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Art of the Hot Rod by Ken Gross
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New book hit shelves FALL 2008.. written by Ken Gross, photography by Peter Harholdt and Foreword by Alex Xydias.
Great art inspires emotion, initiates reflection and transforms our perceptions. Today’s hot rod builders, some of the most talented craftsmen in the world of automobiles, are creating rolling sculptures that encompass all of these elements. Art of the Hot Rod is a stunning gallery that presents the finest American hot rods and the artists behind these creations. Exquisite studio photography celebrates the uniquely American marriage of mechanical know-how with an inspired sense of style and design. All of these inspired works are fabricated from the ground up (often from hand-crafted parts) and fashioned with classic looks and futuristic technology. Dedicated to style and speed, hot rods are truly automotive works of art, as powerful on the page as they are on the street.
This book gives readers the opportunity to step inside the private world of 22 of the top hot rod builders in a way that’s never been done. They include: Bobby Alloway, Roy Brizio, Pete Chapouris, Dave Crouse, Zane Cullen, Rick Dore, Steve Frisbie, Richard Graves, Alan Johnson, the Kennedy brothers, Barry Lobeck, Donn Lowe, Jim Lowrey, Jr., Steve Moal, Don Orosco, Ken “POSIES” Fenical, Keith Cornell and Ken Schmidt (“Rolling Bones”), Dave Simard, Vern Tardel and Troy Trepanier.
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Title: Art of the Hot Rod
Author: Ken Gross
Retail: $40 US (HUBGARAGE DISCOUNT BELOW!)
Page count: 240
Illustrations: 300 Color Photos
Publication Date: October 15, 2008
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What Are People Saying?
Streetscene, February 2009
“The photography is truly magnificent and worthy of the title Art of the Hot Rod. Photographer Peter Harholdt has developed a traveling studio that allows him to photograph hot rods wherever they are located. Ken Gross researches the subjects thoroughly so there is no doubt about the content. As you read about these famous hot rod builders, you will realize that Ken captures the true personality of each one. As you read the text and view the pictures I am sure you will agree this book is well worth purchasing and the next time you see one of the builder’s creations, you will have some knowledge of his background and accomplishments.”
Hemmings Classic Car, February 2008
“If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, exceptional coach building, unparalleled styling and discovering what makes talented craftsmen tick, then this book is a must-read. It’s one of those rare volumes that you just can’t stop reading once you open the cover. While the book’s focus may not site will with many HCC readers, if you view this type of work as the art form that it truly is, then you will better understand and appreciate what’s involved in fabricating an outstanding hot rod. The process of creating unique, stimulating designs, followed by shaping the metal to bring that design to life is the same as what Darrin, Bohman & Schwartz, Judkins or Murphy did; only the end result is different. The text within this book’s 240 pages is entertaining and very inspiring, while the studio photographs are absolutely excellent, highlighting the cars’ many hand sculptured details without the distractions of scenic backgrounds. And the print quality, paper type and clean layout work together to make this a thrilling read. If you have any negative feelings about hot rods, put them aside and read this book. You will love it. You may even find yourself wanting to build one; I know I did.
CruZin Magazine, November/December 2008
Okay, moms and wives, you can solve the problem of what to give the car person in your life by giving this new book. Art of the Hot Rod. There is no way that she or he could be disappointed. It’s a beautiful book, with outstanding photography, and it’s hold your hot rodder’s interest until cruising weather returns in the spring. The photography, done by Peter Harholdt, is stunning. To shoot cars located in different parts of the country he constructed a mobile studio which he hauled 13,000 miles. The results speak for themselves.”
Custom Car (UK), January 2009
“Ken Gross really knows his stuff, Peter Harholdt is a superb photographer and Motorbooks understands the hot rod literature market. These guys have travelled around America, setting up a makeshift studio at most of the big name shops and shot something in the region of 100 rods and customs… it’s engrossing (no pun intended).”
Classic American (UK) December 2008
“In summary: it’s well-shot, well-written and will show you some wild and beautiful rods and customs that you won’t have seen before. It’s a genuine shame that we can only pick a few pictures from this book to show you as examples of what’s inside. It deserves to be on any hot rod and custom lovers coffee table, but be sure to beef-up the legs first!”
Octane (UK), December 2008
“One time Petersen Museum director Ken Gross profiles 20 of today’s most significant hot rod builders in this large-format hardback, with stunning studio photography of their creations by Peter Harholdt. All types of rod are covered, from retro to rat-look to futuristic concepts – all superbly created by men at the top of their game.”
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