Starting November 1, 2022, over seven decades of HOT ROD Magazine’s archives will be available to read, free, on MotorTrend+. With access to over 900 issues, from January 1948 through December 2021—that’s more than 128,000 pages of HOT ROD Magazine—readers can relive the early days of land speed and drag racing, learn from tens of thousands of technical articles, and rediscover 75 years of high-performance American car-culture history in the HOT ROD Digital Archives.
To gain access to the HOT ROD Digital Archives, simply sign up for a free account with an email address and password. An Apple, Google, or Facebook account can log you into MotorTrend+ to enjoy nearly every issue of HOT ROD ever printed, too. If you’re a HOT ROD Magazine digital subscriber, don’t worry—the HOT ROD Digital Archives on MotorTrend+ cover up to one calendar year behind the current issue on newsstands; when the 75th anniversary issue, January 2023, hits newsstands and mailboxes, the HOT ROD Digital Archives on MotorTrend+ will cover up to the January 2022 issue.
The HOT ROD Digital Archives are available to read in PDF format (just like the digital subscription), or in an easier-to-read text-only format. Users can adjust text size, brightness, and background color, with text-to-speech options also available. Navigating the HOT ROD Digital Archives is made easy with a menu of HOT ROD Magazine covers grouped by year, and a table of contents for each issue. Current HOT ROD Magazine digital subscribers and MotorTrend+ paid account subscribers can also enjoy the HOT ROD Digital Archives.
“There is nothing better than celebrating HOT ROD’s 75th anniversary by giving back to so many of our fans who have helped influence and contribute to car culture over the years,” said Editor-in-Chief John McGann. “Over seven-and-a-half decades, we recorded history as it happened, and our digital archives let you see that history firsthand. You can relive major milestones at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Pikes Peak, and the Indy 500. There are also tens of thousands of technical articles showing you how to build engines, paint a car, and how to go racing. HOT ROD founder Robert E. Petersen would be proud that every article published prior to this year has been made available to all through the HOT ROD Digital Archives.”
Watch the New Car Craft Video Series!
To kick off the Car Craft YouTube video series, hosts Kevin Tetz and John McGann immerse themselves in the task of swapping a Gen 3 Hemi into a 1972 Dodge Challenger. And this isn’t just any old Hemi—we’re dropping a 707-horsepower Hellcat into the car and putting one of Tremec’s brand-new TKX five-speed transmissions behind it. The Challenger is also getting a brand new coilover suspension and a brake upgrade. The goal is to make it run and drive like a new Hellcat-powered Challenger, but with the classy good looks of the original E-Body. After you’d done with episode 1, watch EPISODE 2 and EPISODE 3, then sign up to the MotorTrend YouTube channel for more great automotive content!
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