Rat rods take to the road Friday, September 20 to kick off the 2013 Rat Rod Tour to New Orleans. The group began the journey at TJ's in Mahtowa. According to Wikipedia, a rat rod is a style of car that, in most cases, imitates the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early-1960s. The style is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era. Most rat rods appear "unfinished," regardless of their status, as only the vehicle's bare essentials are driven.