"Hot-rod" racing, like drugstores, drive-ins, funerals and mysticism, had reached a peak of development in Los Angeles that was unequaled anywhere else. In fact, Los Angeles cops, in their standard patrol cars, had lost all hope of catching up with the young hot rodders who steamed happily at 90 m.p.h. or better across open fields and along express boulevards. Last week the cops put into service four souped-up 1950 Fords decked out in the standard black & white police paint job, but fitted with souped-up 110-h.p. hot-rod engines. "It gives these smart alecks a shock when we pull alongside...

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