Oh, you want this book. You'll drool over this book. Get this book. Written by pal Ken Gross, an auto-journalism veteran who can recite chapter and verse on nearly everything that's ever worn wheels, Art of the Hot Rod (240 pages, hardbound) is a gorgeously produced, large-format feast that pays tribute to the work of twenty of today's most inventive and talented hot-rod craftsmen. As your eyes gaze over the lavish images by renowned photographer Peter Harholdt, just try to find a speck of dust on any of the beautiful machines profiled within. This is
auto creativity at its zenith, sculpture on rubber. After you've let this weighty tome enhance your coffee table for a while, file it in your library in the section reserved for "Landmarks of Western Art."
The closest thing I can compare it to is when I was a teenager with raging hormones and saw my first copy of Playboy. I knew there were some very intriguing stories inside but I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures! That is the same way I felt about
Art of the Hot Rod. I always go to the photos. You could put this book out on your coffee table, open in up to almost any page, invite some none car folks over to your house and I can almost guarantee you that someone will pick it up and start talking about what they see. Photographer Peter Harholdt is an artist. The way you see these cars through his eyes is amazing. I will never look at a car at a car show the same way again.