Hot Rod and Racing Stories

The American Hot Rod Foundation's "Hot Rod Stories" project provides a unique collection of autobiographies, as told by hot rodders and racers who participated in the hobby/sport in the 1940’s and 1950’s. These stories are in their own words, recorded using broadcast-quality 24-bit technology, and presented with up to six photos from their personal collections.

As with the Foundation’s Photo Gallery, Video Clips of the Legends of hot rodding, and other materials on our website, these “Hot Rod Stories” are offered free to the public and researchers. We intend that this growing archive of historical materials will be available 50, 100…or many hundreds of years from now! In this way, future generations, who would never have had the opportunity to meet a hot rod pioneer, will understand the unique culture and ingenious technological achievements of early American hot rodders as it was truly lived.


Bernie Shuman

Sharon, MA


Bob D'Amore

West Newbury, MA


Claude Kern

Bedford, IN


Dick Pratt

Edgartown, MA


Jere Sheehan

Newburyport , MA


Marty Cairo

Westport, CT