2019 Forum: Thursday, Aug. 15 at 3:30 pm | Cover Story: How hot rod magazines spread the sport across the country

2019 Forum: Thursday, Aug. 15 at 3:30 pm | Cover Story: How hot rod magazines spread the sport across the country

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Moderator Ken Gross, former Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, is an award-winning journalist, having written 24 books and countless articles celebrating the automobile in over 40 publications. A lifelong hot rodder, he wrote “Art of the Hot Rod” and “Hot Rod Milestones,” and he contributes to the Rodder's Journal, Street Rodder and Hot Rod Deluxe. Ken’s 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster was chosen as one of the most significant 75 ’32 Fords of all time. He also collaborates with Jay Leno on his column for Autoweek. Ken’s exhibitions of fine cars in fine art museums have attracted over one million visitors nationwide.  A Pebble Beach Chief Judge for 30 years, and the Chief Class Judge for the Historic Hot Rod Class since its inception, he is a member of the Pebble Beach Concours Selection Committee

Bruce Meyer is the founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. He is a longtime auto collector and member of three automotive halls of fame. He is also a Beverly Hills real estate investor and president of Meyer Pacific. He serves on the board of The Henry Ford Museum and St. John’s Health Center Foundation and is a founding board member of the CHP 11-99 Foundation, a nonprofit that provides assistance to California Highway Patrol employees and their families. Bruce is a member of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Advisory Board and was instrumental in having the Hot Rod class added to the event in 1997. He owns such treasures as a 1932 Ford Doane Spencer roadster and a Bonneville Salt Flats belly tanker. In 2012, at age 71, he earned membership in the Bonneville 200 MPH Club when the 1932 roadster he was piloting reached 205 mph.

Jim Miller’s grandfather was a Duesenberg driver and mechanic who set over 40 speed records at Muroc Dry Lake in the 1930s. Jim's father, Eddie Miller, was a founding member of the Southern California Timing Association Centuries Club, and, after the war, built a beautiful and now-famous "lakester." Jim's mechanical and automotive design abilities developed quickly. Among other achievements, a lap at 212.842 gained him entry into the prestigious El Mirage 200 MPH Club. At age 18, he designed and drafted a complete Formula 3 racer, including structure, skin, suspension, brakes and drivetrain. After high school, Jim worked as an art director at Hughes Aircraft and then moved on to Scientific Data Systems, which would later become the Xerox Corporation. Jim is currently Historian and Archivist for the American Hot Rod Foundation.

Drew Hardin is the Editor of HOT ROD Deluxe and Muscle Car Review magazines. He started his work in automotive journalism while still in college in the late 1970s and joined Petersen Publishing in 1986 as a staff editor for 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine. Since then he has served as Editor and Editorial Director for a number of publications and as a contributor to quite a few more, on topics ranging from vintage hot rods and classic muscle cars to 4x4s and “green” vehicles.

Thom Taylor is an automotive designer, artist, author and consultant. He was born and raised in southern California and is a graduate of Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation Design. He has worked with Hot Rod Magazine since May 2012, and has been inducted into the Hot Rod Magazine Hall of Fame.  In addition to his journalism career, Thom has worked as a designer for companies such as Boyd Coddington, Roy Brizio and the So-Cal Speed Shop. He is the author of the book How to Draw Cars Like a Pro. Thom was inducted as an "Automotive Legend" into the Diecast Hall of Fame in 2012.