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The Ultimate Guide to Hot Rods and Street Rods

Overview

A hot rod is an automobile rebuilt or modified for high speed and acceleration. Hot rods are more than that—they're an American icon. Hot rods can be found on the streets and at the dragstrips. This beautifully illustrated guide provides a history of hot rods in America from their first appearance with "souped up" Model T's of the 1920's through the 1940s, 1950s and beyond.

With chapters on each decade of hot rod, complete with full color photographs of these magic machines in ...

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Overview

A hot rod is an automobile rebuilt or modified for high speed and acceleration. Hot rods are more than that—they're an American icon. Hot rods can be found on the streets and at the dragstrips. This beautifully illustrated guide provides a history of hot rods in America from their first appearance with "souped up" Model T's of the 1920's through the 1940s, 1950s and beyond.

With chapters on each decade of hot rod, complete with full color photographs of these magic machines in action, this book provides a comprehensive history of American hot rods and street rods. Other chapters delve into hot rod culture, examining the people and enthusiasts who have shaped the evolution of this type of automobile, and the events that draw hot rod enthusiasts from all over the world. A glossary provides a comprehensive resource for readers.   

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785829591
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 819,946
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carroll has long been a fan of street rods, especially rods based on the 1932 Ford. He has also written extensively on American automotive specialties, including choppers, Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles, Jeeps and tractors, collaborating with photographer Garry Stuart on many of these projects.Garry Stuart has been photographing cars and motorcycles professionally for 20 years, and his pictures have appeared in magazines and books throughout the world. He has met many interesting characters along the way, and has listened to their stories with interest. Much of this anecdotal material, gathered when he was taking these pictures, was personally related to him by Californian hot-rodders themselves and appears in the latter part of this book.Steve Wilson is a classic motorcycle and car journalist, and the author of 19 published books, including five novels and a work of children's fiction. His motorbike books have included the definitive six-volume British Motor Cycles Since 1950; an anthology of his classic bike journalism titled Down The Road; an account of a recent 5,000 mile ride in Southern Africa on an unreliable 1954 Ariel 500 single, called Short Way Up; and Great Marques:Triumph Bonneville T120/T140/Hinckley. Steve lives in Oxfordshire and rides a BSA A10 Golden Flash and a Moto Guzzi California.
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