TALES FROM A TOP FUEL DRAGSTER:
A Collection of the Greatest Drag Racing
by Shirley Muldowney with Bill Stephens
Shirley Muldowney not only broke the gender barrier in the National
Hot Rod Association in the 1970s, but she also completely rewrote
the record books in Top Fuel Eliminator, drag racing’s quickest and
fastest category. She was the first woman to receive a Top Fuel
license from the NHRA. Between 1977 and 1982, Muldowney won three
NHRA Top Fuel championships—the first female ever to win a title in
any professional motorsport. She won the prestigious NHRA US
Nationals in 1982 and was recently inducted into the International
Motorsports Hall of Fame. By the time she retired at the end of the
2003 season, Muldowney had become one of the most recognized and
celebrated race car drivers in history.
Tales from a Top-Fuel Dragster is an unabashed
collection of stories, anecdotes, and opinions in Muldowney’s own
unvarnished style of storytelling, laced with her straightforward,
take-no-prisoners approach. She has spent her entire lifetime
telling it like it is, standing up to the establishment, and
refusing to do anything other than in her own way. Politically
correct? Hardly. Readers are encouraged to strap themselves in when
she shares her many tales. It’s the whole truth and nothing but the
truth according to the legendary Shirley Muldowney.
cover, 192 pp.
DEUCE – The
Original Hot Rod; 32 x32
by Mike Chase
classic '32, equipped with a behemoth engine and modified for speed
is everything a hot rod should be.
They certainly don't make
'em like this anymore. We're talking about the car that launched the
hot rod subculture: Ford's 1932 Deuce. With its stylish lines,
timeless grille, and flowing fenders, Ford's Deuce coupe pretty much
defines the term "hot rod." The breadth of creativity this classic
design has inspired for generations of hot rod builders is on full
display in Deuce.
Ford's '32 was an immediate hit. By 1931,
the Model A was obsolete in a marketplace where drivers wanted more
style and power. The design goals for the '32 Ford could be
summarized as "more": more cylinders, more horsepower, and more
style. The resulting car achieved its objectives and then some. It
was faster, more comfortable, more refined - a masterpiece of
industrial design, yet still affordable. Henry Ford and his design
team got it right.
As the Deuce transitioned to the used car
market, it drew the attention of those with a need for speed.
Stripped down with an emphasis on performance, the Deuce became the
bedrock of the burgeoning hot rod movement. To this day, it very
much defines what a hot rod should look like. Hotrodders took
Henry's master stroke to a whole other place, and Deuce stands as a
tribute to their ongoing ingenuity.
Gorgeous hard cover
coffee table book, 224 pages, 200 color photos.
BACK IN PRINT
COOL CARS SQUARE ROLL BARS
Photos and Recollections of Fifties Hotrodding in New England
edited by Bernie Shuman
Reprinted courtesy of Mr. Shuman and the North East Motor Sports
Museum, this is the authoritative history of hotrodding in New
England in the 1950s.
Chock full of old-time coupes,
roadsters, and dragsters – any early race or hot rod fan will
appreciate the timeless beauty of these cars, whether they were
built to race straight or on ovals.
100s of B&W photos and a
Soft cover, 240 pp.
Mayhem: Drag Racing's Grudges, Rivalries, and Big-Money Showdowns
by Doug Boyce
Drag racing is a very regulated
sport. In the history of the NHRA, IHRA, and other sanctioning
bodies, many classes existed in an effort to ensure the cars racing
against each other were as equal as possible. The byproduct was that
often the races that were “fair” were not the races that fans wanted
During the golden age of drag racing, fans didn’t
care as much about class racing as much as they wanted to see scores
settled, rivalries battled, and interesting match-ups. There were
the manufacturer rivalries as well as numerous driver rivalries.
Match races were also a great way to feature wildly popular cars
that no longer had a class in which to compete. So popular and
intense were these races that many track promoters didn’t bother to
promote class racing at all, instead using the match races as
headliners to put more fans in the stands. And the drivers loved it
Veteran drag race author Doug Boyce tells the tale of
the history of match racing through the cars, the drivers, the
events, the classes, the rivalries, and everything else that was fun
about match racing during the golden era. It’s all here,
complemented by wonderful vintage photography provided by fans and
professionals in attendance.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 297 B&W
and color photos.
Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty
Vehicle Activity Program
by Charlie Henry
The story of Kar-Kraft began, as did many others in the
automotive industry, with an axe to grind. In 1963, Ford was
seriously interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary
brand with considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the
acquisition as a great way to be instantly successful in the racing
arena. When Enzo Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him
complete control of the racing program, he backed out of the deal
late in the process. Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits,
which then set in motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The
result was the unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
Kar-Kraft’s story doesn’t begin and end with the GT 40 that
took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford expanded upon the
program and organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars
were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition.
Street versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And
fabled prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, and
Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford’s contracted race shop. And then,
out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970.
Author Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the
help of many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first
book ever published on
special projects facility, Kar-Kraft.
Hard cover, 192 pages, 332 color and B&W photos.
Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars
car era, and the era that immediately preceded it, form a unique
window in time, one that we will not likely see again. In post-war
USA, people wanted to move on from the horrors of conflict, to
embrace an era of peace, and to pursue, well, all sorts of things. A
whole generation was entering a new prosperity, with home ownership
on the rise, gainful employment increasing, the building of suburbs,
and a new interstate system connecting everyone. That all helped
increase our dependence upon, and in turn, deepen our love affair
with the automobile.
It started in the 1950s, when automakers
realized that if they made their cars more powerful than brand X and
won races on the weekends as well, sales would follow those
victories into the dealership. Not everybody was enamored with all
this new-found performance, however, and throughout the late 1950s
and early 1960s, a struggle developed between building faster
automobiles and appearing responsible and promoting the cause of
safety. This led to racing participation on an all-out corporate
level, followed by voluntary self-imposed and publicized bans,
back-door cheating on said bans, and then investing in performance
The byproducts of all this activity were some really
fascinating and exciting cars. It began with standard-chassis cars
growing bigger and including more powerful engines. Then they
graduated to being lighter, putting big engines into mid-size
chassis (muscle cars), and building race cars that barely resembled
anything on the street. Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and
Purpose-Built Muscle Cars follows the evolution of the fastest, most
powerful, and exciting vehicles of the era, in both drag racing and
NASCAR. From early Hudson Hornets, to the birth of the Hemi, to
aluminum and fiberglass panel sedans, to lightweight special-order
muscle cars ready to race from the factory.
