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"Ohio George" Montgomery: Drag Racing’s Gasser King,

Lost Drag Strips II

Lost Muscle Cars:
45 Stories of Hunting the Most Elusive and Valuable Muscle Cars

Sox & Martin

TOP FUEL DRAGSTERS: Drag Racing’s Rear-Engine Revolution


Ford Total Performance:
Ford's Legendary High-Performance
Street and Race Cars

Tex Smith Autobiography

1001 DRAG RACING FACTS - The Golden Age of Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Door Slammers & More

HEMI: A History of
Chrysler's Iconic V-8
in Competition


The True Story of Dick Brannan and Ford's

Legendary 427 Fairlane
Drag Racer

Tales from the Drag Strip: Memorable Stories from
the Greatest Drag Racer
of All Time

Auto Biography:
A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years
of the American Dream

Sounds of Sanford
Audio CD

America's Coolest Coupes, Roadsters, and Racers

Ford Drag Racing

in the 1960s

1960S AND 1970S

30 Years of Advice from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort

Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors, Then and Now

Von Dutch: The Art,
the Myth, the Legend

Hot Rod Gallery:
A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years:

The Tasca Ford Legacy:
Win on Sunday,
Sell on Monday!

Drag Racing Funny Cars: Factory Flyers
to Flip-top Fuelers

Drag Racing Gassers
Photo Archive

Junior Stock: Stock Class Drag Racing 1964-1971

Diggers, Funnies, Gassers
& Altereds: Drag Racing's Golden Era

Six Seconds to Glory:
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s Hair-Raising 1973 Funny Car Race

INCREDIBLE BARN FINDS: The Highly Entertaining Stories Behind 50
Treasured Cars

Woodward Avenue;
Cruising the Legendary Strip

How To Chop Tops

Steve Magnante’s 1001
Muscle Car Facts

Hot Rods: Roadsters,
Coupes, Customs
(Idea Book)

Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts
of Quarter Miles Past

OF THE 1970S

THE HOT ROD READER: Stories of Hot Rodding and Kustom Kulture

Lost Hot Rods:
Remarkable Stories of 
How They Were Found

East vs. West Showdown: Rods, Customs & Rails

Rat Rods: Rodding's
Imperfect Stepchildren

Hot Rods in the Forties:
A Blast From The Past

Hot Rods As They Were: Another Blast From The Past

Old Hot Rods Scrapbook: Memories From The Past

Drag Racing:
The World's Fastest Sport


The Art of the
Deceptively Fast Car

How To Build
Period-Correct Hot Rods

A Collection of Derelict
Dream Machines

John Force:
the Straight Story
of Drag Racing’s
300-mph Superstar

Classic Chrome

A Classic 2-Pack DVD:
 From Fast and Furious
to Low and Slow!

"TV" Tommy Ivo:
Drag Racing's
Master Showman

Speed Duel:
The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties

Kings of the Quarter-Mile: Rail-Jobs, Slingshots &
Mid-Engine Dragsters

Merchants of Speed:
The Men Who Built
America's Performance Industry

The Birth of Top Fuel

Drag Racing

A Tribute to the Pioneers

Made in USA

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Price: $34.95

"Ohio George" Montgomery: Drag Racing’s Gasser King

by 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 drag racing.

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.

Price: $29.95

Lost Drag Strips II

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 run today.

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.

Soft cover, 176 pages, 249 color and B&W photos.

Price: $26.95

Lost Muscle Cars: 45 Stories of Hunting the Most Elusive and Valuable Muscle Cars

by Wes Eisenschenk

In the 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.

This 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 archaeology!

Hard cover, 240 pages, 124 color and B&W photos.

Price: $34.95

Sox & Martin: The Most Famous
Team in Drag Racing

by Jim Schild

As the 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 was formed.

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 color photos

Price: $29.95

TOP FUEL DRAGSTERS: Drag Racing’s Rear-Engine Revolution

by Steve Reyes

In 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 4-second range.

Over 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.

