Announced in conjunction with this year’s SEMA Show, MotorTrend just unlocked its virtual vault of Hot Rod magazines stretching back to the publication’s inception in the late 1940s. You can click below to check it out:


The archive contains digital versions of every edition of Hot Rod prior to 2022, along with select episodes of its popular shows, including RoadKill and Roadworthy Rescues.

To start exploring, you’ll need to sign up for a free MotorTrend+ account, which you can do by clicking the link above to visit the Hot Rod Digital Archive page.


2022 represents Hot Rod Magazine’s 75th anniversary.

Over the decades, Hot Rod has published over 128,000 pages of gearhead goodness across 900 separate editions. The Magazine has also helped to establish several high profile automotive events, like the annual Hot Rod Power Tour and Hot Rod Drag Week.

Along with throwing open its digital vault, MotorTrend unveiled a series of special Hot Rod 75th Anniversary gear in its online store as well.

See all of our SEMA coverage here.

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