A famously crazed presence in the hot rod movement of the 1950s, rediscovered in the 1980s when ’50s nostalgia swept pop culture, Kenneth “Von Dutch” Howard spent more than a decade essentially missing-in-action from the scene he’d helped to create and define. It was during that time—on four consecutive Sundays in 1970—that Richard Karl Koch visited Von Dutch in his Calabasas, California, home to photograph the father of modern pinstriping and soul of the hot rod movement for a cover story for the Los Angeles Times’ Sunday supplement, West magazine. Koch’s candid and colorful photographs from those shoots, the vast majority published here for the first time, provide a window on Von Dutch’s missing years.
Here we see the enigmatic icon in his many guises, from cantankerous genius to freewheeling goof, machining handgun parts in his famous workshop/bus, casually clowning with vehicles left at his home by his friend Steve McQueen (including the car Von Dutch built for McQueen’s 1969 film, The Reivers), and working at the pinstriping that sealed his fame. Accompanied by captions that bring to light further facets of this period of Von Dutch’s life and career, these photographs illustrate a little-known and largely fascinating chapter of hot rod history.
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A famously crazed presence in the hot rod and kustom culture movement of the 1950s and early 1960s, Kenneth “Von Dutch” Howard spent more than a decade missing from the scene he helped create. It was during that time, on four consecutive Sundays in the spring of 1970, that Richard Karl Koch visited Von Dutch at his home in Calabasas, California, north of L.A. There, he photographed the father of modern pinstriping and other gonzo weirdness for a cover story in the Los Angeles Times’ Sunday supplement, West magazine. Koch’s candid photos from those four afternoons, the majority of which are published here for the first time, provide an intensely personal and atypical look at Dutch’s “missing years.”
Koch’s photography subverts the prevailing recollections of the man as an ill-tempered, mean-spirited genius, showing instead an enigmatic icon during a rare period of relative domestic bliss in an otherwise tempestuous life. Instead, readers witness a freewheeling goof, tooling around Calabasas with his wife Sheila in the “antique” car he built for friend Steve McQueen’s 1969 film The Reivers, fabricating a handgun in his famous GM bus-turned-machine-shop, and pinstriping cars, motorcycles, and Koch’s Rand McNally moon globe before crowds of admiring gearheads and children, including his two daughters.
Accompanied by the original May 24, 1970, Tom Nolan–penned West article, as well as by a capsule history of Dutch’s career written by National Hot Rod Association Motorsports Museum Executive Director Tony Thacker especially for this volume, Koch’s photography comprises a fascinating yet seldom-explored chapter in the Von Dutch legend.From the Back Cover:
Created by Richard Karl Koch over the course of four Sundays in 1970 for the L.A. Times supplement West magazine, this collection of intensely personal photography subverts today’s prevalent recollections of Kenneth “Von Dutch” Howard, capturing him during a rare period of relative domestic bliss. Commissioned on the premise that many believed Von Dutch—the “father of modern pinstriping” and a guiding light in the creation of hot rod culture—was dead, Koch’s photography and the accompanying West article, “Make Me a Machine That Will Be a Piece of Art” by Tom Nolan, proved that Dutch was as prolific and creative as ever. Koch’s photographs, the vast majority of them seen here in print for the first time, are accompanied by the original West article and by a history of Dutch’s work, written for this volume by Tony Thacker, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. The resulting book is a must-have for kustom-culture aficionados and for those not yet familiar with a creative giant.
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Descripción Motorbooks, 2007. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110760326266
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