Recently I had the chance to do something I never dreamed I’d do when I started racing over 30 years ago: Bruton Smith built the four-lane highway at his racetrack in Charlotte, and ever since I laid eyes on it, I wanted to drive my ol’ hot rod down it, along with my three other Mustangs. I didn’t get the chance to race all four of my Mustangs, but I got the next best thing when the Countdown to 1 started in September. The first race was at Bruton’s zMax Dragway, and they decided to have an exhibition run on Sunday before the finals of four Funny Cars and four Top Fuel Dragsters. NHRA made the call that the four quickest losers in the first round would get first shot at running down the four-lane highway.
Archive for November, 2009
Back in 1991, after attending the funeral of veteran Bonneville and drag racer Joe Pisano, NHRA Vice Presidents Steve Gibbs and Bernie Partridge decided that drag racers, friends and fans from years past should have a reason to get together under more pleasant circumstances.
Stop me if you heard this one before: By the time you are reading this, the new Driveonline.com website should be up and running.
I’m a race car driver so you’d think my job would mostly be about driving a race car. The truth is, I’m only in my hot rod, the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang, for a few minutes every race weekend. Even counting the pit warm-ups we do before every run, the burnouts, backing up after the burnouts and all the time just sitting in the car, waiting, I’m probably not in there more than 15-to-20 minutes a day. It’s not like NASCAR where you’re driving around for three hours.
Edelbrock is expanding its Pro-Flo XT offerings with more choices for Chevy small-, big-block and LS1 engines. Edelbrock has combined engineering and technology to bring consumers a more powerful, modern EFI system with user-friendly simplicity. The Pro-Flo XT electronic fuel injection system includes an improved ECU (computer), featuring fully sequential injection, exclusive handheld calibration module for tuning on the fly without the use of a laptop, pre-defined calibrations and wide-band O2 sensor compatibility. If laptop tuning is desired, the user can tune via laptop through the Pro-Flo XT software (included). Pro-Flo XT also receives a new modern intake manifold design packaged with a 90mm front-mount throttle body. Complete systems include ECU, wiring harness, handheld tuning module, all electronic sensors, fuel system components, intake manifold, injectors, fuel rails, throttle body and software.
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A few months ago, I began my column claiming that I don’t really like to get “political,” and then proceeded by jumping all over the Big Three American auto manufacturers, and big businesses in general, for being shortsighted. At the time, I would call out the American public for its actions only on occasion. This month, that changes.
For years, St. James Davis and his ’32 Koncept Koupe were a familiar sight on the streets of the east San Gabriel Valley especially when “Moe,” his pet chimp, was riding shotgun. St. James has owned the car for more than 50 years, and the chopped and channeled three-window coupe you see on this page is just the latest iteration in a long line of renditions. Unfortunately, the project came to a halt on March 3, 2005, when two large chimpanzees mauled Davis at a birthday party gone awry for his beloved Moe. The devastating story received worldwide attention and does so even to this day.