Traditional Rod & Kulture was published by Scott Stevens Publications in Creston, California. Mr. Stevens (aka Zombie) had been a founding member of Car Kulture Deluxe. When that title was sold by Aaron Laskey to Koolhouse Publishing in 2005, Zombie started Rod & Kulture with his father.
The header at the top of each issue tells everything about this magazine. It started with "Hot Rods, Kustoms, Pin-Ups, Bikes, Tatoos, Art and Music". Content was focused on traditional hot rods and customs, and it also covered the emerging "scene" around the retro 1950s lifestyle with greasers, rockabilly music, etc.
By 2017 references to some of the cultural elements with tatoos and music were dropped, and '70s street machine content was added. The publisher and contributors became increasingly frustrated with the subcultures that had developed around traditional hot rods, especially the worst of the rat rod movement with "shock rods".
This was in all respects a high quality magazine and one of the best in this time period. But lack of interest, more intense competition from the internet and publishing costs brought about the end of the magazine.
Trent Sherrill had been a regular contributor to Rod & Kulture over the years. So when Mr. Stevens ended the title, Mr. Sherrill purchased the website and social media pages, re-labeled them, and rebranded the magazine to Speed & Kulture.
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No publisher provided circulation data has been found at this time.
A total of 58 issues was printed from Spring, 2005 through Summer, 2019. All cover images are complete.