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TALES FROM A TOP FUEL DRAGSTER: A Collection of the Greatest Drag Racing
Stories Ever Told

DEUCE – The Original Hot Rod; 32 x32


Match Race Mayhem: Drag Racing's Grudges, Rivalries, and Big-Money Showdowns

Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program

Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars

Steve Magnante’s 1001 Mustang Facts: Covers all Mustangs 1964½ to Present

ISKY: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

- The First Lady of Motorsports

More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years

Landy's Dodges -
The Mighty Mopars
of "Dandy" Dick Landy

Rolling Bones

"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


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

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:

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

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

Woodward Avenue;
Cruising the Legendary Strip

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

Hot Rods in the Forties:
A Blast From The Past

Hot Rods As They Were: Another Blast From The Past

Drag Racing:
The World's Fastest Sport


How To Build
Period-Correct Hot Rods

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

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

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

A Tribute to the Pioneers

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Price: $19.95

A Collection of the Greatest Drag Racing
Stories Ever Told

by Shirley Muldowney with Bill Stephens

Shirley Muldowney not only broke the gender barrier in the National Hot Rod Association in the 1970s, but she also completely rewrote the record books in Top Fuel Eliminator, drag racing’s quickest and fastest category. She was the first woman to receive a Top Fuel license from the NHRA. Between 1977 and 1982, Muldowney won three NHRA Top Fuel championships—the first female ever to win a title in any professional motorsport. She won the prestigious NHRA US Nationals in 1982 and was recently inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. By the time she retired at the end of the 2003 season, Muldowney had become one of the most recognized and celebrated race car drivers in history.

Tales from a Top-Fuel Dragster
is an unabashed collection of stories, anecdotes, and opinions in Muldowney’s own unvarnished style of storytelling, laced with her straightforward, take-no-prisoners approach. She has spent her entire lifetime telling it like it is, standing up to the establishment, and refusing to do anything other than in her own way. Politically correct? Hardly. Readers are encouraged to strap themselves in when she shares her many tales. It’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth according to the legendary Shirley Muldowney. 

Hard cover, 192 pp.

Price: $49.95

DEUCE – The Original Hot Rod; 32 x32

by Mike Chase

Ford's classic '32, equipped with a behemoth engine and modified for speed is everything a hot rod should be.

They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore. We're talking about the car that launched the hot rod subculture: Ford's 1932 Deuce. With its stylish lines, timeless grille, and flowing fenders, Ford's Deuce coupe pretty much defines the term "hot rod." The breadth of creativity this classic design has inspired for generations of hot rod builders is on full display in Deuce.

Ford's '32 was an immediate hit. By 1931, the Model A was obsolete in a marketplace where drivers wanted more style and power. The design goals for the '32 Ford could be summarized as "more": more cylinders, more horsepower, and more style. The resulting car achieved its objectives and then some. It was faster, more comfortable, more refined - a masterpiece of industrial design, yet still affordable. Henry Ford and his design team got it right.

As the Deuce transitioned to the used car market, it drew the attention of those with a need for speed. Stripped down with an emphasis on performance, the Deuce became the bedrock of the burgeoning hot rod movement. To this day, it very much defines what a hot rod should look like. Hotrodders took Henry's master stroke to a whole other place, and Deuce stands as a tribute to their ongoing ingenuity.

Gorgeous hard cover coffee table book, 224 pages, 200 color photos.

Price: $29.95


Photos and Recollections of Fifties Hotrodding in New England

edited by Bernie Shuman

Reprinted courtesy of Mr. Shuman and the North East Motor Sports Museum, this is the authoritative history of hotrodding in New England in the 1950s.

Chock full of old-time coupes, roadsters, and dragsters – any early race or hot rod fan will appreciate the timeless beauty of these cars, whether they were built to race straight or on ovals.

100s of B&W photos and a true classic.

Soft cover, 240 pp. 

Price: $34.95

Match Race Mayhem: Drag Racing's Grudges, Rivalries, and Big-Money Showdowns

by Doug Boyce

Drag racing is a very regulated sport. In the history of the NHRA, IHRA, and other sanctioning bodies, many classes existed in an effort to ensure the cars racing against each other were as equal as possible. The byproduct was that often the races that were “fair” were not the races that fans wanted to see.

