The curse of the round wire lock

By Bertie Scott Brown, January 28, 2015   When a round wire lock, the spring-loaded device that retains the piston pin within the pin towers, comes out while the engine is racing, it releases a fanatical frenzy, a chain of events that most engine builders describe as catastrophic. It... read more

John Force Racing joins with GM. Announces crew chief line-up

By Martha Maglone, February 1, 2015 YORBA LINDA, CA – Top talent Mike Neff will continue as crew chief for Robert Hight’s Auto Club Camaro SS Funny Car, but John Force Racing (JFR) has announced promotions that will expand the youth and depth of its team positions.  Starting with... read more

Kiwi magic: an infatuation with engine power

By Titus Bloom, February 4, 2015 In America we are continually impressed by the sheer numbers of racing enthusiasts in the little-populated large land of Australia. Dozens of Kaase Boss Nine hot rod engines have left our shores destined for the land Down-under. But have you ever contemplated the... read more

Autosport International Show: Radical RXC goes Spyder (open)

By Freddie Heaney, January 28, 2015 Birmingham, England: Fancy embarking on a great adventure? To occupy your mind in the grip of winter, you might consider the Autosport International show. It began in 1991 as the Racing Car show and has just celebrated its 25th anniversary this January. A... read more

New alternator mounting brackets: SBC and BBC

By Ben Mozart, January 28, 2015 Two new alternator mounting brackets for Chevrolet small and big blocks KRC has released two new alternator mounting brackets: one places the alternator on the left side of the small-block Chevrolet, while the other is a reversible style that allows the alternator to... read more

Why we struggle: Surprise yourself by adopting the power of parallels

In John Pollock’s latest book “How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas,” he demonstrates a philosophy—a fundamental way of thinking—that can help us all. Thomas Edison famously said that genius requires “1percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Edison’s third criterion for would-be innovators is less... read more

Something odd happened at Santa Pod

By Archie Bosman, December 5, 2015 Earlier this year, on September 3-6, a number of records tumbled at the FIA European Drag Racing finals at Santa Pod Raceway. But Europe’s first permanent drag racing venue, established in 1966 on a former Second World War airbase at Podington near Bedford... read more

Hydraulic release bearings: operating with the correct gap.

By Alfie Bilk, December 5, 2014 Unlike OEM clutch release bearing mechanisms that operate in constant contact with the clutch diaphragm fingers, high-performance aftermarket release bearings function only when the clutch pedal is depressed. Typically, these release bearings operate with 0.800in of potential travel. But more importantly they must be... read more
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