This history of hot rodding is long and fascinating . There is an old saying in hot rodding, that the car you have recently bought isn't truly yours until you have messed with it. From its birth in the flats at Muroc pre-WWII to a burgeoning speed industry, young enthusiasts and entrepreneurs did what people do best with any form of new technology, they messed with it. Make it faster, make it cooler, or simply make it better than the next guy's.
In Pat Ganahl's Hot Rod Gallery, the acclaimed author gathers his finest images to tell the story of the history of hot rodding from the beginning to 1960 through fascinating and rarely seen photos. From Muroc and early Gow Jobs, to the first drag strips, to the first speed shops and manufacturers, to the first car shows, Ganahl covers it all. Follow the transition from the dry lakes to the street to the first drag strips. Check out the beginnings of the show circuit, from the first SCTA shows and the Oakland Roadster shows to outdoor car shows. See the beginning of the custom car movement, the hot rod B movies of the 1950s, rods on the street, as well as the engines, parts, people that made rodding what it is today.
Covered in rarely seen and never-seen photos, some in black and white, and some in magnificent color, Hot Rod Gallery is packed with memories. Hot rods, customs, drag cars, dry lakes racers, speed shops, engines, and the people that built them; no hot rod library is complete without it.
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From hotrod infancy in the 1920’s and 1930’s with Dry lakes racers, flats at Muroc, to the first drag strips, first speed shops, and first car shows, and more up to and including the 1950’s, “Hot Rod Gallery” by Pat Ganahl has pictures of it all. Rare photos and many never seen before photos abound in this book such as Von Dutch pin striping a car inside and out, the first car shows, the first drag strips and more. There is even a “super rare photo of Ron Aquirre’s ever-evolving X-Sonic Corvette” and a picture of a rare show appearance of Ike Iacono’s orange and black GMC dragster. Many of these pictures would have been lost forever had Pat Ganahl not been so serious to preserve hot rod history. Some photos were gifted, others are from negatives and if it neither of those options were available to him then pictures of the pictures were taken – whatever it took to preserve that history – all in one place. I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.