Come walk the aisles of the 2012 Western Grand Nationals with HOT ROD’s David Freiburger and Lowrider legend Joe Ray, as they discuss the hottest trends in retro, hot rods, lowriders, rat rods, rockabillies, street rodders, greaser customizers and more.


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HOT ROD’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan join Fred Williams and Rick Péwé of Peterson’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine to compete in the infamous Cheap Truck Challenge. Riding into battle with a modded 1979 Bronco, they face-off against a rock-ready 1980 Toyota Pickup and a beastly 1987 Chevy Suburban in a cash-strapped quest for ultimate off-road glory.

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Motor Trend puts the rock-ready concept Mighty FC up against the Moab terrain alongside its military forebearer, a 1964 Jeep Forward Control. This militaristic Wrangler-based beast handles the rough of terrain on its huge wheels while placing the driver above the front tires for a cockpit-like view.

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To continue today’s trend of “vehicles we could never, ever dream of affording”, tour Bentley’s landmark factory in Crewe, England where engineers, mechanics and artisans have been designing, building and sculpting Rolls Royce and Bentley motors and vehicles for over 70 years.

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Chris Denison and Chris Green hit Elsinore MX Park to put a 2012 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition to the test and see what it’s capable of.

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HOT ROD’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan build a clone of the 1968 Ford Ranchero that ran in the first Baja 1000, then head north for Alaska. But sometimes when you hit the road, the road hits back, and their ambitious journey quickly transforms into the road trip from hell.

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Take a look at the history of HOT ROD magazine’s longest-term project car, the Crusher Camaro. Watch as the ’67 goes to the drag strip for the very first time in its latest configuration as a ’70s street machine, complete with an 8-71 blower on a big-block Chevy.

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Sports cars are meant to be driven. Motor Trend executive editor Ron Kiino explores the roof top of America in a 2011 Lotus Evora, in an epic road trip taking in all the beauty (and weather!) the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

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Class in in session as Chris Denison and the Dirt Rider crew teach you the essentials for complete dirt domination. Join pros Cody Webb, Kris Keefer and Kurt Caselli at Glen Helen Raceway for a crash course lesson in wheelies, jumping and bar drag cornering.

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The guys at Car Craft show you how to take a beat up, run down 1972 Chevy Chevelle and turn it into a respectable street machine all in a single day.

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HOT ROD’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan head to El Paso, TX with money and a mission – to find a car they can buy, fix up, and drive back to Los Angeles. The catch? They only have $1500 bucks to do it!

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Motor Trend is gearing up to launch an all new channel at the end of this month, featuring original programming with test rides, head to head comparisons and lifestyle content. If you love things that go fast, cars, motorcycles, trucks and SUVs, and the world that surrounds them, this is definitely something worth keeping an eye on.

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