During the 1950s, hot rodding was on the rise across the United States. Albert Drake was in the middle of the action, building hot rods, attending drag races, entering car shows and, best of all, documenting every aspect of the burgeoning scene in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Drake, an esteemed author in multiple genres, gives an exclusive glimpse into Pacific Northwest rodding and racing in Portland Pictorial: The 1950s. The 128-page softcover is loaded with hundreds of black and white images from the early years, each paired with detailed captions.
In the introduction, Drake says the purpose of this book it to “Simply review the cars, cars too significant to be forgotten.” And throughout the book, he does just that. There are cars that you may have seen before mixed in with dozens that would have otherwise been lost to time. From roadsters to coupes, rods to customs, this book gives an excellent look at the machines that were roaming the streets, winning shows and terrorizing the drag strips in the Portland area more than half a century ago.