Modern Rod magazine was a full-size, generally monthly publication with a primary focus on drag racing with hot rods a part of the content. It was later re-titled as Drag Strip magazine starting in May, 1966.
Modern Rod, Drag Racing and Drag Strip titles were published by Lou Kimzey Sr through either Magazine Publishing Services or Kimtex corporations. In the 1950s, Mr Kimzey published DIG magazine, and in the 1960s published teen and adult titles including Cavalier, Teenville, Black Belt and Teenset. Then in June, 1971 he started Easyrider, the first biker lifestyle magazine. Mr. Kimzey died in 1997 in Los Angeles.
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Modern Rod had only two years of publisher provided net paid circulation data in 1965 and 1966. In the first year, the annual print volume was 204,000, and in 1966 it was 163,500.
A total of 18 issues were printed from February, 1964 through April, 1966. All cover images are complete.