Hard cover, 192
pages, 457 color photos.
1001 Mustang Facts: Covers all Mustangs 1964½ to Present
Author Steve Magnante is well known for his encyclopedia-like
knowledge of automotive facts. The details he regularly shares, both
in the pages of national magazines and as a contributing host and
tech expert at the popular Barrett-Jackson Auctions on television,
are the kinds of details that car fanatics love to hear. Many feel
that these facts are among the highlights of television auction
coverage, much more interesting than the final hammer price.
Steve turns his attention to the most popular car in history,
the Ford Mustang. In more than 50 years, the Mustang has taken many
turns, from the original pony car, to variants that are best
described as pure muscle cars, to the misunderstood Mustang II, to
the Fox-Body platform that revived the brand, all the way to the
modern Coyote-and Voodoo-powered supercars. Magnante covers them all
here, generation by generation, so that Mustang fans of any
generation are sure to love this collection. Whether you’re an avid
fan of all Mustangs, a trivia buff who wants to stump your friends,
or have a particular affinity for a particular era of Mustangs, this
book is an informative and entertaining collection of facts from one
of the industry’s most beloved and respected sources.
cover, 336 pages, 120 Black & white photos.
Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding
by Matt Stone
To tell the life story of Ed "Isky" Iskenderian is to tell the
history of hot rodding in America. This book tells Isky’s whole
story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club activities, to his
service in the military, starting a small business fabricating parts
and making cams in the back of a rented shop, and then selling cams
to other rodders. It covers how he grew a business from a single cam
grinder and became the leading cam authority in barely 10 years.
Ed's company name went on to become one of the household names
in the performance community. His continued success is an
entertaining tale of mingling with industry icons, insight into the
business of hot rodding, great stories of yesterday and today, and a
life very well lived. You will enjoy the stories recorded here as
much as Ed "Isky" Iskenderian seems to enjoy telling them.
Hard cover, 208 pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.
The First Lady of Motorsports
by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan
Perhaps the most photographed personality in automotive and
motorsports history, Linda Vaughn has entertained fans and has been
a premier marketer of automotive goods for more than 55 years.
From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway, coming of age while
representing Hurst, through her annual appearances at America’s top
automotive and racing events, Linda continues to engage fans,
drawing long lines whenever she makes an appearance. At her peak,
Linda attended more than 100 events annually, year after year, and
she still attends more than 25 events each year.
first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her fans a behind-the-scenes
look at her career in motorsports and promotion through her personal
photographic archive and other photos. Through captions, Linda tells
the story of individual images from her amazing memory, with no
detail left unshared. She recounts events with racing personalities
and automotive icons from George Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario
Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is left out as Linda tells stories
about the photos chronicling her career in motorsports.
Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports is the most
comprehensive gathering of photos ever assembled on Linda Vaughn.
Through her 50-plus years in motorsports, Linda has lived it all,
been everywhere, and met everyone.
Hard cover, 224 pages,
217 color and 191 B&W photos.
HOT ROD GALLERY II: More
Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's
By Pat Ganahl
In the best-selling
Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding’s Golden Years:
1930-1960, author and historian Pat Ganahl opened his
archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most
interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with
fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders,
long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes,
nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in
one convenient package. Well, if some is good, more is better,
For this second volume Ganahl dug deeper into his
massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in
both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot
rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more
great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In
this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead
sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. He even
went a little later, into the early 1960s.
If you liked the
first edition of Hot Rod Gallery, you may like this one even more.
Ganahl guarantees that it is filled with images you have never seen,
and he offers his commentary and a lifetime of expertise in this
selection of fantastic images from his expansive archive. You can
spend hours looking at all the details and soaking in the history in
these images, and we know you’ll enjoy this book as much as you did
Hard cover, 192 pages, loaded with color and B&W
Landy's Dodges - The Mighty
of "Dandy" Dick Landy
Landy’s Dodges takes you
chronologically through the famous cars of Dick's career, from
piloting his first racing mount (a 1954 Ford Pickup) to the historic
years of campaigning his mighty Dodges.
Stunkard gives a highly detailed account of all of Dick's cars and
his racing results.
The book features archival images from
the Landy family's personal collection, as well as modern shots of
restored Landy cars.
Soft cover, 176 pages with 407 color
and black and white photos.
by Peter Vincent
Great Hot Rods are also Works
of Art…Do you disagree? If so, Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell,
the founders of the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop, promise to argue
with you until the beer runs out.
Photographer Peter Vincent,
an artist in his own right, was among the first to recognize the
sublime artistry of the Bones' hot rods. His photographs of Keith
and Ken's first coupes helped the Bones get noticed. Today the
Bones' creations are recognized around the world as real-deal hot
rods that look and sound like something built in the late 1940s or
1950s, but with an aggressive attitude all their own.
has been there from the start, documenting the Bones' creations,
their exploits at the Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage and the
Race of Gentlemen, and their cross-country adventures to and from
their home base in upstate New York. The Bones haven't built a lot
of cars, but each and every one of them is documented in the pages
of this book. If you are a fan of traditional hot rods, you will
never get tired of leafing through the pages of Rolling Bones.
Hard cover with jacket, 224 pages, loaded with color and
black & white photos.
Holiday Special: $24.95
Montgomery: Drag Racing’s Gasser King
Patrick Ertel with Bill Holder
As a young man, George Montgomery
lived for cars. He came of age in the classic era of the hot rod and
fully immersed himself in the car culture. George took car building
seriously and went on to become one of the pioneers of the sport of
From a little shop in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio,
he built and raced cars that led the world in innovation and
craftsmanship. George was a leading participant in the famous
"Gasser Wars" match races of the 1960s, where he earned the moniker
"Ohio George," while driving his iconic 1933 Willys to victory after
victory. The era of the Gasser Wars was one of the most colorful
chapters in racing history and George was one of the most successful
racers of the time.
Always in innovator, Montgomery built
the groundbreaking Malco Gasser Mustang in 1967 and followed it with
the revolutionary Mr. Gasket turbocharged Mustang a few years later.
