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Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren
     

Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren

by Scotty Gosson
 

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During the '70s, '80s and '90s, hot rods followed very definite trends. It seems every hot rod built in the '70s reflected the somewhat garish tastes of that decade, and everyone had a small-block Chevy powering it. In the '80s and '90s, many rods were built to seamless perfection in a modern high-tech style, laden with billet, smooth seams, no rough edges, and a huge

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During the '70s, '80s and '90s, hot rods followed very definite trends. It seems every hot rod built in the '70s reflected the somewhat garish tastes of that decade, and everyone had a small-block Chevy powering it. In the '80s and '90s, many rods were built to seamless perfection in a modern high-tech style, laden with billet, smooth seams, no rough edges, and a huge price tag.

You had to know there would be a backlash, and rat rods are the backlash to the extreme. As a response to the high-dollar billet-based street rod trend, budget-limited home-based rod builders looked to the past for inspiration and style, and rat rods were the result. These 'imperfectly fine' rods rarely sport paint jobs of any kind, and their owners aren't scared to drive them. They represent a rebellious attitude, but never take anything too seriously either.

Rat rods are high on style but low on budget, and that's why so many love them. Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren is a celebration of this trend, and almost as importantly, the lifestyle that accompanies it. Never has rodding been so cosmetically indifferent, so socially oriented, so affordable, and most importantly, so much fun! Author Scotty Gosson watched the Rat Rod trend start, grow, and blossom into what it is today. He shares the story with sharp wit, honesty, and a smile on every page. Cars from all over America and around the world are featured, and no two are the same.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - Andy Bolig
Appears in "Top 21 Reading Materials for the Auto Enthusiast." -Auto Enthusiast, January 2013
Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace - Ken Gross
"This new book features a great selection of unique rat rods, including roadsters, pick-ups, sedans and even a diminutive Morris Minor... Highly recommended." -Classic American, May 2013
Ol' Skool Rodz - Alan Mayes
"Consider rat rods a backlash to the six-figure trailer queen street rods and they start to make sense. This book features a great cross-section of the genre, cars ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s." -Alan Mayes, Ol' Skool Rods, September 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613253328
Publisher:
CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/23/2012
Pages:
162
Sales rank:
1,009,116
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author

Scotty Gosson is a long time contributor to many automotive periodicals, and is currently on staff at Hot Rod DeLuxe magazine. He is an avid drag racer who has also competed in land speed racing on the salt at Bonneville. Gosson is a noted hot rodding historian, who's lighthearted and entertaining writing style and edgy photography has been well received in his previous CarTech books, America's Coolest Station Wagons, Rat Rods and America's Wildest Show Rods of the 1960s and 1970s.

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