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Art Of The Hot Rod

Simon Charlesworth November 4, 2008 No Comments on Art Of The Hot Rod

Art Of The Hot Rod

  • By Ken Gross and Peter Harholdt
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7603-2282-6
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Price: £25.00


‘’Art of the Hot Rod’ profiles 20 of the most dedicated and innovative hot rod craftsmen working today and the hot rods that define their work. Whether restoring a vintage classic or fabricating from the ground up, these builders dedicate themselves to respecting the past, improving what’s been done and developing new ideas and methods…

‘Alex Xydias hot rod pioneer and founder of So-Cal Speed Shop, writes the foreword… For automotive historians ad hot rodders, this book will be enjoyed for years to come.’


This book can be a real problem – you pick it up for a quick thumb through and the next thing you know, you’ve lost an hour. Yes, it would be easy to dismiss this as a coffee-table book, but ‘Art of the Hot Rod’ is so much more than that – given its sheer bulk it also represents very good value.

Harholdt’s pictures are simply sublime and the choice of rods is absolutely spot-on – from the classic ’32 Ford Roadster to Sixties Thunderbirds the book’s contents mixes the new with the well-known like So-Cal’s 1951 Belly Tank racer.

The only problem we found is that the pictures are so fantastically distracting that it’s actually hard to concentrate on the black squiggly written stuff – but if you make the effort, you’ll find it very informative. Literally inspiring – literally.

Dep-O Rating: 6/6

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