Johnson’s Mopar dominates European Pro Stock

Written by Moore Good Ink Santa Pod, UK: Each year J&J Racing’s Roy Johnson brings a fresh new presence to drag racing. With an astute engineering perspective and a committed Git ‘er done attitude, Johnson is living his golden era. Not only is his son Allen currently leading the NHRA’s Pro Stock points standing but also his highly-tuned Mopar race engines recently secured victory for Sweden’s Thomas Lindstrom in the FIA’s 2012 Pro Stock Championship.       Coming into the European final round at the UK’s Santa Pod raceway, held September 6-9th Lindstrom led the championship. In the final elimination, Lindstrom was paired against another Swedish driver, Jimmy Alund who won the event. But Lindstrom’s points lead prevailed and he carried the title.     Both Diamond pistons and Trend pushrods and pins are used exclusively in J&J’s Mopar engines.  ...

Sicilio claims 12th Bonneville speed record with Ray Barton's 498 Hemi

Written by Moore Good Ink Robesonia, PA: On August 16th during this year’s Bonneville Speed Week, Lee Sicilio driving his 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, powered by a Ray Barton 498cu in Hemi, elevated the A/BGALT speed record from 257+mph to 273+mph. Sicilio, from Fort Worth, Texas, said “Our fastest trap speed of 283+mph occurred at the 5-mile marker. Though the air was pretty bad with a density altitude in the 6,500 to 7,000ft range, I ran a 2.00 rear end ratio with a 1:1 fifth gear in the transmission on my last run. This was the only record we attempted this year.” Lee Sicilio’s race engine was completed earlier this year. “Since about 2000, I’ve been running Ray Barton race motors and in that time we have succeeded in capturing 12 world land speed records.” How to trace the airflow at 300mph…          ...

Industry veteran Dave Ferrato releases new CD

Written by Moore Good Ink Anyone attending Indy’s Slippery Noodle blues joint during our winter trade shows will probably have heard Dave Ferrato. A former leading voice of the eminent magazine Speedway Illustrated, Ferrato, a New Orleans native, has been playing clubs in the French Quarter and surrounding stomping grounds since his twenties. An engaging and generous man with a keen insight on topics as diverse as Manx Nortons and Vincents to stock car racing, publishing and blues music, Dave has joined with some of his New Orleans musicians to create a remarkable album. Several years in the making and just released, this new CD “Later, on Decatur,” is a collection of songs about the unique and eccentric people, places, and situations of his hometown. A favorite “Feeling so unnecessary” combines Dave’s voice with all the energy of a New Orleans brass section! Check out Ferrato’s new CD here: http://laterondecatur.com/...
Useful calibration kit for Street Demon carburetors

Useful calibration kit for Street Demon carburetors

Written by Moore Good Ink • Enables exact tuning for high-performance engines • Resolves tuning troubles caused by high compression, cams, altitude, etc. • Enables metering rod changes for fine incremental tuning • Accommodates jet changes for larger incremental tuning • Allows changes of metering rod springs for perfect idle • Banishes eye-watering exhaust fumes for sunnier disposition Dawsonville, GA: Demon Carburetion’s calibration kit (P/N 1921) enables engine tuners to dial-in exact air-fuel ratios for each specific engine. Whether additional fine-tuning is precipitated by altitude, exotic cam, high-compression, or engine displacement, or uneven distribution from an intake manifold at different engine speeds, this new calibration kit will fine-tune the fuel curve. It provides four different sizes of primary jets, six different sizes of metering rods, four different weights of metering rod springs, and two different sizes of secondary jets. All components are supplied in pairs and all jets and needles are stamped for easy identification. Generally, the metering rods are changed to adjust air-fuel ratios in finer increments; the jets are changed to adjust air-fuel ratios in larger increments. The tuning kit eradicates eye-watering exhaust fumes or puffs of smoke under acceleration. At the chassis dynamometer it enables the tuner to accomplish maximum efficiency. Street Demon metering rods reside in the primary jets only. At their lower ends the metering rods have two steps: an upper and a lower. The upper step has a larger diameter that functions at idle. At idle the metering rods, each of which is attached to a small piston, are drawn downward by vacuum into the primary jets and the idle fuel is metered...
Kaase’s Top Five: Jon Kaase talks engines

Kaase’s Top Five: Jon Kaase talks engines

By Archie Bosman. Photos by Moore Good Ink: Jon Kaase’s standing was propelled to the forefront of his craft by winning the annual Engine Masters Challenge four times: 2003, ’04, ’08, and 09. But his reputation as an innovative engine builder had already been established over previous decades. Starting his career with the acclaimed Dyno Don Nicholson in 1977, Kaase was instrumental in winning the NHRA Pro Stock championship of that year. In later years he built engines for over a dozen IHRA Pro Stock championship winners. Today Kaase and his team continue to devote their time to building race engines and hot rod engines for all classes, including those with power-adders. In the following paragraphs Jon Kaase provides some insight into his top five power-plants. From his high performance small-block P-38 Windsor engines to Mountain Motor Pro Stock racing units here are some of his comments:   P-38 “The smallest one is the P-38,” says Jon. “These are cylinder heads that suit the 302 and 351 small-block Windsor engines. Initially, they attracted interest slowly, probably because our introduction was a protracted affair. But after six or nine months, sales began taking off, including many welcome orders from our Australian followers. “Now the P-38 has caught the eye of high performance car makers. In fact, we’re about to release a new shaft-style rocker layout and a revised valve cover.” The principal power gains from Kaase’s P-38, you may recall, were derived from its canted, larger diameter inlet and exhaust valves and improved port velocities. Deeper valve bowls with sweeping short turns in the intake and exhaust tracts were further...