Do a quick Google search for “hot rods” and there are over 44 million results that come up. People have a soft spot for hot rods that has been holding steady for decades. Whether it’s the lure of a fast and fancy car or the fun and sometimes daring culture that goes along with them, hot rods are here to stay. For some people, like those from the TV show and company ToyMakerz, hot rods are not just something they appreciate, but they are something that helps give them inspiration and keeps the creative juices flowing.
“As a fan of custom vehicles and hot rods, I have many people who ask what my favorites are,” says Dave Ankin, inventor and star of ToyMakerz. “While it’s difficult to narrow down a list of the favorites, because I can appreciate so many of them, there are some that stand out as being my favorites for a variety of reasons.”
Ankin spends his days building custom toys, with some of his inspiration coming from hot rods. He has created many exotic and rare custom-built hot rods and street cars that can go to the racetrack, trucks, and motorcycles for adults. He’s known for being the ultimate adult toy maker, giving people a chance to relive their youth and have some fun. His adult toys are all one-of-a-kind racing machines that are typically snatched up quickly by collectors and those who have a need for speed.
Here are ToyMakerz top six picks for hot rod builds that they believe everyone should experience in their lifetime:
- 1941 Willys coupe. It’s hard not to love the big-block, big 8-71 blower, on a Hemi motor, set up as an old-school gasser.
- 1968 Charger. There’s no mistaking the awesomeness of the twin turbo, pro touring, old school look, with a new school twist.
- 1963 Split window Corvette. An unmistakable beauty with a big-block, big blower, fuel-injected, full tube chassis, ProMod for the street.
- 1932 Ford 5 window coupe. Like it comes straight out of a great movie with its small-block, side pipes, open wheel, in the true style of “American Graffiti” itself.
- 1968 C10. One of the coolest trucks ever made. Bagged, big brakes, LS-based, pro charged, street truck.
- 1967 Chevy 2 (or Nova as some call it). Looking sharp with a big-block, four-speed, 9-inch, tubed, front runners, and wheelie bars. A true pro street toy from back in the day.
“Everyone should take a ride in these top six hot rods at least once in their lifetime,” added Ankin. “You will have a whole new appreciation for vehicles and especially for hot rods. There’s nothing else like them. They truly embody the ultimate hot rod culture.”
For more information: http://toymakerz.com.