Hot Rod Reader is a rollicking collection of hot rod and custom car tales sure to appeal to any reader with an interest in these unique and exciting cars.
Gray Baskerville was a hot rodder through and through. Born in 1935, he grew up in car-crazy Southern California. Baskerville logged 35 years writing for both Hot Rod and Rod & Custom magazines where his unique perspective and lingo made his feature articles stand out. He retired from full-time writing in late 2000 and passed away in 2002.
Ed Big Daddy Roth (1932-2001) was a major contributor to the custom culture movement of the 1960s. He is well known for creating Rat Fink and other wildly exaggerated characters, and is responsible for pushing the hot rod culture into new territory with cartoonish fiberglass-based creations.
Dean Batchelor started out as a hot rodder, but ultimately became an automotive renaissance man. He is best known for his motor journalism career, which spanned five decades and included stints at Hop Up and Motor Life in the 1950s, and a lengthy career as editorial director at Road & Track, as well as freelance writing and publishing. He passed away in 1995.
No one has contributed more to hot rodding than Tex Smith. Tex was one of the founders of the National Street Rod Association. He has been an editor and contributor to many American car magazines, written several national best selling books, created TV shows, played professional baseball, and served in the Air Force as a jet fighter, among other things. His impact on our hobby is felt everyday.
Melinda Keefe is a former Motorbooks editor who has contributed to various titles, covering subjects from hot rodding to muscle cars to motorsports. In addition to Hot Rod Reader she edited the automotive anthology Life Is a Highway.
Peter Schletty has been an editor in the Twin Cities area since 2002, formerly at Motorbooks and currently at Hazelden Publishing. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.