Jay Leno Drives a True Hot Rod Icon

Hot rods are an American automotive tradition. They can be traced back to Southern California in the late 1930s. It was then when people began to highly modify their cars for outright speed. Some were even used by Bootleggers to outrun the authorities. Once World War II ended and American GIs returned home, the hot rod scene erupted again. Those GIs had some money to spend and mechanical knowledge gained from their military service.

Hot rods are an American automotive tradition. They can be traced back to Southern California in the late 1930s. It was then when people began to highly modify their cars for outright speed. Some were even used by Bootleggers to outrun the authorities. Once World War II ended and American GIs returned home, the hot rod scene erupted again. Those GIs had some money to spend and mechanical knowledge gained from their military service.