Hot Rod Pin-ups

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This book is definitely different than anything else you will find in our Product Review pages. It is not so much a book you want to read as one you want to look at. This is an old school book authored by an old school guy. Read what Robt. Williams had to say in the Forward:

“I was a hot rodder back in the 1950s and 1960s, and I had a number of lady friends during this period. Believe me, no matter what you have heard or seen on television or in the movies, women hated hot rods. These cars were trouble. They leaked fumes, Every surface on the car was rusty, greasy, or sharp. They made a mess of women’s hair, and they continually broke down. Hot rods were rough-riding and dangerous, and the police were rapacious about altered antique automobiles.”

D0n’t get me wrong there is some good entertainment in the reading but you want to look at the photos. These are not the air brushed glamor dolls of today, they are today’s girls but photographed like it was the 50s. The cars are likewise not trailer queens, they are more like rat rods and real driver cars; hot rods and customs like were built for the street in the 40s and 50s.



The author/photographer is David Perry and the book is published by Motorbooks.

The Table of Contents should intrigue you.

FORWARD:MECHANO-SEXUAL VERITE

INTRODUCTION: CHROME, FRESH & RUBBER

GARAGE: OF TETANUS AND BULLET BRAS

CRUISE: A SEVEN-DOLLAR OPTION

RACE: MORE THAN A WAY TO SELL A WRENCH

AFTERWORD: IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

PHOTOGRAPHER’S NOTES: CONFESSIONS OF A DRAG-STRIP BEATNIK

If that doesn’t get your motor running take a gander at these old school graphics and photos.

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Back in the day every gas station and every garage had calendars and advertisements from parts suppliers with images like these. They were part of the atmosphere that made these places what they were. In today’s PC culture they are no more, but you can recapture some of that time in this book.

If you liked this you should also check out Hot Rod Pin-Ups II as well as our Trophy Girl Page.



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