Hot Rods by Boyd - Tony ThackerSebastopol: Thaxton Press, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with an untidy tear to the head of the spine and smaller nicks to the top corners, a little scuffing to the verso. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Colour photographs;
From the cover: “From the small town of Rupert, Idaho, where he grew up on the family farm, Boyd Coddington moved to California, reinvented the American hot rod and in just a few years took his company from a backyard business to Wall Street where Boyds Wheels is traded on the NASDAQ exchange.
Here then is the embodiment of the American dream, the quintessential farm boy made good, the kid who went to work for Disneyland and ended up building his own magic kingdom. From humble beginnings in a modest three-car garage behind his house, Boyds Wheels has grown to encompass some 10 buildings covering 140,000 square feet where blocks of raw aluminum and sheets of virgin steel are lovingly whittled and formed into rolling automotive sculptures. Examples of Boyd’s art has graced the pages of everything from the cover of Smithsonian magazine to Investors Business Daily and his customers, which have included Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, are equally diverse, as are the cars he builds.
The very name Hot Rods by Boyd conjures up visions of sinister black and flamed roadsters and indeed Hot Rods by Boyd has built its fair share of the classic hot rod genre but they have also gained a worldwide reputation, which continues to grow, as craftsmen who can build anything the imagination can throw on a velum tablet — sports cars, custom cars, motorcycles and even concept cars for some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers.
Hot Rods by Boyd has also won the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy, the Olympiad of the hot rod world, an unequaled six times. With a body of work now totaling more than 200 cars, this book, as well as chronicling the early history of Hot Rods by Boyd, covers many of the more important cars built in the nineties including the Aluma Coupe, the Smoothster, Sportstar, Boydster I and II and Boyd Air.”