After retiring from racing in 1985, George became one of the
most successful engine builders in the country. He is the recipient
of the National Hot Rod Association's most prestigious awards,
including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is listed as one of
drag racing's top 50 all-time drivers.
Soft cover, 130
pages, many color and B&W images.
Lost Drag Strips
by Scotty Glosson
Fresh on the heels of the
best-selling Lost Drag Strips comes a new look at other
long-lost and forgotten drag racing facilities from the 1950s,
1960s, and 1970s.
In the first volume, the author examined
the birth of drag racing and its subsequent popularity that invaded
every city and community across America. The first volume was great,
but readers demanded more!
Lost Drag Strips II
picks up where the first volume left off, covering even more tracks
with archival photos of racing in the tracks’ heyday, the cars that
ran there, and coverage of the tracks as they exist today. This
volume also includes some of the tracks that survived, those that
fought off the economic demons and the urban sprawl and continue to
Tracks in this volume include: Fort
Wainwright/Racing Lions Motorsports Park, Avenue G Drag Strip,
Fremont/Baylands Drag Strip, San Fernando Drag Strip, Fontana Drag
City, Inyokern Drag Strip, Kahuku Air Strip, Las Vegas Speedrome,
Continental Divide Raceways, SRCA Drag Strip, Southwest Raceway,
Willow Run Raceway, Minnesota Dragways, KCTA Drag Strip, Detroit
Dragway, Niagara Airport Dragstrip, New York National Speedway, York
US 30 Drag-O-Way, South Mountain Raceway, La Place Dragway, Yellow
River Drag Strip, Thunderbolt Dragway, and more.
176 pages, 249 color and B&W photos.
Cars: 45 Stories of Hunting the Most Elusive and Valuable Muscle
by Wes Eisenschenk
world of archeology nothing compares to the discovery. Whether it’s
related to King Tut’s tomb, the Titanic, or Amelia Earhart, the
uncovering of an artifact is worth all the research, work, blood,
sweat, and tears. In the world of the muscle car, some of the
greatest creations are still waiting to be discovered.
book is a collection of stories written by enthusiasts about their
quest to find these extremely rare and valuable muscle cars. You’ll
find four categories (Celebrity, Rare, Race Cars, and
Concept/Prototype/Show Cars) within three genres (Missing, Lost
History, Recently Discovered) that take you through the search for
some of the most sought-after muscle cars with names such as Shelby,
Yenko, Hurst, and Hemi. Along the way, success stories, including
finding the first Z/28 Camaro, the 1971 Boss 302, and the 1971 Hemi
‘Cuda convertible, will make you wonder if you could make the next
great muscle car find.
Lost Muscle Cars includes 45 intriguing stories involving some
of the most significant American iron ever created during the
celebrated muscle car era. Readers will be armed with the tools to
begin the quest to make the next great discovery in automotive
Hard cover, 240 pages, 124 color and B&W
Sox & Martin:
The Most Famous
Team in Drag Racing
sport of drag racing exploded in the 1950s, two youngsters from
North Carolina each rose through the ranks racing Chevrolets. It
didn’t take long for one of them to realize that if you couldn’t
beat him it might be best to join him. Buddy Martin approached
Ronnie Sox about campaigning a 1963 Z-11 Chevy, and with that
partnership, the most dominant duo in the history of drag racing
Sox & Martin: The Most
Famous Team in Drag Racing is a comprehensive archival recap of
straight-line racing’s greatest duo. Historic and modern imagery
recapture the celebrated Plymouth race cars campaigned by Ronnie and
Buddy throughout their legendary partnership. Also chronicled are
the lesser-known Oldsmobile, Ford, Pontiac, Chevrolet, and Mercury
mounts predating their time with Chrysler. The races, the cars, the
events; all of it is covered here during this golden age of drag
racing. Author Jim Schild, with the help of Buddy Martin, Herb
McCandless, Jake King, Diane Sox, Dave Christie, and others, has
created the most exhaustive, authentic review of the illustrious
drag racing career of Sox & Martin.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 351 B&W and
TOP FUEL DRAGSTERS:
Drag Racing’s Rear-Engine Revolution
by Steve Reyes
general terms, drag racing is the fastest form of motor racing;
within drag racing, Top Fuel is the fastest of the classes. Top Fuel
has always been the leading class in terms of technology, cost,
excitement, and speed. Over the years, technology has changed
greatly. What started out as a flathead engine, four wheels, frame
rails, and a steering wheel has morphed into technological wonders
producing horsepower figures in the thousands and running
supercharged nitromethane cars over the quarter-mile in the
the course of the evolution of these technological developments in
the late 1960s and early 1970s, Top Fuelers were making enough
horsepower so that sitting directly behind the engine, as the
“diggers” did in the 1950s through the 1960s, was recognized as a
fairly dangerous proposition for the driver. Any blower explosion or
clutch and bellhousing failure occurred directly in the face of the
pilot. Teams and engineers developed the rear-engine layout that is
still in use today, where the engine sits behind the driver but in
front of the rear wheels.
Industry legend and veteran journalist Steve Reyes was there through
all the technological changes; he has the photos, anecdotes, quotes,
and tales of the era. He discusses it all, including the
experimentation that led to incredibly exciting racing and wild
mishaps. Join him in the pages of this book where he shares all the
stories of this incredible racing era.
Soft cover, 176 pages
including 300 color photos.
by Ken Gross
The So-Cal Speed Shop is
legendary in hot-rodding circles, and the So-Cal Coupe is a big
reason why. Built to compete in drag racing and top-speed contests,
this chopped ‘34 Ford coupe, with its iconic white and red paint
job, served as a rolling advertisement for So-Cal.
third installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph Series, author Ken
Gross tells the multifaceted history of this tremendously
influential car. At turns record-setting, tragic, and triumphant,
the story of the So-Cal coupe exemplifies the story of hot rodding
itself throughout the second half of the 20th century.
cover, 32 pages.
Street and Race Cars
by Martyn L. Schorr
early 1960s, Ford Motor Company underwent a dramatic change in
corporate philosophy. Previously, under Ford's young chairman, Henry
Ford II ("the Deuce") safety, not performance, was the goal.
1962, even the chairman realized his philosophy needed to change.
