50 Years of Rod & Custom


Thom Taylor

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“It has been more than fifty years since the first issue of Rod & Custom magazine was published. The ensuing five decades have made Rod & Custom a publishing as well as hot rodding icon. Its history is as rich and deep in tradition as its own story is tumultuous.

We’ve been working on the authorized history of Rod & Custom magazine for just about a year now. Author Thom Taylor has painstakingly pieced together the story of the magazine as well as the cars and the personalities within its pages. We have exhaustively searched for the best of Rod & Custom’s memorable photos; many are rare out takes that have never before been published.

The result is this 200-plus-page hardbound book of which we are extremely proud. The fifty-year legacy of Rod & Custom features the best hot rods and custom cars and it is showcased in the style and quality you’ve come to expect from The Rodder’s Journal.”