Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

The Walker Brothers Pay Tribute to Their Racer Dad

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Pro Mods are the modern day bad boys of drag racing, wildly erratic in their behavior.  Randy Walker’s radically modified ’74 El Camino is one of the baddest of the bunch.

Forty years ago, the Walker’s dad Robert piloted one of the original bad boys, a nitro-burning, stubby wheelbase, evil-handling Fuel Altered. His was cloaked in the body of a Fiat Topolino, carrying the moniker Super Rat.  Robert defiantly refused to relinquish his big-block Chevy rat motor in the face of the overwhelming Chrysler Hemi opposition. He and his rat remained competitive throughout the Southern California drag strips until its retirement in 1969. (more…)

No Trailer, No Tow Bar, No Problem!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Drag Racing Practically Pain-Free

When Las Vegas racer Jim Yankers mentions A/C with regards to his race car, he isn’t referring to Altered Coupe. He really does mean “air conditioning.”

His ‘02 Camaro Z28 is a perfect example of how you can race a weekly schedule, not overexert yourself or your pocket book, have big fun and possibly win some races in the process. (more…)

Paul Gill, TAFC Racer and Cabinetmaker to the Stars

Monday, July 18th, 2011

When doing a story on Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Paul Gill, owner of Moduline Cabinets, it’s hard not to focus on his trailer instead of his racer. If you’ve ever worked out of a trailer that was ill-equipped cabinet/storage-wise, you know what a pain in the butt it is, and conversely, having the right storage makes your racing life so much easier. Being well organized can actually enhance the performance of your racer, because you’re able to focus on what’s important, not banging doors or rummaging through milk crates searching for that missing widget. (more…)

Dick Brannan, Part II

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

THE Man Behind Ford’s Total Performance Drag Racing Program

We bring you the conclusion of the interview with Ford Racing’s man behind the scenes and on the drag strip, Dick Brannan. (more…)

Little Tire Traction—Part I

Monday, June 27th, 2011

How to Set-Up a Stock Suspension Car

Stock rear suspension drag racing is without question the big buzz today, and we’re not talking NHRA-legal stuff either. Instead, the current fervor is all about quick street cars. This is the sort of car that dominates, in sheer numbers, any of the myriad fastest street car organizations. But in truth, it’s also a wonderful combination for bracket racing, grudge racing or just to have fun.  It’s also perfect for the Pinks All Out format, but that’s another story. (more…)

Street Cars Gone Bad

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

NMCA and NMRA Racers Are now a Long Way From What Street Legal Racing Used to Be

While there are a lot of different flavors of drag racing for public consumption, there’s one common denominator: People like cars that they can identify with. Yes, people will still watch the fastest and quickest vehicles on the track, especially if you throw in some noise, flames and smoke. Yet from the beginning, fans have had a special affinity for the cars that they grew up with, drove at one time or still have in their driveway. Drag racing started with hot-rodded street cars about 60 years ago, and they are still a favorite today. (more…)

The Four-Barrel Chronicles

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

More Carburetor Mysteries Solved, Part II

Appearance Vs. Reality

Changing priorities during the 1970s and ‘80s combined with the EPA’s grand and glorious entrance into the automobile business, made fuel distribution especially important.  It is for this reason that some carburetors, which were used both as original equipment and for aftermarket replacement, differ even though they share the same model designation. New car emissions standards may have dictated internal changes not required on performance-type replacement carburetors produced during the same time period. (more…)

Jim Hughes Businessman/Racer

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Nice Guys DON’T Finish Last

I attended several races this season to do research for a story on Jim Hughes’ S/G ‘Vette.  Even though his racer is an impressive piece of machinery, I came away more impressed with Jim than with his ride. (more…)

A Strong Work Ethic Pays Dividends for This Racer

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Cameron Monefeldt is a hardcore drag racer and a stalwart Mopar guy; any more so and he’d have an image of Dick Landy tattooed on his chest and Walter P. Chrysler on his back. (more…)

The NHRA Auto Club Finals

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The final race of the season, fittingly held not far from the movie capital of the world, had all of the elements of a great Hollywood script.

Set up:  All four of the Pro plus Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Cars and a couple of the Sportsman categories had yet to be decided prior to this race. (more…)