Ford was nearly invisible to car-crazy baby boomers. Lee Iacocca
convinced Ford that he needed to act decisively or risk losing the
emerging youth market to the competition.
began Ford's "Total Performance" program.
Ford Total Performance
is all about Ford's prime racing era from 1961 through 1971. In
addition to purpose-built race cars, it also covers production
performance cars, specialty models, and unique concepts such as
lightweight drag race cars. The book explores the 427 Fairlane
Thunderbolt; Mercury Comet; unique V-8 Falcons that competed in the
1963 and 1964 Monte Carlo Rallies; Dick Brannan's 427 A/FX drag car;
Ford Indy 500 winning race cars; 427 Overhead Cam SOHC 427 engines
as used in A/FX and fuel race cars; Boss 302 and 429 Mustangs for
street, drag racing, and Trans-Am; and many more.
Ford-Ferrari war that led to the creation of the legendary GT40 Le
Mans race cars isn't forgotten. Featuring unpublished period
photographs, plus photos and artwork from Ford designers,
Ford Total Performance
covers all of Ford's classic race and street cars, including Cobras
and Shelby Mustangs. It's a must-have book for any fan of classic
American performance cars!
cover, 208 pages, loads of color and black and white photos.
by LeRoi “Tex”
Nobody has had a greater
influence on the world of hot rodding than
Writer, builder, racer and mentor to hundreds of thousands of hot
rodders all around the world,
Smith has done it all and
recorded much of it for posterity.
Hard cover, 256 pp., 300
The Golden Age of Top Fuel,
Door Slammers & More
by Doug Boyce
Whether you’re an avid fan
of nostalgia drags, a trivia buff who wants to stump friends, or
simply a fan of the big and powerful drag cars of the 1950s–1980s,
this book is an informative and entertaining collection of facts
from one of the industry’s most respected sources.
cover, 344 pp., 130 photos.
HEMI: A History of Chrysler's Iconic V-8
by Geoff Stunkard
The Hemi is arguably the most iconic American V-8 in
competition history. Employing a talented team of engineers,
Chrysler refined the hemispherical combustion chamber design and
created an engine that produced towering performance. Whether the
Hemi was installed in a Charger, Super Bee, Barracuda, Superbird, or
any number of other cars, the engine dominated in NHRA, NASCAR, and
other forms of competition. And in a production car, the Hemi also
became one of the most feared engines on the street.
Author Geoff Stunkard retraces the fascinating Hemi
competition history and covers the big wins, many championships, and
key developments in the engine's life. First, he delves into the
development and racing exploits of the first-generation 392-ci Hemi
and gives you a behind-the-scenes retrospective of the mammoth
effort and resources that went into developing the 426 Hemi. In
eight months, Al Ekstrand, Tom Hoover, and other engineers took the
426 Hemi from drawing board to race track.
competition, the triumphs and challenges of Don Garlits, Dick Landy,
Sox and Martin, and other drag racers are recounted.
NASCAR competition, the 426 Hemi debuted at the 1964 Daytona 500.
Richard Petty qualified second, lapped the entire field, and won the
race. By the end of the 1964 Grand National season, Hemi-powered
cars amassed 26 race victories. NASCAR stars, such as Richard Petty,
Bobby Isaac, and David Pearson, piloted the 426 Hemi-equipped
Charger 500, Charger Daytona, Plymouth Superbird, and other Chrysler
stock cars to many victories and championships.
the Hemi set speed run records and closed-course speed records at
the Bonneville Salt Flats.
engine powered many classic cars and took many drivers to the
winner's circle and into the history books. This comprehensive Hemi
racing history with never-before-published information is a
must-have for Mopar and racing fans.
Hard cover, 192 pages,
heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.
by Charles R Morris
Ford expert and veteran drag-racing
author Charles R. Morris has written the definitive book covering
the members of the Ford Drag Council and Drag Team of the 1960s,
perhaps the most important decade in Ford performance history.
In writing Ford Drag Team, Morris performed candid,
one-on-one interviews with Ford drag-racing legends like Phil
Bonner, Hubert Platt, Ed Terry, Randy Payne, Al Joniec, the late
Bill Lawton, Drag Team captain Dick Brannan, and more.
Morris also collected factory documents and race reports and scoured
the earth for photos and statistics to document the full story of
these drag racing pioneers.
Ford Drag Team is your
opportunity to get the true story, directly from those who made the
history from behind the wheel and behind the scenes. You'll learn
how this talented group of individuals from diverse backgrounds came
together to make motorsports history that should never be forgotten.
Soft cover, 212 pages, B&W photos.
Tales from the
Drag Strip: Memorable Stories from the
Greatest Drag Racer of All Time
by Don Garlits with Bill
Since the moment that young
men began modifying and personalizing their automobiles back in the
1940s and ‘50s, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits was squarely in the thick of
this intoxicating pursuit. By the time he had built his first
serious dragster, drag strips were popping up all over the country –
primitive at best – but wild and untamed racing venues where
home-built creations laid the groundwork for today's
multimillion-dollar high-performance industry.
last 50 years, Big Daddy has been on the move, traveling from coast
to coast with his series of "Swamp Rat" Top Fuel dragsters,
electrifying fans and adding to his already immense legend as an
innovator, a visionary, and a champion. In 2001, during the NHRA's
50th anniversary, Garlits was named the No. 1 racer on the list of
the 50 Greatest Drivers in History. And at that year's U.S.
Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the sport's most prestigious
event, Big Daddy achieved what may be his most cherished personal
milestone, covering the quarter-mile in less than five seconds at
more than 300 miles per hour for the first time in his storied
career. Tales from the Drag Strip with Don Garlits is a first-person
account of the many memorable experiences this drag-racing icon has
lived through in his half-century of nitro methane-fueled exploits.
The many races, racers, race fans and race tracks that have touched
his colorful career are recounted as only Big Daddy can, painting a
vivid picture of his life at speed and the triumphs and tragedies
that came along the way. Insightful, ironic, humorous, touching –
but all true – Garlits’ remembrances are the next best thing to
reliving the glory days of America's quickest and fastest
motorsports through the eyes of an American institution.
Hard cover, 168 pages
Auto Biography: A Classic Car, An Outlaw
Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream
by Earl Swift
A brilliant blend of Shop Class
as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise,
funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw
auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevy—a car that
has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before his—while
financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him.
