Merchants of Speed

Merchants of Speed

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Hot rodding has always been about taking something that Detroit built and making it leaner and faster. At the epicenter of the movement was a cast of driven men who designed and manufactured the parts that made it all possible. This book takes an appreciative look back at the early hot rodders who worked out of their garages, basements, and backyards, and the a€œspeed equipmenta€ they developed. In this mammoth volume, Paul Smith examines the stories behind two dozen speed equipment manufacturers and the go-fast goodies they designed, developed, and sold. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews conducted with these founding fathers of hot rodding, Smith details the work of industry icons such as Iskenderian, Edelbrock, Evans, Hilborn, Navarro, Offenhauser, Sharp, Weiand, Ansen, and Kong. Illustrated with more than 200 period photos and filled with firsthand accounts of the birth of hot roddinga€”and the automotive aftermarket industrya€”this book is a truly fitting celebration of the names that became synonymous with end to all products that were not manufactured directly by Offenhauser, including the Cam-A-Go. ... of grinding motorcycle cams, Bus came up with a double-lobe camshaft design around 1957 that performed with some degree of success inanbsp;...

Title:Merchants of Speed
Author:Paul D. Smith
Publisher:Motorbooks - 2009-10-01


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