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New hot rod photography exhibit, book gets Jay Leno video praise

New hot rod photography exhibit, book gets Jay Leno video praise 1The Art of the Hot Rod, featuring photographs by Peter Harholdt, from the book, The Art of the Hot Rod, written by Ken Gross (published by MBI Publishing Company and Motorbooks, 2008) and is now on exhibit at Annmarie’s Garden in Solomons, Maryland.Harholdt, an accomplished race car driver and visual artist, is known for his technique of for photographing large format objects, including race cars. The Art of the Hot Rod celebrates the artistry of 20 varied rod and custom shops.

Harholdt’s photographs of builders, known as sculptors with sheet metal, magicians with motors, paragons of paint, reveal their stories and passion for automobiles as works of art.

In addition to the photographs, local hot rod enthusiasts have contributed to The Art of the Hot Rod. Ray Bracey of Calvert County has loaned a Richard Petty stand up/ cut out in addition to other memorabilia and parts; Jon Edwards of Town Creek Shop has contributed a 1931 Ford Model A left front fender as well as antique fittings and other hot rod souvenirs.  J.W. Langley has loaned his 1970 Triumph TR-6 and Howard Pouncey has loaned his 1934 restored Ford Pick-up for the exhibition.

The Art of the Hot Rod, on display until Jan. 8, 2011, infuses the history and artistry of the Hot Rod.

The book has received universal praise, including a video interview (below) with the author conducted by Jay Leno.

Admission to Annmarie Garden is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors; $2 for children ages 5-11; children under 4 are Free. AMG Members are always. Hours for the ArtsCenter are daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; the grounds daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Website:


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