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Art of the Hot Rodby Ken Gross
Synopses & Reviews
Art of the Hot Rod profiles twenty of the most dedicated and innovative hot rod craftsmen working today and the hot rods that define their work. Whether restoring a vintage rod or fabricating a new machine from the ground up, these builders dedicate themselves to respecting the past, improving what’s been done, and developing new ideas and methods. Each builder would state that their cars are meant to be driven and enjoyed, but there’s no denying that they roll out of each garage as a functional piece of art and sculpture.
In Art of the Hot Rod, automotive journalist Ken Gross teams with acclaimed photographer Peter Harholdt to present the beautiful lines, shapes, colors, and handcrafted touches of some of the most amazing hot rods ever built. Hot rod pioneer and So-Cal Speed Shop founder Alex Xydias kicks off this stunning book with his foreword reflecting on the long history of the hot rod movement.
Whether you’re an all-around car fan, automotive historian or a hot rodder, you’ll enjoy this book for years to come.
The best hot rods are art on four wheels, and this book, a collection of studio photography of the cars produced by the world’s top hot-rod builders, is nothing less than a gallery of the best of American hot rodding. Profiling top builders like Pete Chapouris, Roy Brizio, Vern Tardel, Troy Trepanier, and 15 others and featuring studio portraits of their most outstanding custom creations, this book celebrates the uniquely American marriage of mechanical know-how to an inspired sense of style and design. Built from the ground up, pieced together from salvaged parts, rebuilt with classic looks and futuristic technology—these are automotive works of art, as powerful on the page as they are on the street. Through the stunning portraiture of master photographer Peter Harholdt, Art of the Hot Rod captures these magnificent creations as never seen before.
About the Author
An automobile and motorcycle enthusiast since childhood, Ken Gross was executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, for five years following a career in advertising and marketing. His car, travel, and motorcycle writing has appeared in Robb Report, The Rodder’s Journal, Automobile Magazine, and Road and Track, to name but a few. Ken and his wife live in Hamilton, Virginia, with their two children.
Peter Harholdt is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been entrusted with photographing countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs.
Table of Contents
Hot Rod Shops, Then and Now
by Alex Xydias, So-Cal Speed Shop founder
Acknowledgments and Introduction
Dave Simard: Driven to Perfection
Jim Lowrey Jr.: Right the First Time
Rolling Bones: These Guys Reinvented Attitude
Ken “Posies” Fenical: Making a Statement
Alan Johnson: They’ll Stop at Nothing
Bobby Alloway: Playing with Fire
Troy Trepanier: Boy Genius
Barry Lobeck: Full Cleveland
Rick Dore: Art and Color Exemplified
Dave Crouse: “Bringing Them Back Alive”
Donn Lowe: The Vanguard of Vintage
Steve Frisbie: Transcendental Mechanization
Don Orosco: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
Richard Graves: There’s No Way Like the Old Way
Kennedy Brothers: Bombs Away!
Pete Chapouris: This Changes Everything
Zane Cullen: Youth Will Be Served
Steve Moal: The Past Is Prologue
Roy Brizio: Driven to Succeed
Vern Tardel: Time Warp
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