Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

Author: Matt Stone

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252900

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 4037

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} To tell the life story of Ed "Isky" Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in America. Ed was there from the very beginning. Born in 1921 to first-generation Armenian immigrants, Ed's first hobby was ham radio, but like many young men in the years before World War II, his interest turned to automobiles, especially hot rods. Ed had natural skills in metal working and machining that were developed in high school. He wanted to further develop those skills, so he joined the Air Corps to continue his education and flew with Air Transport Command. By the time Ed mustered out of the service, the California hot rod scene was in full bloom, with tens of thousands of vets who had the desire to make cars go fast. Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding, tells the whole story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club activities, his service in the military, starting a small business fabricating parts and making cams in the back of a rented shop, and then selling cams to other rodders. It covers how he grew a business from a single cam grinder and became the leading cam authority in barely 10 years. Ed was a gifted machinist, and he also had a natural knack for promotion. He purchased an ad in the second issue of Hot Rod magazine, sensing something big; his instincts, as always, were right. He was also the first to use T-shirts and uniforms as promotion. Not only was he an early pioneer in the industry for print adverting and catalogs, he was also among the first to understand the value of having successful race cars using his cams in their engines and wearing his decals on their fenders. The biggest names in the racing industry were running Isky cams, and Ed made sure the world knew it. Ed's company name went on to become one of the household names in the performance community. His continued success is an entertaining tale of mingling with industry icons, insight into the business of hot rodding, great stories of yesterday and today, and a life very well lived. You will enjoy the stories recorded here as much as Ed "Isky" Iskenderian seems to enjoy telling them.

Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series


Author: N.A

Publisher: Copyright Office, Library of Congress


Category: Copyright

Page: 1543

View: 7872

Includes Part 1A: Books and Part 1B: Pamphlets, Serials and Contributions to Periodicals

Art of the Hot Rod

Collector's Edition

Author: Ken Gross,Peter Harholdt

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760349789

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 248

View: 9601

Art of the Hot Rod is a feast for the eyes--a gallery of gorgeous hot rods, the best you'll see from the world's top hot rod builders! A hot rod is art on wheels, and this book contains a whole gallery of the best you'll ever see. In this exclusive collector's edition of Art of the Hot Rod you'll find a jaw-dropping array of beautiful hot rod photos, plus special gatefolds, updated text, and exclusive frameable photographic prints. Art of the Hot Rod: Collector's Edition celebrates the uniquely American marriage of mechanical know-how and an inspired sense of style and design. Built from the ground up, pieced together from salvaged or hand-built parts, rebuilt with classic looks and modern technology--these automotive works of art are as powerful on the page as they are on the street. The book profiles top builders such as Pete Chapouris, Roy Brizio, Vern Tardel, Troy Trepanier, and fifteen others and features studio portraits of their most outstanding custom creations. Through the stunning portraiture of master photographer Peter Harholdt, Art of the Hot Rod captures these magnificent vehicles as they've never been seen before. In addition to full-color photography and updated text, this special collector's edition features two gatefolds with new photography and four garage art photo prints.


When the Hot Rods Ran May 15, 1938

Author: William Carroll

Publisher: Coda Publications

ISBN: 9780910390309

Category: Photography

Page: 79

View: 8822

Here's what hot rodding was all about when the Southern California Timing Association held its first speed trials on Muroc Dry Lake (now Edwards Air Force Base) back in 1938. Program reproductions list major players in the hot rod field. Aerial photographs show the lake races as they really were.

The Hot Rod

Resurrection of a Legend

Author: Brock Yates

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760315989

Category: Transportation

Page: 184

View: 2045

Recounts the saga of the Eliminator, a race car built from used parts by a Pasadena mechanic that achieved legendary hot rod status, and details the rediscovery and restoration of the vehicle forty years later.

Hot Rod Empire

Robert E. Petersen and the Creation of the World's Most Popular Car and Motorcycle Magazines

Author: Matt Stone

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760360707

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 2545

†‹Hot Rod Empire details Robert E. Petersen's creation of Hot Rod Magazine in the 1940s and the Petersen Publishing empire that grew to the mainstream juggernaut we know today. The end of World War II marked the release of pent-up war-years energy and the desire to live. For many this meant indulging in long-denied purchases, like a new car. For another group, including young vets, it meant a return to car building and racing. Money, exciting new cars, and speed parts all flowed freely in post-war America. Robert Petersen, a young SoCal-based photographer and Army Air Corps vet, noted the rapidly growing hot rod scene in and around Los Angeles. His first move was to organize the Los Angeles Hot Rod Exhibition in 1948. His second, and brilliant, move was to launch at the same event the first edition of Hot Rod magazine. From this launch pad, Petersen Publishing Company would grow to become the most influential enthusiast publisher in America. Petersen’s magazines were rallying points for all aspects of the car, truck, and motorcycle hobbies, well as nurturing and promoting all aspects from car building to racing to show events. Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, Motorcyclist, Off-Road and Four Wheel Drive and some 75 other enthusiast titles dominated magazine racks and provided substantial influence over transportation and numerous other hobbies. Hot Rod Empirecelebrates the birth and explosive growth of the transportation hobby under Petersen’s watch.

