Bill Soukup was hanging out with the roller skating car hops at Angelo's Drive-In Hamburgers in SoCal when STREET RODDER snapped a picture of him and his car; a '46 Ford sedan coupe. Twenty years later, Soukup still plays with old cars in the Southern California region.

Cedar Rapids, IA, was the site for the NSRA’s Mid-America Nationals, which is where we spotted Jim Vermeire’s all-steel ’27 lakes modified sporting a Toyota four-banger under the flamed hood.

Jack Walker’s ’41 Ford convertible was created at the end of the torch by Doug Thompson, the same builder who created the amazing Hirohata Merc clone for Walker back in the ’80s (nearly two decades before the original was restored). Under the removable top is a pearl white Naugahyde interior.

Street Rodder has always showcased the newest products to come along and, in 1993, Carolina Custom Hot Rod Parts had recently released their hidden hinge kit, which earlier won Best New Product at the NSRA Nationals.

Once a coupe, Garry Ross whacked the roof off his ’37 Ford to make it a topless cruiser. Hydraulics (rare in 1993) are found on each corner to give the car its in-da-weeds stance, and the peach ’n’ black paintjob is pure ’90s.