The street rod phenomenon really got going in the early 1950s. There was a good supply of old 29s Fords around, and the new overhead valve V-8s were hitting the market. This was the perfect combination for a young man who was good with his hands. The Model A Street Rods were light, powerful and cheap to build. But most importantly they were very fast! As the years have gone by, hot rods have become more sophisticated and more expensive. They are no longer just an outlet for teenagers to go fast. They have been replaced by Muscle Cars and highly tuned import cars. Today, the parts are custom made just for street rods. It has become an entire industry, and it all started because kids wanted to go fast.