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Moonshine Cars: The First Hot Rods

Posted by Liz T. on

How did hot rods get started? Beyond the innate human urge to tinker with everything, hot rod culture got its roots in the “moonshine cars” bootleggers used to transport concealed alcohol during the U. S. Prohibition. These bootleggers or rumrunners used their heavily-modified autos to stay ahead of agents & law enforcement, while getting the contraband where it needed to go in as discreet a fashion as possible. The drivers required machines with more power and better handling capabilities than the standard automobiles of the day in order to elude authorities safely when speeding down rocky trails and curvy backroads. ...

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