During the golden age of drag racing, fans didn’t care as much about class racing as much as they wanted to see scores settled, rivalries battled, and interesting match-ups. There were the manufacturer rivalries as well as nu­merous driver rivalries. Match races were also a great way to feature wildly popular cars that no longer had a class in which to compete. So popular and intense were these races that many track pro­moters didn’t bother to promote class racing at all, instead using the match races as headliners to put more fans in the stands. And the drivers loved it too.

Veteran drag race author Doug Boyce tells the tale of the history of match racing through the cars, the drivers, the events, the classes, the rivalries, and everything else that was fun about match racing during the golden era. It’s all here, complemented by wonderful vintage photography provided by fans and professionals in attendance.

Soft cover, 176 pages, 297 B&W and color photos.

Price: $39.95

Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program

by Charlie Henry

The story of Kar-Kraft began, as did many others in the automotive industry, with an axe to grind. In 1963, Ford was seriously interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary brand with considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the acquisition as a great way to be instantly successful in the racing arena. When Enzo Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him complete control of the racing program, he backed out of the deal late in the process. Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits, which then set in motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The result was the unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans.

Kar-Kraft’s story doesn’t begin and end with the GT 40 that took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford ex­panded upon the program and organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition. Street versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And fabled prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, and Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford’s contracted race shop. And then, out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970. Author Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the help of many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first book ever published on Ford’s all-encompassing special projects facility, Kar-Kraft.

Hard cover, 192 pages, 332 color and B&W photos.

Price: $39.95

Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars

by Charles Morris

The muscle car era, and the era that immediately preceded it, form a unique window in time, one that we will not likely see again. In post-war USA, people wanted to move on from the horrors of conflict, to embrace an era of peace, and to pursue, well, all sorts of things. A whole generation was entering a new prosperity, with home ownership on the rise, gainful employment increasing, the building of suburbs, and a new interstate system connecting everyone. That all helped increase our dependence upon, and in turn, deepen our love affair with the automobile.

It started in the 1950s, when automakers realized that if they made their cars more powerful than brand X and won races on the weekends as well, sales would follow those victories into the dealership. Not everybody was enamored with all this new-found performance, however, and throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, a struggle developed between building faster automobiles and appearing responsible and promoting the cause of safety. This led to racing participation on an all-out corporate level, followed by voluntary self-imposed and publicized bans, back-door cheating on said bans, and then investing in performance again.

The byproducts of all this activity were some really fascinating and exciting cars. It began with standard-chassis cars growing bigger and including more powerful engines. Then they graduated to being lighter, putting big engines into mid-size chassis (muscle cars), and building race cars that barely resembled anything on the street. Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars follows the evolution of the fastest, most powerful, and exciting vehicles of the era, in both drag racing and NASCAR. From early Hudson Hornets, to the birth of the Hemi, to aluminum and fiberglass panel sedans, to lightweight special-order muscle cars ready to race from the factory.

Hard cover, 192 pages, 457 color photos.

Price: $24.95

Steve Magnante’s 1001 Mustang Facts: Covers all Mustangs 1964½ to Present

Author Steve Magnante is well known for his encyclo­pedia-like knowledge of automotive facts. The details he regularly shares, both in the pages of national magazines and as a contributing host and tech expert at the popular Barrett-Jackson Auctions on television, are the kinds of details that car fanatics love to hear. Many feel that these facts are among the highlights of television auction cover­age, much more interesting than the final hammer price.

Steve turns his attention to the most popular car in history, the Ford Mustang. In more than 50 years, the Mustang has taken many turns, from the original pony car, to variants that are best described as pure muscle cars, to the misunderstood Mustang II, to the Fox-Body platform that revived the brand, all the way to the modern Coyote-and Voodoo-powered supercars. Magnante covers them all here, generation by generation, so that Mustang fans of any generation are sure to love this collection. Whether you’re an avid fan of all Mustangs, a trivia buff who wants to stump your friends, or have a particular affinity for a particular era of Mustangs, this book is an informative and entertaining collection of facts from one of the industry’s most beloved and respected sources.

