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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!

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. 

This book is a collection of ‘Fifties Flashbacks, the column Albert Drake has been writing for over two decades. With an abundance of material to choose from, he carefully selected these columns to give a sense of what the decade was all about. The pieces are told from a personal point of view - Drake was both participant and observer.

Although written over a period of years, these selected columns have an organic unity. There's also new material approximately one-fourth of the work in this book has not been previously published.

  • Hot Rods
  • Customs
  • Motorcycles
  • Car Clubs
  • Duals Hubcaps
  • Drive-Ins & Drive-In Theaters
  • Top Rod / Shot Rods
  • Blue Dots
  • Rock N Roll
  • Bonneville
  • Oakland Roadster Show & other car shows
  • What We Read: Magazines Books, Felsen Hot Rod &c
  • Cars We Drove
  • Clothes We Wore
  • Movies We Saw
A Cultural History of the Decade!

Read a Sample passage from Fifties Flashback .

Paperback - 268 pages (January 1999) Fisher Books; ISBN: 1555611613 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 10.87 x 8.54 Signed copy...$19.95