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East vs. West Showdown: Rods, Customs & Rails (Cartech) Paperback – April 15, 2012

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Appears in "Top 21 Reading Materials for the Auto Enthusiast." -Auto Enthusiast, January 2013 (Andy Bolig Auto Enthusiast 2012-12-04)

"Here's a cracking new title from CarTech, masters of technical books, with a look at the divide between east and west coast America when it comes to hot rods and customs. The 2,000 mile or so divide is evident in the way the rods look and are built, and this book looks at the subject in-depth, while also rounding-up the similarities. Excellent." tkc magazine, January/February 2013 (tkc magazine, UK 2013-01-30)

"The book is packed with great photos and well written articles about a wide variety of cars including customs, show rods, drag cars and hot rods. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the way we were and where it is all headed." -Eastern Hot Rodder, Spring 2013 (Eastern Hot Rodder 2013-05-01)

"This book is an absolute gem." -Classic American, September 2013 (Classic American 2013-08-16)

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In the early days of hot rodding, two distinctive schools of style emerged, based on the coastal extremes of the nation. Good weather, smooth roads, and high-speed runs on the dry lakes influenced the West Coast look, while the East Coast style evolved to conform to local laws and needed to deal with the rough roads common to the winter-ravaged region. These two different looks both define the era, however differently. The similarities and differences between the varying cars were a point of contention for many years, and the history of the era is celebrated in this book.

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  • Series: Cartech
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Car Tech (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934709751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934709757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Hovind on May 20, 2012
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A wonderful book about the early years and the American HOT ROD. Shows and explains the trends in different parts of the country and debunks the myth that all great HOT RODS were built on the west coast. A must have for anyone building a period hot rod.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DolphinChick on October 13, 2012
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Ok, to be honest, while reading through the opening pages of this book, I thought I was going to have to put it down...there was so much whining about how 'east had the best cars and that the west got all the coverage! '... blah blah blah...BUT...I kept reading because I knew there had to be more ... and boy was there! Absolutely beautiful cars of all kinds, from all over, with interesting history and stories included! As a car girl, I just wanted to see and hear about the cars, which was provided in abundance! Of course for those of you that love a good argument, there's plenty of ego on both sides explaining why they're the "best". But it's nice to see in the conclusion of the book an acknowledgement that the look and style of the cars are just different from place to place, not necessarily better or worse! These cars are a labor of love no matter where you happen to live...I know this, having a husband that is always wanting to fix up his '67 Camaro...and who can blame him ... she's a beauty! Anyway ... if you enjoy cars and some east vs. west rivalry ... then this is the perfect book for you!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJS on August 4, 2012
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If you really appreciate 50's and 60's era custom hot rods, then you will enjoy this book! Some great cars that never got nearly the credit they deserved! If you're expecting to see street rods decorated with billet aluminum, you will be disappointed. That's not what the book is about.

Well done book and a great purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William S. Whitley on June 19, 2012
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I found this publication to be extremely interesting. It covers some not so famous cars of the era in a well balanced manor. The pictures are well done and go well with the text. Well worth thye money.
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