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Sundays with Von Dutch [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Richard Koch


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15 April 2007
A famously crazed presence in the hot rod movement of the 1950s, rediscovered in the 1980s when 50s nostalgia swept pop culture, Kenneth Von Dutch Howard spent more than a decade essentially missing-in-action from the scene he d helped to create and define. It was during that time on four consecutive Sundays in 1970 that Richard Karl Koch visited Von Dutch in his Calabasas, California, home to photograph the father of modern pinstriping and soul of the hot rod movement for a cover story for the Los Angeles Times Sunday supplement, West magazine. Koch s candid and colorful photographs from those shoots, the vast majority published here for the first time, provide a window on Von Dutch s missing years. Here we see the enigmatic icon in his many guises, from cantankerous genius to freewheeling goof, machining handgun parts in his famous workshop/bus, casually clowning with vehicles left at his home by his friend Steve McQueen (including the car Von Dutch built for McQueen s 1969 film, The Reivers), and working at the pinstriping that sealed his fame. Accompanied by captions that bring to light further facets of this period of Von Dutch s life and career, these photographs illustrate a little-known and largely fascinating chapter of hot rod history.


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california (in the 1950's) was the birthplace of the Hot Roding and Custom car scene. a dude 9remebre we're talking west coast) who went by the name of Von Dutch was the king of pinstriping and flame paint jobs, but by 1970 had dissapeared form the scene. Tom Nolan, a journalist from the los angeles Times, tracked down Von Dutch to his home in Calabasas, California, and photographer richard karl Koch was commissoned to spend foru Sundays with the man taking pictures for the newspapers colour supplement. By then Von dutch had turned his attentions to making guns and working on motors for steve McQueen...an odd ball kind of book using the phoots taen in 1970 about a man just doing his thing...Now I have a copy I am definatly keeping it! Four Star rating!!!! --Vintage Roadscene.

If the name Kenneth 'Von Dutch' Howard dosen't ring any bells with you, that's probably because you're not a serious follower of the American Hot Rod scene. rest assured, however, that in the 1950's and early Sixties, 'Von Dutch' was one of the world's most reveared hot rod creators and the fatehr of modern pinstriping. Yet for awhole decade 'Von Dutch' dissapeared from view, described as missing in action from the scene he'd helped to create in the first place. So it was that Richard Karl Koch got to know 'Von Dutch' on four consecutive Sundays in 1970, visiting his California home to photograph this automotive legend for a cover story for the Los Angeles Times Sunday supplememnt. And it is this fascinating collection of photographs that has now created Sundays With Von Dutch. The photogrpahy is superb, evocative of its era and wonderfully natural in every way, showing 'Von Dutch' working, relaxing, talking, and creating. And with captioning and text by Tony Thaacker providing the ideal backdrop, it's a gloriuos experience for any hot rod fan with a sense of history, a penchent for the unusuall and a love of the art. A genuinly unusual and intriguing book. --Classic Car Mart

I have to admit that this is one of the few books that I have thoroughly relished reviewing, and it will stay in my collection for many years to come.....None of us will get to hang out with Von Dutch on a Sunday afternoon, but Koch s book might make you feel like you did. --American Car World

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5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining the myths behind the man 8 Oct 2008
By Rowan L. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book from many points of view. The artwork created by Von Dutch is second to none. He was a bit of a mystery, and much research has been put into this book to try and explain the gaps in his history. I also admired the low keyness of Von Dutch when he was creating his masterful pinstriping and other creative overhauls.
The way in which the book came about is equally as interesting with a series of Sundays put aside for the author to spend with the man who had become more of an enigma by this stage in his life. Fascinating reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but few photographs of Von Dutch's work 15 Aug 2011
By Renegade - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book and recommend it, but I recommend it for the writing, and a glimps into a small segment of Von Dutch's life. If you are purchasing this book to see examples of his work, you will be disappointed. There are more photographs of him and the guns he created than pinstriping or painting. This book, like other books I have read about Ed Roth and the sixties car culture in general, are lacking in photographs of the actual work. I suspect that this is because much of the work was never photographed, and much of the actual work no longer exists. If you want to see a lot of photographs of the man himself, this is the book for you. If you want to read about Von Dutch during a short period of his life, then buy this book. If you are only interested in seeing his work, take a pass on this book; but it is doubtful that you will find any book loaded with photographs of his work.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! Very useful. 30 Sep 2013
By Norman Fisk - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book to help with my video documentary research for The Von Dutch Project. Lot's of really great info and insight. I interviewed his ex wife, daughters and sister along with some of his closest friends. The pictures and comments in the book help guide the questions I had. The Kustom Kulture was born out of the mind of Dutch and will last forever. Norman Fisk
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for hubby 23 Sep 2013
By scouselancs - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this as a present for my hubby and he really liked it. Not much more to say really, good value for money I guess!
4.0 out of 5 stars Von Dutch 31 Jan 2011
By Mr. Ian Stewart-koster - Published on Amazon.com
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what more can I say- a well titled & enjoyable glance into a great persons' abilities.
I liked it so much, I gave it away to a freind after reading it-this stuff needs to be enjoyed!
I'm glad I read it.
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