Price: $17.95


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.

In the 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.

Hard cover, 32 pages.

Price: $44.95

Ford Total Performance:
Ford's Legendary High-Performance
Street and Race Cars

by Martyn L. Schorr

In the 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.

But by 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.

Thus 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.

The 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! 

Hard cover, 208 pages, loads of color and black and white photos. 

Price: $50.00

Tex Smith Autobiography

by LeRoi “
” Smith

Nobody has had a greater influence on the world of hot rodding than
Tex Smith.

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 photos.

Price: $24.95

The Golden Age of Top Fuel, Funny Cars,
Door Slammers & More

by Doug Boyce

Whether you’re an avid fa
n 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.

Soft cover, 344 pp., 130 photos.

Price: $39.95

HEMI: A History of Chrysler's Iconic V-8
in Competition

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.

In NHRA competition, the triumphs and challenges of Don Garlits, Dick Landy, Sox and Martin, and other drag racers are recounted.

In 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.

In addition, the Hemi set speed run records and closed-course speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

This 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.

Price: $19.95


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.

Price: $14.95

The True Story of Dick Brannan and Ford's Legendary 427 Fairlane Drag Racer

by Charles R. Morris

Ford's Fairlane 427, affectionately known as the "Thunderbolt," effectively announced Ford's arrival as a serious player on the stock drag-racing scene in 1964. Whereas Ford had enjoyed some success with far heavier full-sized cars and ambitious private competitors like Dick Brannan, with the Thunderbolt the Blue Oval brought Brannan into the fold and made a concerted effort to rule the quarter-mile with a purpose-built, factory-supported race car.

This book tells the whole story of this landmark car. The Thunderbolt combined Ford's mid-size chassis with its powerful big-block engine to become Ford's most successful drag racer. The momentum gained with the Thunderbolt project established Ford's drag racing pedigree, which it soon applied to the new Mustang. While the Mustang has carried Ford's performance reputation forward to today, true Ford fans fondly remember Thunderbolt and a time 50 years ago when it dominated drag strips from coast to coast.

Soft cover, 114 pages B&W photos.

Price: $19.95

Tales from the Drag Strip: Memorable Stories from the Greatest Drag Racer of All Time

by Don Garlits with Bill Stephens

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.

For the 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

Price: $15.95

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.

To 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.

Written 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 pages.

Price: $14.95

Sounds of Sanford
Audio CD

Jets - Dragsters - Hot Rods
Recorded at the Drag Races, October 14, 1962, Sanford, Maine

Featuring Walt Arfon's Green Monster Jet, SRC Dragster, 99 Jr. Racing Team 1320 Engineering Special, Miller Racing Team Special, Disisit Special, #2 Son Atomic Engineering Special, Bluebird Special, Ali Baba II, Pink Hog, Tappets, and many others.

It didn't matter what size the drag strip was. It didn't matter whether it was an old airport landing strip or not. What mattered was that a man by the name of Walt Arfons wanted to mount an aircraft jet engine on a drag-racing chassis. What mattered was the hair raising on your arms and the constant pounding on your body as the engine built up the RPMs that would propel Walt through the light beams that would give us all the E.T.s and miles per hour of another breath-taking run. Just when the overflow crowd felt that peak of excitement, a bystander is heard to yell "Wow..." and all hell breaks loose and through the timers went the Green Monster in a little over 4 seconds and well over 200 miles per hour.

Like Arfons, every drag racer in that era earned his (or her) spurs through an unbelievable desire to create a better, faster and safer vehicle. They paved the way to the Super Drag Strips of today. And those experiments brought out speeds of over 300 miles per hour and E.T.s so low as not to be believed – in just 1320 feet.

Original recordings were digitally remastered and restored and released on compact disc.

Price: $29.95

America's Coolest Coupes, Roadsters, and Racers

by Ken 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 library.

Soft cover, 192 pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.

Price: $29.95

Ford Drag Racing in the 1960s

by Charles R. Morris

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 showroom.

