Moran Motorsports introduces first dry-sump lubrication for Corvettes: Power steering and A/C unaffected

By Archie Bosman Photographs by Moore Good Ink Taylor MI: Moran Motorsports has introduced the first dry-sump lubrication system to suit Corvettes without incapacitating either the power steering or the air conditioning systems. “The biggest thing is,” says Mike Moran, “it fits into a C6 Corvette without removing your A/C or losing your power steering. Until now, sacrificing one of those accessories was the only way a Corvette guy could engage a dry-sump system with an external pump. “We eliminated the stock oil pump,” confirms Moran, “because it has always been a limiting factor in Corvette engine performance. The pump has a tendency to cavitate above 7,000rpm. However, with the new system, cavitation concerns are gone.” Extensive Development work to utilize factory components Moran went on: “The development work was extensive as we wanted to utilize as many original factory components as possible. We began with one of Bill Dailey’s dry-sump oil pumps and adapted it for Corvette use. We performed all the rapid prototyping using corn starch. We designed the pump—we grew it—and then gave it to Bill for final design. He created it from our solid model into a real deal. “Moreover, we designed the brackets to accommodate the factory tensioner—we drive the pump with another drive that’s already on the motor. Lastly, we manufacture the pulley kit and complete the assembly with Bill Dailey’s billet oil pan. You simply bolt it on and you have a reliable dry-sump system.” Moran Motorsports’ new 5-stage dry-sump oiling kit is priced at $4,600, including the billet oil pan. Source Moran Motorsports (734) 947-1234...

Dart introduces new SHP 400 engine block

By Sam Logan In his youth Richard Maskin was a race driver with a reputation for finding engine power in areas denied to others. As an entrepreneur he pioneered and produced dozens of successful race engine components, and in total has accumulated a 50-year devotion to motor sport. Even his most grudging rivals will tell you he possesses a distinctly original mind—a man whose potential should never be underestimated. Maskin (66) established Dart Machinery in the early 1980s and introduced aluminum Hemi cylinder heads that dominated drag racing’s Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. With these purpose-built heads they provided the power that ultimately broke drag racing’s 300mph barrier and produced the first four-second Funny Car elapsed time. Further, his engines have won NHRA Pro Stock championships and hundreds of national events. Today his company continues to lead in aftermarket cylinder head, intake manifold and engine block designs. Here is Dart’s latest block: the SHP 400 for small-block Chevrolets. Dart introduces new SHP 400 engine block 2.65in 400-style main journals 4.000in or 4.125in cylinder bores Siamese cylinders with 0.230in minimum wall thickness at 4.165in bores 0.625in thick decks with blind head bolt holes True priority-mains oiling system ensures reliable lubrication at high rpm Compatible with stock components   Troy Michigan:  Dart Machinery has introduced a new SHP 400 engine block. An aftermarket replacement for the Chevrolet small-block, the SHP 400 is a high performance cast iron block, featuring the larger diameter (2.65in) 400-style main journals. Developed for hot rodders, oval track and drag racers, off-roaders and high-performance marine enthusiasts, the SHP is created as an affordable high-performance block. Priced...

Hot Rod Drag Week: 44-year old Camaro sets fastest ET in Drag Week history

By Sam Logan Bowling Green KY: On the first day of the five-day 2013 Hot Rod Drag Week, Tom Bailey’s 1969 Camaro performed a record-breaking quarter-mile pass in 6.72 seconds at 214mph. No wonder then that the magazine’s Editor-in-chief David Freiburger expressed surprise on a video clip on the last day when Bailey’s Camaro had completed the 1,200 mile road trip recording an amazing 6.78sec at 217mph. Unsurprisingly, he dominated the Ultimate class, setting the fastest average ET of 6.83 seconds at 214mph.  Furthermore, Bailey recorded five 6-second passes during each of the five days at five different tracks and completed the event without changing tires or even an engine component. His lowest ET was logged at 6.70 seconds and his highest mph at 217. Bailey’s touring passenger Steve Morris said, “The event was trouble-free. All we did each morning was to check the valve lash and change the oil.” Built and installed by Steve Morris Engines of Muskegon, Michigan, around eighteen months ago, the 615cu in big-block Chevrolet power unit uses twin 94mm turbochargers and is powered by Holley Dominator electronics. Chassis work was completed by Clocks Off Racing. “We ran 22 to 23lbs of boost during Drag Week,” said Steve Morris. “The engine combo was producing approximately 2,100hp at the rear wheels, which we verified on our chassis dyno. Still, it’s nowhere near its maximum output of over 3,300hp at 34lbs of boost.” At this engine’s heart are a set of custom Steve Morris Diamond pistons and Trend’s H13 tool steel piston pins. From Mishawaka, near South Bend, Indiana, Drag Week veteran Norm Beerhorst of Ultra Tech...

Goodwood Revival: Ever wondered what it would be like to live in another time?

By Sam Moore  Photographs by Moore Good Ink Let’s stipulate the time period starts in 1948 and ends in 1966. Like any bygone era this time period would be characterized by its music and its fashions, its aircraft and its road transport. But for the racing enthusiast it would be distinguished by its fine cars and motorcycles. An impossible fantasy? No it isn’t. It is the reality known as the Goodwood Revival now the highlight of each racing season. Each September racing enthusiasts, many with their wives and partners, dress-up in period attire and sally forth to Goodwood near Chichester in West Sussex. Less than two hours distance southwest of London, the Goodwood estate is opened to the public where one hundred and twenty thousand devotees revel in historical air displays, fashion, and a 15-race program like no other over three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tellingly, when avid racing enthusiasts emphasize, “You will never see racing like it,” believe them for you are in for the treat of a lifetime: multi-million dollar historic race cars driven at full-chat is the feast before you. But that’s not all, there are hundreds of booths to peruse, offering everything imaginable. In fact, there’s so much to see you could easily spend the three days on walkabout and see nothing of the racing. We’ve been buked: we are pilgrims of pleasure! The precursor to the Goodwood Revival begins with Thursday evening’s cricket match. Cricket is the English bat-and-ball game played between two teams each with 11 players on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. This particular game pitted Lord March’s...
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