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The end of R&C magazine


The October 2014 will be the final issue of Rod & Custom Magazine. Thank you Rod & Custom Magazine.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e have just found out that the publisher of Rod & Custom Magazine has pulled the plug, and that the last issue of R&C to be printed will be the October 2014 issue. There is some talk about the online version of the magazine will continue like we have seen with Custom Rodder magazine, but others say if the printed magazine dies, so will the on-line magazine.


The first issue of Rod & Customs magazine (only the first issue was Rod & Customs, after that the name changed to Rod & Custom) appeared in May 1953. It was a huge hit, and the quality of the magazine improved really quick. The magazines of the 1950’s are all extremely nice and have helped whole generations like Hot Rods, Custom Cars, and learned them how to built them. In the 1960′ the magazine went to full size and the Petersen’s Publishing company kept producing monthly R&C magazines up to May 1974. In January 1974 it was announced the magazine would cease publications.


From 1977 till 1980, a few quarterly and annual’s were created under the name of Rod & Custom magazine. Then in 1988 Pat Ganahl brought back the magazine in an very good way. At first as a bimonthly magazine with a lot of historical material. The magazine in these years was magical.
In 1993 the magazine became monthly again.

Thank you Rod & Custom for the great magazines you have produced since 1953.


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)

12 thoughts on “The end of R&C magazine

  • I like many others grew up reading this magazine. Some where, perhaps lost forever is my own version of a Rod and Custom photo shoot.
    My survivor chopped and channeled 32 Ford 5 window parked next to my original Clarkaiser customised 53 Ford Vicky. Those were truly the days….

  • It’s funny that in every issue that I receive in the mail every month , there are at least three subscription cards still in each magazine . The corporate parent recently accepted and cashed my check for another year of Rod and Custom , knowing full well of their intentions to ” pull the plug ” on the magazine . I think it’s time that I reconsider any future purchases from Source Interlink Media .

    • The Rodders Journal , Kustoms Illustrated, and Hot rod Deluxe . HRD is a Source Interlink Media product , but I enjoy it anyway. Rolls and Pleats is good , but only comes out once a year or so . Enjoy!

  • that’s a low trick to pull on people and steal there money they should have to pay you back for the copies you are not going to get.
    glad I did not renew my subscription last year.

  • Anne E Tanner (Gene)

    I recently lost my husband that was avid reader of Rod & Customs. He had several copes in mint shape of this magazine. I haven’t looked at all but some dates 1997, 2004, etc! I was wondering if anyone has a use for them. Any help would be appreciated! Anne E Tanner

  • Anne E Tanner (Gene)

    I just recently lost my husband and he was an avid reader of Rod & Custom magazine. He have many issues in mint condition. Is there any need for them? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Anne Tanner

    • Terry Brandli

      Please don’t throw away any older Rod & Custom car magazines. We still need the information contained in them to teach us how to customize and modify cars. The many TV shows on cars just show us what they look like when they are done with them and much of what is done nowadays is just bolting on parts made by some big company. Some people sell their magazines on eBay or craigslist. I’ve bought some off of eBay myself.

      • I, too, have a lot of old car magazines from the 60’s on, and have always wanted to find a way to catalog the articles in them. That’s how I learned to work on cars. I discovered that there is an organization dedicated to digitizing car magazine articles, and many other printed documents related to the history of cars. So I joined as a volunteer. It’s called the Automotive History Preservation Society, and it is a recognized 501-c non profit organization. We are a small group of dedicated car people, undertaking a HUGE project. So far, there are about 250,000 pages of material on the website with literally a garage full of boxes of material (mostly magazines) waiting to be scanned, cleaned up, and uploaded to the site. Access to the materials is FREE, Check it out, and save for future reference. And, of course, help and donations are needed.

  • I have some of the Rod and Custom that date back to to 50’s in great condition would their be a market for these?

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