LT1 Gen IV Camaro – 8.01-Second Quarter-Mile

July 16th, 2019

Let’s drop in at Street Car Takeover and have a look at a beast of a Gen IV Camaro. Campaigned by the guys at Tick Performance, this thing is being billed as the fastest LT1/T56 combination on the planet. Powered by what the driver calls the “Junk LT” this Gen II LT1 engine is built with an economy crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons. Cramming air down the snout of this unlikely mill is a Precision (8891) 88-millimeter turbo. The transmission is a manual T56 built by Tick Performance. It’s loaded with their clutch components and hardware. Output at the rear Read More

Superstitious 2500HP Nova – No Prep Ride Along

July 15th, 2019

Greetings No Prep fans and drag racing enthusiasts of every variety. Welcome to the PSCA event (Rocky Mountain Summer Series) from Thunder Valley (Bandimere Speedway) in Morrison, Colorado. Meet Kelly Harvey, owner/operator of this stunning 1967 Chevy Nova. Let’s join our friend Brent as he takes us behind the scenes and inside the cockpit with Kelly during an actual run. Take it away, Brent! First, let’s take a look at what makes this sweet ride tick. Under the hood is a billet 521 cubic-inch Brad Anderson HEMI engine with a massive blower. No expense has been spared as this Nova Read More

Junkyard Dog – Pontiac Firebird on AWD GT-R Chassis

July 10th, 2019

When Gregg (lead technician for the Hoonigan Racing Division) decided to build a retromod of his own, you just knew that it would be something unique and awesome. Well, it does not disappoint. First, Gregg spotted a rusted-out hull from a 1971 Pontiac Trans Am. It had been sitting in a desert (just outside Vegas) for more than a decade. Full of tumbleweeds and sand, the body actually had a river running through it at one time. Gregg pulled the forgotten Thunder Chicken out of the cactus den and took it home to begin its rebirth. Never wanting to blend Read More

Hillbilly Deluxe – 1960 Chevy C10 1500HP

July 10th, 2019

This is a must see No Prep monster. Not your everyday, run-of-the-mill dragster; this is one stunning 1960 C10 shortbed pickup truck. The body is all steel except for the front clip and the bed sides. Equipped with a built small block Chevy V8 and a pair of air-to-water intercooled 88-millimeter Magnum turbochargers, this heavy hauler is capable of churning out 1,500hp. Shifting duties are handled with a Powerglide transmission and the engine is burning alcohol. The eighth-mile No Prep racing action begins with Hillbilly Deluxe (HD) in the left lane and a 1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (yes, you Read More

7-Second Dodge Viper World Record Holder

July 4th, 2019

Bet you thought those Georgia rednecks from Vengeance Racing only wrenched on Chevy cars, huh? Well, get ready for an education. This snake holds numerous world records; mostly in the Viper category, naturally. It is adequately equipped with a stock (8.4-liter) engine block that has been reinforced. Stock? Reinforced? Who knows what it all means to a world record holder – all I know is that reinforced don’t sound stock. Neither does “big internals” but that’s their biscuit. I’ll let ‘em butter it however they like. Besides the built “stock” bottom end, there are a pair of massive turbochargers. I Read More

Nissan 240Sx – Boosted LSx Transplant

June 26th, 2019

Nothing I enjoy more than finding a tiny import and integrating it with a honking big built V8 engine. Next, I like to increase performance with a power-adder then continue dumping money into it – lighter, faster, lighter, faster, but…I digress. Still, that’s what is going on here. This guy has stabbed a massive 7.0-liter LSx engine (Texas Speed Re-Sleeve) into this Nissan 240Sx, along with a set of their PRC cylinder heads and a GTX turbocharger. The transmission is a Powerglide and the rear end is on the Ford 9-inch platform. This car squats and hooks up out of Read More

Stick Shift Struggles – RMRW – Day 4

June 26th, 2019

Looking for adventure? Try day-tripping with the “stick shift class” during a drive-only day of Rocky Mountain Race Week. That’s over 400-miles, on pig trails and back-roads in Nebraska and Colorado; with an elite drag (street) racing car using a manually shifted transmission. Don’t forget – that’s after a few days of abuse on the dragstrip. Buckle up! It’s going to get interesting. The day begins with a ride along in a 1964 Ford Fairlane, complete with bench seat and manual transmission. This is one of the slickest restomods you’ll ever find, and it is pulling an enclosed travel trailer. Read More

700-Miles In – Rocky Mountain Race Week – Day 3

June 21st, 2019

After a long day on the road yesterday, the racers are checking in at the Julesburg Drag Strip in Colorado. This is the oldest operating drag strip in the U.S. Bad news is that the weather is wet. Good news is that the rain is subsiding, and it has cooled things off a bit. Race cars like it cool. Racers are looking a little tattered 700-miles into this excursion. Nevertheless, there are some top-tier competitors gnashing on the bridle to get back on the track. There’s a stunning yellow Mustang that has undergone a terrible struggle. The alternator belt broke Read More

Over the Mountains – Rocky Mountain Race Week 2019

June 19th, 2019

Day One of Rocky Mountain Race Week is over and it’s time for these racers to pack up their cars and drag their gear over the Rocky Mountains. Bound for Jefferson County, Colorado and the Bandimere Speedway (aka Thunder Mountain), these street/strip vehicles will be tested with a 200-mile trek that is almost all uphill. This is certainly the most demanding leg of this 1,000-mile road trip that many competitors claim is the most difficult part of this event. We are not on the road long when vehicles begin to drop like flies. A broken rack-and-pinion bracket, a vapor-locked fuel Read More

Gearhead Gathering – Rocky Mountain Race Week 2019

June 18th, 2019

Welcome to one of the most grueling tests of man and machine to be found anywhere on earth. Drag cars – designed to accelerate quickly over a short distance, reach a maximum speed and suddenly come to a near halt – are charged with travelling to four venues over seven-days. The drag cars must be driven the 1,000-miles (roundtrip) over the Rocky Mountains and back! Bru-tal! It is common to see a tubbed-out muscle car or late model, pulling a travel trailer full of tools and car parts, during Rocky Mountain Race Week. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty common to see Read More

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