Car Club Memories: Personal stories from three dynamic decades of Cruisin’ Competition and Cool Cars by Fred Thomas
When Fred Thomas got his first custom, his ego depended on his restyled Ford. "I could feel my chest swell whenever someone made a complimentary remark about it. Whether cruising the local high schools or the drive-in restaurants, the Ford provided me advance recognition. Friends saw it coming and knew immediately who was driving. I was the car, and it was me!" Since April of 1957, hot rods and custom cars have been an integral part of Fred's life. In 1998 he undertook a multi-year research project to record the names and locations of hot rod and custom car clubs which existed prior to 1970. He documented over 9,000 of them. During his research he had the opportunity to solicit personal stories from a number of former club members across the U.S. In 2008, after ten years of hard work, Fred finally published the book Car Club Memories: Personal stories from three dynamic decades of Cruisin’ Competition and Cool Cars. Fred's book is a trip back down memory lane to the earlier days of hot rodding. Car Club Memories shares personal stories of young men and their car related adventures. The anecdotes and snapshots make up Fred's book. Using the photos and stories he had collected, he was able to write biographical sketches and had them approved by the respective donors prior to the book’s publication. He also included some of his own experiences. The book has 116 pages and it containes 165 vintage black and white photos. It has become hard to come by, but it is a good read, and we recommend you all to check it out. Click here to check price and availability on Amazon.com.
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