Woodward Avenue-Paperback Edition

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Detroit's Woodward Avenue was America's center of gravity for cruising and street racing in the '50s and '60s. Its widely paved surfaces with long sections of arrow-straight road between traffic signals provided the ideal location for stoplight street racing and cruising action. Woodward even became the unofficial test track for the profusion of hot factory iron churned out by Detroit's engineers. If you lived in the Detroit area in the '60s and wanted to drag race, Woodward ...
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Overview

Detroit's Woodward Avenue was America's center of gravity for cruising and street racing in the '50s and '60s. Its widely paved surfaces with long sections of arrow-straight road between traffic signals provided the ideal location for stoplight street racing and cruising action. Woodward even became the unofficial test track for the profusion of hot factory iron churned out by Detroit's engineers. If you lived in the Detroit area in the '60s and wanted to drag race, Woodward Avenue was the place to go.

Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is filled with stories from the people who cruised and raced Woodward in that wonderful era. Also featured are the clandestine and not-so-clandestine efforts by the factories to build cars that the Woodward crowd would buy and race. Woodward Avenue includes everything that surrounded Woodward's action, including Detroit's legendary DJs who provided the cruisers' musical soundtrack, the hang-outs and drive-ins, the new car dealerships that provided the high-performance cars, and the legendary speed shops that provided the hot rod parts.

If you are into muscle cars, great street racing stories, or just want to remember or learn how it was back in the day, Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is a great trip down memory lane.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review - James Cox
review and cover image in Feb 2014 issue of Auto Enthusiast
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613250914
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/20/2013
  • Series: CarTech Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,368,596
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Genat is a prolific author and photographer who has written more than 30 books on military and transportation subjects. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Dean Batchelor award by the Motor Press Guild for this book, The Birth of Hot Rodding. Robert is also a dedicated gearhead who in the past fifteen years has restored several cars and currently drives a tri-power 1962 Pontiac Catalina convertible. He and his wife, Robin, operate Zone Five Photo in Encinitas, California.
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Table of Contents

Table Of Contents:
About the Author 6
Acknowledgments 6
Foreword by Eric Dahlquist 8
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 The Fine Art of Street Racing Woodward Style 14
Chapter 2 Cruising Woodward’s Drive-Ins 42
Chapter 3 Muscle Cars on Woodward 62
Chapter 4 Woodward’s Car Dealers and Detroit’s Speed Shops 84
Chapter 5 Fast Cars and Rock & Roll—Woodward’s Soundtrack 108
Chapter 6 Woodward Dream Cruise 124
Afterword 156
Index 157
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