1932 'Dragon' Hot Rod Reaches Speeds Of 140mph | RIDICULOUS RIDES
THIS HISTORIC Hot Rod dates all the way back to the 1940s California dry lake bed races - and it's still alive and well today. Completely built from 1932 Henry Ford steel, it represents the history of the American Hot Rod. The car went through many modifications before being bought by current owner Joe Locher. The most major change was a complete rebuild in the 1970s, by Dave Comina of Bennett Coachworks. Surprisingly, not much was done to the engine, which was in good shape. Any modifications at the time were mainly to make the vehicle safer, such as squaring up the chassis and reconfiguring the length of the arms for steering. Perhaps the most controversial change is the cosmetic fire stripes added in the 70s, which Hot Rod purists disagree with. While driving the Hot Rod around, however, Joe Locher receives a lot of attention: "You get a lot of reactions, almost everyone does something - usually it's waving, honking, thumbs up."