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Tom “The Mongoo$e” Surprise Birthday Party!

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Tom “The Mongoo$e” McEwen was totally caught by surprise by his surprise birthday party today.  The crew at Beckett Media and his friends gathered together to celebrate his 75th birthday.  Yes, hard to believe 75 years old!  It’s amazing he’s still alive considering his career choice.  Driving top fuel dragsters and nitro funny cars isn’t conducive to a long life span.  He’s been crashed, blown and burned up countless times, from coast to coast….and lived to tell.  Everyone really went out of their way to throw him a grand birthdayl party.  The planning was extensive, cloaked in secrecy.  And it all came together just as planned.  He was got but good.  There was plenty of good food, conversation and the Beckett women even went to the trouble to create a skit, going as far as to write and a perform a song in his honor.  Goo$e makes it a point never to show emotion, but you could tell he really appreciated all the time and effort that went into the celebration of his birth.

See some great photos of the birthday party. (http://www NULL.motortopia

See a great retrospective video of G00$e’s career (http://youtu

Leave a favorite one paragraph comment about a good memory of The Mongoo$e.  The top three comments (as judged by us in a totally unscientific manner) will a receive a free signed Mongoo$e poster.  Deadline is Feb. 15.

History for Sale

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

What are my Bids for a Quick Trip Back to Yesterday?

 There was a time, not too long ago, when old race cars were simply discarded when their usefulness as weapons of war had come to an end. They were retired, replaced, and in most cases, removed from the premises without remorse. No love. No eulogies. No death with dignity. Some were unceremoniously scrapped, dispassionately dismantled or just dumped in the corner of a bleak and drafty warehouse, disrespectfully covered with a plastic tarp or a few shipping blankets in what could be described as the automotive equivalent of the county morgue. (more…)

Now you can Bring the Excitement of NHRA Racing Into Your Home

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Reality and perception draw closely together when you check out Auto World’s NHRA slot cars. The 1:64 scale cars sport intimate detail and full-size speed. Race them on Auto World’s Pro Racing Dragstrip slot track and you’ll have the thrill of big show drag racing right in your basement or living room. (more…)

Behind the Scenes with… Charlie Neilson

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Unquestionably, Charlie Neilson should be high on the BFF (Best Friends Forever) list of any serious NHRA drag racer. As the Association’s Contingency Sponsor Service Manager, Neilson is the guy responsible for amassing, organizing and overseeing distribution of some $19,000,000 posted this year at all NHRA Full Throttle (National), Get Screened America, Pro Mod, Jegs Sportsnationals, Lucas Oil (Divisional) and Summit E.T. Championship Series events. (more…)

Make Room for These Beauties!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Prepare to break out your plastic, race fans! These highly detailed gems are available from Prestige Hobbies, 1238 S. Beach Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92804, call toll free 888.886.5778 or click on (http://www NULL.prestige-hobbies (more…)

Then and Now

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

First-time JEGS All-stars winner Mike Griggs is awarded his personal trophy.

The 2011 JEGS (http://www NULL.jegs All-stars event at Route 66 Raceway was a huge hit, featuring some of the best Sportsman action of the year. In my estimation, it was a total home run, but it took a lot of work to pull off an event of this magnitude.

The JEGS All-stars Race invites the top Sportsman racers from all classes in all NHRA divisions, plus the returning champions are the team blockers. Eighty competitors took part in this year’s race and every one earned their spot through some exceptional driving over the past 12 months. There’s a reason this race is considered such a crowning achievement: It’s so darn hard to make the cut. (more…)

EFI Tech, Part 2

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Photo by Doug Adams

Acronyms in Action

EFI systems don’t respond directly to changes in rpm or engine load—they do it through sensors, device controllers and a decision maker known as a control module.

The alphabet soup of acronyms that is part of any electronic fuel injection system is often a source of confusion. The definitions of those acronyms were addressed last issue. This issue, those acronyms spring into action. (more…)

Introducing The 2K, the First Aftermarket Cleveland Available by the Crate

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

McKeown Motorsports Custom Tailors the Induction Systems on These Beauties Like a Fine Suit

The world’s first aftermarket Cleveland crate engine was unveiled recently by McKeown Motorsport & Engineering (MME). They call it the 2K.

Though MME’s 2K crate engine distinguishes itself from its mighty predecessor of the ‘70s and ‘80s in many ways—internally balanced forged crankshaft, deck plate bored and honed, priority mains wet or dry sump lubrication systems and so on—it is the multiple choices of induction systems that set it apart from the conventional crate engine. MME offers five different cylinder heads, and the technicians at the company require specific information to select the correct cylinder heads and induction system for every engine. (more…)

Bells and Whistles

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

MSD's New Pro Billet Ready-to-Run Distributors—Bolt on Fire Up!

MSD’s New Pro Billet Ready-to-Run Distributors—Bolt on Fire Up!

They’re the perfect upgrade for ancient breaker points or other worn out distributors. Beneath the bolt-down cap is a maintenance-free magnetic pickup, which produces accurate trigger signals, while an oversized shaft is guided by a sealed ball bearing. An easy-to-adjust mechanical advance allows a custom-tailored timing curve to match what the engine needs, while a vacuum advance canister increases economy on long cruises. An added bonus is the built-in rev limiter. The rpm limit is simple to set and allows for rapid acceleration without over-rev damage from a broken driveline or missed shift. (more…)

The 41st Napa Auto Parts Ignitor

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Jason Rupert Conquers the 41st Firebird Ignitor

On the western side of the country, the Big Three in the world of nostalgia racing include the March Meet, Pepsi Nightfire and the Hot Rod Reunion. Emerging as another standout stop for the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series is the oldest major drag racing weekend in the Pacific Northwest. For 41 consecutive years, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor has established itself as a haven for the nitro fraternity. (more…)