Historical Vehicle Association Releases Documentary “The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend.”

McGee Roadster
The McGee Roadster

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today the release of its latest documentary film, “The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend.

The film takes a deep dive into the birth of hot rodding in America – the trends, styles and history throughout the decades.

View never-before-seen photos and hear the behind-the-scenes story from hot rod legends and the men who created one of the most significant hot rods and modified cars ever built.

The McGee Roadster
The McGee Roadster

The McGee Roadster is a hot rod based on a 1932 Ford V8 Roadster. It was built by Bob McGee, a soldier, who upon returning from the war, attended and played football for the University of Southern California. McGee raced the car on the dry lakebeds of California and used the car to promote hot rod safety. The iconic car was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1948.

Bruce Meyer, owner of the McGee Roadster and founding chairman of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, California said:
“Hot rodding is something so important to our American heritage, and it was almost forgotten. This car exemplifies the pinnacle of that.”

National Historic Vehicle Register

The McGee Roadster hot rod, is the 16th automobile added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of its significance in American automotive history.

It was displayed on the National Mall in April 2017 as part of the HVA’s annual Cars at the Capital exhibition. The exhibition and documentation are part of the Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA) partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Library of Congress archives.


The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage. In 2014, the HVA established the National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs and Library of Congress to document historically significant automobiles in America’s past.

The HVA is supported by over 400,000 individual historic vehicle owners, key stakeholders and corporations, as well as individual benefactors. Please visit: historicvehicle.org

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