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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!

The Age of Hot Rods

Albert Drake's newest book is now available! The Age of Hot Rods: Essays on Rods, Custom Cars and Their Drivers from the 1950s to Today

This book is a collection of essays that compromise an automotive and cultural history that dates from the 1950s. Discussing hot rods, custom cars, motorcycles, sports cars, and the people who built and owned them, these essays provide a record of the beginnings of modern automotive history. Other essays deal with the beginnings of drag racing and early car shows and automotive expos. All essays are written by the author, who was both a participant and observer of these activities. It is a wealth of colorful writing on the people, machines, movies and cultural events that shaped hot rod culture.

McFarland Press; ISBN: 978-0-7864-3404-6; Softbound 7"x10".
About 90 photos with an index. Summer 2008.
$39.95 Click here to order from the publisher.



Northwest Oldtimers


Northwest Oldtimers is a very personal book remembering and honoring the rodders from Portland and around the Northwest. It includes interviews, newspaper clippings from the heydays of rodding, and an appendix of rodders who have passed on. Packed with photos and insight from Drake, Northwest Oldtimers memorializes the spirit of rodding.

158 pages, perfect-bound (August 2007)
Throttlers Press; ISBN: 0-936892-21-8; Dimensions :11" x 8.25". Signed copy...$24.00 postage paid Special! $20 postage paid.


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