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Fifties Flashback: A Nostalgia Trip [Paperback]

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Was the Fifties your decade? Relive the memories, the optimism, the cars and the lifestyle of those early, more innocent years. Or, experience for the first time the custom-car craze, the horsepower race; when Detroit built terrific cars and America was the greatest country in the world! It's all here - car shows, drive-ins, drag strips, movies, comics, Clymer Books, Bonneville drop-tank racers, TV shows, hot rods, car hops, Ricky Nelson, Beaver Cleaver, and much more!

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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.75" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   California Bill'S Automotive Handbooks
ISBN  1931128170  
ISBN13  9781931128179  

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More About Albert Drake

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Albert Drake has been a hot rodder since 1951, when he built a '29 A-V8 roadster and joined the old Road Angels club. That same year he became a charter member of the Columbia Timing Association (CTA) and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). In addition to the 'Fifties Flashbacks column that he has written for Rod Action for 16 years, he's published some 300 articles and features in Street Rodder, Rodder's Digest, Rod Action, Popular Cars, Custom Car, American Rodder, Collector Car, Old Cars Weekly, Hot Rod & Custom (England) and others. His automotive books include Street Was Fun in '51, the first book on historical hot rodding; Hot Rodder!, the first history of hot rodding from the 'Twenties to the 'Nineties; and Flat Out, the history of So-Cal dry lake competition from 1930-50. Although his primary interest is rod and custom history, he has written two books on the Pontiac GTO: The Big 'Little GTO' Book, a definitive history, and Herding Goats, an oral history.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 20th Century > 1950s
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Automotive > History
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Transportation > General

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All about the Cars we grew up around and the Rods we built  Aug 31, 2007
NOTE; the cover has a hotrod and the first subtitle is "Cars We Drove". If you know the author, Al Drake, he writes for hotrod magazines. So if you are expecting anything but cars and in particular classic American highboy(fenderless body sits on the framerail) or lowboy(body lowered over the framerail) hotrods of the fifties, this book is not for you. BUT, if you are a gearhead and in particular a gearhead over 50 you will love this book. It's not technical. There aren't any data sheets about casting numbers, just a compilation of many of the short stories Al Drake wrote for various hotrod magazines. Much to Al's disapointment I'm sure, I spend most of my time looking at the pictures and the captions. For example there are pages of old newpaper ads listing used cars and the prices in the 50's. I couldn't afford them then at $500 and can't afford them now at $50,000. I particularly like the old photos of key rod and race pioneers. These aren't new color glossy pictures of new hotrods, these are the origional old grainy black and whites. Anyone can go to a car show and take modern pictures of hotrods, only Al and this book have the origional pictures of the origional rods that started the craze.
Cars, Cars, Cars and Nothing but Cars  Aug 22, 2006
Beware this is not a book about the 50's, but a book about cars of the 50's, well actually more of the late 40's then the 50's. This book is marketed as a general book about the 50's but it is completely about cars. The section on fashion is one page, showing a man in a leather jacket. The section on magazines, is one page showing a car magazine. The section on TV is a page showing cars. If you want to know everything there is to know about cars in the late 40's to mid 50's then this is for you. But if you want to learn about anything else, look elsewhere. I ordered this book for my Mom and she was so disapponted that we are going to return it.
what a riot!!  Dec 29, 2004
this book is great. I see so much of myself in the author, despite being 50 years younger. It's a real hoot to read about what the fifties were like, not what the fifites are idealized as. Tons of cool pictures, funny stories, hilarious drawings, etc. make this one of my favorite hot rod books. A must have!

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