Description - Hemi Muscle Cars by Darwin Holmstrom
Since the early years of the internal combustion engine, engineers recognized that the hemispherical head design, which utilized dome-shaped combustion chambers, generated phenomenal horsepower. During World War II, Chrysler developed this extremely powerful engine design for tanks and other military vehicles. After the war the company applied this technology to a 330-cubic-inch V-8 destined for its 1951 production cars. This engine became so dominant on America's racetracks and boulevards that its nickname--Hemi--came to symbolize the ultimate in American performance. Hemi Muscle Cars tells the story of the magnificent Hemi-powered performance cars and explains why the Hemi has blown away the competition for six decades--and still does so today. More importantly, the book shows how this potent engine became a cultural icon, how it came to define American performance cars.
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Author Biography - Darwin Holmstrom
Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to over 30 books on subjects ranging from Gibson Les Paul guitars and extraordinary goats in mythology to motorcycles and muscle cars, including the best-selling Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling;Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade; Camaro: Five Generations of Performance; BMW Motorcycles; The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection; GTO: Pontiac's Great One; Hemi Muscle Cars; Camaro Forty Years; Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles; and many others. He is the senior editor for Motorbooks, where he has worked for the past fourteen years.David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: Americas Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He lives in Walworth, Wisconsin.