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Where does the name 'hot rod' come from?

Dear all hot rodders!

I have a question for any linguists among you (or anyone else that might know)

Where does the name 'hot rod' come from? What does it actually mean? What sense of hot, and what sense of rod is intended?

I would GREATLY appreciate all the answers I could get!

Thanks in advance!!

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Try this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_rod Good write up on history of rodding..

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Hotrodding started in the 20's and 30's in California. Guys would by old tinn Lizzies cheap..strip the fenders and hoods off...hop up the engine and have a car that outperformed all other cars on the road. Hotrodding was born, but the term Hot Rod came latter. In the early days they called them Soup-Ups, Gow Jobs, or Cut Downs. Websters dictionary defines a Hot Rod as a vehicle that has been modified for speed and performance. Later terms such as Customs, Rat Rods and Street Rods came later on.
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I Saw A Movie

One the web once I found a movie from the 1960's featuring the dawn of hot rodding. I also heard that the term HOT RODDER OR A HOT ROD was a rude slang attached to the youth of the day that did hot rod. The term stuck although it was not embraced by the hot rodders. I wish I could find that site as the little movie was really GOOD!!! and down loadable!! I will see if I can find it again!!
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To all of you who's answered 'where does the name...'

Thank you so much for your help, all of you! I really appreciate it!

Best

Katten
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hot rod

i was always told that the first uses of the term "hot rod" were refering to cams. but im just a youngster born in the wrong era.
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I always thought it referred to the Rod style of dragster. Basically built like a rod (or built from rods of steel) it was a rod, and it was hot... as in a hot performer.

But I'm only 32... so I could be full of *.

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I allways thought it was the American term, for Frankfurter.
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Thanks again!!

I never knew this was such a tricky question... with so many different potential answers!! Thanks a LOT for all your ideas and answers!!

Best Katten
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Where does the name 'hot rod' come from?

I always thought the term was short for hot roadster. In the early days of car modification roadsters were used because they were the cheapest car you could purchase, They were easily cut down and raced on dirt tracks on the weekend and the streets during the week. Some of these racers got together to see how fast their top speed was and moved to the dry lakes and eventually Bonneville. In the early 50's Robert E. Petersen started a magazine called Hot Rod and since then the term has come to be known as a car that has been modified for greater speed.
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Check Out These Movies

HELLO,
I mentioned earler that I found some movies. I was not able to find the one I wanted but I did find a site that had many great movies from the early eara of hot rodding. They can all be viewed here.....

http://www.olpartsmine.com/MOVIEPAGE.htm

they may take a little time to download but boy are they great. Let me know what you think!! Thanks agian and I hope these help!!
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Wow!

Thanks!

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