Art of the Hot Rod

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Motorbooks, Jun 19, 2012 - Transportation - 240 pages
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The best hot rods are art on four wheels, and this book, a collection of studio photography of the cars produced by the world s top hot-rod builders, is nothing less than a gallery of the best of American hot rodding. Profiling top builders like Pete Chapouris, Roy Brizio, Vern Tardel, Troy Trepanier, and 15 others and featuring studio portraits of their most outstanding custom creations, this book celebrates the uniquely American marriage of mechanical know-how to 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. Through the stunning portraiture of master photographer Peter Harholdt, Art of the Hot Rod captures these magnificent creations as never seen before.
 

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Contents

Hot Rod Shops Then and Now SoCal Speed Shop founder
6
Acknowledgments and Introduction
8
Chapter 1 Driven to Perfection
10
Chapter 2 Right the First Time
22
Chapter 3 These Guys Reinvented Attitude
32
Chapter 4 Making a Statement
40
Chapter 5 Theyll Stop at Nothing
52
Chapter 6 Playing with Fire
64
Chapter 12 Transcendental Mechanization
126
Chapter 13 The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
138
Chapter 14 Theres No Way Like the Old Way
152
Chapter 15 Bombs Away
164
Chapter 16 This Changes Everything
174
Chapter 17 Youth Will Be Served
188
Chapter 18 The Past Is Prologue
200
Chapter 19 Driven to Succeed
216

Chapter 7 Boy Genius
76
Chapter 8 Full Cleveland
84
Chapter 9 Art and Color Exemplified
94
Chapter 10 Bringing Them Back Alive
102
Chapter 11 The Vanguard of Vintage
118
Chapter 20 Time Warp
228
Photo Notes
239
Index
240
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An automobile and motorcycle enthusiast since childhood, Ken Gross was executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, for five years following a career in advertising and marketing. His car, travel, and motorcycle writing has appeared in Robb Report, The Rodder s Journal, Automobile Magazine, and Road & Track, to name but a few. Ken and his wife live in Hamilton, Virginia, with their two children. Peter Harholdt is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been entrusted with photographing countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs.

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