- Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Motorbooks; Auflage: 1 (2. Mai 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0760326967
- ISBN-13: 978-0760326961
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 397.938 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Hot Rod Garages (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. Mai 2009
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Acclaimed hot rod photographer Peter Vincent takes readers into the shops and garages of more than two dozen rod and custom builders across the USA, showing how these work spaces inform and reflect each custom creation, whether of individuals crafting the cars of their dreams or prominent shops turning out cool rides for top dollar. The book offers an intimate look into the garages of legends like Pete Eastwood, and the Rolling Bones club, Vern Tardel, the Kennedy Brothers, Roy Brizio, Cole Foster, and top of the line shops like Brizio Street rods, and Steve Moal's operation, and is replete with stunning images, text on the cars and work n progress, and commentary by the custom-builders themselves.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Hot Rod Garages is an attractive, small coffee-table book with short profiles of eighteen men who build hot rods. There are a number of photographs of the shops the builders work in as well as some examples of their finished products. A number of these talented body, paint and chassis men have Bonneville connections and have built cars that have competed for records on the Utah salt flats, which are known to the initiated as "the big, white dyno." These men thus build cars that are not simply intended for Sunday afternoon cruising, but vehicles that must be constructed in order to perform safely at 200 miles an hour.
The profiles are brief and not terribly introspective as the author's aim is to summarize the builder's career, to describe how their shop spaces came into being and what types of rods they create. Because the author comes from Idaho, a number of the hot rod craftsmen profiled come from the Northwest, far from the sport of hot rodding's Southern California origins. This is a welcome aspect to the book, because many of the car magazines tend to be Los Angeles-centric. There are some veteran Los Angeles rod builders covered here, as well as a few from the San Francisco Bay area.
The entry on Steve Moal, an exceptional craftsman from Oakland who grew up in the coachwork business, was guest-written by Michael Dobrin, and it is the most thorough and best-written chapter in the book. I would have preferred that fewer men were profiled and that all of the entries were of this length. Some of the constructors like Moal clearly deserve a book of their own. There is also a nice chapter on the Rolling Bones shop in New York, which includes a series of images of the construction of an all-metal '34 Ford "Three Window." This is an excellent photo essay, as it shows how a hot rod is constructed in the "old school" way.
Another suggestion that I would have for a future volume, if Vincent plans one, would be more of the builder's views on shop set-up and equipment, as based on the title, this book is devoted not to the finished hot rods but to the spaces in which they are created. Also, with the "rat rod" movement, there are a lot of younger men getting into rod building and they too deserve coverage. Despite the uneasiness some conservative, middle-aged car enthusiasts have with the tattoo culture that accompanies the Rat Rod movement, in an age in which industrial arts has all but been abandoned, where the idea of masculinity is under assault and where fewer American-born men can build anything at all, we need to encourage men who have constructive hobbies, especially ones that can turn into careers.
To summarize, this is a welcome book, for it is important to see not only beautifully chromed and painted completed hot rods, but the men who construct them and where they are created. It's nice to see a focus on smaller builders working out of spaces many readers can afford rather than just the lavish dream-shops of men like Troy Trepanier or Boyd Coddington, who produce the complex, sophisticated rods that are most often seen in magazines and on television.
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