Great American Hot Rods

A Full Throttle Chronicle of Custom Cars from the Street, Show and Strip

Author: Keith Harmon

Publisher: Krause Publications

ISBN: 9780896892262

Category: Transportation

Page: 750

View: 2752

Americans were forever changed when the edgy style and power of hot rods exploded onto their highways. This volume details nearly 300 of the most innovative rides to ever own the road. Alongside colour photographs is each car's history, options and top selling points.

Hot Rod Pioneers

The Creators of the Fastest Sport on Wheels

Author: Ed Almquist

Publisher: SAE International

ISBN: 9780768002324

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 378

View: 5851

Almquist (an automotive engineer and himself a hot-rodder) profiles approximately 200 hot rod innovators, and tells the story of the sport. The book traces its history from the sport's golden age following World War II through its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, to the gas crisis lull of the 1970

Hot Rod Roots

A Tribute to the Pioneers

Author: Dain Gingerelli

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760328187

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 9841

Here are hot rodding's true pioneers--the guys who raced the lakes in the mid-century, the ones who broke the records, and those who, through sheer ingenuity, transformed discarded car bodies, flathead V-8s, and four-bangers into the stuff of myth. In essays by some of the most respected journalists in hot rodding today, these icons of the early days come to life, and the history of hot rodding unfolds in all its gritty glory. Featured throughout are rare photographs drawn from the archives of the American Hot Rod Foundation, an institution dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the history of hot rodding. Compiled by noted hot rod author Dain Gingerelli, the essays in Hot Rod Roots take up topics crucial to the development of hot rodding from the 1920s to the early 60s: Robert Genat explores the symbiotic relationship between hot rodders and the U.S. military during World War II; Pat Ganahl delves into the birth of the belly tank and its lasting effects on the sport; Greg Sharp tracks hot rodding's impact on the development of circle-track racing; Gingerelli explains how the sanctioning of quarter-mile drag racing accelerated hot roddings growth; Ken Gross documents the effect of enthusiast magazines and car shows; and Mark Morton shows how hot rodding's early roots will always remain a part of the sport. This book also includes a foreword by So-Cal Speed Shop founder and dry lakes pioneer Alex Xydias.

How to Build a Racing Car

Author: Floyd Clymer

Publisher: Valueguide

ISBN: 9781588501509

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 86

View: 5743

Originally published in 1949 by Floyd Clymer, this edition was republished in 2010 by VelocePress. This comprehensive and informative book, written in easy to understand language, puts the capability of designing and building a 1950's era midget racing car or a three-quarter (dirt track) car within reach of the home-based enthusiast. The fundamental principles described in this book may also be applied to the construction of a 50's track roadster or even a custom built hot rod. Highly technical terminology and engineering terms have been avoided, as the aim of this book is to define the construction process in clear and understandable terms, regardless of the reader's technical background or training. The principles it contains are just as relevant today as they were some 50 years ago when this book was first written. The design process is clearly explained, the raw materials required are described, and the construction process is presented in an easy-to-follow step by step procedure. Obviously, this book would also be a valuable reference for anyone contemplating repairing, refurbishing or restoring a vintage racing car. This edition also includes a 38 page bonus section featuring a reproduction of an appropriate Offenhauser Speed Equipment catalog. Out-of-print and unavailable for many years, this book is becoming increasingly more difficult to find on the secondary market and we are pleased to be able to offer this reproduction as a service to all those vintage automotive race car builders and enthusiasts worldwide.

Hot Rod Milestones

America's Coolest Coupes, Roadsters, and Racers

Author: Ken Gross,Robert Genat

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252307

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 3923

You've seen these cars before. They're some of the best-known, coolest hot rods ever built. Each represents a clear vision, usually from one talented person. These hot rods set the standards; they were imitated, and when they made show appearances, they were coveted and revered. Hot Rod Milestones covers 25 of the most influential, innovative hot rods ever built from the late 1940s to the mid '60s. Each car's history, technical background, and influence is discussed, along with information on the builders and owners. Photos include contemporary pictures of the cars as they exist now, along with vintage photos of the cars when they were first built and shown.

