Chapter 1: From shaky foundations - A cult car is born Chapter 2: Shiny is out - Rat Rods to Rat Look and the Hoodride phenomenon Chapter 3: From Rat to Polished Patina - the differing styles and grades of Patina Chapter 4: The Patina economy - The Purist, The hobbyist, The pro builder, The Dealer Chapter 5: Safety in numbers - The club and show scene. Chapter 6: Approaching the mainstream - Celebrity and media. Epilogue Acknowledgements About the Author
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 now passed through his hands since that point. 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.
Love it or loathe it, the subject is an important one and this book will serve as a great introduction. Octane (UK) -- the ultimate book for classic, air-cooled VW enthusiasts who appreciate original paint. Airmighty Megascene "Unique" - Classic Cars. "A fascinating read offering a different view on a well-loved and well known favourite" - Split Screen Scene. A book dedicated to rare and original survivors that have a story to tell - tkc (Totalkitcar). here are plenty of examples to pore over thanks to the copious number of pictures, and it all adds up to a great visual reference - particularly for Volkswagen fans. - Classic & Sports Car. This is an excellent book that describes the history and development of the VW and the effort to maintain cars with original paint. The excellent colour photographs are large and provide inspiration for car owners and modellers alike. The text is easy to read and thoroughly describes the development of 'Patina' Volkswagens. - IPMS:USA Journal. "this is a terrific book! ... All in all, very "cool," with even more "Cool" coming!" - Norm Mort - Freelance