Slumped among hundreds of other decrepit hulks on a treeless,
windswept moor in eastern North Carolina, the Chevy evokes none of
the Jet Age mystique that made it the most beloved car to ever roll
off an assembly line. It's open to the rain. Birds nest in its
seats. Officials of the surrounding county consider it junk.
Tommy Arney, it's anything but: It's a fossil of the 20-century
American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the
automobile and changed by it in myriad ways. It's a piece of
history—especially so because its flaking skin conceals a rare
asset: a complete provenance, stretching back more than 50 years.
So, hassled by a growing assortment of challengers, the Chevy's 13th
owner—an orphan, grade-school dropout and rounder, a felon arrested
70-odd times, and a man who's been written off as a ruin
himself—embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve the long
record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery.
for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography
charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and
abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic
and an improbable, unforgettable hero.
Soft cover, 368
America's Coolest Coupes, Roadsters, and
Gross and Robert Genat
Every pastime has its greats, and hot rodding
is no exception. Once in a while, a hot rodder puts together a car
that's so right and so well done that it becomes an instant icon in
the rodding world. These cars represent a clear vision that sets the
standard for others to follow. They have been imitated, coveted, and
revered; and today, many have been painstakingly restored for
private collections or museum display.
Hot Rod Milestones
covers 25 of the most influential, innovative hot rods ever built
from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. These cars include the Niekamp
roadster, Isky's T, the Pearson Brothers coupe, Doane Spencer's '32,
the So-Cal '34 coupe, The Pacific Gunsight Special,
and Roth's Outlaw T. Each car's history, technical
background, and influence are discussed, along with information on
the builders and owners. Photos include contemporary shots of the
cars as they exist today, along with vintage photos of the cars when
they were first built and shown.
With Ken Gross' deep
knowledge of the genre, and Robert Genat's well-trained lens, this
new paperback edition is an important addition to any hot rodder's
Soft cover, 192 pages, loaded with color and B&W
Ford Drag Racing in
by Charles R.
The 1960s was arguably the most important decade for drag racing. It
had exciting cars, thrilling races, rapidly changing technology, and
most important, factory participation. Among the best
high-performance cars and engines were those coming from Dearborn,
Michigan. Ford Motor Company's "Total Performance Years" saw a
breakthrough as Ford's drag racing program helped the younger,
performance- and style-conscious consumer begin receiving some
recognition on the street, and of course, generate sales in the
Factory participation in drag racing pushed the envelope for
high-performance developments. In this new paperback edition, Ford's
FE-series engine, Police Interceptors, GT 390, 427 SOHC, 428 Cobra
Jet, and Boss 429 are all covered in detail. See the cars and the
drivers that made them famous: Dick Brannan's Goldfinger,
Bill Lawton's Mystery Mustang, "Dyno Don" Nicholson's
Eliminator Comet, Gas Ronda's stretched Mustang, and Al Joniec's
Batcar. Follow the progression from the early Starliners to the
factory lightweight Galaxies to the Thunderbolts, Shelby Cobras,
Mustangs, and more.
Accomplished journalist and lifelong
Ford aficionado Charles Morris takes you back to the "Total
Performance Years" through first-hand accounts and with more than
400 rare photographs. A drag racer since 1966, Morris has been a
crewmember for a Top Alcohol Funny Car and a Pro/Stock team, and has
run cars in Stock, Super Stock, and Nostalgia Super Stock classes.
This book is a must-read for all drag racing fans, not just Ford
Soft cover, 168 pages, color and B&W photos.
WILDEST SHOW RODS OF THE 1960S AND 1970S:
Analysis and Opinions from George Barris, Darryl Starbird, Candy Joe
Bailon, and Others
by Scotty Gosson
The 1960s and 1970s were
a time of artistic excess. Crazy outfits, new-found freedoms of the
boomer generation, and the hippie movement all created an explosion
of style completely unique to the period and generation. The 1960s
and 1970s were also a time of intense automotive enthusiasm. New car
launches every September were greeted with anticipation, muscle cars
with excessive horsepower were the norm, and the average Joe was
rodding and racing every weekend.
When these two forces came together, the
results were unforgettable. A new breed of car was developed: the
Show Rod. These creations were never intended for use on the
streets, and many of them were never intended for any use at all.
Customizers designed and built them to attract huge crowds to the
big car show circuit that was traveling the country at the time, and
in that they certainly succeeded.
What began as visions of
futuristic cars eventually morphed into cartoon-like representations
of cars. Things got wilder when the model car industry got involved,
and then television shows and pop music acts jumped in too. Icons
like Barris and Roth, household names even to fringe car guys, made
their name in this era, as did others like Gene Winfield, Dean
Jeffries, Candy Joe Bailon, Bob Reisner, Darryl Starbird and Tom
Daniel, all important characters in promoting, designing and
building these insane pieces of rolling artwork. This unique book is
a round-table discussion featuring these great customizers
discussing the era, their builds, and each others rods as well.
Soft cover, 160 pages, many full-color photos.
BUILDING HOT RODS: 30 Years of Advice
from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort
by Brent VanDervort
For over 14 years, Brent VanDervort,
owner of Fatman Fabrications, has written a technical column for the
Goodguy's Gazette, the monthly publication of the Goodguys Rod &
Custom Association. This combines the best of those columns into one
Hot rodding has changed from being
primarily populated by the mechanics and hands-on workers of years
ago. Today, many Rodders have the enthusiasm, but lack practical
experience for the problem-solving that makes building a hot rod
such an enjoyable adventure.
VanDervort's columns, respected and well read all these years, are
designed to answer the questions of those car builders and
customizers. An engineering degree and 30 years of experience
designing and building some of the most innovative hot rod chassis
components in the world give VanDervort a unique perspective on the
technical side of hot rodding.
Building Hot Rods gives both new and experienced hot rodders
and car builders the information they need. Whether it's help
installing a front frame clip in an old Ford, or solving a problem
with an aftermarket fuel injection system installed in a early
Mustang, the answers that current car builders need are all here.
