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The Birth of Pro Stock: Drag Racing's Fastest Doorslammers 1970-1979 (Cartech) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CarTech Inc (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613250401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613250402
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,735,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Filled with black and white and color photography all throughout, this read of the history of the sport is intriguing and hard to overlook for those curious about the sport and wanting to learn more. The Dawn of Pro Stock is a must for any racing history collections, highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review, March 2013----Steve's own observations punctuate the outstanding images to give the reader a trackside view of prostock unlike any offered before. --Modified Mustangs and Fords magazine, May, 2013----The text is incisive, including biographies of all the class biggies, and is sprinkled with candid, perid ads , magazine outtakes and the various misshaps that passed befor Steve's camera. An overdue book, and one you won't want to miss --Hemmings Muscle Magazine, May, 2013----That era when Pro Stock arrived is documented in this new book by Steve Reyes. As a motoring press photographer he was on hand to cover Pro Stock's birth and growth. The result is a book to appeal to fans of motorsport and muscle cars, showcasing some of the most fearsome machines based around the likes of the Plymouth 'Cuda, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Vega. The author offers both personal insight and bare historical facts through captions to over 300 colour images. -- --Classic Car Buyer, May, 2013

It's not so much about the cars: its about the people who Pro Stock such a crowd draw in the Seventies. You get a fascinating potted career history of each of about a dozen drivers and teams: however the real stars of the title are the photographs. The author is a long-time Pro Stock fanatic and even longer-time trackside photographer, and the 300 or so breathtaking colour and black-and-white photos in this title are what make it great. They're the main reason you're going to buy the book, but don't worry, it's still a damn good read. -- --American Car Magazine, June, 2013---tells the story of drag racing in the Seventies muscle-car era…..Reye's enthusiasm and a selection of spectacular period action photographs will win you over. -- --Classic Car, June, 2013<br

The text is incisive, including biographies of all the class biggies, and is sprinkled with candid, period ads , magazine outtakes and the various misshaps that passed before Steve's camera. An overdue book, and one you won't want to miss --Hemmings Muscle Magazine, May, 2013

Drag racing photographer Steve Reyes was trackside at the biggest and best NHRA events from the mid 1960s throughout the 1990's. He was able to document the evolution of both the cars and drivers as he observed them throughout the season, and offers a genuine insider's view. --Modified Mustangs and Fords, September, 2013

About the Author

Steve Reyes is the author of previous CarTech drag racing photo books Fuel Altereds Forever, Funny Car Fever and Quarter-Mile Chaos. He is one of the most noteworthy and respected drag racing photographers in history. Reyes is also recognized for his outstanding photography skills in other sports coverage as well, especially for his work covering NHL hockey. From the 1960s-1990s, he was the staff photographer for Popular Hot Rodding magazine and published both new and vintage imagery in every issue. He has also shot and written car features for Super Chevy and Street Rodder magazine, along with a wide range of motorcycle and chopper magazine features.

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Fantastic history, well worth the money !
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Pro Stock fans 25 Jun. 2014
By Rick P - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up as a drag race fan during the heyday of S/S and the genesis of Pro Stock. This book does a great job of documenting the rapidly-evolving door slammer scene of the mid-to-late sixties that culminated in heads-up P/S racing, and early A/FX efforts that developed into the F/C class. It does a good job of balancing thorough stories of the "Big 4" (Jenkins, Sox & Martin, Nicholson, and Landy) with coverage of an extensive list of other drivers and teams that populated the S/S and P/S fields in the 60's and 70's. Lots of great pics, some color and some b&w. If you're a drag racing fan, and this was an era you remember fondly - you need to have this book in your collection. If it was before your time, this is an easliy understandable history of seminal events that launched professional drag racing as we know it today.
2.0 out of 5 stars there is great photography in the book 30 Aug. 2014
By pka79 - Published on Amazon.com
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there is great photography in the book , and parts are well written. i find fault in his gushing portrayal of Rufus Boyd and Billy Stepp and how he got special "treatment" from them while glossing over others . It is unbelievable there is almost no mention of IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock. and a note of "General" Lee Edwards as almost insignificant, i encourage people to do their own homework and just look at the pictures. it seems like he picked through a box of NHRA event photos and decided to write a book. as a racer who was there i was disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great photography,but numerous typographical errors. 13 May 2013
By Al Kelush - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure if it's indicative of books printed in China,but despite the great photos,there are numerous errors in the verbiage; underneath the pics,as well as in the text. Mr. Reyes is very knowledgeable on this subject,and it's almost as if he wasn't allowed to proof-read this work. I grew up during this era,and while the memories from the pics were great,reading it caused some consternation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on under appreciated pro class of drag racing 26 July 2013
By Gms2slo - Published on Amazon.com
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In the context of pro class drag racing, this is probably the best (only?) book on this exciting class. As a person who grew up lusting after muscle cars and factory backed race cars, I love reading about this era of pro stock drag racing. Today's sanctioning bodies obsessive attitude toward marketing and field equality has left a field of cookie cutter cars. This book effectively documents the birth of factory backed "pro" muscle car drag racing. Highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars looks like a decent book while I was flipping through 17 Oct. 2016
By sheryl ronhock - Published on Amazon.com
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looks like a decent book while I was flipping through. Cool to see a few pix from one of the tracks I went to in the mid-80's.I bought as a gift.
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