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Book Signing Features Hot Rods, Custom Cars

The Sacramento Delta has produced some of the finest hot rods and custom cars ever made. The passion of the area’s builders is evident in the incredible cars they created, which drew nationwide attention.

Harry Westerguard, who taught George Barris bodywork, worked on the second “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” – a 1923 “T” that was a style-setter for its day. Bob Dron built his first custom when he was only fifteen-and-a-half, and Lenny Byer created his own “Candy Apple Red” in Rio Vista.

Discover the stories behind the cars and their builders as author John V. Callahan offers a trip down memory lane.

Callahan published his first hot rod articles, the monthly “Callahan’s Car Corner,” in 2003 with the River News Herald. He grew up in Rio Vista and Lodi and served three years in the U.S. Army before returning home and attending San Joaquin Delta College. He worked for the United Parcel Service for 30 years. He enjoys bird carving, hot rod building and several volunteer programs in Lodi, including being chairman of the Arts Commission in 2005 and 2006. This is his first published book.

Join the author for a special book signing at Barnes & Noble, 4950 Pacific Ave., Space 319 in Stockton on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.