Don Lough’s Bubble Top Beauty

  One of the greatest parts of goin’ to the …

  One of the greatest parts of goin’ to the digs isn’t just the racing, but the car show, too! One of the sweetest rides you’re going to come across is Don Lough’s immaculate ’62 Chevy Bel Air sport coupe bubble top.   Still very m (Read More..)

Behind the Scenes of Snake and Mongoose, the Movie

One of the key components to the movie is “The …

Winner’s circle of the ’78 U.S. Nationals. Top row (L to R) Dennis Tracy, Crew Chief Pat Galvin, unknown, Tom McEwen, unknown, Wally Parks. Bottom row (L to R) Billy Bones, Arthur Kuzins, Larry Board and Bob Lueckenhoff. One of the key components t (Read More..)

Spud Miller: An American Hot Rodding Success Story

  This story might sound familiar. Boy shows an early …

  This story might sound familiar. Boy shows an early aptitude for machinery and goes out on his own at an early age, tinkering with any motor that others will let him touch. He turns drag racer in his teens, starts tuning for his friends for beer (Read More..)

Gear Change for Better Performance

When making a noticeable increase in tire diameter to the …

When making a noticeable increase in tire diameter to the drive wheels of the rearend, it’s always best to also change the ring-and-pinion gear set. Increasing or decreasing tire size on your drive wheels will affect the final drive gear ratio and en (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 3

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked …

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked the question: What causes catastrophic nitro engine failures in drag cars? We addressed this question to a few well-known racers and tuners. In Part 3 we speak to infamous tuner Austin Coil.   The a (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 2

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked …

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked the question: What causes catastrophic nitro engine failures in drag cars? We addressed this question to a few well-known racers and tuners. In Part 2 we speak to Dave Settles.   Terry McMillen ligh (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 1

  There is one sentence that all racers never want …

  World champ Antron Brown’s wild Winternationals ride. There is one sentence that all racers never want to hear: “The motor blew up!” In drag racing, when those words are uttered it’s often a literal statement: engine parts scattered (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 3

Part 3 wraps up our investigation of why parts fail …

Part 3 wraps up our investigation of why parts fail and how to prevent mishaps. Cryogenics   The cryogenic process lowers the temperature of the parts to 300°F below zero. Increasingly, machine shops are taking advantage of cryogenics to dimensionall (Read More..)