In Pat Ganahl's Hot Rod Gallery, the acclaimed author gathers his finest images to tell the story of the history of hot rodding from the beginning to 1960 through fascinating and rarely seen photos. From Muroc and early Gow Jobs, to the first drag strips, to the first speed shops and manufacturers, to the first car shows, Ganahl covers it all. Follow the transition from the dry lakes to the street to the first drag strips. Check out the beginnings of the show circuit, from the first SCTA shows and the Oakland Roadster shows to outdoor car shows. See the beginning of the custom car movement, the hot rod B movies of the 1950s, rods on the street, as well as the engines, parts, and people that made rodding what it is today.
Covered in rarely seen and never-seen photos, some in black and white, and some in magnificent color, Hot Rod Gallery is packed with memories. Hot rods, customs, drag cars, dry lakes racers, speed shops, engines, and the people that built them; no hot rod library is complete without it.
Pat Ganahl is the author of several CarTech books, including definitive works on Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch. He is a life-long hot rodder and has been the editor of Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, and Street Rodder magazines and a regular contributor for The Rodder's Journal. Pat is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on traditional hot rods and custom cars as well as a photographer and photo archivist. He lives in Southern California.