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Marlan Davis

Marlan Davis

Senior Technical Editor

You could say Marlan Davis has been around for a while: When he got his first driver’s license in the early ’70s, you could (and he did) buy a pristine, one-owner ’70 SS454/450hp Chevelle with just 13,000 miles on the clock for $4,000, after saving up for a year on a box boy’s salary. He fueled the 11:1 engine with 30-cent/gallon, leaded, high-octane gas. In 1976, HOT ROD hired Marlan as a staff assistant (aka “the gopher”) to pick up and deliver test cars. The day inevitably arrived when no one was around the office to write a last-minute car feature. Someone said, “Why don’t you give it a try, kid?”—and the rest, as they say, is history. Tutored in photography by the late, great writer Gray Baskerville, and in technical writing and research by former tech editor C.J. Baker, Marlan became a lifer, working at the company ever since in one capacity or another for HOT ROD or its sister magazine Car Craft. Marlan’s 35-year career spans the transition from points-ignition systems and solid-lifter, high-compression big-blocks to today’s roller-cammed, variable-displacement electronic marvels. He takes great pride in “Pit Stop” and “HOT ROD to the Rescue”: “It’s great helping real people solve real problems.”

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