What sets an automotive enthusiast apart from a regular vehicle owner? An enthusiast rarely leaves anything stock. He modifies, customizes and builds his truck to his own personal tastes, needs and liking. Such is the story behind Ray Smith’s second-gen Dodge 4×4. (more…)
Archive for October, 2011
When you’re a high-visibility and legendary company in the automotive industry, it stands to reason that you need a high-visibility vehicle to stand out at the largest gathering of custom vehicles and automotive parts in the country—the SEMA Show, which is held the first week of November in Las Vegas. (more…)
Parts to Get You There and Back
When towing a heavily laden trailer, your engine needs all the help it can get. These performance pieces are just some that will give your rig the power it needs to get that trailer over the largest hills and the longest grades. (more…)
Hellwig Sway Bars for Towing Stability
It’s no secret that a ¾- or 1-ton diesel pickup does not handle like a high-performance vehicle. Sure, you can crank up the power to hot rod levels, but when you hit the corners, all that unsprung weight (about 800 pounds’ worth), it’s going to roll like a tuna boat in high seas. Such is life, since everything is a compromise. (more…)
A True Dual-Purpose Diesel
Life on a farm is hard work. Besides moving dirt, growing crops and feeding animals, you’ve got a lot of farm machinery that needs tending to.
And in order to function on a farm, you’ve got to have the right tools and truck for the job. Just ask Chaz Roth, of Lancaster, Ohio, who spends the majority of his time working down on the farm. His 2002 F-350 is not only set up for the rigors of farm work, he also uses it for play, making it the true dual-purpose diesel. (more…)
Diesel Competition at its Best in Indy
Indianapolis, Indiana, is known around the world as the racing capital of the world. It is home to two of the biggest events in America: the Indianapolis 500, which just celebrated the 100th running, and the U.S. Nationals, NHRA’s cornerstone event that dates back to the early days of drag racing. And, in more recent years, Indy has also gotten a reputation among diesel enthusiasts for hosting an annual must-attend event, the FASS Diesel Nationals. (more…)
No trip to central Ohio would be complete without a stop at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Located in Dayton, Ohio, near the Indiana/Ohio state line, the AF Museum is host to more than 300 historic planes, including the “Memphis Belle,” which is undergoing restoration, and “Bock’s Car,” the B-29 that dropped the second nuclear bomb on Japan to end World War II. (more…)
Among the cornfields of the Midwest sits National Trail Raceway, a NHRA-sanctioned facility that is rich in drag racing history.
Opened in 1964, the drag strip has had the legends of drag racing make passes down its famed quarter-mile of asphalt. Name such as Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and Don Garlits, as well as famed racers the Hurst Hemi Under Glass and Little Red Wagon, have all raced at the facility just outside of Hebron, Ohio. Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher set a national speed record of 336.15 mph on this track, as well. (more…)