OVERVIEW Popular Hot Rodding was published by Argus Publishers Corporation. The founder was Gordon Behn, who
worked previously for Petersen Publishing as the circulation manager. The magazine was first printed in June 1962 and continued until 2014.
It was a large format magazine.
From the beginning, over fifty percent of content was focused on drag racing or the technical aspects of performance. Drag racing coverage
was split between driver profiles, the emerging performance factory cars, and featured drag cars. However, each issue usually had several traditional
styled hot rods featured. Therefore, this title is presented in the
muscle and performance car sub-section on our website. Unlike its competitors, Popular Hot Rodding excluded content on model cars, slot
cars, motorcycles, and go-karts. It was a "straight up" car magazine.
Note: The publisher goofed up the volume and serial number scheme in both January and February 1977, so volume 16 numbering was skipped entirely. This error
and another one in 1988 resulted in volume numbering being correct by 1989.
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PUBLICATION DATA: Popular Hot Rodding was consistently one to the "top 6" titles from its start in 1962 through 1990.
Average monthly net paid circulation grew from 30,150 to 44,557 in 1985. But by 1990, new magazine competitors caused
monthly print issues to drop by 5,000 to around 39,000.
The title was published continuously until 2014, but only magazine covers through 1995 are presently included.