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Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars

Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars

by Randy Leffingwell, Darwin Holmstrom
     
 

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In the 1960s three incendiary ingredients--V-8 engine technology, a culture consumed by the need for speed, and 75 million baby boomers entering the auto market--exploded in the form of the factory muscle car. The resulting vehicles, brutal machines unlike any the world had seen before or will likely ever see again, defined the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll

Overview

In the 1960s three incendiary ingredients--V-8 engine technology, a culture consumed by the need for speed, and 75 million baby boomers entering the auto market--exploded in the form of the factory muscle car. The resulting vehicles, brutal machines unlike any the world had seen before or will likely ever see again, defined the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll generation.

A chronicle of this tumultuous period of American history through its signature automobiles, Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars brings to life the history of American muscle, from the street-racing hot rod culture that emerged after World War II through the new breed of muscle cars coming out of Detroit today. Featuring exquisite photography by top photographer David Newhardt and a text that pulls no punches, Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars is the definitive muscle car history.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Randy Leffingwell and Darwin Holmstrom teamed up a couple of years back on Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, and it became an instant classic. Not just for David Newhardt’s museum-quality photography, but for the stories behind each car (and type of car) portrayed.” - Scott Ross, Blogs.Corvettefever.com

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Randy Leffingwell and Darwin Holmstrom teamed up a couple of years back on Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars, and it became an instant classic. Not just for David Newhardt's museum-quality photography, but for the stories behind each car (and type of car) portrayed.
—Scott Ross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760333051
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Road & Track, January 2007

“Muscle … takes its personality from Newhardt’s near impressionist approach – narrow close-ups, wide angles, backlit and shallow-focus long-lens photos abound … A boldly illustrated, entertaining introduction to or reminder of the muscle-car era.”

                                                                                                                        

Automobile, July 2006

“Lavish photographs grace this brand-new, engaging overview of the muscle car era.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Autoweek, Oct. 30, 2006

“This is like the Woodward Dream Cruise in book form. One photo after another features a gorgeous Big Three performance car.”

 

 

iZoom.com, May 30, 2006

“You’ll want to pick it up – over and over again. You’ll want to read what Randy Leffingwell and Darwin Holmstrom have written about this uniquely American form of high-performance automotive expression and you’ll want to dwell on the details of David Newhardt’s photography.

 

“One of the things I liked best about the book is the way they take a running start, looking back at American automotive and social history to set up the groundwork for the creation of the muscle car, to provide perspective and context for the phenomenon.

 

“What separates this book from previous muscle car tomes are things such as the way the authors not only describe the vehicles, but tell how and why each was created, and how they provide interesting perspective as the relationship between soldiers coming home from war and feeling the need for speed, of having survived in battle and thus feeling invincible on the highways.”

Motor Trend Classic, July/August 2006

“Another of MBI’s ‘Big White Books,’ and it delivers a lot for the money. Up to date, with good inside info.”

                                                                                                                                                                

Edmonds.com, May 2007
“This bible is loaded with info ... from the engines to the minutiae. Phenomenal beauty shots and flashback images are plastered on every page.... Don't know anything about muscle cars? You can fix that. Think you know everything? There's something you don't – and it's here.”

                      

Meet the Author

Randy Leffingwell, MBI’s best-selling author, brings a unique perspective to the subject of muscle cars. In addition to his impeccable research skills, Leffingwell lived through the tumultuous classic muscle car era. Leffingwell is the author of such best-selling titles as Porsche 911: Perfection by Design, Farmall: Eight Decades of Innovation, John Deere: A History of the Tractor, Corvette Fifty Years, and Mustang Forty Years.

Darwin Holmstrom has written or co-written many books on motorcycling, including the best-selling Billy Lane Chop Fiction: It’s Not a Motorcycle, Baby, It’s a Chopper and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles. This is his first opportunity to write about the transportation subject he first fell in love with: muscle cars. Darwin lives in Crystal, Minnesota.

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today, with an artistic eye that views life in accord with a muscle car’s sinuous lines and exaggerated curves. He is the author of such best-selling books as Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and has provided photography for MBI’s best-selling titles Corvette Fifty Years, Mustang Forty Years, Mopar Muscle, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. David lives in Pasadena, California.

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