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Rodder’s Journal No. 59


This issue has a really nice mix of Hot Rod’s, Race Cars and Custom Cars. Something that has not always been the case with the Rodder’s Journal magazine. Especially for the Custom Car enthusiast the content of the issue number 59 is really nice.

No less than 36.5% of the magazine is devoted to Custom Cars a percentage we have not seen for a while. Congratulations to the RJ team for a very nice balance in this issue.


About the articles in this issue.
Issue Number 59 has an wonderful article on mostly custom cars and a few Hot Rods at a mid 1950’s Ford Custom car show set up inside the famous and wonderful Rotunda building. An article that gives a good look at some of the trends on the east coats in the mid 1950’s

Wonderful photography by Steve Coonan and inspiring writing by Pat Ganahl on Mark Skipper’s 1951 Ford Victoria. An amazing period perfect very well brand new build custom. A Hard top shoebox with very blanched proportions. The only thing that is missing from this issue is that one of the cover images could have been this “Royal Victoria”

Geoff Miles photographed the bare metal Jack Stewart 1941 Ford in the Rodder’s Journal studio, and Pat Ganahl wrote an in depth article about the history of this historical important Ayala/Barris custom car. The car was brought over from Denmark were the current owner, Palle Johansen and his team, restored the car and decided it would be best to show it in bare metal at the GNRS. The car is now back in Denmark where the team will finish the restoration. And who know the all finished car will once again graze the pages of the Rodder’s Journal.

The Race of Gentlemen invades the beaches of New Jersey is a very nice article with wonderful photos by several photographers. The text and photos show the fun these contenders and spectators must have had.

Both the Indy-Inspired roadster and the AMBR articles are as good as they can get in the RJ. Both articles have wonderful photos by Steve Coonan and Geoff Miles taken both in the studio and outdoors. And the level of details on both cars is equality impressive and is show excellent both in photos as well as in words.

The article on the rather unknown Cars and Clubs magazine is very welcome as well. The magazine was published and spread in the Upper Midwest of the US and are quite hard to find these days. So the material shown in the article, mostly scanned or photographed from the printed magazines is very welcome. And its really great for the people involved in the magazine back then that they finally get some recognition with this article. We need more articles like this.



There are a total of 160 pages in this issue.Ā 126 pages are devoted to real content which we can divide in the four main groups:

Hot Rods: 47 pages = 37.3%
Custom Cars: 46 pages = 36.5%
General: 17 pages = 13.5%
Race Cars: 16 pages = 12.7%



    • More than meets the eye, Indy Inspired Deuce Roadster
      Hot RodsĀ (by Ken Gross)
    • North of the Border, About Western Canada’s Drag Racing
      Race CarsĀ (by Curt Iseli)
    • Peeling Back the Layers, The Jack Stewart Ford in bare metal
      Custom CarsĀ (by Pat Ganahl)
    • Ride the Wild Surf, Early style Hot Rods racing on the beaches of New Jersey
      Hot RodsĀ (by Curt Iseli)
    • America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, John Mumford’s AMBR winning ’27 Ford Track Roadster
      Hot Rods (by Curt Iseli)
    • Factory Customs, Ford’s Mid 1950’s Custom Car and Hot Rod Show at the Rotunda
      Mostly Custom CarsĀ (by Curt Iseli)
    • The Royal Victorian, Kelly and Mark Skipper’s 1951 Ford Victoria Custom
      Custom CarsĀ (by Pat Ganahl)
    • The Midwest Connection, Cars and Clubs magazine
      GeneralĀ (by Curt Iseli)

The Custom Car content in this issue is very well worth buying this issue if you don’t have a subscription.
The Hot Rod content is always excellent in the Rodder’s journal, so if you are into quality hot rods, then there really is no excuse not to buy a copy or get a subscription.
The Race Car content is a little low in this issue, but what is there is very well worth buying the magazine. There are a series of really great historical images with great drag cars.



Ā The two covers







Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

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