Hot Rod Roots: A Tribute to the Pioneers

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Here are hot rodding's true pioneers--the guys who raced the lakes in the mid-century, the ones who broke the records, and those who, through sheer ingenuity, transformed discarded car bodies, flathead V-8s, and four-bangers into the stuff of myth. In essays by some of the most respected journalists in hot rodding today, these icons of the early days come to life, and the history of hot rodding unfolds in all its gritty glory. Featured throughout are rare photographs drawn from the archives of the American Hot Rod Foundation, an institution dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the history of hot rodding.

Compiled by noted hot rod author Dain Gingerelli, the essays in Hot Rod Roots take up topics crucial to the development of hot rodding from the 1920s to the early 60s: Robert Genat explores the symbiotic relationship between hot rodders and the U.S. military during World War II; Pat Ganahl delves into the birth of the belly tank and its lasting effects on the sport; Greg Sharp tracks hot rodding's impact on the development of circle-track racing; Gingerelli explains how the sanctioning of quarter-mile drag racing accelerated hot roddings growth; Ken Gross documents the effect of enthusiast magazines and car shows; and Mark Morton shows how hot rodding's early roots will always remain a part of the sport.

This book also includes a foreword by So-Cal Speed Shop founder and dry lakes pioneer Alex Xydias.

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Established to help preserve and promote the history of hot rodding, The American Hot Rod Foundation has amassed more than 20,000 photographs and thousands of hours of videotaped interviews with those pioneers of the lakes and drag strips who broke the records and through sheer ingenuity transformed discarded car bodies, flatheads, and four-bangers into something phenomenal.

In this anthology, the first book to draw on the AHRF’s vast archives, some of the most respected names in hot rod journalism explore the achievements and daring exploits of the sport’s founding figures in all their gritty glory. Robert Genat discusses the connections between World War II and hot rods; Pat Ganahl delves into the birth of the belly tank and its lasting importance; Greg Sharp, curator of the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum, explores how hot rodding spurred the development of roundy-round racing, while Gingerelli explains how quarter-mile drag racing grew out of the prewar dry lakes meets; Ken Gross, automotive journalist and former Petersen Museum curator, traces the development of enthusiast publishing and car shows; former Hot Rod and Motor Trend editor A. B. Shuman chronicles the East Coast’s often underappreciated influence; and Hop Up publisher Mark Morton, brings it all back home, explaining why the early days will always be critical to hot rodding.

These authoritative essays are accompanied by a wealth of rare photography sourced from the AHRF and private collections, and spanning the 1920s to the 1960s. Hot Rod Roots also features a foreword by So-Cal Speed Shop founder Alex Xydias, a man who helped define the speed equipment industry and whose aesthetic sensibilities are still evident on salt flats and streets today.

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