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so_covThe Street Machine Nationals were some of the most outrageous displays of automotive and social excess the world has ever seen. An annual destination of 100,000+ spectators and as many as 5,000 tricked out street machines, “The Nats” rightfully earned their place in the memories of gearheads and partiers alike. In SENSORY OVERLOAD, author Toby Brooks cracks open the dusty covers of scrapbooks the world over to reflect on the people, the rides, and the happenings that made the Nats the show that would never be equaled. He analyzes the factors that initially led to the show’s demise from Du Quoin in 1998 and also delves into the efforts that ultimately led to the event’s triumphant return for 2013. The result of more than three years of research, SENSORY OVERLOAD features more than 40 interviews with reflections from the men and women who made the show legendary. SENSORY OVERLOAD is sure to be a supercharged and nitrous-assisted trip down memory lane for anyone who braved the ‘grounds and witnessed the event firsthand. It is also an eye-popping, jaw-dropping account of the wild times and fast cars for both those who attended and those who didn’t alike. Neon paint and sparkling chrome. Open headers and surging blowers. Burnt rubber and barbecue. Experience or relive the overwhelming sensations of the Street Machine Nationals in SENSORY OVERLOAD!

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    July 3, 2013 8:41 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Terry Scrivner

    Great book! I’m buying one. I wish you would have gone back to when it started in Indy! There are still a bunch of us around!

    Good job!

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      July 3, 2013 8:45 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Site Admin (Author)

      You will be happy, Terry…it is about the show from initial idea in 1977 until last weekend!

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  • August 12, 2013 5:58 pmPosted 11 months ago
    scott hughes

    Fantastic book! If you were there, it all comes back to you. The good, and the bad. If you weren’t, you can enjoy the stories, and wish you were.
    This is the second book I’ve purchased ! Sending one to my close friend who was with me during the Pro-Street era as we drove around these events looking thru the windshield, past the blower hangin’ out the hood and listening to the wonderful sound of the gear drive whine!

    Thanks again,

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    October 5, 2013 6:01 pmPosted 9 months ago
    Dave D.

    Looks like a interesting book! My first show was in 1980, just graduated high school, bought a new Camaro, and followed 2 other friends to Indy, what a blast! We went every year after that until the early 90′s. Loved the Pro Street era, and still think Pro Street is the best look today! I just ordered the book and can’t wait to get it!

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      October 5, 2013 9:23 pmPosted 9 months ago
      Site Admin (Author)

      Mailed it off for you today, Dave. I hope you enjoy it! If so, check out the book page on Facebook and also tell your friends. Thanks for commenting!!

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    October 24, 2013 9:45 pmPosted 9 months ago
    Rick Taube

    Book just arrived today. Flipped through it, can’t wait to read it. My first trip to the Nats was in 1980. I attended every year as a participant in my 71 Plymouth GTX until Rt 66 dragstrip in 1999. I missed St Louis and the first year at Du Quoin. Both my brothers went with a pro street 70 Cuda 340 and a pro street 78 Z28 with a 468 big block. Had a lot of good times in southern Illinois. I’m sure this book will bring back a lot of memories. Thanks for putting this history together.

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    October 27, 2013 12:58 amPosted 9 months ago
    jay osman

    I just orderd a copy. I cant wait to read it and bring back the memories.

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    December 30, 2013 10:39 pmPosted 7 months ago
    dan call

    I went to the 1985 street machine nationals in Illinois with my 67 Camaro. this was my start with hot rodding. my first pass at a dragstrip was at great lakes Illinois, now I run a alky funny car in California. I have had a chevelle that was in many of the mags back then, and loved all the events we went to. thanks for remembering the guys who started this trend, and still going strong today. loved every minute of it!

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