Hot rod as one of the most popular culture in the entire world, especially in the United States presents an art of car constructing primarily to provide maximum starting acceleration. Hot rod competitions are usually limited to acceleration contests, but there are various categories based on endurance and speed attempts. Many cars constructed of old or new components may be called hot rods. This is combination of various cars and owners who are presented as racers, builders, collectors and street drivers. But many hot rod lovers will say it is an attitude and lifestyle.


This culture dates from the early 1930s when first modifying of cars started in function of racing them. First, well known models were Ford Model Ts, As and Bs. The main thing in modifying was to increase power in every possible way, such as engine tuning and weight reducing by excessing pieces like windshields and hoods. After World War II hot rod became more popular where men returning home from the military found their fun in improving their cars. From 1960s traditional hot rods got a little turn to street rods. This scene encircles much of hot rod from today. Modern built engines, intact paint jobs, upgraded breaks and power systems with pleasant interior make most of the customs of this period culture. Today, not only we have an outnumbering range of unique vehicles but also recognizable cultures surrounding each one.

Specific hot rod subcultures

Speedsters come from traditional hot rod scene and present first vintage one or two-seat cars. This is a typical picture of the beginning of hot rod scene. Although it is dying breed people still try to honor them in the form of museums and events.

Greasers also as a part of traditional hot rod scene are presented by a mild paint scheme, matte colors with vibrant flame details. This scene is a unique form of dress, hairstyle and vehicle choice.

Rat rods culture is like no other in the hot rod scene; it features ideas, materials, and components that are not traditional in regular hot rods. It is based on using your vehicle and improving it to your heart’s content without fancy paint jobs and luxury interiors.

Low riders made their first appearance around the 1940s and remained popular. It also encircles vehicles from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The range of low riders is becoming much wider because people are making theirs out of their street rods. Plus, outnumbering choice of interiors and exteriors makes low-rider community capable of offering something for everyone’s taste.

What is so captivating about it?

There are two things which hot rod possesses. Those are the heritage and adjustability to fit everyone’s interests and requires. Magnificent machines created by this art did not only generate enthusiasm from all generations, but they have also become the essence of components in every dream garage.

Sugar on top

Special inspiration in this culture is much bigger popularity in women population. This different approach from their side to this culture brings a unique force to hot rod scene. Hot rod by itself is not enough to make a culture; it is people whose whole heart dedication makes the scene.