I first opened the Hotrodsonline.com website in 1993 I received a question
about the origin of the name hotrod. I typed out the following and mailed
it to myself and registered it, so I would have a record.
Where did the name
hotrod come from.
When I was 13, I lived next door to a policeman in Dearborn Michigan.
I asked him where the name came from. He said it was a police term used
firest to describe a firearm, later a souped up car., but it had it's
origins in the early age of the firearm. When muskets were loaded and
the powder was loaded with a ram rod. If the battle was fierce, the rod
would become red hot to the touch. The person in battle was a called hotrodder,
a person fiercely in battle, or ready to do battle.
As time went on and guns changed, it still was called a rod along with
other names, but primarily called a rod. This is where the police part
comes in. Police began to call the piece used in the commission of a crime,
a hot rod. They also used the term Gat, which was short for Gatling gun,
the first automatic weapon They also called the person using a gun in
the commission of a crime, as using a hot rod. So it was a police terminology,
or slang, for a hot gun or hot rod used quickly at the drop of a hat.
Now, I always believed this, but it was years later that I found proof.
I was watching an old movie made in the early forties, call "the
devil hitches a ride", and in that movie a cop involved in a car
chase, said over the radio that he was following a suspect and the guy
was "packing a hot rod". There was the proof. So this is the
most logical explanation that I have ever heard
When I heard that cop yell into the police radio, He's carrying a hot
rod, i knew that what my old policeman friend had said was true.
So that i how I believe the name hotrod came about.
The term Gowjobs was simply used to describe a combination "show
and go" rod