BOOK DETAIL:

ILLUSTRATIONS BY:  Bill Lutz, Jack Pumphrey, Karen Klein, Mo Mansoor
INTRODUCTION BY:   Al Drake
FOREWORD BY: Connell R. Miller
ISBN: 9781596301092
LENGTH: 30 Stories, 36 Illustrations
PRICE: $18.95 (Kindle: $7.78) 
PUBLISHER and YEAR: BeechHouse Press, © 2017
CLASS: Short Fiction
SIZE: 5" x 8" format, Soft Cover, 236 pages

 

 

THE WAY IT WAS

Nostalgic Tales of Hot Rods and Romance

2ND EDITION  **** Many new stories, illustrations and photos!!

 

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A historically and technically correct collection of ILLUSTRATED stories, most of which are set in or connected to the 1950's.  Though they are car intensive, many are love stories with hot rods as the props.  All of the stories are void of graphic sex or explicit language.  See below for excerpts of two of the stories.

SELECTED REVIEWS:

“Chuck Klein's writing call you back to a time when all the little ones would gather around Grand Dad for some great story telling.  Lightly seasoned with a pinch of fantasy and a dash of nostalgia, this collection of thoughts is a classic recipe for hours of delightful entertainment."
"The readers of Cruisin' Style Magazine have long enjoyed these light hearted musing and anxiously await the next installments.  If this is your first time reading Chuck Klein, it's just like eating chocolate.  Once you have the first bite, you know you'll be coming back for more."
Carl Cartisano, Cruisin' Style Magazine
"Chuck Klein's chronicle of teenage lifestyle in the nostalgic fifties is a delightful mix of anecdote, observation, and social history. A book so masterfully written, you can almost smell new upholstery on the street rod. This is definitely the best read for those who get an adrenaline rush when remembering the years of rock and roll, back seat love affairs, and drag racing."
Paul Taylor, Publisher, Route 66 Magazine, 2003
"Your book is great. You have captured the feel and texture of the 'fifties in each story. It's a wonderful read made better by the fascinating way you recall the cars and music we knew and loved. Thanks so much for creating a book which accurately portrays and preserves the magic of the era".
Dusty Rhodes, WSAI Radio, Cincinnati

SAMPLE TEXT FROM "LAST KNIGHT":

In the beginning was Elvis and Smokey
the Everlys Richie and Fats
four-on-the-floor or three-on-the-tree
and DARLING COME SOFTLY TO ME...
 
The old timer knew cars. He had studied, and in some cases rubbed shoulders with, the best of the early engineers, customizers and racers. Men with the immortalized names of Iskenderian, Duntov, Barris, Fangio, Vukovich....
As recollections of events, forever melded to the sentimental portions of his mind, were forced to the present, the great grandfather's eyes soon began refocusing to a new intensity. "Get a couple of glasses and some ice, Sonny - and call your Dad in here. I've got a story to tell you."
"Moonie, that's what they called me because I was the first to have Moon wheel covers on my rod, a '34 roadster that I had stuffed a Caddy engine into. It had a dropped front axle, ... The only thing I hated about that old relic was the hot, scratchy mohair seats. I got my share of carpet burns on my elbow trying to put my arm around a girl.
"Ah...the girls. It seems that we built and raced the cars to impress the girls and then whenever one of the guys had made enough of an impression she'd up and marry him and that would be the end of his hot rodding. Brides and all the 'comes-with' things associated with marriage probably contributed more to the demise of hot rodders and their clubs than anything else.
"You boys should have seen my bride! She was just about the prettiest thing that ever rode shotgun in an open roadster. I met her at a club dance - a sock hop we called it.
...Big Bopper and Ben E. King and LOVE IS A MANY SPENDORED THING

SAMPLE TEXT FROM "THE HERO":

He spun gravel all the way to the blacktop, turned east and got on it hard getting just a piece of third gear before having to shut down for the first set of 'S' bends. Today, he realized, would be the test of his handiwork as he set the little coupe into the first sweeping turn. At the apex, inside front tire on the dirt berm, he poured the coal to the mighty Mercury flathead. The rear tires howled in protest as the power curve of the Clay- Smith cam let in all the fuel the over-sized pistons could suck through the polished ports.
Tires baying in dissent, young Carl brought his primer-red rod down to just under thirty-five from well above seventy for the first bend. He powered out of the final curve, tires squealing and engine screaming, to catch a glimpse of old mister Mulhouser out of the corner of his eye. The third generation farmer displayed his disgust at the speeding hot rod by shaking his fist at Carl from atop his John Deere.
Within minutes he was slamming the gear shift into third for the longest straight stretch of the run. Pleased at the sound of the three Stromberg ninety-sevens whooshing air through wide open butterflies he took the time to check the gauges. Oil, eighty pounds; temp, almost 200; fuel, cresting the empty mark; tach, 4200 and climbing slowly; speedometer, mounting steadily at 105. He looked to the little lady.... One hundred and fifteen -- one-twenty -- one-twenty-two. The steering felt light and there was a pronounced vibration.

LIST OF FICTION STORIES New Stories in Blue:

THE PICK-UP

MY GIRL

THE VETTE

THE IDOL

LAST KNIGHT

TRAIN RUN

THE ANNOUNCER

THE DETECTIVE

GO-CARTERS

DAYDREAMS

SECOND LOVE

THE ALUMNI

SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING

THE HERO

AMERICA

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

 THE CLIENT

THE NIGHTMARE

BOOMERS & BOS

 

THE ASSIGNMENT

WHERE THE OLD HIGHWAY HAD RUN

FLATHEADS FOREVER

 FORMULA I

 

  

LIST OF NON-FICTION STORIES

FANTASIES & ASPIRATIONS

TEXAS/NEW MEXICO

POLICE CHASE

WORKIN' HONEYS

DRAG STRIP LIFE, 1957

DRAG STRIP LIFE, 1958

DRAG STRIP LIFE, 1961