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