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    The biggest hot-rod hot spots in the country

    Posted on October 2, 2012 by PeteRizzo


    Some parts of the country are notorious hot spots for classic car enthusiasts.
    Whether a legendary automaker once called one of these locales home or a following of hot rod fans sprang up organically, some areas boast a markedly higher per capita of cool rides than others.

    The most obvious destination that comes to mind is Detroit, Michigan. This city has seen its share of ups and downs. Over the course of the past century, Detroit has gone from being the industrial center of the United States to one of the hardest hit zip codes in the nation following the recent recession. One thing that has always kept this city afloat was the auto industry, as Detroit is the home to the Big Three American automakers: Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

    For more than a century, cars have been rolling off assembly lines throughout Michigan, fueling Americas love affair with the automobile. This means that you can probably expect many cars on the road in this neck of the woods to be locally crafted rides, cared for with pride by the hands that built them. Along with the rides on display in one of the many local automotive museums, classic cars can be found in abundance on main streets and back roads throughout the state.

    However, classic cars are not only fixtures of the rust belt. In fact, even in New England, where the most popular models on the market tend to have four-wheel drive and, in many cases, a foreign nameplate, you can find hot-rod superfans. In New Hampshire, where the state motto is Live Free Or Die, many residents have a serious need for speed. Not only are the laws notoriously lax for drivers in this state, the New England Motor Speedway also calls Loudon home, and the New England Dragway in Epping is one of the premier destinations on the NHRA circuit. Even fans of two-wheeled beasts convene in this state, as the Laconia Motorcycle Week takes the White Mountains by storm every year one of the biggest bike rallies in the country.

    However, Michigan and New Hampshire have some drawbacks for enthusiasts of classic rides. Both states are known for their harsh winters, and road salts eat away at steel frames and panelling. Theres a reason why so few Datsuns can be seen on the streets of New England, as many cars from the 60s and 70s either migrated south or became victims of decades worth of inclement weather.

    This is why some of the largest and most impressive car shows and clubs call the pacific coast home. For sheer looks alone, Monterey, California, is a drivers dream. If youre a fan of real antique cars, and arent afraid of a hefty price tag, this area is home to some of the fanciest auctions and car shows around. The Pebble Beach Concours dElgance, The Quail Motorsports Gathering and The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion all take place here, making it feel like driving through the 50s on some weekends.

    Further down the coast in Los Angeles, drivers take American muscle seriously. Although Detroit is dubbed the Motor City, there is arguable more driveable pavement in Los Angeles than in any other metropolis in the country. And if the amount of love LA has shown the American Hot Rod in homegrown movies and music are any indication of how residents actually live, than this city is without a doubt one of the countrys motoring capitals.

    Think your city or state is home to the best collection of classic hot rods? Leave your opinion below:

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    Can't say Detroit and Classic's with out mentioning Woodward Ave. Not only for the dream cruise, factory testing and some of the best cruisin anywhere, 7 days a week during the warm months. But also a LIL known fact that Woodward is the 1st paved road in the United States and sports the #1 hwy roadsign. Was the 1st in the nation for stop sign's and later stop lights.

    Always keep em smokin,,,,then let er drift!

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    I'm a North East Guy...

    You have to include New Yorks Lebanon Valley Dragway & Speedway...

    Many of the old timers ran there back in my day (when I was young)...

    It was a great time there in the late 60's, early 70's and still is...


    http://www.lebanonvalley.com/


    There's also Lime Rock Speedway in Ct limerock.com/

    and Stafford Speedway staffordmotorspeedway.com

    and Thompson Speedway www.thompsonspeedway.com/

    To name just a few tracks around my area...

    I went to Riverside Speedway every Saturday night when I was a kid to watch the Modified run there. At one point if I remember right Riverside was one of the oldest tracks open, they were there for well over 50 years, then Six Flags came in and the races went out...


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    I was just thinking as far as Hot Rod Spots you can't not include Miami's South Beach...

    I have seen shot's and videos of the Cool Rides down there, very Sweet Rides down there...
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    Hot rod Reunion in Bowling green Ky. has become one of our favorites. Plenty of cool rides and great racing. Been there the last 2 years in the 55 and can't wait for next year

    then there is always Street Rod Nationals in Louisville wher we get to cruise in the wifes coupe. and then the Frog Follies in Evansville In.


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