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Hot Rods and Custom Cars: Vintage Speed Graphics [Paperback]

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Hitting its stride in the 1950s, the underground hot rod culture spawned the likes of Rat Fink, Von Dutch, and George Barris. This collection of rare photographs and ephemera should be an essential for anyone who dreams of putting the pedal to the metal.

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Hep and hopped up. Ford's original Model T was the first car to undergo "speed modification," a hobby that quickly grew into a $60-million aftermarket industry. Steadily picking up speed ever since, the practice of engine and body customization has become one of America's favorite rites of passage. Hitting its stride in the 1950s, the underground hot rod culture spawned the likes of Rat Fink, Von Dutch, and George Barris-- the King of Kustoms-- while also inspiring a generation of rebels without a cause. Culled from the garages and toolboxes of hot rod enthusiasts, this essential collection of rare photos and ephemera is an essential for anyone who dreams of putting the pedal to the metal.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822826227  
ISBN13  9783822826225  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard Karl Koch began his architecture career while still a university student. He abruptly transitioned to photography and spent the next 12 years as a successful architecture and lifestyle photographer. While shooting a story about the Santa Monica Pier, he decided to create the West Wind Sailing Club and School there in the summer of 1975. For the next five years he was involved with West Wind and with the Pier Promotion Program. He also ran (unsuccessfully) for Santa Monica City Council on his own "Save the Pier" platform, and following a major storm that washed away his sailboat fleet and business premises, he became involved in two lengthy real estate acquisitions. In 1981 Richard designed the "Wonderboom," a conditioning device for windsurfers that he patented and manufactured, marketed, and sold for five-plus years. In 1991 he returned to the less physically demanding practice of studio photography. Medical problems forced him to retire in 1996. As of this publication, he was struggling to convince cranky contractors to complete the small unfinished house he purchased in 2005 near the foot of Bartlett Mountain in the high-desert community of Joshua Tree, California, also known as "The New Bohemia" for its thriving artist community. His plans--if the house is ever finished--are to involve himself in his studio and in the activities of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, and to photograph the wildlife on his 5-acre front yard overlooking the basin. He shares his life with his much-loved and faithful companion, Buddy the Lightning Dog.
Tony Thacker is the executive director of the Wally Parks National Hot Rod Association Motorsports Museum and the author and co-author ofseveral books on hot rods and customs, including Hot Rods by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth" (Motorbooks, 1995), SO-CAL Speed Shop" (Motorbooks, 2005), and '32 Ford Deuce (Motorbooks, 2007).

Tony Thacker was born in 1949.

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A Perfect Book!  Feb 17, 2006
I LOVE vintage hot rods and custom cars. This is one of the best (if not the best) book of it's type that I've seen. Mostly all-color VINTAGE photos of cars from the fifties and the scene that surrounded it (covering other aspects like magazines, models, stickers, t-shirts, record/book covers, etc.) Wow! The photos are amazing. This is the real stuff. And there's no text to gunk things up (just a nice introduction). It's a smaller book - digest sized - but oh so cool! Any Rockabilly or Rat Rodder will love this.
All of these photos are the real thing from long ago. Thus, it's a completely authentic experience of just what the cars, girls, hot rods, fashions, dragsters ,etc looked like back then. Scant text except for captions but that's not a minus. These great old photos speak for themselves. A great little book!

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