On Being a Rebel…

A rebel is a person who stands up for their opinions despite what anyone else says, standing up for what they believe is right, not against what’s right. It’s all about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do even if it means becoming an outcast to society. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality and they will sure as hell tell it like it is.

Hot Rods fall into the category of rebellion as post WWII, with some spare change, some spare parts, and newly learned skills from the war, folks decided that the cars being built were not economical or safe. 1946 brought in the first speed shops with Orr, Blair and So-cal, Hillborn’s fuel injection systems, and Billy Burke’s belly tank racers pushing towards Howie Wilson’s record 150 mph in 1948. The rebellion culminated in 1949 when both Cadillac and Oldsmobile released overhead valve V8 engines into production changing the game and rocketing the hot rod’s popularity.

What’s your rebellion look like?

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