144 pages, 200 color and B&W photos and
Then and Now
by Doug Boyce
While the roots of modern drag racing go back to the dry
lakes of California in the 1930s, drag racing became a sanctioned
affair in the early 1950s with the forming of the National Hot Rod
Association. In the 60 years that have followed the first NHRA
sanctioned race in 1953, the changes in technology have been
astounding, as well as the categories and classes in which racers
have competed. And of all of the eras, the golden era of the late
1950s through the early 1970s is the clear fan favorite.
Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile
Warriors: Then & Now takes a unique look at the most memorable,
interesting, and successful cars from this golden age of drag
racing. Chronicled are Diggers and Rail dragsters, Funny Cars, wild
Altereds, door slammers including Super and Junior Stock cars, early
1970s Pro Stock cars and more. Vintage and modern photography in a
unique "then and now" format cover the cars as they first competed,
through their evolution (or inactivity) over the years, and how they
look today. Cars driven by legends such as Mickey Thompson, Tommy
Ivo, Dick Landy, Grumpy Jenkins, Sox & Martin, Don Nicholson, Bob
Glidden, and more are featured in evolutionary detail.
Never before has a book covered the cars from the golden age
of drag racing and combined it with a modern look at where the cars
are today. From full restorations to cars still competing in
nostalgia events, from museum pieces to those collecting dust in a
dark corner waiting for another day in the sun, Drag Racing's
Quarter-Mile Warriors: Then & Now gives you a unique look at
how these cars have fared over time. No drag racing library is
complete without it.
Soft Cover, 192 pages, heavily
illustrated with color and B&W photos.
Dutch: The Art, the Myth, the Legend
by Pat Ganahl
Dutch (real name Kenneth Howard) is one of the most interesting
characters in hot-rod and popular-culture history. Considered the
founder of "modern" pinstriping, he was a prominent character in
many of the rodding magazines of the late 1950s, and his fame
endured long after he apparently tired of it. In addition to being a
striper, he was a gifted artist and machinist, as well as a gunsmith
Using stories and quotes culled from
interviews, vintage photos, and images of the art and other works he
left behind, this book chronicles Von Dutch's life from pinstriping
beatnik to bus-dwelling hermit.
it can, this book sets the record straight on Von Dutch the man, but
in many cases conflicting stories will serve to illustrate the
contrary, colorful, and sometimes difficult nature of Von Dutch the
This book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and
hot rod culture!
Soft cover, 192 pages
Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's
Golden Years: 1930-1960
by Pat Ganahl
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. And 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.
Ganahl's Hot Rod Gallery, the acclaimed author gathers the
finest images from his extensive collection of photographs shot back
in the day 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, and 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.
Hard cover, 192 pages.
Funny Cars: Factory Flyers
to Flip-top Fuelers
Beginning in the early 1960s,
dealer-sponsored Super Stockers battled for supremacy in the
quarter-mile. Evolving into the Factory Experimental class, these
wild steel-bodied, altered-wheelbase monsters were stuffed with
massive fuel-injected and supercharged engines that attracted crowds
to the drag strip.
Legendary pioneers ''Dyno'' Don
Nicholson, Jack Chrisman, Butch Leal, Dick Landy, Arnie Beswick,
Phil Bonner, Gas Ronda, Don Gay, Sox & Martin, Richard Petty, and
many other A/FX stars were instrumental in the development of the
Funny Car as it morphed from a heavy production car into a
seven-second 250mph aerodynamic fiberglass, tubular-chassis missile,
becoming the most popular class in drag racing.
160 pages, 450 color and B&W photos.
Junior Stock: Stock Class Drag Racing
by Doug Boyce
1950s and 1960s, drag racing was an exciting new sport that anyone
with a car could participate in. Based on their equipment, the
participants' cars were assigned to specific classes. This structure
made it possible to compete against others with similar equipment,
and for the most talented tuners and drivers to become National
Champions and/or World Record holders in their class.
This class format encouraged amateur participation on a
level never before seen. Drag racing was a popular hobby for many,
and their competition vehicles were typically warmed-over street
cars that had been strategically upgraded to the limits of their
specific class. This made drag racing wildly popular and amazingly
attainable. The end of the class structure meant a great loss in the
sport's popularity, but these amazing times will never be forgotten.
Stock-class drag racing is celebrated
in this book, with hundreds of vintage color photographs showing the
way it used to be. If you were a fan or participant back in the day,
or are a lover of vintage drag cars, Junior Stock: Stock Class
Drag Racing 1964-1971 is a book you'll thoroughly enjoy.
Soft cover, 176 pages, many B&W and color photos.
Diggers, Funnies, Gassers & Altereds: Drag
Racing's Golden Era
There was a time in drag racing when creativity ran rampant and
innovation was the name of the game. Even though every class had its
own rules, every car had its own look, every team had its own
agenda, and every driver had his own style. From the 1960s through
the 1970s, the sport grew and changed dramatically, and it all
happened in front of Bob McClurg's camera.
McClurg is an accomplished magazine writer and photographer,
but he's best known for his drag racing images of the '60s and '70s
- his lens captured all the action of the Roadsters, Gassers,
Altereds, Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, and even the modern age
of nostalgia drag racing.
Follow each of the classes as they
evolve, each year bringing more speed and lower elapsed times.
Follow the exciting careers of "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Don "Snake"
Prudhomme, "TV Tommy" Ivo, "Big John" Mazmanian and many more.
Now available in
paperback for the first time, McClurg's best drag racing photos are
brought together in one volume – a book that is a necessary addition
to any drag racing fan’s library. With a
foreword by John Force and more than 350 color and black-and-white
photos, this book is an exciting visual history of the sport's most
exciting years – the Golden Age of
cover, 192 pages.
Six Seconds to Glory: Don “The Snake”
Prudhomme’s Hair-Raising 1973 Funny Car Race
The early career of Don Prudhomme is captured in this spine-tingling
account of the 1973 Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Master
writer Hal Higdon spent the race weekend shadowing Prudhomme during
a race that was the turning point in The Snake's dominating Funny
Car racing career.
Higdon captured the weekend drama
minute-by-minute as Snake fights for a chance to make history. Along
the way, Higdon delves into Prudhomme's history as a racer, giving
the reader insight into how Don Prudhomme became a household name in
the early 1970s.
The account includes Prudhomme s
relationship with Tom “Mongoose,” McEwen the infamous Snake vs.
