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The ultimate guide to hot rods & street rods
Carroll, John, 1943-
Personal Author:
Updated ed.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Chartwell Books, [2012]

Physical Description:
448 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 x 29 cm
A pictorial account of the history of hot rods from the early twentieth century to contemporary times.
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :


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Material Type
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TL236.3 .C37 2006 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TL236.3 .C37 2006 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A hot rod is an automobile rebuilt or modified for high speed and acceleration. Hot rods are more than that--they're an American icon. Hot rods can be found on the streets and at the dragstrips. This beautifully illustrated guide provides a history of hot rods in America from their first appearance with "souped up" Model T's of the 1920's through the 1940s, 1950s and beyond.

With chapters on each decade of hot rod, complete with full color photographs of these magic machines in action, this book provides a comprehensive history of American hot rods and street rods. Other chapters delve into hot rod culture, examining the people and enthusiasts who have shaped the evolution of this type of automobile, and the events that draw hot rod enthusiasts from all over the world. A glossary provides a comprehensive resource for readers.

Author Notes

John Carroll has long been a fan of street rods, especially rods based on the 1932 Ford. He has also written extensively on American automotive specialties, including choppers, Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles, Jeeps and tractors, collaborating with photographer Garry Stuart on many of these projects.Garry Stuart has been photographing cars and motorcycles professionally for 20 years, and his pictures have appeared in magazines and books throughout the world. He has met many interesting characters along the way, and has listened to their stories with interest. Much of this anecdotal material, gathered when he was taking these pictures, was personally related to him by Californian hot-rodders themselves and appears in the latter part of this book.Garry Stuart has been professionally photographing motorcycles for 20 years, and his work has been published in books and magazines on motorcycles worldwide. His main interest is to document the world of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their riders, and for this purpose he attends rallies and events all over the USA and Europe.His photographs have illustrated over a dozen books on the subject of Harley-Davidson, and examples of his current work can be viewed on his website