Vehicles designed and built by Hot Rods by Boyd contain the same quality that was displayed by the coachbuilders of the 1930's and 40's. Throughout the past 20 years, Coddington has created a trademark design consisting of smooth, seamless lines and extreme attention to detail.
Coddington's passion for hot rods not only propelled Hot Rods by Boyd to international acclaim with cars like the "ZZ Top rod CadZilla" and the $400,000 Aluma-Coupe, but also spurred the development of other hot rod-oriented business endeavors.
Boyds Wheels was the second company to open under the Coddington Companies umbrella in 1987, and today thousands of wheels are sold each year. Boyd's Steering Wheels and Boyd's Ultra Violet followed in 1991, and a line of performance clothing called Shop Rags entered in 1994.
After recording an unprecedented fifth win for the title of "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" for the DuPont "Smoothster" at the 46th Annual Grand National Roadster Show, Coddington is now considered the undisputed leader in the hot rod industry.
Chevrolet Motor Division
Corvette's 1953 debut catapulted street performance to the top of the list and that fun-to-drive, kick-in-the-pants attitude remains a key element in all Chevrolet vehicles. Corvette, the symbol of freedom and personal expression, was used as the star vehicle on television's hit program, Route 66. Throughout the years, enthusiasts shop Chevrolet for style and performance as they lead the pack down America's roads.
Chevy's innovative small-block V8 engine, now celebrating its 40th year, revolutionized the automotive world when it was introduced in 1955, More than 60 million Chevy's built since then have the same essential engine. Today, Chevrolet continues the heritage of street performance, sleek designs and new ideas to captivate and enthrall the American driving enthusiast for years to come.
The song not only captures the spirit of the celebrated highway, but it has paved the way for other related Americana tributes to the "Mother Road" including the 1960's hit television series Route 66.
Transcending all formats of music, the song Route 66 has also been recorded by popular music artists Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Harry James, the Four Freshman, and the Andrew Sisters; rock musicians Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Depeché Mode; country groups Asleep at the Wheel and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys; and Manhattan Transfer won a Grammy for their rendition of the song. Nearly 50 performers have recorded the tune, and the list continues to grow.
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth
Roth started a revolution in custom car building, creating new and innovative street rods that took the sport to higher levels. No creation was more significant than Roth's most famous custom, the Rat Fink. Street rod enthusiasts often point to Roth's "Beatnik Bandit" as his most significant and best custom car "effod." Another fiberglass-based creation, the Bandit was the first bubble-top car and still to this day is often referred to as the wildest hot rod ever built.
Roth's legacy lives on, his T-shirts often reproduced for his fans, and plastic model kits and toy cars of his finest custom creations still are available at any toy store. An icon of pop culture around the world, Roth's life is documented in his book, "Confessions of a Rat Fink."