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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780760338285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338285
  • ASIN: 0760338280
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,138,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Informative and good fun. -- Classic Cars, June 1, 2010

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This book is simply superb. It looks at the history of hot rodding from a number of different social angles, as an art form, hot rods in movies and literature but it's not just the contributions from a wide range of hot rodders through the years that makes it so good. The book is illustrated throughout with excellent photos of everyday rods, not just the usual show cars you often see in such books. However, the crowning point is the abundent use of graphic art and memorabilia. from paintings, magazine illustrations and hot rod club logos and advertising features, this book is a must for both hot rodders and graphic artists interested in the whole rockabilly nostalgia scene. It really is difficult to praise this book highly enough.
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the photographs and text are well thought out and it provides an interesting background to the roots of the hobby. I was very impressed with the quality of the book and the content. Consider this as a coffee table book for the enthusiast and you won't be disappointed. I have been into hot rods the years and have many books on the subject, of which this is a good addition.
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Excellent introduction to the wonderful world of hot rods and the associated culture and history. Good photos. A wonderful book to dip into.
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A Nostalgic look at an American Icon 3 Mar. 2012
By Slotcar Tycoon - Published on Amazon.com
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Before they became the ultra-smooth, perfected, primped trailer queens with modern conveniences like heat, AC, and radios built by expert craftsmen; hot rods were the rarely safe, quasi legal, home built jalopies used for everyday transportation by a generation of post war teen age boys who couldn't afford the land yachts Detroit was pumping out at the time. Before NASCAR, the NHRA, and the SCTA, hot rods were illegally raced on the city streets and speed tested on back country roads.

The All-American Hot Rod contains articles and essays by Michael Dregni, Robert Williams, Gale Banks, Pat Ganahl, Albert Drake, David Fetherston, Steve Hendrickson, and more, that will bring you back to that time. This book is a recollection by the guys who lived it at the dawn of custom car building when the speed industry was in its infancy.

There are many captivating color photos of retro and modern hot rods along with vintage black and white pics from back in the day. Also included are cool old advertisements from Hot Rod Magazine, Rod and Custom, and the like. There are many neat, often humorous illustrations depicting rods in action, as well as killer speed shop and hot rod parts logos.

This sprawling work covers all the bases including a section on hot rod films from the 50's and 60's, hot rod fiction by Henry Gregor Felsen and others, Hot Rod comic books, as well as the influence rodding had on that other seedling craze; Rock `n' Roll music. It's all here.

While reading this masterpiece I felt like I had entered a time warp and was somehow transported back to the 50's. I could imagine myself tearing down an open country road, banging through the gears in a hopped up '33 Ford roadster with the roar of the pipes in my ears, and bugs in my teeth.

If the smell of gasoline and burning rubber turn your crank; and the roar of a thundering flat head is music to your ears, then The All-American Hot Rod is the book for you.
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A look back 12 Feb. 2013
By scott - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been looking to buy this book when I found it on Amazon I went for it. This book shows what real hot rods are suppose to look like. It also covers alot areas with the hot rod culture.
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great book filled with lots of fun facts i recommend ... 18 Feb. 2015
By larry luck - Published on Amazon.com
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great book filled with lots of fun facts i recommend it
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