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Hot Rod Bunny (A heart of gold and a foot of lead.) was my first book of the HRB series. These are only a few of the many illustrations in the book. It was originally intended to be a book for my kids to read that contained some good life lessons. It soon turned into a much bigger story that can be enjoyed by adult hot rodders as well. In fact you don’t even have to like cars to enjoy the plot. The story takes place in 1964 so all the cars illustrated are vintage. I used Photoshop for most of the illustrations. All of the characters in the story are anthropomorphic domesticated animals (dogs, cats, rabbits and even rats.) My desire was to have fairly realistic backgrounds with cartoon characters running around in them. The lead character is an 18-year-old orphan named Beverly Moon who has a photographic memory. She is hopelessly car crazy and tenaciously works to finish her own hot rod. Then she has several adventures while driving to a car show in California. The plot has many unexpected twists and turns. The Hot Rod Bunny books are available from our STORE. Come see the NEW Hot Rod Bunny web site at hotrodbunny.com !



Beverly's first car was a rusty '54 Dodge sedan that was donated to the orphanage. It had a Red Ram Hemi and she modified it to be a winner. Her first street race was against "Fast Eddie" the town's authority on hot rods, or he was until Beverly showed up. He drove a hopped-up '40 Ford with a Merc flathead.



Beverly tried her hand at the local figure eight race with disastrous results.


Beverly's first official street rod. She entered it in the biggest car show in California.




She made a splash at the Custom Rod-O-Rama with her cool roadster pick-up and home-made show outfit.