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Shelby American and Hot Rod


Experience the white knuckle thrill of American hot rod culture with these two high-octane books! 


Celebrate 60 years of iconic automotive designer and manufacturer Shelby American and watch the saga unfold from the men and women who lived it with the new book Shelby American: The Renegades Who Built the Cars, Won the Races, and Lived the Legend. The legendary shop didn’t last long, but it was a flame that burned incandescently before being extinguished by corporate politics. In less than a decade, it created a legacy that will be revered as long as cars still roar around racetracks. 

Finally, you can go behind the scenes to hear long untold and misunderstood stories—the cheat embedded in the turbine Indy car, the oiling woes that sunk the tunnel-port Trans-Am Mustang, even details about the build of the first Cobra in Dean Moon's cramped garage in Santa Fe Springs!

This entertaining book delves into the personalities and hijinks that made Shelby American such a vibrant place to work, whether transforming humdrum Mustangs into race-ready GT350 or fighting shop wars with cherry bombs and M-80s! Although Shelby was the focal point of the publicity his company generated, Shelby American was staffed by a who’s who of racing legends, from Phil Remington and Ken Miles to Peter Brock and Carroll Smith. And while the shop is often depicted as a menagerie of SoCal hot rodders, it also embraced mechanics and fabricators from Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. Like the Cobra itself, the company magically came together as a whole that was greater than its constituent parts.

Always standing above it all was Carroll Shelby himself. Dynamic, charismatic, mercurial, mercenary and a little bit dangerous, he had to fight Ford bean counters as fiercely as he dueled with Enzo Ferrari. But for a few magical years, Shelby managed to beat both of them at their own games. 

"In the end, this book is a lot like the cars that Shelby made legendary. It’s carefully built, totally devoid of any fluff or filigree, and packs a whole damn lot of story performance into its 328 well-tuned pages.​" —Doug Stokes, LA Car 

"Nonono, don’t roll your eyes. Another Shelby American book? Does the world need one? Yes, this one." —Sabu Advani,

"Preston Lerner’s [book] opens doors rarely opened before to see the man with all his warts as well as his genius." —Martyn Schorr, Car Guy Chronicles


Seventeen-year-old Bud Crayne built the fastest cars in town and drove his high-octane machines on the ragged edge. His need for speed would prove dangerous to him and the people around him, including his wannabe starlet girlfriend, La Verne, and the kids in his small hometown of Avondale, all of whom were dragged down his path to high-horsepower hell.   

Hot Rod captured the heart and soul of 1950s hot rod culture. The lean, mean story follows Crayne’s hard-driving path to rodding redemption, riffs on some meaningful messages, and unleashes a fast and furious read. Dig in and learn what millions of readers already know; the world’s most popular hot rod novel is a hopped-up high-horsepower thrill ride.

Originally published in 1950, Hot Rod is the first in a series of 6 popular rodding books that sold more than 8 million copies! Immensely popular with young readers in its early days, the books are wildly entertaining cautionary tales meant to keep speed-hungry teens safe on the streets. In limited circulation for the past decade, Octane Press has created this fantastic new edition.

Check out the second book in the series, Street Rod!

This title is part of the Retro Reads series. The collection reissues high-quality narrative titles and introduces them to a new audience. With this series, motoring enthusiasts will delight in familiar classics and discover new, dynamic narratives. 

"This book is for young adults of any age, a book for gearheads of all ages." – Sabu Advani,

Product details

Title: Shelby American and Hot Rod
Octane Press
Publication date:
Monday, October 17, 2022
6 × 9 × 3 in
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