What defines a hot rod is a topic not to be treated lightly. By definition anything modified is a hot rod, although say that in the wrong circle of hot rod purists and you will likely be shanked by a Phillips-head screwdriver. But while there are some guys who are very black and white when it comes to what a hot rod should be, there are those that are a little more open-minded, embracing the original hot rod roots when guys took whatever parts they had at their disposal to make their machine as fast as it possibly could be. When you put aside any thoughts of a period-correct build, some interesting creations can, and do, appear ... mixing new and old-school can still be cool. 

USA is of course the hot bed for such creations, but often they never quite mesh the two eras as tastefully as Brandon DeJesus has managed to achieve with his 2JZ-GTE–powered 1930s Ford pickup. It's not often rebar and a Garrett GT42 can sit side by side in harmony, but this is one of those times. 

Marcus Gibson

Marcus Gibson has spent his life getting a little grease under his fingernails growing up with a fascination for all things loud, fast, and low. Growing up during the boom of the import scene, the last ten years have seen him work for a few publications, as well as running his own website before taking up a role at NZ Performance Car in 2011. Marcus is as at home with a keyboard or camera in-hand as he is getting dirty in his workshop or at the track, championing that Kiwi DIY attitude.