Mongoose rivalry that made both men s careers.
the readers behind the wheel, into the pits and back along the hard
road where years of planning and training reach their climax for a
driver within a space of seconds.
Soft cover, 160 pages, no
photos. Reprint of text of original hard-cover edition, published in
1975 and now out of print.
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 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.
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.
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.
cover, 160 pages.
Steve Magnante’s 1001
Muscle Car Facts
by Steve Magnante
Steve Magnante is well known for his encyclopedic knowledge of
automotive facts. The details he regularly puts forth, both on the
pages of national magazines and as a contributing host and tech
expert at the popular Barrett-Jackson Auctions on TV, are the kind
of things muscle car fanatics love to hear.
are 1001 well-researched muscle car facts in this book that even
some of the most esteemed experts would be surprised to learn.
Covered are all the popular GM makes such as Chevy, Buick,
Oldsmobile and Pontiac, Ford and Mercury cars, Chrysler, Plymouth
and Dodge cars, and even facts about AMC and Studebaker as well.
Fans of these collectible cars will appreciate the technical and
entertaining information shared on every page about all of the great
American muscle cars.
you're an avid collector of multiple American muscle cars, the owner
of one shining example, a trivia buff that wants to stump your
friends, or just a fan of the big and powerful rear-wheel driven
rides of the '60s and '70s, you’ll find this an informative and
entertaining collection of information from one of the industry's
most respected sources.
Soft cover, 416 pages
Hot Rods: Roadsters,
by Dain Gingerelli
at a local car club event or at a regional show, at a swap meet or
just driving through town, some hot rods turn heads and others
don’t. The challenge of building a really great hot rod tests the
dedication of even the most enthusiastic car owner.
a body type and style, installing headlights and other exterior
components, picking the right upholstery, and finding an engine that
will give you just the right kind of power can be difficult, not to
mention custom painting and
With all the options available in both original
and reproduction parts, where do you begin? How do you avoid the
common pitfalls that can make your hot rod a bad combination of
mixed-up styling elements that just don’t blend?
Rods: Roadsters, Coupes, Customs, author Dain Gingerelli shares
over 500 photos that will help you make all of these decisions and
more. By following a well-planned theme from start to finish, you
can design and then build or restore a hot rod that will be both
eye-catching and classic.
Soft cover, 160 pages, heavily
with full-color photos.
Lost Drag Strips:
Ghosts of Quarter Miles Past
by Tommy Lee Byrd
the ’50s and ’60s, the sport of drag racing exploded in popularity
and facilities sprang up
over the country, some national in scale and others very small and
local. But with the sprawl
suburbia and the growing expense of racing over the last few decades
hundreds of drag racing
facilities across the country were closed. Many of these were places
of legend; others were
relatively unknown but
served a local area's needs for a safe place for local speed addicts
This book takes a look at many of the
lost quarter-mile tracks across the country. The images
are teamed with vintage shots of drag racing's glory days,
sharing what once was one of America's most popular pastimes with
the modern reality facing these facilities today. For fans of drag
racing's past, it's a sobering and interesting study. The stories
are true and the photos are thought provoking, which makes this book
hard to put down.
include: Lions Associated Drag Strip, Orange County International
Raceway, Riverside International Raceway, Bee Line Dragway, Motion
Raceway, Motor City Dragway, Oswego Dragway, U.S. 30 Drag Strip,
Dover Drag Strip, Pittsburgh International Dragway, Connecticut
Dragway, Pocono Drag Lodge, Lakeland International Raceway, Green
Valley Raceway, Dallas International Motor Speedway, Hudson Drag
Strip, Shuffletown Dragway, Brainerd Optimist Club Drag Strip,
Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip, Paradise Drag Strip, Double H Drag
Strip, Southeastern International Dragway, Smithville Drag Strip,
Lloyd's Drag Strip, Harriman Drag Strip, Green Valley Raceway Drag
Strip, Drag City, Loudon Raceway.
Soft cover, 160 pages,
heavily illustrated with
DRAG RACING FUNNY
CARS OF THE 1970S
by Lou Hart and Wallace A Wyss
cars raced by many of the legendary names in drag racing, including
Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen and Jim Dunn. Action shots as well as
clear, detailed, under-the-shell shots in the pits. Various makes
and models of cars that have been reconstructed as funny cars –
everything from stock to modified Camaros, Mustangs, Javelins, Dodge
Chargers, and Firebirds to oddball exhibition cars like the
''backwards pickup.'' Photographer Louis Hart has been covering drag
racing for over 30 years.
Soft cover, 128 pp, 136 B&W
THE HOT ROD READER:
Stories of Hot Rodding and Kustom Kulture
anthology of hot rod writings and excerpts chronicles the joys of
hot rodding, the historical circumstances of its creation, and the
major events, people, cars, and builders who brought hot rods to the
From popular writers of the era to those
covering today’s cutting edge innovators, this collection explores
various themes within hot rodding through news articles, essays,
fiction, interviews, and more, with more than 60 color and
black-and-white illustrations and photographs to illuminate each
excerpt and story. Writers include Gray Baskerville, Ed Roth, Wally
Parks, Dean Batchelor, Robert E. Petersen, Tom Wolfe, LeRoi "Tex"
Smith, and many more. Edited by Melinda Keefe and Peter Schletty.
Hard cover, 288 pages, 30 color & 40 B&W images
Lost Hot Rods: Remarkable Stories of
How They Were Found
Whenever hot rodders get together to bench race two questions
invariably come up: "Whatever happened to such-and-such car?"; and
"How can I find one of these old, abandoned hot rods?" Lost Hot
Rods answers both questions by finding nearly 100 lost hot
rods, custom cars, and a few dragsters that were either famous in
the '50s or '60s from
being featured on magazine covers or winning major car shows, and
then disappeared from public eye.
isn't a book about seeking these cars for profit. What's more
important, and fun, is the search itself; finally answering that
"Whatever happened to...?" question is the main goal. In most cases
the book shows vintage photos of the car in its heyday, along with
where and how it looks today.
makes this venture doubly fun, and what separates this book from
others, is that this was not just looking for old cars or even
collector cars hidden away. Finding a vintage Corvette, or Porsche,
or even a gennie Model A or Model T stashed in a garage or barn is
cool. But hot rods and custom cars are very different–literally.
