Hot rod frenzy

He directed his camera toward the spring Lonestar Round Up, the club’s car show with vintage “hot rods” and custom rides from all over the country. And he shot its fall Day of the Drags Race, photographing American-made cars created no later than 1963.

Over time, the number of cars at the events increased from about 100 to 2,000. But it was the people, not the cool cars, that grabbed Brainard’s interest and inspired his black-and-white photo book “All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits.”

“I find pictures of people more interesting than anything else,” he said. “The people at these car shows I just thought (were) really, really interesting and cool-looking, and so I wanted to capture that. Also, it was something that nobody else was doing. You know, there were a bunch of people taking pictures of the cars, but there

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