A life lived one-quarter mile at a time:

The story of Bob Ida. By Ray T. Bohacz:   By the time Neil Diamond’s single, “Brooklyn Roads”, made it to the Billboard Top 100 in May of 1968, Bob Ida was already more than a decade into what would eventually become a lifetime of automotive and racing legendary.... read more

The art of the car

By Vic Moore: Revisiting vivid images from the past is natural as we grow older. The chance to relish again those illustrations from earlier times is tempting; their spectacular visual portraits from boyhood remind us of their ancient marketing triumphs. It’s a study... read more

Showing off new vitality of Slant Six at Mopar Nationals

Contagious qualities embedded at its center - By Freddie Heaney: TorqStorm unveiled their new Slant-6 supercharger kit at this year’s Mopar Nationals held at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, 11-13 August 2017. To its followers, the Chrysler Slant-six is... read more

How camshaft grinds go awry:

Do not stray beyond the confines of the hard rim - By Titus Bloom:   Two months ago, I confronted an industry friend, Jack McInnis, about Erson, asking about their progress. He told me they always seem busy.  How so I wondered. They don’t rely much on publicizing... read more

New LS twin & single supercharger kits from TorqStorm:

Transplant conversions for older cars & trucks. In June of this year, the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based supercharger company TorqStorm introduced a new carb hat that showed significant upgrades both in air flow and aesthetics. Then in July, they lurched forward... read more

What is core shift and why is it detrimental?

How a clever concept remedied misalignment in competition engine blocks - By Archie Bosman: No other engine deficiency would have irritated racers, particularly professional drag racers of the last century, like core shift. A bitter source of anguish, they would... read more

Eaton Detroit Spring: Leaf and coil

By Martha Maglone: This summer marks the 80th anniversary of the advent of the Eaton Detroit Spring company. Founded during the Great Depression, the company is one of the most successful in the manufacture of leaf and coil springs and related attaching parts for the... read more

Ignition for beginners

Extracts from Drag Racer magazine, September issue: By Ben Mozart:    Early in 2017, a new capacitive discharge (CD) ignition system emerged. An innovative philosophy derived from new software—”a proprietary algorithm” as it’s known in... read more
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