The Complete Builder's Guide to Hot Rod Chassis and Suspensions

Author: Jeff Tann

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1934709182

Category: Transportation

Page: 144

View: 2886

In How to Build Hot Rod Chassis, highly regarded hot rodding author Jeff Tann covers everything enthusiasts need to know about designing and building their new chassis and suspension system. It thoroughly explores both factory and aftermarket frames, modified factory solid-axle suspensions, and aftermarket independent front and rear suspension setups. No matter what design a reader may be considering for his own car, How to Build Hot Rod Chassis delivers a wealth of information on the pros and cons of all systems available.

Hot Rods and Custom Cars

Author: Craig Cheetham

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760325636

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 9565

Comprehensive coverage of more than 40 hot rods and custom cars, from the Boyd Smoothster to Deuce Coupes to Willys Gassers. Illustrated with over 400 full-color, specially commissioned photographs detailing every aspect of these radical machines Includes comprehensive specification panels giving detailed technical and performance information. Describes the design and engineering modifications of each vehicle.

The Art of the Muscle Car

Collector's Edition

Author: David Newhardt

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760344213

Category: Transportation

Page: 240

View: 5216

“Just what is a Muscle Car?” Road Test magazine asked in June 1967. The answer: “Exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder’s philosophy of taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it. . . . The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 horsepower weakling.” Unconcerned with such trivial details as comfort and handling, the vintage American muscle car was built for straight-line speed and quickly became the ride of choice for power-hungry racers and serious gearheads. In a country where performance was measured in brute force, a quarter mile at a time, the muscle car was the perfect machine. In the intervening years, these down-and-dirty, high-performing beauties have earned their place in the automotive pantheon. As prized by collectors and aficionados as they are by denizens of garages and drag strips, classic muscle cars now fetch upwards of a million dollars at auctions and feature in any story of America’s automotive glory days. The icons of muscle car art—including Camaro and Chevelle SS, the Hemi and 440-6 ’Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunner, Super Bee, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona Charger, Super Cobra Jet and Boss Mustang, Talladega Torino, Buick GSX and W30 Oldsmobile 442, and AMX Javelin—are all here, on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, each described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of portraits and special gatefold presentations that capture the art of the muscle car at its finest.

Men to Boys

The Making of Modern Immaturity

Author: Gary Cross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231513119

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 7975

Adam Sandler movies, HBO's Entourage, and such magazines as Maxim and FHM all trade in and appeal to one character the modern boy-man. Addicted to video games, comic books, extreme sports, and dressing down, the boy-man would rather devote an afternoon to Grand Theft Auto than plan his next career move. He would rather prolong the hedonistic pleasures of youth than embrace the self-sacrificing demands of adulthood. When did maturity become the ultimate taboo? Men have gone from idolizing Cary Grant to aping Hugh Grant, shunning marriage and responsibility well into their twenties and thirties. Gary Cross, renowned cultural historian, identifies the boy-man and his habits, examining the attitudes and practices of three generations to make sense of this gradual but profound shift in American masculinity. Cross matches the rise of the American boy-man to trends in twentieth-century advertising, popular culture, and consumerism, and he locates the roots of our present crisis in the vague call for a new model of leadership that, ultimately, failed to offer a better concept of maturity. Cross does not blame the young or glorify the past. He finds that men of the "Greatest Generation" might have embraced their role as providers but were confused by the contradictions and expectations of modern fatherhood. Their uncertainty gave birth to the Beats and men who indulged in childhood hobbies and boyish sports. Rather than fashion a new manhood, baby-boomers held onto their youth and, when that was gone, embraced Viagra. Without mature role models to emulate or rebel against, Generation X turned to cynicism and sensual intensity, and the media fed on this longing, transforming a life stage into a highly desirable lifestyle. Arguing that contemporary American culture undermines both conservative ideals of male maturity and the liberal values of community and responsibility, Cross concludes with a proposal for a modern marriage of personal desire and ethical adulthood.

Lost Hot Rods II

More Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found

Author: Pat Ganahl

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 193470993X

Category: Transportation

Page: 191

View: 8295

Pat Ganahl once again opens the archives and pounds the pavement in order to bring you the stories on some of the coolest cars ever to appear in shows or grace the pages of automotive magazines. A perfect companion to the best-selling Lost Hot Rods.