The Birth of Hot Rodding #2# The Story of the Dry Lakes Era

ISBN-10: 0760313032

ISBN-13: 9780760313039


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The Birth of Hot Rodding #2# The Story of the Dry Lakes Era

by Robert Genat and Don Cox

In the garages, shops and fertile minds of 1920s car buffs in search of more power and speed, the hot rodding movement was born. A hot bed of this early quest for speed sprang up when the first Southern California hot rod builder hauled his creation over the ridge of mountains and opened up the throttle on the Mojave Desert's dry lakes.

The salt beds of the desert provided the common denominator, the measuring stick against which all hot rod builders would judge their modified machines. These open dry lakes, were in secluded spots where this creative breed of car folk could come together to share ideas, learn from the masters, and compete to be the fastest for the weekend. These wide open havens for speed and freedom nestled within the mountains east of Los Angeles provided nature's perfect racing surface: perfectly flat, free of obstacles, with miles to go in any direction. Places like Muroc, El Mirage, and Harper were transformed from an ancient prehistoric no-man's-land to the weekend testing grounds of speed.

Author Robert Genat brings together stories of the golden age of hot rodding from the men and women who pioneered the sport in this book. Profiles of the most influential racers, cars, and events accompany original photography to create a definitive history of hot rod racing on the dry lakes. With a foreword by Wally Parks, NHRA founder and chairman of the NHRA Motorsports Museum, this book encapsulates a unique piece of racing history.


  • Foreword (by Wally Parks)
  • Dry Lakes History
  • Racing at the Lakes
  • Car Clubs and Speed Shops
  • Dry Lakes Roadsters Coupes, Modified Roadsters, Belly Tanks & Streamliners

Buch, Hardcover, 26 x 26 cm, 156 Seiten, ca. 300 überwiegend farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text
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