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I, like many of you, was a car crazy kid growing up in the 1960s. I loved practically anything that rolled or raced! Muscle cars, drag cars, stock cars , Indy cars, dirt trackers, street rods, customs...you name it - I loved it. My main interest proved to be drag racing, but I still kept informed of the various types of racing and the auto industry through various car magazines. Most of the hot rod magazines back then covered a wide spectrum of the car hobby from racing to car shows and that is where I first saw Ed Big Daddy Roth's customs.
I was always fascinated by this larger-than life person that always seem to dream up the wildest cars and t-shirt designs. As I was a model builder, Roth's cars that inspired plastic models further whetted my curiosity. I even remember buying small Rat Fink figures out of gum machines when I was a child, so when Pat Ganahl's book, Ed Big Daddy Roth - His Life, Times, Cars, and Art was published by Car Tech Books, I knew I had to check it out.
Mr. Ganahl's book gives us an in-depth look at Ed Roth's life and I was happy to see several photos from Mr. Roth's personal collection. The book consists of 182 photo-filled pages with great info about Big Daddy and his cars, bikes and art. In Car Tech's usual fashion, many of the photos are full color. Of course Roth's many famous customs are featured, but drag racing fans will be pleased by the chapter on the Yellow Fang dragster that George The Bushmaster Schreiber and Ed Roth partnered on. There are even a few classic photos from Schreiber's 1966 USA Olympic Drag Racing Team Australian tour!
If you ever had an interest in Roth's wild customs or t-shirt designs, or even if you're just a car crazy adult like I am, I highly recommend this book. Rat Finks, custom cars/bikes, t-shirt art and plastic car models - times were different back then and it's nice to go back once in a while!
You can order Ed (Big Daddy) Roth - His Life, Times, Cars, and Art here or
you can contact CarTech, Inc. at 1-800-551-4754 (cartechbooks.com). I'd like to thank Karin Hill at CarTech, Inc. for supplying my review copy of this book.
Marvin T. Smith and I are currently writing a book (Atlanta Drag Racing: The
Golden Years) about Atlanta area drag racing that we hope to have completed
in 2004. We intend to honor many of the local drag racers from the Atlanta
area and also provide an overview of the history of organized drag racing in
Atlanta. With full time jobs and families, Marv and I are pedaling as fast
as we can! Keep checking GeorgiaDragRacing.com for news about our book.