LARB Review: L.A. and the Birth of Car Culture

July 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The driving force of car consumption was much more than just an American “natural” love of automobility (or even their promotion, via massive advertising). The vanguard of the new consumer culture was the car, and its leading edge was arguably the car dealer. And Driving Force argues that Los Angeles was home to some of the most important retail innovations.

Video: Society of Architectural Historians Interview ‘Driving Force’ Authors

June 22nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Video: Society of Architectural Historians Interview Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee Co-Authors of "Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900–1930". The Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that serves an international network of institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.

A Book to Check Out – The H.H. Franklin Club

June 3rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Thanks to Roger Moffat, the ACN has been introduced to a newly published book that has some distinct Franklin connec- tions: specifically Ralph Hamlin. Following is a synopsis of the book and a few photos and quotes from the book. Released on May 9, 2023, Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900–1930 (Angel City Press) reveals how the city’s passion for automobiles was ignited by an unlikely mix of entrepreneurs and risk-takers.

LA traffic (and car culture) gets a fresh understanding in ‘Driving Force’

May 23rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

In “Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900-1930,” out this month from Angel City Press, Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee explore that question, diving deep into the rise of automobiles in Southern California. Jay Leno provides the book’s introduction, writing that he thought he’d known the whole story of the rise of the automobile, “But like everything else in America, the real story is a lot more complicated than that.”

Driving Force Author Darryl Holter Interview on KPFK Radio

May 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

In this first major history of dealers at work—and one of the first books to chronicle the early history of cars in Los Angeles—authors Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee share the untold story of pioneering auto dealers who seized the chance to join a start-up industry that reinvented an American city. Listen to Darryl Holter's Interview on KPFK...

Car And Driver: New Book Uncovers How Car Dealers Shaped Los Angeles and the Auto Industry

May 9th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Los Angeles is known as a global capital of automotive culture, a germinating point for trends set amid ubiquitous superhighways and their crushing smog and traffic. But how and why did L.A. become a city of cars? A deeply researched and richly illustrated new book, Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City 1900–1930 (Angel City Press, $50) by Darryl Holter and Stephen Gee seeks to answer these questions.

Larchmont Chronicle: New book by local shines light on cars and early Los Angeles

April 27th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Hancock Park resident Darryl Holter, co-owner of Chevalier’s on Larchmont Boulevard, has a new book out. Written with Stephen Gee, the book includes a foreword by erstwhile “Tonight Show” host and car aficionado Jay Leno. The book, “Driving Force: Automobiles and the New American City, 1900-1930,” is packed full of local history gems. Sprinkled with vintage photos and original cartoons, the book enlightens readers about the role Los Angeles’ early auto retailers played in the growth of the car industry and the city.

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