Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Book Talk: Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past

Book Talk: Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past

The public is invited to a book talk David Lucsko, author of Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust: Salvaging the Automotive Past, on Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Junkyards, Gearheads, and Rust is a nuanced exploration of the business of dismantling wrecks and selling second-hand parts. It examines the reinterpretation of these cars and parts by artists as well as their restoration by enthusiasts. It also surveys the origin and evolution of gearhead-oriented yards that specialize in specific types of automobiles; dissects the material and emotional appeal of the salvage yard and its contents among enthusiasts; and examines how zoning and nuisance ordinances have affected both salvage businesses and hobbyists.

David N. Lucsko is an associate professor of history at Auburn University. He is the author of The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915–1990.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah

 

 

 

Last Updated: March 30, 2017