How To Hop-Up Your Engine was a re-titling of Soup-Up. Numbering continued from the previous title. Like its predecessor, How to Hop-Up Your Engine was a small format, bi-monthly magazine focused on hot rodding.
It went to the large format with its last issue #20 in June, 1963. It was then re-titled as Hop-Up.
The first publishers were Joseph Hardie and Ray Kelly, with offices Canton, Ohio. The first editor was Fred Schnaue, but he was shortly replaced by Lee Sparacio who purchased the company in mid-1961.
Up until Hardie and Kelly exited the automotive publishing business, they managed several successful titles including Motorsport, Auto Craftsman, Custom Craft and Soup-Up.
The sale of this title to Lee Sparacio in 1961 included several titles.
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How to Hop-Up Your Engine had three years of publisher-provided print volume data (1961 through 1963). In those three years, it was at the bottom of the list of all automotive titles with net paid circulation details. Only 6,000 to 9,000 magazines were printed and distributed monthly.
A total of 17 issues was printed from August, 1960 through June, 1963. All cover images are complete.