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Hot Rods a Book Review

Motorbooks is always coming up with a new book that is a must have for the book shelf or the table top or the garage workbench. Hot Rods are not for everyone but most car guys love them even if they don’t want one. This historical reveal all was created and edited by Michael Dregni. It is a collection of true stories told by the folks who were there.

As if the stories were not enough every page contains either a remarkable photo, outstanding hot rod art work or a vintage poster or even a speed shop advertisement from back in the day.

Reading this book is like sitting in the corner of a garage and listening to car guy heroes talk about their best car stories.

Most of us have had similar experiences but we lack the story telling skills of these authors. However, if you were not one of those wild and crazy Hot Rodders then you need to read this to know what you missed.

These aren’t stories about missing a trophy at at car show or how to polish your Billet. These are the down and dirty stories of guys who drive hot rods as daily drivers. These are stories about guys who built hot rods out of junk because it was all they could afford but they wanted to go fast.

The most common thread throughout all of the stories is the common theme of street racing and girls. One author even puts the birth of hot rods not on the West Coast but rather in the Appalachian Mountains. One of those highly modified moonshine running vehicles could easily have been the very first hot rods ever.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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