Rust is NOT a Crime
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
This site is a work in progress. I have included pictures to different vehicles that fit into the criteria listed out below and my focus has stuck mainly on the VW scene(but I did manage to find a photo of a Ford Focus with a rotted hood on it!) as that is where my interests lie. All of the links on my links page go to sites that focus on different aspects of the look but all share the same love for the rotted, slammed, dragged from a field look that we all know and love.


I have found a couple options of a redesign for the site that I am currently playing with. Hope to roll the newly designed site out here soon.

Hoodride- A hoodride is an old vintage car that's been lowered and has original faded or worn paint. In the best case, the car will also have rust and patina. Mismatched panels, dents and missing parts enhance the look because they add more character and originality. Driving a hoodride is about making use of a car everyone else would avoid because it's "ugly" or "beyond repair" and being able to love it for what it is. It's enjoying your car because you built it the way you want, and not how everyone else thinks it should look.

A hoodride is most often an older model air-cooled Volkswagen, but it doesn't really have to be a VW to qualify for hoodride status--It can be any rusty old car.

Rat rod- A rat rod is a style of
hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era.

Most rat rods appear "unfinished" (whether they actually are or are not), with just the bare essentials to be driven.

The rat rod is the visualization of the idea of function over form. Rat rods are meant to be driven, not shown off. Sometimes the customization will include using spare parts, or parts from another car altogether.


Thank you for your continued support and patience