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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

The Art of the Hot Rod

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 Dawn of ProStock:
Drag Racing's Fastest Doorslammers 1970-1979

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

Supercharged Gas Coupes: Remembering the Sixties

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

Grumpy’s Toys

Super Stock: Drag Racing
the Family Sedan

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

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
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edited by Bernie Shuman

This classic book, just available after an absence of 3 years, is the authoritative history of hot rodding in New England in the 1950s, It is 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.

Hundreds of B&W photos.

The real thing.

Soft cover, 239 pages.

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: $34.95

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: $40.00

The Art of the Hot Rod

by Ken Gross and Peter Harholdt

The best hot rods are art on four wheels, and this book is nothing less than a gallery of the best of American hot rods. Profiling top builders and featuring studio portraits of their most outstanding custom creations, this book celebrates the uniquely American marriage of mechanical know-how and an inspired sense of style and design.

Built from the ground up, pieced together from salvaged parts, rebuilt with classic looks and futuristic technology--these are automotive works of art, as powerful on the page as they are on the street.

Hard cover, 240 pages, 300 color and 20 black & white photos.

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: $29.95

The Dawn of Pro Stock: Drag Racing's Fastest Doorslammers 1970-1979

by Steve Reyes

Pro Stock is a unique class of racing, and one that has changed considerably over the years. In its early years, Pro Stock was similar to the Super Stock era from a decade before, featuring cars that seemed to be a lot like a hot rod version of what people were driving on the street. While the engines were a little bigger and nastier than most street machines, fans could still really relate to cars like 'Cudas, Mustangs, Camaros, Mavericks, and Vegas going at it on Sunday afternoon.

Over the years, the original vision morphed into something completely different: tube frames and flip-up fiberglass bodies that resemble nothing seen on the street.

The Dawn of Pro Stock is a celebration of the early years, when fans could really connect with the cars, and brand rivalries were intense. Legendary drag racing photographer Reyes was trackside at the biggest and best NHRA events from the mid 1960s throughout the 1990s. He had a unique perspective on the development of Pro Stock, as he was able to document the evolution of both the cars and drivers as he observed them throughout the season. Steve has pulled together his own very best shots and supplemented them with some great images from his contemporaries to offer this new collection.

Soft cover, 176 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W and color 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

Supercharged Gas Coupes: Remembering the Sixties

by Don Montgomery

In the 1960s the blown gassers were some of the most exciting and most publicized racers in drag racing. Drag racing fans were eager to see racers like Stone-Woods- Cook, George Montgomery, K.S. Pittman, Junior Thompson, Jack Merkel, John Mazmanian, The Mallicoat Bros., Paul Frost, Bones-Dubach-Pisano, the Kohler Bros., Skip Hess Eddie Sanzo, Jim Oddy, Bob Chipper, Gene Ciambella and many, many others.

The blown gasser history covers the time period from 1960 to 1975. In the early years the blown gas coupes were the fastest stock-bodied cars on the drag strips. The racers generated large amounts of publicity with ads, challenges, accusations and charges, plus some great racing. The magazines and drag racing papers wrote often about blown gasser competitors. Many of these competitors profited as match racers.

"Supercharged Gas Coupes" takes a look at some of drag racing's most memorable times. The book explains how and why the Supercharged Gas Coupe classes were set up, discussing the guys, cars, rules and performances, and the engine-transmission
combinations used. It also describes the evolution of the car styles in the Supercharged Gas Coupe classes, including Fords, Chevys, Willys, Anglias, Mustangs, Austins, Opels and others.

Hard cover, 353 B&W photos, 192 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: $19.95


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

Price: $19.95

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.

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

8-DVD set includes Classic Chrome and Stock Cars of the ’50s & ’60s – a terrific value!

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: $34.95

Grumpy's Toys

by Doug Boyce

Few men have impacted the sport of drag racing like Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins. His storied history at the drag strip began in the late 1950s, and continues today. Throughout his career, both innovation and success have followed him closely, and this book documents the long and colorful history of the competition cars that proudly bear the name “Grumpy's Toy.”

Grumpy's Toys stands as a full and complete history of Jenkins' career to date as told through his cars. Author Doug Boyce has followed Jenkins throughout his racing career and has amassed an impressive collection of vintage photography that is shared on these pages. Through his own knowledge, extensive research, and by working closely with Grumpy himself, Boyce offers readers an unparalleled look behind the man and his machines. This book is essential for the true drag racing fan.

Soft Cover, 176 pages, 86 B&W and 218 full color photos.

Price: $29.95

Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan

by Larry Davis

Now in Soft Cover!

Without a doubt, the most popular classes in drag racing are the feature cars that the Average Joe has a chance to drive and afford. In the early and mid-‘60s, this era was especially interesting, as the cars that people were racing were muscle cars right off the showroom floor.

Super Stock takes a look at the most popular class of drag racing – factory Super Stock. It traces the evolution of the cars, the engines, the rules, the personalities, and many of the teams, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to the 1960s and the era of the Super Stock 409s, Ramchargers, 421 Pontiacs, and 406 Fords. This was a time when Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors competed on a weekly basis at local drag strips throughout the country, and the saying “...win on Sunday, sell on Monday...” had real significance in the marketplace. This is also the period that saw emergence of the term “muscle car” and the production of a whole class of American automobiles – which are now the most sought after by collectors, restorers, and performance enthusiasts.

This affordable edition of Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan is a paperback release of the original best-selling hardcover edition. It includes all the same first-person accounts of what drag racing was really like in the early 1960s, how the manufacturers controlled the competition and the results of the races, and how the sanctioning bodies attempted to control the manufacturers, who in turn simply sidestepped the rules. Appendices include all of the major event winners and the rules defining the classes as well as information detailing the engines and chassis competing in Top Stock categories.

Soft cover, 210 pages, 310 color and B&W 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.