Rich Overstreet, publisher and producer of the independent hot rodding magazine “Hotline News” has died of complications from Pneumonia. He was 65. He lived his life as he wanted, at his own pace and never under anyone else. His wife Kathy was also lost to Pneumonia in December 2005. Overstreet was a true American entrepreneur, being self-employed and self-reliant since leaving home and starting a family in 1966.
He first published Hotline News in January of 1984 and never missed an issue. The independent magazine covered over two decades of the hot rod scene (focusing primarily on Southern California activity) and was instrumental in promoting the formative years of the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing program as well as Goodguys Rod & Custom events nationwide. A rodder himself, he loved cruising his ’57 “Rancheeeerooo” built by none other than custom legend Dick Dean.
Rich Oversrteet served our industry with class and dignity while creating a fun to read and informative magazine. For that we’re forever thankful.