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Hot Rod Garages [Paperback]

Peter Vincent
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12 Aug 2013
In Hot Rod Garages, acclaimed hot rod photographer and author Peter Vincent gives readers an intimate look inside the shops and garages of more than two dozen rod and custom builders. Unlike most hot rod books, Vincent’s takes a strictly California-centric approach in examining shops across the United States. From individuals crafting cars for their own reward to more prominent builders turning out cool rides for paying customers, Vincent and his cameras show the builders in the context of their spaces, in the process exploring how their work environments inform their creations and vice versa. Included are individuals like Pete Eastwood who have garnered attention in the hot rod press while building mostly for themselves; builders like Vern and Keith Tardel, the Kennedy Brothers, and Cole Foster with his crew at Salinas Boyz, all currently being celebrated for the traditionally styled rides they build for consumers; and high-end shops widely considered to be the cream of the industry, like Roy Brizio’s and Steve Moal’s in the Bay Area, as well as SO-CAL Speed Shop (heir to legend Alex Xydias). The result is the next best thing to being there—an exquisitely presented book that eloquently distills the varying nature of these spaces and the cars created within, revealing the countless hours spent machining, wrenching, welding, and shaping these beautiful visions to fruition.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks (12 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760344205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760344200
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Some books you buy for the words and some you buy for the pictures. Hot Rod Garages by Peter Vincent has words, but the incredible photography tells the stories that the book is trying to tell. This is an awesome look into the workshops of some of the most talented car builders, fabricators, and hot rod shops in the country.There is an honestly and feel to the photography in this book that is unique, in my experience, to the genre. Normally the photos are just too posed, too unnatural, and give the vibe that the guy shooting them was totally interrupting the work of the guys in the shop. This book’s pictures have a comfortable fly on the wall appeal that gives the reader the impression that they are an old friend, or at minimum a welcome guest.There are big name builders, like Roy Brizio, and Pete Eastwood, as well as guys like the late Pat Foster (who did amazing work restoring or recreating old drag cars) shown along with several builders whose names rang a bell, but aren’t household names like the other guys.Each chapter has an introduction about the person about to be featured. By the final chapter we found it more fun to use the photography as an initial guide, form an opinion on who we thought the builder was through there work, and then read the intro back to see how our perception met up. These guys all build world class cars. This is the ream team of car building, especially for high end type hot rods. If you love great photography and learning about the guys behind the cars you see winning all the major shows, you need this book as it provides a rare personal glance into the places that these fellows are most comfortable, their shops. The shops are a great testament to the balance between raw skill and machinery. These are not bling filled caverns. Instead they are to these guys what a nice little studio is to an artist, a place to make their magic and see their vision come to fruition." - Bangshift.com

"For those of you who like to get your 90-weight-coated paws on some car-themed reading material, we're continuing with this book-review thing. Today we're checking out a weighty slab of a coffee-table book. Hot Rod Garages poses something of a dilemma for the intended audience, because it really ought to live in the garage, where you can thumb through it while digging deep for motivation to work on that rusty '61 DKW Munga Hell Project… but you'd feel a twinge of guilt the first time you dropped a torque converter on its snazzy three-dimensional cover (the windows in the cover's garage illustration are actual holes cut through the cover, an effect that doesn't show up so well in photographs but is pretty cool in person). The concept behind the book is quite simple: Vincent visited the garages and workshops of 18 builders of vehicles that fall within the hot rod and/or custom tradition and documented what he found. Some are big names and some aren't; all create some pretty serious machinery, and their shops range from primitive to palatial. I cracked open this book hoping to see hundreds of obsessive closeups of battered tools and weird engine parts on scarred workbenches, which wasn't what I found; most of the photographs show entire cars, many of which aren't parked in the garages in which they were created. That's not really a problem, however, because plenty of the non-garage photos were shot on the Bonneville salt flats and just about all the cars are serious gearhead pr0n.You get a generous helping of text for a coffee-table book, including interviews of car builders and the author's reminisces of his experiences with them. Best of all is the fascinating history of the Moal family's operations in East Oakland, written by Michael Dobrin, and the extensively documented buildup- practically a how-to guide- of the Rolling Bones' George Poteet '34 coupe.The verdict: a Three Rod Jalopnik book rating. An enjoyable book for the average car geek, a big improvement over the tedious stuff that sits on most coffee tables… and pure un-stepped-on crack for those hooked on the traditional hot rod aesthetic. Murilee says check it out!" - Jalopnik.com

