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Old 10-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Definition of hotrod

I find it funny how the definition of hotrod has changed over the years. Nowadays it refers to classic cars that have been sup'd up. SBC this and 60-whatever that. Hotrodding was originally stuffing the biggest, most advanced engine you could find into the lightest body available. Well now the lightest bodies around are compact and subcompact cars, and people are putting out ridiculous amounts of power out of the 4 bangers in them; or swapping in bigger/better ones. Yet, despite being a true-to-the-core hotrodder, as it is defined, these guys are ridiculed for not having a V8 in a rear drive tank. Don't get me wrong, I love me some big classic V8 muscle, but I don't get why those guys always give the small car segment such a hard time. I'm a lover of all makes and models. Every car has something it does, or can do, better than any other car. Personally I see people like Tom, who works on stuffing two and a half liter turbo monsters into 2500lb road cars as a true hot rodder. Not the guys that build a 68 Camaro with a 350 Chevy. I mean c'mon. That's not REALLY hotrodding. I mean sure, if you take a 68 Camaro and throw and LS9, big brakes, and a modern suspension on there it is a hotrod. The people at Nelsons racing have got to be the truest hot rodders around. Throwing a 1400hp motor into an incredibly light 80's rx-7 is pure hotrod (and sex). This has just been irking me as of late and I wanted to get your opinions on the whole matter. What do you see as hotrodding? Should a focus (or any car for that matter) that meets such a description be considered a hotrod or is it just another "tuner" car? Should the title be reserved for those sexy classic muscle cars with big V8's in them? I want honest opinions, not just agreement because its a Fous forum.

Sorry for the rant, and if its in the wrong forum please move it.

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