Fifties Flashback


Albert Drake


A car buff offers nostalgic memories of the way things were in the ’50s. Cars with flames, drive-in movies, service stations, car clubs, and drag races all get their time in the spotlight in this collection of images from period photographs, catalogs, magazines, comics, and books.

This book is a collection of ‘Fifties Flashbacks, the column Albert Drake has been writing for over two decades. With an abundance of material to choose from, he carefully selected these columns to give a sense of what the decade was all about. The pieces are told from a personal point of view – Drake was both participant and observer.

Although written over a period of years, these selected columns have an organic unity. There’s also new material approximately one-fourth of the work in this book has not been previously published.

  • Hot Rods
  • Customs
  • Motorcycles
  • Car Clubs
  • Duals Hubcaps
  • Drive-Ins & Drive-In Theaters
  • Top Rod / Shot Rods
  • Blue Dots
  • Rock N Roll
  • Bonneville
  • Oakland Roadster Show & other car shows
  • What We Read: Magazines Books, Felsen Hot Rod &c
  • Cars We Drove
  • Clothes We Wore
  • Movies We Saw

A Cultural History of the Decade!