Art of the Hot Rod Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2008
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This book can be a real problem you pick it up for a quick thumb through and the next thing you know, you ve lost an hour. Yes, it would be easy to dismiss this as a coffee-table book, but Art of the Hot Rod is so much more than that given its sheer bulk it also represents very good value. Harholdt s pictures are simply sublime and the choice of rods is absolutely spot-on from the classic 32 Ford Roadster to Sixties Thunderbirds the book s contents mixes the new with the well-known like So-Cal s 1951 Belly Tank racer. The only problem we found is that the pictures are so fantastically distracting that it s actually hard to concentrate on the black squiggly written stuff but if you make the effort, you ll find it very informative. Literally inspiring literally. --Dep-O Magazine dot ;This book gives readers the opportunity to step inside the private world of 22 of the top hot rod builders in a way that s never been done. They include: Bobby Alloway, Roy Brizio, Pete Chapouris, Dave Crouse, Zane Cullen, Rick Dore, Steve Frisbie, Richard Graves, Alan Johnson, the Kennedy brothers, Barry Lobeck, Donn Lowe, Jim Lowrey, Jr., Steve Moal, Don Orosco, Ken 'POSIES' Fenical, Keith Cornell and Ken Schmidt ('Rolling Bones'), Dave Simard, Vern Tardel and Troy Trepanier--streetrodding dot com-- We get quite a few books to review at DRCReview dotcom and many are stock-piled for inclusion over the coming months. However, one title called Art of the HOT ROD by Ken Gross, has jumped the queue. Why? You might ask. Well the answer is because this publication stands head and shoulders above many other titles we ve seen of late. The quality of photographs is superb, the editorial content entertaining and to the point and this book will be of huge interest to all hot rodders, whether you like painted or unpainted cars. If I told you this publication is more like a hardback, thicker version of The Rodders Journal then this wouldn t be too far from the truth. This is a quality publication with great design, creative use of images, written by a hot rodder for hot rodders.There are chapters (mainly pictorial) devoted to all of the established builders, such as Bobby Alloway, Troy Trepanier, Barry Lobeck, Rick Dore, Steve Moal, Roy Brizio, Rolling Bones and many, many others with stunning photographs throughout from established studio photographer, Peter Harholdt --Drag Rod and Classics dot com;Excellent, good-value tome. --Evening Standard&;This book gives readers the opportunity to step inside the private world of 22 of the top hot rod builders in a way that s never been done. They include: Bobby Alloway, Roy Brizio, Pete Chapouris, Dave Crouse, Zane Cullen, Rick Dore, Steve Frisbie, Richard Graves, Alan Johnson, the Kennedy brothers, Barry Lobeck, Donn Lowe, Jim Lowrey, Jr., Steve Moal, Don Orosco, Ken 'POSIES' Fenical, Keith Cornell and Ken Schmidt ('Rolling Bones'), Dave Simard, Vern Tardel and Troy Trepa --Drag Rod and Classics dot com --...a real coffee-table tome, and one that any Hot Rodder will find endlessly fascinating, just for the phootgraphs alone --Somerset County Gazette;This book profiles 20 of today's preeminent hot-rod builders, with gorgeous photographs of their work. the authro is Ken Gross, AutoWeek contributor and former director of the Petersen Museum, and his apssion comes through on every page. Photos by Peter Hardholdt, foreward by So-Cal Speed Shop founder alex Xydias. --AutoWeek, December, 2008;So pickled sharks, a grubby bed amd a pile of bricks are art? What about hot rods? They're an almost uniquey American passion and the aim here, too, is all about making a staement. In the US they take the busines very seriously indeed, often heavily modifying early cars mechanically and visually, to the highest standards, untill they stand out from the crowds. Peter Hardholt's photogarphy is sublime! -- -- --London Evening Standard
Hot Rod culture has been the subject of several glossy books celebrating the carftsmanship of builders. This stylish 240-page production focuses primarily on the photography of Peter Hardholt, who toured the USA with a specially designed portable studio, visiting experts and restorers. A welcome touch is various unfinished projevts including the ex-Norman Timbs '48 Custom. All of the best-known talents feature, including Dave Crouse, Vern Tardel and Pete chaporis, as well as historical races and hot rod collector Don orosco. Ken Gross provides the background story with his usual flair and insight. --Classic & Sports Car, June 2009
Hot Rods as high-powered art, with portraits of top builders and their best creations make 'Art of the Hot Rod' by Ken Grosse a must have for fans of these mighty machines. Whether the motivation is speed, beauty, uniquness or all of those reasons, hot rods have always been an American love affair. The best hot rods are art on four wheels, and this book is a gallery of the best. Profiling 20 of the top craftsmen, it tells how they pieced together salvaged apsrts and rebuilt them into hot rods that are a functional piece of sculpture, including such creations as the Willys gasser Coupe, the Ford Roadster, and the Studebaker Extremeliner --Bolton News, March, 2009
About the Author
Ken Gross is now executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, following years of enthusiasm for Hot Rods. He writes regularly for Rodd Report, Rodder's Journal, Road and Track, Automotive Magazine.
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If you only own one hot rod book, make it this one.
I can (and do) pore over it time and time again. If you looking at half built projects & stuff in bare metal flicks your switch then there's that too.
My only (very minor) criticism is occasionally some of the chapter text refers to vehicles built by the shop in question that then don't appear pictorially.
All in all one of my favourite christmas presents & if there is a follow up I wouldn't hesitiate to buy it.
Go on you know you want it!
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Very heavy, good quality paper and photos, lots of descriptive text. An absolute must for anyone into hot rods. Beautiful!Published on 9 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Adam Slezak