Archive for Items Categorized 'US', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The State of American Hot Rodding

by David Lawrence Miller

As American as Jazz but hot rodding is the very picture of old-school—so how will the hobby attract the next generation of enthusiasts?

Shelby American Up Close and Behind the Scenes

by Dave Friedman

The years at Shelby’s first premises in Venice were critical and the people who worked there young and enthusiastic, Friedman among them. His photos are an insider’s look at that most American of outfits.

Michigan’s C. Harold Wills

by Alan Naldrett and Lynn Lyon Naldrett

His engineering skills were high, indeed. The car he eventually designed and built, though in small numbers, was and is to this day highly respected for its high quality. Sadly this book about C. Harold Wills is a disappointment.

Fins

by William Knoedelseder

Either the cover car is really low or the fella really tall. It’s more the latter—and Earl towered not only over his department (“team” was not a word in his vocabulary) but his industry, and, for a while, the consumer. But tastes did change; Earl did not.

Cobra Pilote: The Ed Hugus Story 

by Robert D. Walker

Old as the Cobra story is, there still is entirely new information out there—here from someone who was not only there but well and truly made it all possible. Two years before he died he finally let someone write his story.

Hubert Platt: Fast Fords of the “Georgia Shaker”

by Allen Platt

From moonshine runner to multiple Hall of Famer, Platt was a showman on and off the track. And if Chevrolet hadn’t pulled out of racing, the subtitle might well be reading differently. Written by one of his sons, who is himself a racer, the book explores an iconic career.

Alan Mann Racing F3L/P68

by Ed Heuvink

A good idea—thwarted by lack of support. In period, the car was hobbled by design and engineering compromises that, once overcome some three decades later, made the P68 the track terror it could have been all along.

Selling the American Muscle Car: Marketing Detroit Iron in the ’60s and ’70s

by Diego Rosenberg

Just the name “muscle car” was enough to make traditional car buyers—adults, male, conservative—shudder at the thought of running into hotrodders and hooligans at the showroom. Quite the pickle for the carmakers’ marketing folks.

Mustang by Design

by Jimmy Dinsmore and James Halderman

With all the ink that has been spilled on the Mustang, there was still one book that was missing: this one. As the key designer of the model he initially dubbed “Cougar” Halderman is the ultimate insider’s insider.

The Age of Hot Rods


by Albert Drake 


If you follow rodding, Drake’s name will ring a bell. For years and decades this rodder and writer has contributed to magazines and written books and this latest compilation makes it easy for new rodding enthusiasts to see what sitting at the feet of their elders would have been like.

Rat Rod Magazine

Editor: Steve Thaemert

So ugly they are beautiful. At least to some. Rat Rods—an acquired automotive taste? Rat Rod Magazine is proudly published in the USA by veterans. In some ways it is substantially different from your typical hot rod magazine.

COPO Camaro, Chevelle & Nova

by Matt Avery

No corporate ban on racing keeps a good man down. A loophole in GM’s COPO fleet-sales program became a back channel of sorts and today is recognized as the origin of GM’s top muscle cars