Hot Rod magazine is an American monthly magazine devoted to hot rodding, —modifying automobiles for performance and appearance.
Hot Rod is the oldest magazine devoted to hot rodding having been published since 1948. Robert E. Petersen founded the magazine and his Petersen Publishing Company was the original publisher. Petersen Publishing was sold to British publisher EMAP in 1998, who sold the former Petersen magazines to Primedia in 2001. Today it is published by Ron Burkle's Source Interlink, who purchased the magazine in 2007.
Hot Rod has licensed affiliation with Universal Technical Institute. The first editor of Hot Rod was Wally Parks who created the National Hot Rod Association.
The "Hot Rod Power Tour" is an organized tour where hot rodders drive a pre-planned route throughout the United States. It began in 1995 when Hot Rod staff members decided to take some of their project cars on a cross-country drive from Los Angeles, California to Norwalk, Ohio. Thousands of people participated along the way but only seven participants (other than staff members) made the entire journey and were inducted into the original "Long Hauler Gang". Since its inception, this event has...