This Volkswagen Beetle Outlaw was built by Franz Muhr a little over 10 years ago using an abandoned Baja Bug project car.

Muhr wanted to build an extreme interpretation of a Bonneville-bound salt flat racing hot rod from the 1950s.

The explosion of hot rod culture in the United States in the mid-20th century was largely fuelled by returning WWII servicemen who were looking for something to bring a little bit of excitement and adventure into their oftentimes sedate suburban lives.

There are a number of theories about where the term “hot rod” actually came from. Perhaps the most convincing answer is that “hot rod” was a nickname for high-performance camshafts – we still use “hot” and “warm” as terminology to describe high and medium performance camshafts respectively.

Drag racing and land speed racing had already existed but its popularity grew exponentially in the late 1940s and 1950s. One

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