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.
Oh, you want this book. You'll drool over this book. Get this book. Written by pal Ken Gross, an auto-journalism veteran who can recite chapter and verse on nearly everything that's ever worn wheels, Art of the Hot Rod (240 pages, hardbound) is a gorgeously produced, large-format feast that pays tribute to the work of twenty of today's most inventive and talented hot-rod craftsmen. As your eyes gaze over the lavish images by renowned photographer Peter Harholdt, just try to find a speck of dust on any of the beautiful machines profiled within. This is auto creativity at its zenith, sculpture on rubber. After you've let this weighty tome enhance your coffee table for a while, file it in your library in the section reserved for "Landmarks of Western Art."
The closest thing I can compare it to is when I was a teenager with raging hormones and saw my first copy of Playboy. I knew there were some very intriguing stories inside but I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures! That is the same way I felt about Art of the Hot Rod. I always go to the photos. You could put this book out on your coffee table, open in up to almost any page, invite some none car folks over to your house and I can almost guarantee you that someone will pick it up and start talking about what they see. Photographer Peter Harholdt is an artist. The way you see these cars through his eyes is amazing. I will never look at a car at a car show the same way again.
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
is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been trusted to photograph countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs. He first developed his portable studio to create the stunning hot rod portraits featured in Motorbooks' Art of the Hot Rod
Official Website: www.peterharholdt.comKen Gross (Hamilton, Virginia) was executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, for five years following a career in advertising. His car, travel, and motorcycle writing has appeared in Robb Report, The Rodder’s Journal, and Road and Track.
Table of Contents
ContentsForewordHot Rod Shops, Then and Nowby Alex Xydias, So-Cal Speed Shop founder Acknowledgments and Introduction Chapter 1 Dave Simard: Driven to Perfection Chapter 2 Jim Lowrey Jr.: Right the First Time Chapter 3 Rolling Bones: These Guys Reinvented Attitude Chapter 4 Ken “Posies” Fenical: Making a Statement Chapter 5Alan Johnson: They’ll Stop at Nothing Chapter 6Bobby Alloway: Playing with Fire Chapter 7Troy Trepanier: Boy Genius Chapter 8Barry Lobeck: Full Cleveland Chapter 9Rick Dore: Art and Color Exemplified Chapter 10Dave Crouse: “Bringing Them Back Alive” Chapter 11Donn Lowe: The Vanguard of Vintage Chapter 12Steve Frisbie: Transcendental Mechanization Chapter 13Don Orosco: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection Chapter 14Richard Graves: There’s No Way Like the Old Way Chapter 15Kennedy Brothers: Bombs Away! Chapter 16Pete Chapouris: This Changes Everything Chapter 17Zane Cullen: Youth Will Be Served Chapter 18Steve Moal: The Past Is Prologue Chapter 19Roy Brizio: Driven to Succeed Chapter 20Vern Tardel: Time Warp Photo Notes Index