❏ The “rat rod” culture has been
around since the ’50s. Back then, guys
would take a worn-down car from the
early 1900s to 1950s, chop and lower
it, remove the fenders and add some
serious horsepower, along with a couple of flashy parts. The rusty remnants
of years of abuse and weathering
on the body usually remain. There
are several variations of the styles of
rat rods depending on the owner or
builder of the car. Some of the more
notable trendsetters of the rat rod
movement would be artists like Von
Dutch for his Flying Eye and pinstriping abilities, along with Ed “Big
Daddy” Roth with the iconic Rat Fink!
Over the past 10 years that lifestyle
has gained popularity again across
the country and has now reached the
Two-time defending AMA National
Hare and Hound champion Colt
Brinkerhoff has been known to build
some wild-themed race quads, with
the help of vice president of Fasst
Company Chris Tidwell coming up
with all of the themes to date. It started with a green-and-yellow John
Deere-themed Honda, then it was
“The Tank,” which we featured in the
July 2014 issue. Colt, or the Hoff as he
likes to be called, has outdone himself
once again with the rat rod build.
Colt, alongside with Sam Holmes of
Dirt Fiend Racing, ran with the idea.
“We wanted to build something that
Von and Ed would be proud to see
in a different market of motorsports.
We did just that, and everyone has
agreed after seeing the finished product, with over 25,000 likes on social
media sites,” stated Brinkerhoff.
IT’S NO RUST BUCKET
With limited funds, Colt wasn’t able
to purchase another quad for the
build. He had to use the Tank for his
donor quad. The frame was the first
thing that needed the jalopy treatment. Entrusting C&J Powder Coating
of St. George, Utah, to handle all of
the powdercoating needs of the build,
they decided on a patina finish to
make it look rusted. The subframe
and swingarm were both done in a
satin black finish to keep the color
tones down. The stainless steel Rath
Racing XC footpegs kept their natural
color with the heel guards, as well
as a Rath Signature Series grab bar
and bumper in a satin black finish.
Goldspeed wheels were powdercoated in red, and the beadlock rings
are white to replicate a white-wall
look. Nice touch! Colt prefers to use
10-inch front and 9-inch rear wheels.
Colt chose the older kick-start version of the Honda, as it fires quickly for the
dead-engine starts that the National Hare and Hound series has. Brinkerhoff is
known for his great bomb-run starts. Although he goes by the Hoff, he’s the bomb!
In the desert the terrain always changes and racers prepare for the worst. The
common tire sizes are 22-inch meats in the rear and 23s up front. They help soak
up the bumps and get you over the rocks.