OVERVIEW
Rodder's Digest was started in Spring 1981 by Ramblin' House Publications in Clemmons, NC. Gerry Burger was the editor and publisher, and content was focused on traditional rods and customs. It was published quarterly in the beginning, then switched to six times annually through the first closure in 1999.

Mr. Burger was heavily influenced by Rod & Custom and its street rod coverage when he started the magazine. His content was mostly home-built street rods, but he'd occasionally include a pro-built car to highlight certain techniques. He also felt that rods from California were well covered in other magazines, so he used a "somewhere east of California" standard and mostly focused on east coast rod runs, cars and events.

Many consider Rodder's Digest one of the three best car magazines of the 1980s and 1990s. It featured a good mix of traditional cars and well written how-to articles.

Mr Burger sold the title to TAM Communications in 1996. John Kanter had formed TAM in 1991, and Rodder's Digest continued under his stewardship. However, TAM Communications closed operations in 1999, and this title ended at the same time.

The magazine was then restarted by Buckaroo Publishing, John Dianna's organization, around 2004. Dianna was a successful executive at Petersen Publishing, but when Petersen was sold to Primedia in 2001 he left to form his own company. Buckaroo owned a number of other titles including American Rodder and Street Rod Builder. Dianna's endeavors had a short lifespan, as his empire ended about the same time. More on John Dianna can be found HERE.

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CONTENT COMPLETENESS:
A total of 114 issues was printed from Spring, 1981 through August, 2008. All cover images are complete except Spring 1982.

Spring 1981
Spring 1981 No 1
Summer 1981
Summer 1981 No 2
Fall 1981
Fall 1981 No 3
Spring 1982 No 4
Summer 1982
Summer 1982 No 5
Fall 1982
Fall 1982 No 6
Winter 1983
Winter 1983 No 7
Spring 1983
Spring 1983 No 8
Summer 1983
Summer 1983 No 9
Fall 1983
Fall 1983 No 10
Winter 1984
Winter 1984 No 11
Spring 1984
Spring 1984 No 12
Summer 1984
Summer 1984 No 13
Fall 1984
Fall 1984 No 14
Winter 1985
Winter 1985 No 15
Spring 1985
Spring 1985 No 16
Summer 1985
Summer 1985 No 17
Fall 1985
Fall 1985 No 18
Winter 1986
Winter 1986 No 19
Spring 1986
Spring 1986 No 20
Summer 1986
Summer 1986 No 21
Fall 1986
Fall 1986 No 22
Winter 1987
Winter 1987 No 23
Spring 1987
Spring 1987 No 24
Summer 1987
Summer 1987 No 25
Fall 1987
Fall 1987 No 26
Winter 1988
Winter 1988 No 27
Spring 1988
Spring 1988 No 28
Summer 1988
Summer 1988 No 29
Fall 1988
Fall 1988 No 30
Winter 1989
Winter 1989 No 31
Spring 1989
Spring 1989 No 32
Nov/Dec 1989
Nov/Dec 1989 No 33
Jan/Feb 1990
Jan/Feb 1990 No 34
Mar/Apr 1990
Mar/Apr 1990 No 35
May/June 1990
May/June 1990 No 36
July/Aug 1990
July/Aug 1990 No 37
Sept/Oct 1990
Sept/Oct 1990 No 38
Nov/Dec 1990
Nov/Dec 1990 No 39
Jan/Feb 1991
Jan/Feb 1991 No 40
Apr 1991
Apr 1991 No 41
July 1991
July 1991 No 42
Oct 1991
Oct 1991 No 43
Dec 1991
Dec 1991 No 44
1992 to 1999