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The Birth of Hot Rodding (Pictorial of the 40’s and 50’s)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Petejoe, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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    Petejoe
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    from Zoar, Ohio

    I came across a great book. Some may have this book.
    Inside there are many stories of the clubs and the men who traveled to the desert and salt. Driving their modifieds and rods and pushing the limits of man and machine. They came from the west over the mountains taxing coolant systems and drivetrains.<O:p
    They traveled from the east through many grueling poorly maintained dirt and curvy roads.<O:p
    The most amazing thing is the quality of the pictures in this book. You would swear they were taken last year.<O:p
    Anytime someone calls your hotrod a rat rod. Show them these pictures. I would swear these pictures could have been a tradition Hamb gathering. <O:p
    One story tells of how at night many times men were killed by hot-rodder’s taking there cars out into the open and running them on the salt with missing or poor headlights.<O:p
    They would run over men sleeping in a sleeping bag out in the open.<O:p
    They talked of the eerie feeling in the morning lining there cars up for a run and seeing cloth covered bodies piled at the sides of the track.<O:p
    There are a lot of pictures I have scanned and will finish it as I get time.
    Buy this Book! Its alittle expensive but well worth it.<O:p
    Enjoy.
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  2. seymour
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    seymour
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    from PNW

    wow.. very cool!
     
  3. junkbrick
    Joined: Apr 26, 2004
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    junkbrick
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    Got it for Christmas...very nicely done.

    --reed
     
  4. Petejoe
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    Petejoe
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  5. the-rodster
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    the-rodster
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    It's been on my coffee table for a few years now.

    Rich
     
  6. I want it, where can I get it!
     
  7. the-rodster
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    the-rodster
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  8. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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    Gotgas
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    from DFW USA

    That is a wonderful book, I've had it for a couple of years. My copy's cover has the Pierson Bros. '34 coupe on the salt, pulled by their incredible white '36 3W.

    I'm not sure Robert Genat would like his copyrighted photos out there for all to see though. :eek: Tell him it's free advertising. :D If you don't already own this book, and have ANY appreciation for hot rodding (duh) then go get this book ASAP.
     
  9. 3wLarry
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    3wLarry
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    from Owasso, Ok

    ..wow...actual proof that hot rods were painted back in the day...:cool:

    ...and where's all the tats, pomps, and orca betty's?...:rolleyes:
     
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  10. This book is a great find. Great history. Great photos. great stories.
    A must have for any car lover and traditionalist 20th century red blooded American. (And all their car buddys around the globe.) My favorite story, and the 'to be' subject of an illustration is of a fatefulljourney up Hwy 15 on the way to the Lake. You'll have to get the book for more details, I don't want to give it away here.
     
  11. Petejoe
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    Petejoe
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    Yes,
    I definitely made known its his work although maybe not all his pictures. But all compiled by him.
    I think Robert's book will double in sales after this post.
    All the info is attributed to his work. I would hope he would consider this an honor. Yes, Very good advertising. :)
     
  12. xderelict
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  13. 38pickup
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    38pickup
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    wow those are some amazing photos. They really show a place in time.
     
  14. 31Apickup
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    Borders had the soft cover version of that same book last year for $12.99. Its an awesome book. If you really want to read good stories (some gruesome) about the dry lakes, pick up Flat Out by Albert Drake.
     
  15. bigken
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    Thanks Rick. I think dad and both will get one for Fathers Day.........
     
  16. SinisterCustom
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    I love that book!
    I 'study' the pictures for HOURS....there is alot of cool shit in the background!
     
  17. SUHRsc
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    i have a hard time seeing this as real
    my picture in my head is in black and white...i guess its engrained from reading and rereading the early magazines OVER & OVER

    theres a video in the media section of www.ahrf.com from 1946...in COLOR....seems just as unreal!

    thanks for posting...everyone should own this book!
    Zach
     
  18. Petejoe
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    Petejoe
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    from Zoar, Ohio

    Yes,
    It was the colored pictures that blew me away.
    I too pictured those days as a foggy black and white era akin to the dark ages so removed from today its almost non-existent.
    These pictures literally do speak a thousand words and make it all Real.
     
  19. racer5c
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    racer5c
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    The 6 car and the 60 car were my dads
     
  20. Petejoe
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    Petejoe
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    from Zoar, Ohio

    How cool is that? Does he have any more pictures?

    Heres a few more
    I really like that international pickup in the below pic.
    I wonder why you dont see many of those years...

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  21. 390Power
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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    390Power
    Member
    from Oregon

    yup it sure is a mighty fine book, glad i picked up a hard bound copy for 10 bucks
     
  22. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
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    Royalshifter
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    from California

    Is Robert Genat a HAMB member?
     

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