Eric Killorin

Wed May 29 2013 01:29:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Born in 1934 into the world of Southern California hot rodding and desert racing, Bob Stewart shares stories of the '40s and '50s hot rod scene, including his first run in the Stewart Roadster at El Mirage at age 11 and his days with the Prowlers Car Club in San Diego. His father, Ed "Axle" Stewart was a machinist and heat treat specialist who became a committed hot rod builder and desert lakes racer at Muroc (now Edwards Air Force Base) and El Mirage. Ed developed and manufactured a signature part: the Dago dropped axle for lowering the stance of Ford hot rods. He and his son Bob ran the Stewart Speed Automotive shop in San Diego, selling and installing street and racing performance parts.

Bob Stewart and the Stewart Roadster were featured in the October 1997 issue of American Rodder magazine.

At the invitation of Mark Ricketts (who sports an original Dago Axle on his own hot rod), Bob Li'l Axle Stewart appeared at the Detroit Autorama in February 2012 to share stories of his life in hot rods and car building.

See more of Bob Stewart and his '50 Merc in Bob Stewart Fills up his 1950 Mercury at Mel Toarmino's Texaco:

Video by Randy Johnson, Johnson ArtWorks

Soundtrack: Narration by Randy Johnson and the sounds of Bob's '50 Merc

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