magazine was launched by Trend in January 1948. The very first Hot Rod Magazine was created as the program for the first annual Hot Rod Exposition at the National Guard Armory in Los Angeles, California. The magazine sold ads to whoever wanted to display as a vendor and hawking copies on the steps outside the Armory.[1]

At the time Hot Rod Magazine was founded there weren't any other Hot Rod related magazines published. SCTA had an event program, but it wasn't a magazine. Veda Orr was also running the SCTA Newsletter that she sent out during the war to GIs telling them what was happening with other hot rodders. There were also Throttle Magazine that was published from January to December 1941.[1]

It was Robert E. Petersen that had the idea about starting Hot Rod Magazine. A lot of other people were involved in the process, but Robert had the idea and was responsible for establishing the magazine. Bob Lindsay was a confounder of the magazine. Robert had previously worked with Bob at the Hollywood Publicity Associates as a P.R. guy.[1]

The first Hot Rod Magazine was printed in 10,000 copies. Bob and Robert did everything together. Bob was mostly the business manager, and Robert became the sales guy and photographer.[1] Lee Blaisdell, who had been shooting SCTA racing before Hot Rod Magazine was founded helped out with photos for the newborn magazine. Lee shot the first six covers for the magazine. These photos were processes at the Alan Dean Studio at 9161 Sunset Boulevard. In 1948, Lee moved away, and Robert Petersen hired Eric Rickman to take photos for the magazine.[2]


Issues of Hot Rod Magazine

1948
Hot Rod Magazine January 1948
Hot Rod Magazine February 1948
Hot Rod Magazine March 1948
Hot Rod Magazine April 1948
Hot Rod Magazine May 1948
Hot Rod Magazine June 1948
Hot Rod Magazine July 1948
Hot Rod Magazine August 1948
Hot Rod Magazine September 1948
Hot Rod Magazine October 1948
Hot Rod Magazine November 1948
Hot Rod Magazine December 1948


1949
Hot Rod Magazine January 1949
Hot Rod Magazine February 1949
Hot Rod Magazine March 1949
Hot Rod Magazine April 1949
Hot Rod Magazine May 1949
Hot Rod Magazine June 1949
Hot Rod Magazine July 1949
Hot Rod Magazine August 1949
Hot Rod Magazine September 1949
Hot Rod Magazine October 1949
Hot Rod Magazine November 1949
Hot Rod Magazine December 1949


1950
Hot Rod Magazine January 1950
Hot Rod Magazine February 1950
Hot Rod Magazine March 1950
Hot Rod Magazine April 1950
Hot Rod Magazine May 1950
Hot Rod Magazine June 1950
Hot Rod Magazine July 1950
Hot Rod Magazine August 1950
Hot Rod Magazine September 1950
Hot Rod Magazine October 1950
Hot Rod Magazine November 1950
Hot Rod Magazine December 1950


1951
Hot Rod Magazine January 1951
Hot Rod Magazine February 1951
Hot Rod Magazine March 1951
Hot Rod Magazine April 1951
Hot Rod Magazine May 1951
Hot Rod Magazine June 1951
Hot Rod Magazine July 1951
Hot Rod Magazine August 1951
Hot Rod Magazine September 1951
Hot Rod Magazine October 1951
Hot Rod Magazine November 1951
Hot Rod Magazine December 1951


1952
Hot Rod Magazine January 1952
Hot Rod Magazine February 1952
Hot Rod Magazine March 1952
Hot Rod Magazine April 1952
Hot Rod Magazine May 1952
Hot Rod Magazine June 1952
Hot Rod Magazine July 1952
Hot Rod Magazine August 1952
Hot Rod Magazine September 1952
Hot Rod Magazine October 1952
Hot Rod Magazine November 1952
Hot Rod Magazine December 1952


1953
Hot Rod Magazine January 1953
Hot Rod Magazine February 1953
Hot Rod Magazine March 1953
Hot Rod Magazine April 1953
Hot Rod Magazine May 1953
Hot Rod Magazine June 1953
Hot Rod Magazine July 1953
Hot Rod Magazine August 1953
Hot Rod Magazine September 1953
Hot Rod Magazine October 1953
Hot Rod Magazine November 1953
Hot Rod Magazine December 1953


1954
Hot Rod Magazine January 1954
Hot Rod Magazine February 1954
Hot Rod Magazine March 1954
Hot Rod Magazine April 1954
Hot Rod Magazine May 1954
Hot Rod Magazine June 1954
Hot Rod Magazine July 1954
Hot Rod Magazine August 1954
Hot Rod Magazine September 1954
Hot Rod Magazine October 1954
Hot Rod Magazine November 1954
Hot Rod Magazine December 1954


1955
Hot Rod Magazine January 1955
Hot Rod Magazine March 1955
Hot Rod Magazine June 1955
Hot Rod Magazine October 1955


1958
Hot Rod Magazine April 1958
Hot Rod Magazine May 1958
Hot Rod Magazine August 1958
Hot Rod Magazine October 1958


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