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Cops And Racer Game - Rear View

By , Illustration by John Jodauga

Cops and Racer Game
Car Craft has always had a reputation for being a raconteur. Never was this more prevalent than in the late '60s through the early '70s with a young, audacious staff collected in an office located on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of where it was all happening in Los Angeles. In fact, the Car Craft offices were mere doors down from the so-called Riot Hyatt hotel that was the raucous on-the-road stop for famous rock 'n' roll bands such as the Doors and Led Zeppelin. It should not be surprising then that this profuse style would find its way onto the pages of this magazine.

The tongue-in-cheek Cops and Racer board game appeared in the Aug. '74 issue as the center spread (note the staples). Then-staffer Rick Voegelin says many of the game's anecdotes originated from the staff's or friends' real-life experiences. Take the square that reads: "Park overnight in front of your flame's house. Whirling Dervish street sweeper fails to negotiate around your car at 5:30 a.m. Lose one turn to remove 14,234 bristles from car's paint." Rick says that particular description was lifted directly from an incident in which then-Hot Rod magazine Editor Jim McFarland's red '67 big-block Camaro was sideswiped by a Los Angeles street sweeper that mangled the entire left side of the car.

Sadly, the better story about the throttle-sticking Car Craft Hemi 'Cuda project car that wiped out two Ferraris never made it into the game. Perhaps the financial pain was still too fresh in management's memory. Now there's a project car we should have hung on to.

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