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Hot rods heat up Pebble Beach

Microsoft IES Logo By John LeBlanc, MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 9

1925 Chevrolet Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster

As America got revved up for the motoring world, the 1920s represented a new era of driving. For some, it also created an insatiable need for speed. Illegal street racing became a heady issue, and drawing concern from concerned citizens and police alike. In 1937, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) formed as the umbrella for dozens of independent Californian hot rod clubs, and worked to give these speed demons a place to let loose. A deserted network of dry bed lakes in the Mojave Desert (like Bonneville) to the northeast of Los Angeles provided an ideal locale for hot rodders to test their machines, and earned them the nickname "Lakesters." One of the best-surviving early-era hot rods is this 1925 Chevrolet Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster, owned by Ernest and Elaine Nagamatsu, of Los Angeles, Calif.Designed and built by the team of Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine, the clean looking Roadster, with its distinctive chromed nose, was originally a '25 Chevy Roadster. It ended up the high points car in the 1948 SCTA competition, setting a Class A Roadster record of 199.003 km/h, a mark that stood for two years.
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