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 enthusiasts.

Soft cover, 168 pages, color and B&W photos.

Price: $29.95

AMERICA'S 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.

Price: $27.95

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 book.

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. Soft cover,

144 pages, 200 color and B&W photos and illustrations.

Price: $34.95

Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors,
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.

Price: $29.95

Von Dutch: The Art, the Myth, the Legend

by Pat Ganahl

Von 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 and knifesmith.

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.

Where 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 legend.

This book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and hot rod culture!

Soft cover, 192 pages

Price: $39.95

Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years: 1930-1960

by Pat Ganahl

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. 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.

In Pat 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.

Price: $39.95
The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday,
Sell on Monday!

by Bob McClurg

Foreword by John Force

During the 1960s, more specifically during the height of the muscle car era, each manufacturer had at least one dealership that pushed the envelope, that created muscle cars beyond the factory offerings, that created a reputation so legendary that collectors pay real money strictly for the original chrome trunk tags that told the world that your car came from somewhere special. Chevrolet had Yenko, Nickey, and Baldwin-Motion; Chrysler had Spaulding Dodge; and if you were into Ford performance, you had to go to Tasca Ford.

Rhode Island-based Tasca Ford was not only a dealership that sold and specialized in performance models, but they created models of their own, influencing Ford to follow suit. The factory Cobra-Jet Mustang was a direct result of Tasca stuffing 428 engines into 390 Mustangs, recreating the effort of building the legendary Ford Thunderbolt only a few years earlier. But Tasca Ford was not simply a performance dealership. They gained their reputation, and the attention of Ford, through outstanding and innovative sales- and customer-service practices that led to them becoming the premier Ford performance dealership in the country. That continues through their sales and racing efforts today. Tasca Ford is truly an American success story.

Bob McClurg brings his accumulated knowledge and experience of more than four decades to this heavily researched book with the full cooperation of the Tasca family. He details the early days, when Bob Tasca was just getting his start, through the growth of the dealership during its successful performance years, all the way to modern times. The Tasca name is still proudly selling Fords, and winning races with them, too. If you are a Ford fan, or even a muscle car fan, the Tasca Ford story is one you want to read.

Hard cover, 192 pages, 230 B&W and color photos.

Price: $36.95

Drag Racing Funny Cars: Factory Flyers
to Flip-top Fuelers

by Lou Hart

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.

Soft cover, 160 pages, 450 color and B&W photos.

Price: $36.95

Drag Racing Gassers Photo Archive

by Lou Hart

One of drag racing's very popular classes was the Gassers. During the '50s, Model A and 1932-34 Fords were considered the hot setup for these gas classes. Using Ford V-8 “flatheads” and later overhead valve engines, Gas Coupe and Sedan classes had to maintain stock wheelbases and the engine relocation was limited. By the mid-60s, it was rare to find an upper classed gasser with any other body make than Willys, Studebaker, Austin or Anglia. They were the stoutest full-bodied cars on strips nationwide.

Touring teams ran four to six times every week, often traveling several hundred miles day and night to make their next date. This was old-school racing! However, interest waned as flip-top funny cars took over in popularity.

The battles in A/GS (later AA/GS) ranks created many heroes and villains who etched their marks into drag-racing history. Gassers shared with fans of the quarter-mile one of the most thrilling overall racecar types, and for an era that was all too short, they were literally the Kings of the Sport. Enjoy this photo book as it takes you back to that wonderful time.

Soft cover, 128 pages, 140 color and B&W photos.

Price: $34.95

Junior Stock: Stock Class Drag Racing

by Doug Boyce

In the 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.

Price: $29.95

Diggers, Funnies, Gassers & Altereds: Drag Racing's Golden Era

by Bob McClurg

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 drag racing.

Soft cover, 192 pages.

Price: $12.95

Six Seconds to Glory: Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s Hair-Raising 1973 Funny Car Race

by Hal Higdon

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.

Higdon takes 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.

