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When there were far fewer people around, far fewer laws and regulations, when the legal speed limit was 75 mph, when gas was cheap, when driving was a pleasure, if you owned a hot machine you could point the grill down an empty road and go!

Portland Pictorial: The 1950s

Rods & Customs, Showcars & Dragsters and a bunch of reworked daily drivers, the kinds of cars you saw on the street in the 1950s, with skirts, duals, lake pipes, Hollywood hub caps, DeSoto bumpers, nosed and decked, frenched, long shackles, engine swaps and even a couple chopped tops. Remember how it was with an author who lived it. Why get your information second or third hand? Informed captions, written before everything about those halcyon days is forgotten!.

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128 pages, perfect-bound (October 2006)
Throttlers Press; ISBN: 0-936892-19-6; Dimensions :11" x 8.25". Signed copy...$24.00 postage paid.


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Street Was Fun in '51

At mid-century, to own a good street roadster made sense. They were fun, swift, economical, handled well, and they were noticed! In those simpler days, when there were far fewer people around, far fewer laws and regulations, when the legal speed limit was 75 mph, when gas was cheap, when driving was a pleasure, if you owned a hot machine you could point the grill down an empty road and go! To the beach, the mountains, or just to the Tik Tok, Jim Dandy's, Flanagan's, to your favorite drive-in where you could make a cherry coke last all night while listened to Patti Page and Perry Como and watched the parade of cars that, in memory, seems endless.

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Soft bound, 6"x 9", 88 pages, 42 rare photographs Signed copy...$6.95


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Flat Out

California Dry Lake Trials 1930-1950. The definitive history of the sport during the Golden Age. Covers the beginnings, Muroc Racing Association, SCTA, the "bootleg races" during WWII and the postwar period. 300 photos of almost every notable dry lake car.

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Soft bound, 206 pages, 300 black and white photographs. Signed copy...$19.95 

Fifties Flashback

A car buff offers nostalgic memories of the way things were in the '50s. Cars with flames, drive-in movies, service stations, car clubs, and drag races all get their time in the spotlight in this collection of images from period photographs, catalogs, magazines, comics, and books.

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Paperback - 268 pages (January 1999)
Fisher Books; ISBN: 1555611613 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 10.87 x 8.54 Signed copy...$19.95
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Hot Rodder! From Lakes to Street

This first history of hot rodding, from the 1920s to the 1990s as told in the participants' own words. Covers dry lakes, Bonneville, Track roadsters, customs, street rodding, etc. Contributors include Karl and Veda Orr, William Kenz, Dee Wescott, Joe Bailon, Big Bill Edwards, Henry Gregor Felsen, Jack Henry and 15 others.

Soft bound, 8 1/2" x 11", 176 pages, 200 photographs. Signed copy...$16.95
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Herding Goats: An oral history of the Pontiac GTO

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Soft bound, 8 1/2" x 11", 138 pages, 90 photographs Signed copy...$14.50

A 1950s Rod & Custom Builder's Dream Book

Jammed with reprints of ads from 1948-1959, showing the many goodies and services that were available to hot rodders and custom car builders.

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Soft bound, 8 1/2" x 11", 100 pages, hundreds of illustrations Signed copy...$9.95
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