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From Mind to Metal: the book by Randy Johnson about the automotive art of Randy Grubb, published June 2017
From Mind to Metal is the definitive book on the life and work of automotive artist Randy Grubb, who sold his first giant hot rod, the Tank Car, to Jay Leno. Grubb followed that up with a string of hits — the Indy Special, the B-702, Piss’d Off Pete, the DecoLiner, the DecoPods, the Decoson, Bob “Rocket Man” Maddox’s Pulse Jet Lakester, Tim “Frogman” Cotterill’s Rocket 3, and the Falconer Dodici: all have been appreciated internationally by gear heads, lovers of Art Deco and the Streamline styles, as well as by traditional American and European coach builders.
Aaron Robinson, executive editor of Car and Driver, wrote the foreword for the book, offering humor-injected insights into Grubb’s motivations for creating his extreme hot rods. Carolyn Pavia-Rauchman, copy chief of Car and Driver, signed on as editor.
Author Randy Johnson has documented Grubb’s sculpture since 2012, often visiting Randy’s Grants Pass, Oregon, garage several times a week. He produced the YouTube video series, Randy Grubb’s Garage, and was able to get the inside story on Grubb by accompanying him on two road trips in the extraordinary, Flash-Gordonesque DecoLiner. In researching the book, he interviewed Grubb numerous times, as well as the builder’s family, and many of his friends and collaborators.
The book is available through Randy Grubb's website: www.randygrubb.com
Samples of writing and editing
design, photography, and graphics featured in the stories below
are by Randy Johnson except the Moon photo by NASA, Bob Stewart with Mercury by Shannon
jewelry and India pictures courtesy of Fire Mountain Gems, and
cover photos for University In Transition
Piss'd Off Pete by Randy Grubb
Story, photos, and design by Randy Johnson
For Bob Drake Reproductions
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Jewelry with Perfect Color Schemes
and design by Randy Johnson
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