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Art of the Hot Rod Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; illustrated edition edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760322821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760322826
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2.5 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
Being a complete anorak I have already bought quite a few books on this and related subjects and hesitated to buy this one for some reason, but I wish I had made the commitment sooner.This is truly top of the pile as far as Hot Rod literature goes. Its not just the cars featured that justify the title, but the very classy way they are presented. The photography is absolutley first class, not only in the quality of execution but also some of the unique perspectives used. It is also great to be able to read the refreshingly honest interviews and comments from the builders themselves, sometimes giving a surprising insight into their mindset and emphasising their individuality as it does not cover just one style but delves into all corners of the genre. Doubtless some of you thinking about buying this book are well aware of the "Rodders Journal", well regard this as a book to the same high standard,The only other book I have which comes (pretty) close is ; American Hot Rod: The Fine Art of the Custom Hot Rod.This book is something which can be re-visited time after time and never dissapoints.
If you only own one hot rod book, make it this one.
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I recently purchased this book having thought about buying it for along time.I really like the large format hardback version of this book. You cannot fault the quality of the photographs or the presentation. Great care has gone into choosing and photographing the cars, and although they are not all to my taste you I found the explanatory notes and background to the photo shoots helpful and interesting.the photographs are presented in a very arty style which will appeal to others who are not dyed in the wool hot Rod fans. My wife certainly liked the book.it's a very heavy book and good value for money.
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I bought this as a present for my boyfriend and both he and I are delighted with this book. It shows many beautiful cars and gives lots of background info on their creators. It is an inspirational book for anyone interested in customising an old car. These cars are truly works of art.
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This is an excellent book. The photos are beautiful and there is plenty of good information on the rod builders. If I had one complaint it was, the rod builders cars they discuss are not always shown in photographs to understand the various design features.
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Format: Hardcover
I received this as a surprise christmas present from my wife (who admitted being swayed by the reviews here), and all I can say is if you're in the same position then don't hesitate - buy it! It's a fantastic book full of great pictures, catering for all tastes, with a broad range of hi-tech, old school, etc, & focuses on some of the lesser known (to me anyway) rod shops.
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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brought for some inspiration for paint schemes/general car designs,very interesting and informative book,highly recommended and well put together book,good addition to any car fan library
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