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Hot Rod Gallery Book COMING SOON


The new book “Hot Rod Gallery” from Pat Ganahl will be out in a couple of days. Anything Pat does is worth looking at, but this book created around his own personal collection will be really something to look forward.

I have been a huge fan of everything Pat Ganahl has been done and published since I first found out about him in the late 1980’s. It was Pat who “introduced” me into the wonderful world of Custom Cars. I read and re-read all of his historic articles in the 80’s R&C magazines and later in the Rodder’s Journal and other publications. His The American Custom Car book is completely worn out, in fact so much I had to buy a second copy. So yes I’m a big fan. And I’m looking forward to see his latest book Hot Rod Gallery which he created with the great people of CarTech. Pat is sharing material from his own, extensive collection. And many of the photos have never before been published. Although the title of the book indicates this will be a Hot Rod oriented book I can assure you this book will be very good for us Custom Car enthusiasts as well. Several chapters in the book will be devoted to Custom Cars. The book will be send to the customers in the third or fourth week of May, 2014. I cannot wait to get my copy.

When the book arrives in our office we make sure to have a full CCC-Book-Review as soon as possible. Stay tuned!



Hot Rod Gallery by Pat Ganahl
A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding’s Golden Years 1930-1960

• Extensive selection of rarely seen photos
• Written and assembled by an industry legend
• Covers the birth of hot rodding up until 1960

This history of hot rodding is a long and fascinating one.
There is an old saying in hot rodding, and that is that the car you have recently bought isn’t truly yours until you have messed with it. And from its birth in the flats at Muroc pre-WWII to a burgeoning speed industry, young enthusiasts and entrepreneurs did what people do best with any form of new technology, they messed with it. Make it faster, make it cooler, or simply make it better than the next guy.
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, the rods on the street, and 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.

The book can be ordered directly at the CarTech website.




A few sample spreads from the book.








CarTech also produces 500, special-edition, leather bound and numbered versions of this book. This special item is available only through CarTech for $54.95 plus $6.95 for shipping and handling.



About the Author

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.

Author: Pat Ganahl
ISBN: 978-1-61325-115-7
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 357 b/w & color photos
Price: $39.95
Item #: CT523







Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

2 thoughts on “Hot Rod Gallery Book COMING SOON

  • This looks to be a good one. Unlike some others, Pat Ganahl actually knows about and likes custom cars. Without him, custom cars would never have experienced as big of a comeback as they have. Looking forward to the review!

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