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CarTech Books: Street Sleepers, The Art of the Deceptively Fast Car

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CarTech Books: Street Sleepers, The Art of the Deceptively Fast Car

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Street racing is now regarded as unlawful and dangerous, but this was not always the case. For as long as there have been cars, there's been racing, and a lot of acceleration contests took place on public roads. The drivers were not only competing for pride; typically there was some kind of cash wager involved. Beginning in the 1950s, it became popular for enterprising street racers to disguise the true potential of their cars. Taken to its extreme, a very fast car could appear completely unmodified. Such cars were called "Sleepers" because their appearance would lull you to sleep... until they passed you at full speed.

The art of building a successful sleeper has evolved over the decades as styles and times change. One fact remains constant: the car's appearance belies its performance. Street Sleepers shares the secrets from the owners and builders of some of America's quickest street machines. Outstanding photography and in-depth interviews expose the tricks, including engine specifications and quarter-mile track times. For anyone who's ever wanted to build a great sleeper, this book is a must. Many tales have been told about hidden power in lackluster vehicles, but Street Sleepers showcases true stories & real cars that live up to the hot rod tradition.

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Street Sleepers: The Art of the Deceptively Fast Car
  • Author: Tommy Lee Byrd
  • Pages: 144
  • Photos: 321 Color
  • Binding: Softbound
  • $23.99
    Order Today Ships 04/28/15

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