13th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® June 18-20

13th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® June 18-20

The 13th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance returns to historic Beech Bend Raceway Park, June 18–20 in Bowling Green, Kentucky! Enjoy 3-days of non-stop action on and off the track! And the Reunion is more than just a car show! In addition to thousands of Street Rods, Customs, Muscle and Hot Rods, the Reunion features Hot Heads Nostalgia Drag Racing with more than 400 drag racers competing side-by-side down the quarter-mile. The Saturday night show includes the famed nitro-burning Cacklefest® a unique version of fireworks! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nitro-burning cars all started and running simultaneously. Something you shouldn’t miss! Bring your ear plugs! For a preview of the last year’s Reunion click here. Or click here for the 2013 Reunion. In addition, many new and exciting events are planned for this year’s Hot Rod Reunion, including the Wednesday night Heacock Classic FANFEST in downtown Bowling Green, 5–8p.m. and discounted Touring Laps at the National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park on Thursday night. Three-and-a-half miles long and with 22 turns this new track, just opened last September, meets the first essential of any good road course: it’s challenging! Registration for touring laps is required. Go to: https://hotsrodsatmsp2015.eventbrite.com Join the enthusiasts on Friday night at the Sloan Convention center to celebrate the Grand Marshal, Gordon Collett and 2015 honorees: Ron Hope, Chase Knight, Ron Leek, Roy Steffey, Dale Moody and Sam Jones. Festivities start at 7 p.m.and it is FREE to all! Memo to history lovers: The NHRA Museum recently hosted Irwindale’s 50th Anniversary Reunion. Almost 500 people attended—standing room only! Two panels of drag racing heavyweights...
Swamp Rat 1: Dragster of competitive splendor

Swamp Rat 1: Dragster of competitive splendor

Titus Bloom: Floridian Don Garlit’s Swamp Rat 1 dragster began life in 1956 and thrived on the race tracks until 1961. It was the subject of constant change. Originally fuelled by four carburetors, then increased to six and later eight, it ended its illustrious career supercharged and sporting Enderle injectors, a high-gear only and recorded 204.54mph over the quarter mile. Some of its closest Top Fuel rivals came in the form of Art Chrisman, Setto Postoian, Speed Sport Roadster and Bobby Langley. The SR1’s motive force came from a trio of Chrysler Hemi engines, beginning with a 1954 unit that displaced 331 cubic inches. This was followed by a 354 upgrade of 1956 vintage and finally a 392. No one quite remembers if its last engine was from 1957 or ’58. From the beginning, Garlits’ technical virtuosity rarely dimmed. “We always angled the front of the engine down a few degrees,” recollects its 83 year-old-owner. “By putting a little mass under the rear axle centerline, we succeeded in damping the car’s enthusiasm for lofting its front end—simple High School physics.” The Swamp Rat had a further competitive advantage: a lanky 115in wheelbase compared to its California challengers of just 100 inches. “That definitely gave us an edge. Its traction, stability, ease of handling in all those areas the car was superior.” In 1959, the SR1 became the first dragster to deploy a parachute. “It was a cargo chute,” says Garlits, “and in the beginning they tore their mountings off the backs of the cars—not mine, though, for I had it wrapped around the frame. Jim Deist, its pioneer, showed...
Basic installation rules from TorqStorm

Basic installation rules from TorqStorm

By Alfie Bilk: Fuel pump requirements for carbureted systems must be capable of supplying proper amount of fuel at maximum operating pressure. To obtain maximum fuel pressure required under boost, add idle fuel pressure to maximum boost pressure.  Read condensed details below.   Basic forced-induction guidelines (6-10psi boost range) for carbureted systems   1.Forged pistons preferred for all boosted applications 2. Cast or Hypereutectic pistons may be used below 500hp and low-boost applications 3. Compression ratios of 9.1 to 9.5:1 ideal for boost levels of 6-8psi on 91-93 octane pump fuel 4. Use lobe separation angle of 112 to 116 degrees, split pattern works best 5. Fuel pump requirements for carbureted systems must be capable of supplying proper amount of fuel at maximum operating pressure. To obtain maximum fuel pressure required under boost, add idle fuel pressure to maximum boost pressure. (If your idle setting is 8psi and your maximum boost is 8psi your maximum fuel pressure required is 16psi) 6. Use a blow-through carburetor. TorqStorm offers custom billet blow-through carburetors sized per application. Contact TorqStorm direct for carburetor specs and pricing. 7. Must use carbureted boost-reference fuel pressure regulator with a 1:1 rise ratio 8. Headers recommended for maximum performance 9. Will work with single or dual-plane intake manifolds (more torque generated by dual-plane designs) 10. Ignition control recommended with adjustable boost-timing retard to prevent detonation. (MSD BTM part number 6462)   Information furnished by Torqstorm® Billet Superchargers 2909 Buchanan Ave. SW Wyoming, MI 49548 Office 616-226-9476, Mobile 616-706-5580...