Cars are meant to be driven, first and foremost.
No other ride embodies this mantra better than rat rods.
Forget the trailer queens and high-end restored classics. Put away the wax and give your elbow a rest.
A little rust, uh, patina, goes a long way.
These zany, infectious creations have slowly managed to hog the spotlight from the high-priced and fancier cars crowding the scene.
The rat rod formula is simple: Get a pile (I mean, beater), and make it your own. Any way you can. There are no limits to the imagination.
And, remember, money is no object. In fact, most rat rods employ the less-is-more approach, literally, eking by with just enough ingenuity to get rolling.
Each creation is custom built. There’s no wrong or right way to build a rat rod. It just is. And that’s the fun part of it.
Here’s to those low-buck gems tearing up the streets, any way they can.