Garlits on Nitromethane

By Titus Bloom: “To my understanding,” says Don Garlits, “it was the Germans in the late 1930s that pioneered nitromethane. They empowered their 12-cylinder rear-engine race cars with it—presumably the Auto Unions. These cars were used on closed autobahns in speed... read more

California Hot Rod Reunion® at Bakersfield

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is a BIG deal since those folks 25-years ago just thought we were going to do it only once! The Reunion continues to be the venue to renew old... read more

There’s road racing…then there’s Irish road racing!

By Victor Moore: When Stirling Moss, the 1950’s Formula One sensation, was asked how he compared today’s F1 competition with motorcycle racing’s Moto GP, he said F1 is interesting, Moto GP is exciting. He’s right, for how can any form of racing excite when there’s the... read more

Women Welders at the Lincoln Motor Company, circa 1918.

By Martha Maglone: Ninety-nine years ago, in Dearborn, Michigan, engineer Henry M. Leland and his son Wilfred established a car production company and called it Lincoln, paying homage to the former US President. The company produced its first automobile in 1917, the... read more

How steering columns relate to ergonomics:

Making hot rods a pleasure to live with. By Ben Mozart: If you aspire to own or build a great hot rod, especially a street rod, never take the positioning of a steering column for granted. Variations in cockpit and seat dimensions, particularly seat height, as well as... read more

New lightweight cast-iron racing block emerges

SBC power up to 750hp. By Bertie S. Brown:   Does a heavier engine block harm the prospects of a race car? If you sought the support of savvy oval track engine builders about a 750hp block that has every admirable feature except one—it weighs 30lbs more than the... read more

Just Like the Original, Only Better.

AutoMeter’s line of direct fit mounting solutions continues to expand with the inclusion of these high quality, American made, billet aluminum dash panels. Precision engineered for a perfect fit, these panels drastically simplify the process of gauge installation... read more

Testing a TorqStorm:

But the best part was the TorqStorm’s ability to generate 400lb ft torque at 2000rpm; its rival reached 400lb ft at 2500rpm. At 3000rpm the ‘Storm generated 484lb ft compared to the Vortech at 436.

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Remedy for Jeep’s steering ailments:

Solutions all hot rodders should know. By Archie Bosman: Many consider type CJ Jeeps, those in production from 1976 to ’86 susceptible to internal steering column ailments, particularly the open-top models where the column could be exposed to rain, snow, dirt and dust... read more
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