The gearhead community is mourning the loss of Pat Ganahl, who lost his life in a drag racing accident last Friday.

If you’ve been around hotrdding much over the past few decades, Pat Ganahl needs little introduction. A prolific writer, his instructional books and articles offer a wealth of guidance on a range of subjects from paint and bodywork, to high performance engine building.

Ganahl was a powerful presence in magazines like Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, and Rodder’s Journal, and his own website curated an incredible collection of vintage racing and hot rodding photographs. He was a champion of hot rodding’s storied history and played an immense role in the resurgence of nostalgia drag racing.

Beyond his mastery of the written word, passion, and deep automotive knowledge, Ganahl was a true ambassador of the gearhead community, inspiring legions of gearheads in the process.

(Image/Bill Ganahl – South City Rod & Custom)
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