Each one is unique. So each of these cars has its own unique story,
its own personal history, which makes Lost Hot Rods a
special collection of stories as well as "Then" and
Hard cover, 192 pages, heavily
illustrated with color and B&W photos.
The World's Fastest Sport
by Tim Miller
cars, a straight line and a burning desire to win. Drag racing is
the simplest and purest form of auto racing: two competitors
accelerate from a standing start to the finish line.
considered the "bad boy" of motorsports, drag racing has evolved
into one of the most technically sophisticated forms of automotive
competition. There are almost 400 professional racetracks devoted to
competitive drag racing in North America.
In Drag Racing
Timothy Miller reviews the history of the sport and explains the
differences between the specific car classes, such as top fuelers,
funny cars, alcohol cars, pro modifieds and pro stock. Profiles of
the sport's pioneers and today's best-known names are also included.
Soft cover, 208 pages,
heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.
THE ART OF DRAG
Jodauga, with Melissa Pasillas
the 1970s and 1980s, John Jodauga was perhaps drag racing’s most
published illustrator. Not only did his work appear in the National
DRAGSTER, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Motor Trend, Drag Racing, and Super
Stock & Drag Illustrated, but he also did promotional art for the
sport’s biggest stars such as Bill Jenkins, Don Prudhomme, Raymond
Beadle, Bob Glidden, Don Nicholson and others; commercial artwork
for many aftermarket manufacturers such as Moroso Performance
Products; and program covers for such major racetracks as Ontario
this same period, he performed the bulk of the marketing artwork for
the National Hot Rod Association, ranging from posters and program
covers to holiday cards.
This book is the first official
compilation of Jodauga’s work performed over a period of 45 years,
and contains over 60 full-page, full-color reproductions of his
illustrations and paintings that include examples of his most recent
Anecdotes, background information,
and an early career retrospective that reflect Jodauga’s approach to
painting are also provided, along with a foreword by longtime NHRA
announcer and drag racing historian Bob Frey.
86 pages, full color.
How To Build Period-Correct
by Gerry Burger
Vintage, retro, or classic hot rods have been an enduring element of
the hot rod hobby. These vintage roadsters, sedans, and coups have
become very popular because they are the bedrock of the hot rodding
culture. Many rodders have built a rod dedicated to a particular
decade, era, region, flavor or style, but often these have lacked
all the period correct details, and it's crucial to get all the
details (i.e., parts) right. If the package does not faithfully
replicate a particular style or era, the theme of the hot rod can be
veteran Gerry Burger explains how to identify, buy, or build the
parts to create a faithful period-correct hot rod…a car that you
will be proud of and will gain the respect from others in the hobby.
The book showcases all the parts that make an authentic hot rod of a
certain era or flavor, including ’50s and ’60s styles, both East
Coast and West Coast. It details the wide range of stock parts and
popular high-performance parts from a particular era. Burger
discusses when the parts were first produced and when they were in popular use. He describes
the way to choose the period-correct engine for your chassis, valve
covers, intakes, and carbs that match the era from Edelbrock,
Offenhauser, and others. Other chapters cover interiors, wheels and
tires, frames, suspension, and other components.
comes to putting together all the pieces to create an attractive,
accurate, and fun hot rod from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, How to
Build Period Correct Hot Rods is a great guide.
cover, 144 pages, 350 color photos.
Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed
Record in the Sixties
The quest for the land speed
record in the 1960s and the epic rivalry between two dynamic
American drivers, Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove.
1950s, the land speed record (LSR) was held by a series of European
gentlemen racers such as British driver John Cobb, who hit 394 miles
per hour in 1947. That record held for more than a decade, until the
car culture swept the U.S.
and drag racers built and souped up racers using car engines, piston
aircraft engines and, eventually, jet engines. For this determined
and dedicated group, the LSR was no longer an honor to be held by
rich aristocrats with industrial backing – it was brought stateside.
summer of 1960, the contest moved into overdrive, with eight men
contending for the record on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Some men
died in horrific crashes, others prudently retired, and by
mid-decade only two men were left driving: Art Arfons and Craig
Breedlove. By 1965, Arfons and Breedlove had walked away from some
of the most spectacular wipeouts in motor sport history and pushed
the record up to 400, then 500, then 600 miles per hour. Speed Duel
is the fast-paced history of their rivalry.
abundant heart-stopping action, Speed Duel is foremost a human
drama. Says author Samuel Hawley, "It is a quintessential American
tale in the tradition of The Right Stuff, except that it is not
about extraordinary men doing great things in a huge government
program. It's about ordinary men doing extraordinary things in their
Soft cover, 360 pages, B&W photos.
Kings of the Quarter-Mile:
Rail-Jobs, Slingshots & Mid-Engine Dragsters
by Lou Hart
When our young heroes began returning from World War II, they
applied the knowledge gained from Uncle Sam towards the fledgling
hot rod movement. While speeds increased, rodders learned the hard
way just how dangerous it was to “drag it out” on the city streets.
In the mid ‘50s, organized drag racing gave hot rodders a safe place
to race. Cars evolved from pre-war coupes and sedans to crude “rail
jobs,” which were stripped and narrowed frame rails with nothing
more than an engine, driveline, seat, and steering gear.
As hot rodders were the true Mothers of Invention, the cars later
became hand-made, finely crafted “Slingshot Dragsters.” Dubbed the
“Kings of the Sport,” these supercharged, fuel-injected Slingshots
burned exotic fuels and captured the attention of every young
enthusiast from coast to coast. The cars dazzled with gleaming
chrome, Candy Apple, Pearlescent, and Metalflake® paint jobs, while
the nitromethane fuel produced an unforgettable thunderous sound.
This new volume contains all the stars that waged war on
quarter-mile strips of asphalt from California to Maine. It’s a
vivid pictorial display that captures the true essence of extreme
acceleration in all its glory.
Soft cover, 160 pages.
HOT ROD ROOTS
A Tribute to the Pioneers
Edited by Dain Gingerelli
Its seven chapters, each by a different author, say it all:
World War II and Hot Rodding, Belly Tanks, Track Roadster Racing,
Drag Racing, Spreading the Word, From Out of the East, and Hot Rod
Heritage. Produced by the American Hot Rod Foundation.
Hard Cover, 176 pages, b&w photography throughout