Ladies, Gentlemen & Larry – I’m so very proud to announce that the first Speedhunters art book, entitled ‘A Year in Global Automotive Culture – Volume One’ is finally available to purchase from the Speedhunters online store. This 400 page behemoth accurately captures a year of Speedhunting from January 1st to December 31st 2011 and is like nothing you have ever seen before. Let me explain to you why …
It was a simple idea – we wanted to create a permanent record of Speedhunters in print, something that could be enjoyed by people for years to come as well as something we could all look back on.
It has taken us over two years to arrive at this moment, including the production of an ultra rare prototype entitled ‘Volume Zero’. What we have created is a book which displays every single Speedhunters shoot from 2011 – feature cars, spotlights, event coverage and some behind the scenes shots which have never been seen before. You can now experience what it’s like to live a year in Dino’s shoes, see each of Larry Chen’s shooting days and re-live every single Formula D competition day.
The concept of the book is actually quite simple – each Speedhunter would submit three photographs for every day they photographed in 2011. Rod would then whittle down those three images to one per photographer to be included in the book with the leftovers being used in the introductions for each month. What we ended up with is a remarkable piece which precisely demonstrates the breadth and scope of our work.
For example, on one particular day in 2011 Linhbergh was shooting a Motorwerks Meet in California, Dino was shooting an S15 feature in Nagano, Ross was in Malta covering a drift event, Larry was being deafened by a grid of IndyCars …
… and Jonathan was documenting the start of the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours. Can anyone else match that for variety?
The actual task of piecing the book together was a journey in itself. Collecting hundreds of photographs from all of our contributors, sorting and captioning each one individually before preparing them for each layout. Every last detail was considered.
We decided early on that this was to be a photography book, rather than a design book. We wanted to display these marvellous photographs with little to no interference or distractions from other graphical elements. This concept of invisible design is much more difficult than you’d imagine. We designed custom grids to allow an accurate and regimental layout system – every border is the same measurement, the gap between images is identical on every page and even the type is set precisely. We left nothing to chance.
Some of my favourite spreads however, are the ones where we left the photographs do the talking.
Some of you may have been lucky enough to get an advanced preview of the book at select events earlier this year – needless to say the reactions so far have been overwhelmingly positive.
It’s even got the official Larry Chen Seal of Approval.
This book is not a promotional tool, it’s to celebrate the incredible diversity of automotive culture around the globe. It’s what Speedhunters was put on this planet to do.
The book showcases photographs from the world’s top automotive festivals, races, shows and meets including the Le Mans 24 Hours, Bonneville Speed Week, Tokyo Auto Salon, Gatebil, Formula D Irwindale, Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, European Rallycross, Goodwood, the Singapore Grand Prix and so many, many more.
What do the numbers look like? 12×10 inches softcover with a protective hard case weighing in at nearly 7 pounds, running to 400 pages with over 700 photographs from 14 photographers and an introduction from none other than the Norwegian Hammer himself, Fredric Aasbø.
Volume One is priced at USD$75 in our US store and GBP£50 in our UK/EU store. Considering the prototypes came in at many multiples of these prices, we’re very proud to somehow have increased the production quality of the book, whilst bringing the cost down as low as we can for you. It is worth bearing in mind that these books are quite heavy, so the shipping costs might be slightly more expensive than our other stock.
There is one small catch. We’ve only had 1500 copies printed, each one of which has been individually numbered but only 1,000 copies will be available for sale online or at events. You’ll need to be quick …
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in this project, directly or in-directly, it wouldn’t have been possible without you!
I am also looking to purchase vol. 1 if anyone has one please email me at email@example.com
Got it a few weeks ago. Number #1346. It looks amazing!!
Was shipped from the States to The Netherlands, damage free. Sooooo happy!
Got mine #1048...
Despite all the problems other people faces... mine arrived in a complete top notch!. Awesome book!
hmmm wondering if i'm the only Malaysians who owns this book.. i can be rich!! lol
Got it through looks amasing. But some of the pages are half blank and it even has full blank pages in the middle of the book. Has it been designed like that or is it a mishap?
