The Illustrated History of the Rat Rod: The People, the Cars, and the Culture

The Illustrated History of the Rat Rod: The People, the Cars, and the Culture

by Steve Thaemert, Jr., Rick Loxton

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The Illustrated History of the Rat Rod: The People, the Cars, and the Culture by Steve Thaemert, Jr., Rick Loxton

Defined by author and Rat Rod Magazine editor Steve Thaemert, Jr. as the “blue-collar hot rod,” a the term “rat rod” refers to a custom car built with creativity, ingenuity, and individuality. Less of a classic-car replica and more of an expression of the builder’s personality, “rat rodding” encompasses not just the vehicles but also the scene and the lifestyle ignited by this automotive hobby that’s catching on like wildfire. By the editor and senior writer of Rat Rod Magazine, the comprehensive publication for all things rat rod, The Illustrated History of Rat Rod takes you inside the culture to explore the beginnings, evolution, and rising popularity of the hobby.

INSIDE THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF RAT ROD:

•The beginnings of the rat-rod scene and early enthusiasts.

•A look at the hot rods that spawned the rat-rod hobby and how the term “rat rod” was coined.

•Rat Rod Magazine and its importance in defining and documenting the hobby as well as other media exposure that helped bring rat rodding into the public eye.

•How rat rodding overcame opposition by detractors while gaining acceptance and supporters.

•The annual Rat Rod Tour, including event results and anecdotes from attendees.

•The clothes, attitudes, music, and styles that shape the rat rod culture.

•A discussion of parts, building techniques, and safety practices typical of rat rodding.

•A glossary of terminology unique to the rat rod hobby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620081969
Publisher: CompanionHouse Books
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 631,749
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Steve Thaemert, Jr. : Steve Thaemert, Jr. is the founder, editor, and creative force behind two-time Innovator Award-winning Rat Rod Magazine. With his blue-collar and sometimes maverick approach, Steve has not only propelled rat-rod culture into the American mainstream but also has grown that audience into the millions.

Rick Loxton: Rick Loxton, Rat Rod Magazine’s award-winning senior writer, is known for his intelligent (and sometimes provocative) profiles and cleverly written feature pieces. His knowledge of automotive history along with his edgy writing style has helped to legitimize coverage of the rat-rod market.

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