A rat rod is an old car or truck, usually from the 1920s thru to the 50s, that’s been stripped down and rebuilt using parts that date from the same era as the original automobile. A rat rod may be seriously stripped down, without hoods or fenders. They’re the punk rock rods of the hot rod scene, expressing the individuality of their owners. Aesthetically, the more rust the better.
I shot these at The Lonestar Rod And Custom Roundup in Austin this year.
A lot of a young cats in the Chicano community in Austin are rat rod aficionados.
The first video features a particularly groovy rusty rat rod tricked out with hydraulics and a Jack Daniels bottle containing radiator coolant. This is a low rider for people with exceptional style.
The second video contains rat motorcycles and more rat rods. Music is by The Damned, Mink DeVille and The Modern Lovers.