Soft cover, 336 pages, 120 Black & white photos.

Price: $34.95

ISKY: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

by Matt Stone

To tell the life story of Ed "Isky" Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in America. This book tells Isky’s whole story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club activities, to his service in the military, starting a small business fabricating parts and making cams in the back of a rented shop, and then selling cams to other rodders. It covers how he grew a business from a single cam grinder and became the leading cam authority in barely 10 years.

Ed's company name went on to become one of the household names in the performance community. His continued success is an entertaining tale of mingling with industry icons, insight into the business of hot rodding, great stories of yesterday and today, and a life very well lived. You will enjoy the stories recorded here as much as Ed "Isky" Iskenderian seems to enjoy telling them.

Hard cover, 208 pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.

Price: $39.95

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- The First Lady of Motorsports

by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan

Perhaps the most photographed personality in automotive and motorsports history, Linda Vaughn has entertained fans and has been a premier marketer of automotive goods for more than 55 years.

From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway, coming of age while representing Hurst, through her annual appearances at America’s top automotive and racing events, Linda continues to engage fans, drawing long lines whenever she makes an appearance. At her peak, Linda attended more than 100 events annually, year after year, and she still attends more than 25 events each year.

For the first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her fans a behind-the-scenes look at her career in motorsports and promotion through her personal photographic archive and other photos. Through captions, Linda tells the story of individual images from her amazing memory, with no detail left unshared. She recounts events with racing personal­ities and automotive icons from George Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is left out as Linda tells stories about the photos chronicling her career in motorsports.

Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports is the most comprehensive gathering of photos ever assembled on Linda Vaughn. Through her 50-plus years in motorsports, Linda has lived it all, been everywhere, and met everyone.

Hard cover, 224 pages, 217 color and 191 B&W photos.

Price: $39.95

HOT ROD GALLERY II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years

By Pat Ganahl

In the best-selling original book, Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding’s Golden Years: 1930-1960, author and historian Pat Ganahl opened his archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders, long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes, nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in one convenient package. Well, if some is good, more is better, right?

For this second volume Ganahl dug deeper into his massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. He even went a little later, into the early 1960s.

If you liked the first edition of Hot Rod Gallery, you may like this one even more. Ganahl guarantees that it is filled with images you have never seen, and he offers his commentary and a lifetime of expertise in this selection of fantastic images from his expansive archive. You can spend hours looking at all the details and soaking in the history in these images, and we know you’ll enjoy this book as much as you did the first.

Hard cover, 192 pages, loaded with color and B&W images.

Price: $34.95

Landy's Dodges - The Mighty Mopars
of "Dandy" Dick Landy

by Geoff Stunkard

Landy’s Dodges takes you chronologically through the famous cars of Dick's career, from piloting his first racing mount (a 1954 Ford Pickup) to the historic years of campaigning his mighty Dodges.

Author Geoff Stunkard gives a highly detailed account of all of Dick's cars and his racing results.

The book features archival images from the Landy family's personal collection, as well as modern shots of restored Landy cars.

Soft cover, 176 pages with 407 color and black and white photos.

Price: $85.00

Rolling Bones

by Peter Vincent

Great Hot Rods are also Works of Art…Do you disagree? If so, Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell, the founders of the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop, promise to argue with you until the beer runs out.

Photographer Peter Vincent, an artist in his own right, was among the first to recognize the sublime artistry of the Bones' hot rods. His photographs of Keith and Ken's first coupes helped the Bones get noticed. Today the Bones' creations are recognized around the world as real-deal hot rods that look and sound like something built in the late 1940s or 1950s, but with an aggressive attitude all their own.

Vincent has been there from the start, documenting the Bones' creations, their exploits at the Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage and the Race of Gentlemen, and their cross-country adventures to and from their home base in upstate New York. The Bones haven't built a lot of cars, but each and every one of them is documented in the pages of this book. If you are a fan of traditional hot rods, you will never get tired of leafing through the pages of Rolling Bones.

 Hard cover with jacket, 224 pages, loaded with color and black & white photos.

Price: $34.95
Holiday Special: $24.95

"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: $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: $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: $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: $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: $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

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: $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: $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: $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: $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