'Some of the most influential professional hot rod builders in the business... Read their stories, wonder at their skills, appreciate the cars. You'll love it.’

(Classic American)

From the Back Cover

Welcome to the garages and shops of eighteen modern street rod, hot rod, and custom car builders, as presented by bestselling hot rod photographer and author Peter Vincent. From the state-of-the-art setups of street rod giants to the private lairs of old-school hot rodders, these are the hallowed grounds where countless hours are spent machining, wrenching, welding, and shaping—and where likeminded friends entertain one another while they bring their visions rumbling to life. Featured are:


Roy Brizio

Pete Eastwood

Cole Foster

Pat Foster

Cam Grant

John Gunsaulis

Gary Harms

Terry Hegman

Ron Jolliffe

Bob Lick

Steve Moal

Dick Page

The Rolling Bones

Don Small

Cal Tanaka

Vern & Keith Tardel

Billy Vinther

Dale Withers


Throughout, Vincent depicts these builders and their cars in the context of their workspaces, in the process showing how their garages inform their art. The result is the next best thing to being there—an exquisitely presented book that distills the varying nature of hot rod garages and the cars created within.

“These are people who express themselves in tin, rubber, and glass, and the photos tell their stories.” —Street Rodder
“A fascinating insight into the lives of some of American hot rodding’s most passionate and talented exponents.” —Custom Car 


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5.0 out of 5 stars One for Hot Rod Lovers 24 Feb 2010
The book is great - good and sensitive review of each of the builders and some great pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 5 Dec 2012
By julie
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fantastic book. the real deal. check out Jimmy Kilroy in Moles san francisco. pure artist! five more words needed in total
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where are the Garages?! 6 Dec 2009
By Seattle Brat - Published on Amazon.com
I was extremely disappointed with this book. You would think a book called "Hot Rod Garages" would have lots of photos of ... uh hot rod garages, right? Well, not this one. It's mostly dull interviews with guys who run pro shops. Most of the photos are detailed close-ups (and not particularly good ones either) of cars (again, not garages). Where are the garages?! I was expecting photos of regular folks with their unique set-ups, not a bunch of sterile pro shop layouts. There are a couple "real" garages here, but not enough to make this book worth purchasing. No vintage photos either. The only good thing about this book is the cover (which is actually a shot of a hot rod garage). This is the worst Motorbooks publication I've ever seen (and I love most of their output). Great concept for a book, but it sure as hell wasn't followed here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable 29 May 2009
By Robert L. Roseberry - Published on Amazon.com
I first saw a copy of Hot Rod Garages when an associate showed me a copy signed by the author. All it took was a quick scan to know I wanted my own copy. Who knew seemingly random shots of shops and equipment could be so fascinating, or useful, for that matter? Out of the corner of one photo, I got an idea for a chop saw stand,solving a problem that's been bugging me for some time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOT ROD GARAGES by Peter Vincent 11 April 2009
By John D. Shearer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an exceptional book by Peter Vincent. Contains a lot of real class photos and some of the best hot rod shops I've seen. This is a highly recommended addition to your collection
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Rod Garages 7 Oct 2013
By Lorraine Hollard - Published on Amazon.com
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This book along with Lost Hot Rods, sits on our coffee table, is often picked up, in fact I first flicked through it on someone else's coffee table in an office. another great buy!
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 8 Mar 2013
By John Lamper - Published on Amazon.com
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it is neet to see that not all awesome car builders have a pristine shop. great book, great pictures and ideas.
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