Price: $22.95

INCREDIBLE BARN FINDS: The Highly Entertaining Stories Behind 50 Treasured Cars

By Wallace A. Wyss

Barn Find: no two words are more exciting to a car collector. All over the world, car collectors compete for that ultimate find—a rare model car forgotten in a barn and covered with dirt and boxes that can be bought for a song. If it's the right car, it can make you a fortune.

This book is about just some of those barn finds—the $2 million Corvette prototype given away to the first person who asked; the mysterious Oldsmobile “dream car” found dismantled in boxes; the one-

off mid-engine Cobra, and most prized of all, the “dream cars” of the 1950s – documented concept cars that once graced the revolving platform of the world’s auto shows.

Barn Finds also reveals the cars that are still out there, unaccounted for, and waiting to be found – maybe in a barn very near you!

Soft cover, 288 pages.

Price: $29.95

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 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 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 Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is a great trip down memory lane.

Soft cover, 160 pages.

Price: $24.95

How To Chop Tops

by Timothy Remus

This book shows the home-builder how to chop a top. Six start-to-finish top chops, done on everything from a Model A to a 1960 Oldsmobile, demonstrate first-hand how to plan and cut so the reassembly is as painless as possible. Professional hot-rod builders share their wealth of experience through a series of interviews.

The book deals with issues like cutting the glass, welding rusty steel, and where to position the cuts so the amount of finish work is minimized. This book covers top chopping from A to Z, including all the related issues that often make the project difficult.

Soft cover, 144 pages

Price: $24.95

Steve Magnante’s 1001 Muscle Car Facts

by Steve Magnante

Author 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.

There 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.

Whether 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

Price: $24.95

Hot Rods: Roadsters, Coupes, Customs
(Idea Book)

by Dain Gingerelli

Whether 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.

Choosing 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 pinstriping.

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?

In Hot 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 illustrated

with full-color photos.

Price: $29.95

Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter Miles Past

by Tommy Lee Byrd

During the ’50s and ’60s, the sport of drag racing exploded in popularity and facilities sprang up
all over the country, some national in scale and others very small and local. But with the sprawl
of 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 to run
their cars.

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.

Tracks 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

B&W and full-color photos.

Price: $36.95


by Lou Hart and Wallace A Wyss

See the 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 photos.

Price: $24.95

THE HOT ROD READER: Stories of Hot Rodding and Kustom Kulture

This 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 national stage.

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

Price: $34.95

Lost Hot Rods: Remarkable Stories of
How They Were Found

by Pat Ganahl

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.

This 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.

What 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
"Now" images.

Hard cover, 192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.

Price: $29.95

East vs. West Showdown: Rods,
Customs & Rails

by Joseph Alig and Stephen Kilmer

In the early days of hot rodding, two distinctive schools of style emerged, based on the coastal extremes of the nation. Good weather, smooth roads and high-speed runs on the dry lakes influenced the West Coast look, while the East Coast style evolved to conform to local laws and needed to deal with the rough roads common to the winter-ravaged region. These two different looks both define the era, however differently. The similarities and differences between the varying cars were a point of contention for many years, and the history of the era is celebrated in this new book.

Co-authors Joseph Alig and Stephen Kilmer are well-regarded magazine veterans who grew up on the East Coast but have spent a lot of time on the West Coast covering rod-related events and vintage drag races. They are uniquely qualified to review the various hot rods, customs, and early drag cars the book features. As hardcore devotees of vintage style, Alig and Kilmer have hit a home run with the various old and newly-built rides they've selected for the book.

As time passed and the sport evolved, the coastal distinctions faded and combined to create a truly American look. While elements of the early cars live on for practical reasons (like weather), the ability to tell where a car was designed and built is no longer an easy test. It's great fun to look back to the time when regional differences and preferences were reason to argue, and this book reflects those times with a lighthearted nudge and a respectful wink.

Soft cover, 168 pages, many full-color photos.

