It’s back to school time.
That means it’s a great time to hit the books! No, we’re not talking about reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic books. We’re referring to awesome books for the other R: Rodding.
With school back in session in many places, we thought we’d take the opportunity to help you study up on hot rodding and drag racing. There are thousands of great auto-related books available, but here are a baker’s dozen books any hot rodder can enjoy:
Summary: Who knows what lurks in that old garage across the street? Lost Hot Rods tells the tale of rediscovered unique custom cars, including photos of how they used to look, how they appeared when they were found, and what they look like now. It even includes tips for finding forgotten projects in your neighborhood.
Author: Pat Ganahl
Summary: Americana at its best! This book features captivating photos of America’s Mother Road, including filling stations, main streets, campgrounds, and more. You’ll see these Route 66 roadside landmarks during their heyday and as they appear today.
Author: Russell Olsen
Similar: Ghost Towns of Route 66, Route 66 Backroads
Summary: What could be cooler than Steve McQueen? How about Steve McQueen’s collection of cars and motorcycles? Featuring a forward by Steve’s son, Chad McQueen, this book provides a look at the star’s racing career, stunt work—and yes, car and motorcycle collection.
Author: Matt Stone
Similar: Billy F. Gibbons Rock and Roll Gearhead, Winning: The RacingLife of Paul Newman
Summary: Go back in time to when the Gassers ruled the dragstrip! This photo book features of hundreds of pictures of the Willys, Anglias, Studebakers, Model As, and other unique hot rods that made up the A/GS classes. No cookie-cutters here—the cars and the guys who drove them broke the mold!
Author: Lou Hart
Similar: Drag Racing Fuel Altereds, Pro Stock Drag Racing
Summary: If you’re getting ready to get your hands dirty, SA Design makes how-to and reference manuals for just about anything—from building first-gen small block Chevys to creating killer Ford 4.6L mod motors. You can find a manual for rebuilding transmissions, painting your car—even how to drag race! We like SA Design’s guide to Rebuilding Any Automotive Engine.
Author: Barry Kluczyk
Summary: Drag racing is rich in memories—and memorabilia. If you’re into drag racing nostalgia, Drag Racing Collectibles is a must-have. It includes a look at hundreds of the quarter-mile’s coolest posters, flyers, pins, and more—even pieces from the NHRA museum!
Author: Cory Lee
Summary: This book is like GQ for gearheads! It’s filled with tips, techniques, and advice for making your ride look its best. It features helpful detailing projects, including the cost and time involved with each one. Get noticed—get this book!
Author: David H. Jacobs, Jr.
Similar: Automotive Upholstery Handbook
Summary: There are fails. And there are epic fails. This book covers both categories by providing a humorous look at some of motoring’s greatest (or worst) four-wheeled losers.
Author: Eric Peters