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SEMA Heritage—Phil Weiand, Circa 1966

“What will the future hold?” That was the question Bob McVay put to several “leaders in the field of high-performance and custom equipment” for an article he wrote in the September 1966 issue of Hot Rod Industry News, Petersen Publishing Company’s aftermarket trade magazine.

“This high-performance and custom industry has come a long way,” McVay wrote. “It used to be ‘run-what-you-brung’ at the dry lake beds of Southern California and sometimes on the side streets. Now it has come to 220-mph-plus quarter-mile dragsters and factory hot rods that’ll turn over 100 mph in the quarter and run 130 mph without breathing hard, right from the showroom.”