Price: $29.95

Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren

by Scotty Gosson

During the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, hot rods followed very definite trends. It seems every hot rod built in the ’70s reflected the somewhat garish tastes of that decade, and everyone had a small-block Chevy powering it. In the ’80s and ’90s, many rods were built to seamless perfection in a modern high-tech style, laden with billet, smooth seams, no rough edges, and a huge price tag. You had to know there would be a backlash, and rat rods are the backlash to the extreme.

As a response to the high-dollar street rod trend, home-based rod builders on limited budgets looked to the past for inspiration and style; rat rods were the result. These 'imperfectly fine' rods rarely sport paint jobs of any kind, and their owners aren't scared to drive them. They represent a rebellious attitude, but never take anything too seriously either.

Rat rods are high on style but low on budget, and that's why so many love them. Rat Rods: Rodding's Imperfect Stepchildren is a celebration of this trend and the lifestyle that accompanies it. Never has rodding been so cosmetically indifferent, so socially oriented, so affordable, and most importantly, so much fun! Author Scotty Gosson watched the Rat Rod trend start, grow, and blossom into what it is today. He shares the story with sharp wit, honesty, and a smile on every page. Cars from all over America and around the world are featured, and no two are the same.

Soft cover, 160 pages.

Price: $39.95

Hot Rods in the Forties: A Blast From The Past

by Don Montgomery

The 1940s were the most important and exciting period in the history of hot rodding. Today’s separate and distinct activities of street rodding, drag racing, dry lakes time trials and custom cars have all evolved from the hot rods of the 1940s; it was the Golden Age of hot rodding. In addition, the hot rodders from that period had a major influence on all areas of automotive related activities from racing, to styling, to design and to manufacturing. Many of the names of the guys in this book will be familiar because of their later accomplishments.

Back in the 1940s hot rodding included the “whole thing.” The rodders built, altered and maintained their own machines. There were no “how to do” books and very few speed shops to advise the hot rodders. Working on the rods provided a good “hands on” education. The clubs in the SCTA, Russetta and other dry lakes racing associations
gave the members the opportunity to share ideas and experiences to help improve the speeds of their cars. Naturally, driving and testing the hot rod at the dry lakes or on the streets was more than half the fun.

This book presents a look at 1940s hot rodding in Southern California, where it started. The book is filled with old photos from the albums, or shoeboxes, of hot rodders of that period. Roadsters, coupes and sedans are shown on the streets and at the dry lakes. Information about the cars, owners, clubs and speeds are included with the photos. One of the most interesting things is the appearance and styling of the
hot rods then. Today many rodders look at the photos to learn what the traditional hot rods looked like.

Hard cover, 283 B&W photos, 144 pages.

Price: $39.95

Hot Rods As They Were: Another Blast
From The Past

by Don Montgomery

Coupes and Sedans, Roadsters, Modifies, Streamliners –The evolution of hot rods. Hot Rods were dual-purpose vehicles. They furnished daily transportation for the owner, and were readily available for racing on the streets or at the dry lakes time trials.

The actual hot rod era peaked in the 1940s and disappeared in the 1950s because the rodders abandoned their dual-purpose hot rods and moved on to rods designed for drag, track or lakes racing, or for show display.

One chapter is devoted to the track roadsters. This was the only professional segment of the hot rodding at the time, as they were the only hot rodders competing for money. Many of the guys from this segment of hot rodding went on to compete in the
Indy 500, championship racing or sports car racing. Familiar names mentioned here include Ruttman, McGrath, Rathmann, Ayulo, Linden, Watson and others.

"Hot Rods As They Were" is filled with photos from rodders’ albums, showing how the hot rod roadster evolved in the 1960s; it also shows and discusses how coupes and sedans became a part of hot rodding and which models were popular. Modifieds, Streamliners and the early drag racers are described as are the most professional hot rods of their day, the track roadsters.

Hard cover, 301 B&W photos, 160 Pages.

Price: $39.95

Old Hot Rods Scrapbook: Memories
From The Past

by Don Montgomery

With almost 600 old photos taken in the early days of hot rodding, “Old Hot Rods Scrapbook” covers the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.The photos display many of the ideas and modifications that went into the hot rods of over 50 years ago.

