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Rod & Custom - Magazine Covers - 1971 to 1974

Rod & Custom was started by Quinn Publishing under the leadership of Bill Quinn.  Bill left Road & Track and took Hop-Up magazine with him, along with Lou Kimsey (artist and writer) and Ralph Poole (photographer).  Dean Batchelor joined in April 1952.  It was sold to Petersen Publishing in 1955.

Rod & Custom was a huge hit when launched in May 1953, and quickly improved in quality.  It went to a full-sized print format in 1961.  The magazine was known for many "firsts": swapping a Chevrolet V8; the first project series with Dream Truck; the introduction of model cars, go-karts and dune buggies; and the emphasis on street rodding.  However, Rod & Custom mostly concentrated on customs and hot rods, and it stayed true to its mission.

The magazine was published continuously through June 1971 then was cancelled by Petersen and folded into Hot Rod magazine.  It was resurrected briefly in July 1972 and was printed until May 1974 when it was cancelled a second time.  Then it was revived again in December 1988 under the leadership of Pat Ganahl.

Jan 1971 Vol 19 No 1 Feb 1971 Vol 19 No 2 Mar 1971 Vol 19 No 3 Apr 1971 Vol 19 No 4
Cancelled & Folded Into Hot Rod Magazine
May 1971 Vol 19 No 5 June 1971 Vol 19 No 6   Summer 1971
Fall 1971 Winter 1971 July 1972 Vol 19 No 7 Aug1972 Vol 19 No 8
Sept 1972 Vol 19 No 9 Oct 1972 Vol 19 No 10 Nov 1972 Vol 19 No 11 Dec 1972 Vol 19 No 12
Jan 1973 Vol 20 No 1 Feb 1973 Vol 20 No 2 Mar 1973 Vol 20 No 3 Apr 1973 Vol 20 No 4
May 1973 Vol 20 No 5 June 1973 Vol 20 No 6 July 1973 Vol 20 No 7 Aug 1973 Vol 20 No 8
Sept 1973 Vol 20 No 9 Oct 1973 Vol 20 No 10 Nov 1973 Vol 20 No 11 Dec 1973 Vol 20 No 12
Jan 1974 Vol 21 No 1 Feb 1974 Vol 21 No 2 Mar 1974 Vol 21 No 3 Apr 1974 Vol 21 No 4
May 1974 Vol 21 No 5
Last Issue Until 1988
     

 

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