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September 19, 1932 – Driving 12 cylinders for 24 hours straight
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September 19, 1932 – Driving 12 cylinders for 24 hours straight

When Pierce-Arrow entered the cylinder wars of the late 1920s and early '30s with a V-12, they had trouble pumping any more horsepower out of it than their straight 8. Notable race car driver and engineer Ab Jenkins got a call from the automaker, hoping he could help. With his assistance, the team added 45 more HP to the engine. Then Jenkins got a wild idea. Jenkins pitched the idea of driving a new 12 cylinder car for 24 hours straight to promote its reliability and power of its new 12-cylinder. Jenkins promised he'd cover more than 2,400 miles, averaging more than 100 miles per hour, all while never leaving the driver's seat. The folks at the luxury automaker were skeptical, to say the least. This included Jenkins friend and Pierce-Arrow sales manager Roy Faulkner. In the end, Fa...
March 4, 1932 – Birth of hot rod builder Ed Roth
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March 4, 1932 – Birth of hot rod builder Ed Roth

Iconic American hot rod builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth entered the world on this day in 1932 in Beverly Hills, California. Growing up Roth attended Bell High School where to took auto shop and art classes, setting the scene for a career filled with grotesque characterizations and one of a kind hot rods. He first made a name for himself in the hot rod world by selling airbrushed “Weirdo” t-shirts at car shows and out of Car Craft magazine in the late 1950s. The year after opening a hot rod shop in Maywood, California in 1959 he had one of his custom cars, The Outlaw, featured in Car Craft and Rod and Custom magazines. He began producing outlandish vehicles and found himself leading the Kustom Kulture movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, which included the introduction of Rat Fink in 1963. Som...