OVERVIEW

Hop Up magazine popularized the "little pages" (trade-sized or pocket-sized) magazine format (5-1/2" by 8"). It was started by Road & Track magazine staff who observed the popularity of hot rods & customs and felt a need to cover local cars and events. The first issue in July, 1951 was a test run, and August was the first full production run. It was 48 pages and priced at $.15 each. Note that both July and August issues share the same cover and volume and series number.

In 1952, the Road & Track advertising manager and investor Bill Quinn traded his invested shares for the rights to the Hop Up title, and he took some staff to form the new Quinn Publishing Company in Los Angeles. The magazine struggled financially due to its small size and lack of advertisers, so in February, 1953 Hop Up went to a larger print format. (Note: Readers wrote and complained about the change, so Quinn assigned Spencer Murray to create Rod & Custom in the small format style. This decision gave birth to both Rod & Custom and to Honk).

Bill Quinn really wanted to compete with Motor Trend, so in June, 1953 Hop Up was co-titled as Hop Up and Motor Life. The content began shifting to new cars, and the February, 1954 issue was the last one with this co-titling. Hop Up was dropped from the title in March, 1954, and content moved to Rod & Custom.

And in the last twist of fate, Bill Quinn sold Rod & Custom and Motor Life magazine titles to Petersen Publishing in June, 1955

July 1951
July 1951 Vol 1 No 1
Aug 1951
Aug 1951 Vol 1 No 1
Sept 1951
Sept 1951 Vol 1 No 2
Oct 1951
Oct 1951 Vol 1 No 3
Nov 1951
Nov 1951 Vol 1 No 4
Dec 1951
Dec 1951 Vol 1 No 5
Jan 1952
Jan 1952 Vol 1 No 6
Feb 1952
Feb 1952 Vol 1 No 7
Mar 1952
Mar 1952 Vol 1 No 8
Apr 1952
Apr 1952 Vol 1 No 9
May 1952
May 1952 Vol 1 No 10
June 1952
June 1952 Vol 1 No 11
July 1952
July 1952 Vol 1 No 12
Aug 1952
Aug 1952 Vol 2 No 1
Sept 1952
Sept 1952 Vol 2 No 2
Oct 1952
Oct 1952 Vol 2 No 3
Nov 1952
Nov 1952 Vol 2 No 4
Dec 1952
Dec 1952 Vol 2 No 5
Jan 1953
Jan 1953 Vol 2 No 6
Feb 1953
Feb 1953 Vol 2 No 7
Mar 1953
Mar 1953 Vol 2 No 8
Apr 1953
Apr 1953 Vol 2 No 9
May 1953
May 1953 Vol 2 No 10
Last Issue
Before Motor Life
June 1953
June 1953 Vol 2 No 11
w/ Motor Life
July 1953
July 1953 Vol 2 No 12
Aug 1953
Aug 1953 Vol 3 No 1
Sept 1953
Sept 1953 Vol 3 No 2
Oct 1953
Oct 1953 Vol 3 No 3
Nov 1953
Nov 1953 Vol 3 No 4
Dec 1953
Dec 1953 Vol 3 No 5
Jan 1954
Jan 1954 Vol 3 No 6
Feb 1954
Feb 1954 Vol 3 No 7
Last known issue