Custom Cars: The Ins and Outs of Tuners, Hot Rods, and Other Muscle Cars


From unique paint jobs to super-powered engines, car lovers have been adding personal touches to their vehicles for nearly 100 years. Learn about custom cars, from the very first hot rods to today’s eye-catching tuners, and everything in between.
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From unique paint jobs to super-powered engines, car lovers have been adding personal touches to their vehicles for nearly 100 years. Learn about custom cars, from the very first hot rods to today’s eye-catching tuners, and everything in between.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This little book introduces young adult readers to the custom car scene where hot rods, tuners and low riders are cars built by people who love wrenches. The book is filled with photos and information that explain the different terms, describe the various types of custom cars, and illustrate the finished products that cause fascination on roadways and drag strips. Drag racing and tech schools also get described as do safety concerns and aesthetic considerations. Included are an index and glossary as well as a couple of websites for those who want to find out more about this niche in the automotive market. The text is a series of paragraphs surrounding the photos, but the information is rich in detail. This is a low reading level, high interest level nonfiction for middle and high school libraries. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Filled with a multitude of colorful photos and a few vintage black-and-white ones, these books’ appearance borders on busy, but the content more than compensates for that. Providing several subtopics within six or seven chapters, each title presents history, famous figures, and other information in an intelligent, factual manner. Parts of the texts are in paragraph format, and the rest comes in the form of boxed captions. Safety is stressed when racing is involved. There are some minor content problems. Custom Cars, which has excellent commentary about the dangers of street racing, includes a photo of a 2007 Camaro. This would have been a concept car, as 2003 was the last model year for the Camaro until 2009 when Chevy released the 2010 model. Trucks states that Ford released its Model T Runabout in 1925. This is correct, but readers will likely assume that this was the first pickup truck, whereas the book later states that Chevrolet released its first pickup in 1918. Even with the aforementioned errors, this series is the best to come along in some time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429648868
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Rpm Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 999,041
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Sean McCollum has written more than 30 nonfiction books and hundreds of articles for children and teens. Currently living in the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea, he has sailed on ships big and small, and always checks where the lifeboats are stowed.
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Table of Contents

For the Love of Cool Cars 4

Hot Rods: Then and Now 6

Cars with Muscle 12

Turning on to Tuners 22

Lowriders and Other Cool Custom Cars 30

Cool Car Culture 40

Glossary 46


Internet Sites 47

Index 48

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