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The Past & Future of Hot Rodding: Brian Brennan | Episode 8

9/17/2020
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Episode Summary

Brian Brennan edited Street Rodder magazine for almost 25 years. He’s got a new magazine out, called Modern Rodding, and a brand new venture called In the Garage Media.

Brian Brennan started life like many hot rodders, building & painting model cars. But he went to High School in Anaheim, a hot bed city for hot rods. There, he took two jobs that would set his trajectory towards all things cars.

Hayden Proffitt & Bill Thomas both put Brian to work keeping their shops well-swept and dust free. Menial jobs, certainly, but they connected young Brian to so many different names in mid-60's car scene.

They also taught him how to work on Chevy engines. Brian made his first hot rod money swapping out cams and tuning Rochester fuel injection.

From there, Brian went on into a lifetime of automotive publications. First was Street Chopper with Tex Smith and Tom McMullen. But the goal was always an automotive publication and Brian finally got his wish with Street Rodder Magazine.

In between that time and now, Brian Brennan did more than can fit in a small article about a podcast. Needless to say, it’s all worth hearing, especially from such a legendary voice in automotive publishing.

On Episode 8 of What Moves You, we talk to Brian Brennan about the past and future of hot rodding.

Photos
A young Brian in 1971, hard at work on Tex Smith's '34 roadster frame.
Brian helped out with this car while still in high school. How cool is that?
Working with Magoo on the first roadster in 1974.
Brian was part of the team that campaigned this '57 Vette. It's seen here at Lions in 1965.
Here, Brian is having some issues on the way to the 1980 Street Rod Nationals.
Brian's A roadster on deuce rails.
Not just anyone gets to pilot the Eliminator.
Yes, this is a Maverick. And yes, it's going to be in a street rod magazine. Cool.
A sneak peek at the next Modern Rodding cover car.

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