Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip

Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip

by Robert Genat
     
 

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 stop light street racing and cruising action. Woodward even became the unofficial test track for the profusion of hot factory iron

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 stop light 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 high-performance new car dealerships that provided the 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 Ave: Cruising the Legendary Strip is a great trip down memory lane.

Editorial Reviews

Australian Street Rodder
If you're into muscle cars, great street-racing stories, or just want to remember or learn how it was 'back in the day', Woodward Avenue is a great trip down memory lane.
Hemmings Motor News
If you lived the Detroit Rock City years, this is for you. --(Jim Donnelly)
Midwest Book Review
Auto fans will find this an outstanding pick packed with color and history.
Mopar Collector's Guide
This is really an outstanding book, and if you fully want to appreciate how cruising and street racing was - not how it was in American Grafitti," but how it REALLY was, this is probably the best book on the subject so far." -(December 2010)
Mopar Muscle
...Genat's book is a masterpiece.
Mustang Magazine
Genat has done an excellent job of finding surviving shots and weaving together a book that does justice to the subject, giving Woodward, 12 of the greatest miles in the world, its proper place."
Ol' Skool Rodz
Woodward Avenue is a cool book to while away winter hours while you plane your own escapades. - -(Alan Mayes, January 2011)
Old Cars Weekly
Genat skillfully documents the rock n' rolling, non-stop magic that was Woodward in its heyday, an oft-notorious spectacle night after night that led to today's Woodward Dream Cruise.
Street Rodder
Whether you're from Dallas, Des Moines, or Detroit, you'll undoubtedly find something to identify within this book. --(Chris Shelton, May 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932494914
Publisher:
CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(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. His website is www.zonefivephoto.com.

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