It seems like old times for Snake and me; between friendship and business we’ve been spending more time together as of late than since the Hot Wheels days. (more…)
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Lights, Camera, Action! Snake and Mongoo$e Motion Picture Moves Forward
Drag Racing prepares to return to the big screen after a 30-year absence. Not since Heart Like A Wheel has our sport received much cinematic attention.
Rhino Films and newly formed shingle Storywise Productions have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoo$e” McEwen, and partnered with NHRA to produce a movie about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track. (more…)
FAA Parts Standards Are a New Reality!
The effect of a fuel pump failing on a race car creates little more than depression over a lost race. OK, so maybe it’s really depressing, but as disheartening as that might be the affect of a failed pump on aircraft usually results in a fall from the sky. This is where Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations play an important role in not only the fuel pumps Weldon produces for aircraft, but also for the auto and marine racing industry. (more…)
EFI Alphabet Soup
Electronic fuel injection often seems more complicated than it is because of the myriad acronyms used to reference the sensors and controllers included in most systems. (more…)
Burnouts. We love doing them, but do we know how to do them properly? In a recent issue of National Dragster, David Reher had a great column entitled “Are Burnouts Abusing Your Engine?” I thought his article was so important that I referenced it on The Dragtime News (Dragtimenews.com (http://www NULL.dragtimenews NULL.com/)) site earlier this year as a must-read. On a separate occasion, I had a conversation at The PRI Show with Milodon about a new oil pump they came out with because racers were breaking regular oil pumps on the burnout due to excessive shake. I’ve long suspected that racers way overdo it on the burnout, but seeing David Reher’s article in National Dragster and my conversation at PRI gave me an idea for a more inclusive article about how excessive and/or improper burnout technique can be killing parts. (more…)
Where to Spend Your Money First
In past “Carburetor Classes” we discussed individual carburetor components and how they work. But of all the components which are the most critical to going fast or being consistent? All of the lessons about how a carburetor works in theory are useless without practice. Now we will address where on your carburetor you should spend money first. (more…)
I sometimes feel like bracket and sportsman racers are drag racing’s forgotten children. It bothers me that the stands at a national event clear out when the dial-in or index classes come to the line. That’s why I’m so excited to be presenting a column to the readers of Drag Racer written from the perspective of someone who’s logged thousands of bracket passes down the quarter-mile. Perhaps you own a drag car of your own, but have only done heads-up drag racing; or maybe you’re a fan of the sport, but have never been down the track yourself. If my column helps bring some understanding as to why racers like me became involved with and dedicated to bracket-style racing, maybe you’ll take your own car to the local track and get involved in bracket racing, too. (more…)
Friends of the Goo$e, things have been really hoppin’ these past few weeks and I want to fill you in.
The Snake turned 70 recently and Don’s wife Lynn, daughters Donna and Lynn Rose wanted to do it up right–and they nailed it! (more…)
In my last column I discussed the importance of periodically inspecting various components on your race car such as suspension. In addition to the safety aspect, I mentioned the fact that loose suspension components can rob your car of reaction time. Now that spring is approaching and a new racing season is upon us, I thought it might be timely to delve deeper into reaction time. Having a better understanding now will be beneficial as racing gets under way. (more…)