|(Cover shot of Schaub Metalworks Coupe © Franz Venzin)|
The Berlin, Germany based Hot Rod magazine »Smokin' Shutdown« has been around for a while. 13 years to be exact. Since then, the hot rod publishing world has changed a little bit... new mags showed up, others disappeared. »Smokin' Shutdown« is still going strong which is quite a feat for a printed independent publication in a corporate social media world. Editor and driving force behind the mag is Thom Piston. And for the latest issue, he decided to turn the magazine into a heavy, high quality hardcover book with 248 pages. The result is impressive to say the least. The stories take the reader on a hot rod journey around the world, with stopovers in California, the UK, Switzerland, Germany and even Indonesia. Car features, artist profiles and event coverages make for an entertaining trip. There's some extraordinary eyecandy, too – no cars involved – to spice things up even more. The book's focus is the photography and I feel honored that I was asked to contribute some of my work. You can find a preview here and/or order your copy here. Don't wait for too long since Christmas is right around the corner. And the book is limited to 1000 copies only.