I ordered my book 2 weeks ago, I have not received any shipping conformation or information, my credit card has been charged though.. can someone help me out?
suckmy_nick you should contact the customer service email which you can find in the relevant UK or US store. They will help you.
Got mine today from stance and speed. :) It was actually packed really well, Had extra paper around it to keep it from moving. Everyone order up the stance and speeds if you didn't get one from here!
I was late to the party, but I placed my order here:
Just received my copy and its smashed. The flat rate shipping box it came in was also smashed and the book wasn't wrapped in anything at all? Shipment from California to Seattle shouldn't be this big of a problem :( I emailed you guys about it! I hope there are replacements for situations like this.
I received my book today and it is smashed as well. It only traveled 25 miles from san mateo to the east bay and a whole corner of the box is ripped off and the actual cover of the book is bent. The box was far too large and there was zero packaging inside. Super bummed!
Hi Trevor. This is terrible news. We are investigating now with our shipping company what is going wrong here with our process.
We will definitely replace your copy what ever the case.
i really want this book... my rc car is shown in there ;) but its already out of stock anywhere :(
PLEASE message me for informations
If anyone is looking, I have one unopened...email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org
I saw it was sold out the same day I had the money for it. Ordered it from the publishers site (stand and speed). Is this where the other 500 books went? Just curious of my chances of still getting one or if I should be expecting a paypal refund instead.
TheR1ckster The book is sold out on Speedhunters.com but Stanceandspeed still have a few copies left.
I received book #868. Thank you so much guys. It's a real inspiration to see your awesome work. Speedhunters 4 Life.
Just got my book, #843. Suffered some light damage but its all good. You guys should have bubble wrapped it!
Book No 967 arrived safely with some cover damages but understandable because of overseas travel.
Thank you so much Rod for making this book.
Hi guys, I just emailed you concerning a bulk buy of 20+ books to Perth, Australia on behalf of my car forum - Antilag.com
However I just checked the store and it appears to be out of stock :(Please tell me it isn't so!Terry
Just received my copy! I will take my time with the book later, my little brother even had problems lifting it.
Greetings from Estonia
I've just received my copy here in Poland- it's a piece of outstanding craftsmenship. It's simply amazing. Your passion evaporates from this pages!! Thank you.
I'm curious what was the most surprising or unexpected country that order come from?
Daamn...Odered mine within the first 10 minutes when it got available on thursday . Hoped to get a odered complete email the next day, like I did with odering the SH hoodie. But I did not get and it made me think, do people not work on fridays in the UK? Got the oder complete email late monday but by that time I had already departed for work duty for 2 weeks. So I will not see the book until 1,5 weeks...Suuuuuuuucks. Really wanted to get it before I left! Just out of curiosity Rod, dont the people work at kleerfreight on fridays?
Kermo Hi Kermo. More a case that they were overloaded with orders. They have had a pretty hectic time keeping up with the overwhelming response to the Speedhunters book!
RodChong I feel ashamed now Rod. I should have figured that out myself. Lol. But thank you for responding :)
@RodChong Hi Rod. I have received my copy of the book but unfortunately it's has a default with the outer hard case. It's ripped in one place and not joined correctly in another, almost like the card inside is not straight or something. I have emailed kleerfrieght and am waiting for a response but it looks like now the book has sold out? Any ideas what to do? Cheers Ian
S15_Ian RodChong Hi Ian don't worry we have saved a few copies for cases just like yours. It won't be an issue to replace the damaged book with a new one. Kleerfreight should be able to sort you out.
RodChong S15_Ian Thanks for the reply bud! feel better now! Congrats on producing an amazing book to!
RodChong Thanks for asking Rod, i was contacted and offered a replacement. But after realising it was going to cost me an additional £10 to ship the damaged book back i decided to live with the damage.
Looking forward to Vol.2 !