Hot Rod Drag Week 2012: The Muscle cars’ toughest test

Written by Moore Good Ink Tulsa OK: In this year’s Hot Rod Drag Week competition, Bryant Goldstone won the Modified Power Adder class in his Ultra Tech Racing Engines 1970 Chevelle. “Attrition was rampant,”  said Ultra Tech Racing Engines’ Norm Beerhorst, “only two cars finished in Goldstone’s class and of the 186 that started, I believe, we lost 31 cars to various failures during the first day! Winning or even finishing well in this event is a huge accomplishment.” Mike Roy, last year’s winner and another Ultra Tech associate, missed first place in the Pro Street Power Adder category by three-thousands of a second! Roy competes in a 1971 Monte Carlo—a formidable twin turbo, 4,100lb street-driven seven-second machine generating over 2000hp. A 1,400-mile trek from strip-to-strip, both Goldstone’s Chevelle and Roy’s Monte Carlo survived the toughest Muscle car test of the year. Both cars are equipped with Diamond pistons and Trend piston pins and pushrods. Norm Beerhorst said afterwards, “You cannot buy a better piston or pushrod or find better customer service than that of Diamond and Trend.”  ...

Speed Demon advances with new Liberty 7-speed innovation

Written by Moore Good Ink Taylor, MI: Sporting a new custom-made Liberty 7-speed transmission, the Poteet & Main Speed Demon continued to capture top Bonneville honors at this year’s Speed Week (422.509mph) and the subsequent FIA meeting (439.024mph) on September 17, 2012. Engine builder Ken Duttweiler said that the original Liberty 5-speed gearbox had all the strength we needed but the new 7-speed provided two additional lower gears. “They enabled the Speed Demon to accelerate away from the push truck much quicker.” They also reduced drive train loadings, as the rpm drop between first and second gears is now minimal. Duttweiler added, “We ran the 300cu in engine at Speed Week and the 368cu in at the FIA event. Both engines, which are Chevrolet-based with twin turbos generating 38psi of boost, are identical except for stroke length.” Earlier in 2012 Liberty’s Gears opened a metal enhancement division at their Taylor, Michigan factory, near Detroit’s Metro airport. Their enhancement procedures, which have been developed over the past 40 years in transmission development, improve the longevity of highly stressed racing components. Processes, including cryogenics, shot peening, and thermal stabilization, are used to increase the performance and the longevity of racing parts. Typically, these include drive train components, valve train components, and gears and the internals of shocks and pumps, etc. The cryogenics process, pictured at left, which lowers the temperature of the parts to 300 degrees Fahrenheit below zero, increases resistance to wear and fractures. Shot peening improves the part’s load capacity and fatigue life. Thermal stabilization improves resistance to surface fractures. NHRA 2011 Pro Stock champion Jason Line comments, “Liberty’s brings...

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/...

New Speed Demon 8-hole annular-discharge booster carburetors

Written by Moore Good Ink Seasoned tuners speaking of annular-boosted carburetors will tell you of their fine atomization qualities and their impressive capacity for generating torque, especially at low engine speeds. At high engine speeds on smaller CFM carburetors they might express a hint of caution concerning slight richness. But on competent street machines with the right combination they generally insist the annular is often in a class by itself. •Annular discharge boosters improve fuel distribution •Atomize fuel more efficiently •Generate greater torque especially at low engine speeds •Achieve better throttle response on street vehicles •Produce convincingly better part-throttle drivability •Invigorate engines impeded by lethargic air speed Dawsonville, GA: Demon Carburetion has unleashed 4 new annular-discharge Speed Demon carburetors: two 650cfm and two 750cfm. Both models are available with either mechanical- or vacuum-secondary throttle mechanisms. Their chief functions are to increase engine torque, especially at low engine speeds, and to provide first-class throttle response and drivability. This is achieved by use of 8-hole annular boost venturii with corresponding air-fuel metering circuits. The success of any annular-boosted carburetor derives from careful and accurate fuel distribution and superior air-fuel atomization. Heartening news for thousands of enthusiasts, this is particularly relevant for owners of 350-360cu in small-block Chevrolet engines and also 289-302cu in small-block Ford engines that operate with camshaft durations of up to 240 degrees @ 0.050in of valve lift. In fact these carburetors, depending upon the engine combination, could invigorate any small displacement V8 engine that’s impeded by lethargic air speed. At low engine speeds, particularly from 1,800 to 2,500rpm the annular-discharge Speed Demons can generate up to 100lb-ft of additional...
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