Readers can review the golden years of hot rodding through hundreds of vintage photos, many of them straight from rodders’ albums and never before published. The old photos show what the hot rodders were building and driving back then. Many different models of roadsters, coupes and sedans are pictured. The photos also provide a look at the modifications that individual hot rodders made to their vehicle.
Hot rodding enthusiasts of today can see the styling ideas that were popular and also some unique designs.

This book is an excellent reference for hot rodding enthusiasts who want to learn about the good old days and those who are looking for ideas for their own nostalgia hot rod project.

Hard cover, 598 B&W Photos, 192 Pages.

Price: $24.95

Drag Racing: The World's Fastest Sport

by Tim Miller

Two 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.

Once 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.

Price: $24.95


by John Jodauga, with Melissa Pasillas

During 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 Motor Speedway.

During 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 efforts.

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.

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Price: $24.95

Deceptively Fast Car

by Tommy Lee Byrd

Street racing is now regarded as a highly illicit and dangerous activity, but for as long as there have been cars, there’s been racing, and a lot of acceleration contests took place on public roads. Beginning in the 1950s it became popular for some enterprising street racers to disguise the true potential hidden within their cars. Taken to its extreme, a very fast car could appear completely unmodified. Such cars were called ‘Sleepers.’

The art of building a successful sleeper has varied over the decades as styles and times have changed. One constant is that the car’s appearance belies its performance potential. In Street Sleepers, the secrets are exposed and the owners and builders of some of America’s quickest street machines share their art. Outstanding photography and in-depth owner interviews tell the tale. Street Sleepers is lined with true stories of real cars that live up to the grand hot rodder’s tradition of deceptively fast cars.

Soft cover, 144 pages, 321 color photos.

Price: $26.95

How To Build Period-Correct Hot Rods

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 ruined.

Hot rod 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.

When it 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.

Soft cover, 144 pages, 350 color photos.

Price: $29.95

RUSTED MUSCLE: A Collection of Derelict Dream Machines

by Steve Magnante

Seeing vintage muscle cars languishing in junkyards never fails to generate an emotional response among those who lived through the era. In Rusted Muscle, noted author Steve Magnante takes us on a tour across the country, sharing memorable imagery he has collected over years of travel. The author also shares important information about the cars he describes, such as production numbers regarding a particular year, make and model, or de-coding the vehicle's VIN number or data plate to discover how it was equipped when new. In some cases, the cars pictured are quite rare, whereas others are more familiar.

While other books have shared junkyard photography in the past, none have been focused purely on domestic muscle cars, and none has included the level of information acquired about the subject cars like Rusted Muscle. Considering the immense popularity of muscle cars today, seeing a collection of well-researched derelict examples like this assures enthusiasts that plenty of entry-level fodder still exists. It encourages the reader to search for buried treasure, and pursue their own muscle car dreams.

Soft cover, 176 pages, 420 color photos.

Price: $19.95


John Force: the Straight Story of Drag Racing’s 300-mph Superstar

by Erik Arneson

Revised and Updated edition (April 2009)

The paperback re-release of this popular book about a drag-racing legend includes updated statistics, photographs, and a section on the racing career of John Force’s daughter Ashley Force Hood. With photography by Jon Asher (more than 200 color and B&W photos), the book recaps Force’s well-documented “rags to riches” story. (Area Auto Racing News)

The stars of the drag race circuit may be 6,000-horsepower nitro-burning drags cars, but the 300-miles-per-hour superstar of the sport is funny car racer John Force. John’s popularity is about more than his career record. His honest and consistently outrageous demeanor have endeared him to the fans, made him a favorite with Jay Leno and FOX’s “The Best Damn Sports Show,” and has led him to be dubbed the "best interview in sports today."

