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The overnight success of the 'Hoodride' phenomenon inspired a generation of car fanatics, who couldn't afford to restore a car to show condition but still wanted a good looking cool car. At last, you could be cool and stand out from the crowd on the tiniest of budgets. The look of the cars that resulted was often so honest, unspoiled and characterful, that it began to inspire the media; even Hollywood movie stars and celebrities. Whilst this has undoubtedly resulted in increased car values, and turned a brand of cars that had always been a cheap, honest mode of transportation into something cool with a high price tag, the generation it initially inspired has grown with the hobby, embracing the rising prices, finding ways to still be cool on a tight budget and producing a micro-industry that still manages to embrace the 'Built not bought' ethos. Patina Volkwagens, superbly illustrated with stunning colour photographs, takes an inside look at some of the key car builders, dealers, clubs and hobbyists, as well as the different styles of build, meaning every single car has a style all of its own.
Author Bio: Mark Walker bought his first 1964 VW Beetle at age 16 before he could legally drive. Over 25 years of VW ownership and over 100 air-cooled Volkswagens have since passed through his hands. Mark was the owner and operator of The Bus Station (2002-2013) and Vintage Werks (2006-2007) – both companies heavily immersed in the VW scene that were known for importing classic Volkswagens from around the world and carrying out sympathetic restoration work. They also gained an international reputation for out-of-the-box thinking, high-quality suspension modifications, and turning out magazine feature-worthy cars. The success and popularity of his business earned Mark the nickname ‘Slam King.’ Mark has written for Volksworld and Camper & Bus magazines since 2012.
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Binding Type: Hardcover
Illustrations: 300 color & b/w photos
Dimensions: 8.15 x 9.84