Force has been the face (and mouth) of drag racing for the past decade, and he shows no signs of slowing down, on or off the track. This revised and updated photo biography by veteran race reporter Erik Arneson covers the rags-to-riches story of Force’s rise from a penniless racer to a multi-team effort that includes his high-profile daughter Ashley (the 2004 Driver of the Year and Rookie of the Year). Force’s is the story of a career built on sheer will and determination--the tale of a racer who, with unstoppable drive, guts, and savvy, overcame lousy equipment and little backing to become the best.

Soft cover, 176 pages, and more than 200 color and B&W photos.


Price: $14.95

Classic Chrome - DVD

Take a thrilling tour of incredible classic cars in this 4-DVD collector’s set presented by Lance Lambert and the “Vintage Vehicle Show.” See why Packards, Hudsons, Edsels and Corvairs are making a comeback in Odd Rods & Orphans, and head on over to Drive-In Delights for the coolest classics. Then, go under the hoods of Rat Rods & Traditionals before taking a ground-scraping luxury ride in Lowriders & Bombs.

Run Time: Approximately 4 hours.

Price: $27.95

"TV" Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's
Master Showman

by Tom Cotter
with Foreword by Don Prudhomme

In the early 1960s, Tommy Ivo had the world in the palm of his hands. Still a young man, he was already a star of television and film with a promising Hollywood future ahead of him. Then his producers told him he had to quit drag racing. He quit the entertainment industry instead.

This is the official story of Ivo’s incredible life and racing career. Readers will follow “TV” Tommy as he becomes the most ambitious drag racer in the nation, building his own cars in the garage behind his Burbank home; becoming the first driver to pilot his dragsters to 170, 175, and 180 miles per hour and towing his cars to match races at small-town drag strips across the United States.

Always the showman, Ivo pioneered promotional techniques that are today taken for granted. In this regard especially, his impact on the sport cannot be understated, and his legacy is detailed in this incredible bio of one of drag racing’s most irrepressible characters.

Hard cover, 240 pages, many B&W and color photos.

Price: $24.95

Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties

by Samuel Hawley

The quest for the land speed record in the 1960s and the epic rivalry between two dynamic American drivers, Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove.

Until the 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.

Hot-rodders 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.

In the 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.

Despite the 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 back yards."

Soft cover, 360 pages, B&W photos.

Price: $34.95

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.

Price: $39.95

Merchants of Speed: The Men Who Built America's Performance Industry

by Paul D. Smith

An appreciative look back at the early hot rodders who designed and manufactured the parts that made hot rodding possible.

Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews conducted with the founding fathers of the sport, Paul Smith tells the stories behind two dozen speed equipment manufacturers and the go-fast goodies they designed, developed, and sold.

Illustrated with more than 200 period photos, his book is a truly fitting celebration of the names that became synonymous with speed.

Coffee table hard cover, 240 pages, black and white photos on glossy stock.

Price: $50.00

The Birth of Top Fuel Drag Racing

By Tom Madigan

The front engine Top Fuel dragster and its West Coast drivers defined the evolution of drag racing in the period through the early seventies.

This is the story of how Top Fuel started in California, told through the words of the men and women who lived it.

Covers Flaming Frank Pedregon, Hand Grenade Harry Hibler, Big Daddy Roth,
Tommy Ivo, and many, many others.

Hard cover, 240 pages, color and b&w photography throughout




Price: $34.95

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




Price: $40.00




by Tom Madigan

Here is the story of the company's growth from a simple shop at the rear of a gas station to an American institution. It is at the heart of the history of the earliest drag racers and land speed racers, it is woven into the early days of NASCAR, and it flourishes today in the cars owned by enthusiasts and ordinary drivers across America who boast Edelbrock equipment.

It is the story of a company whose influence not only helped shape automotive performance, but also led the automotive aftermarket industry in addressing and conforming to the clean air and safety regulations that have emerged over the past 35 years.

And it is the story of an iconic family business that has preserved its values and its spirit of independence, creativity, philanthropy, and fun over three generations.

Hard cover, 324 pages, color and black & white photography.