We all know That Guy. He’s the one who jumps off his roof onto a trampoline and breaks his leg, but still insists it was worth it. He’s the guy who’s never skied before, but takes a black diamond on his first run. He’s the risk taker, bound by enthusiasm and optimistic to a fault.
Vic Edelbrock was that guy. When he was just 14, his family grocery store burned to the ground, so he took a job driving Ford Model Ts from Wichita to the surrounding area. When they broke down on the bumpy, Kansas dirt roads, he would just stop and fix them, often with sheer improvisation. And to earn a little extra cash, he ran bootlegged moonshine, which was illegal, because this was the Prohibition-era 1920s. Appalachia? Maybe NASCAR started in Kansas. Continue reading
I received my final Christmas present for the year last night. I’d just finished a nine hour road trip from Indiana, and waiting for me in the mailbox was a crisp envelope from the City of Kansas City, Missouri, cheerily marked, “NOTICE OF VIOLATION.” I knew what this would be about. I’d gotten one before, when I’d failed to come to a “complete stop” at a red light before turning right. I was mad then, but I was furious last night, because this latest red light ticket came as a result of my avoiding an accident.
I was headed north on “highway” 71, a 45 mph, four-lane thoroughfare that’s been unfortunately shackled with about 587 traffic lights over ten miles. Incessant rain spattered from the heavens and lubricated the tarmac nicely. According to the ticket, I was travelling at 47 mph when the light changed and I crossed the line.
Why did I do it? Dear mother! What tragedy has befallen your son that he would turn to a life of despicable crime? Well, my tires needed a refresh, I was barreling down on the wet intersection at nearly 50 mph, and I didn’t think slamming on the brakes was a good idea. Continue reading
Winter is here. And now that you know how to drive in it, saving the day for everyone, you’ll need to consider how to take care of your truck in winter’s cold, snowy midst. How about a tonneau cover? It’s a big, heavy duty lid that turns your truck bed into a safe, moisture-free trunk. You can finally haul dry cargo instead of a full load of wet snow.
From our friends at Centerforce Clutch comes a Hotrod Christmas poem!
Twas the Night Before Christmas….
‘Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage,
There wasn’t a trace of Chevy or Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I’d mess with the Snake for a bit.
Most people hate winter. It’s cold, they say. The air is dry, they complain. And there’s all that murderous snow! But few people actually hate snow. Most will agree that a snow day off work is a fairly joyous occasion, and snow is beautiful. It covers all the dead grass and mud in a clean, white sheet.
What we really hate about snow is driving in it. It’s slick, it’s dangerous, and no one seems to expect it (though winter tends to occur annually), so it always causes traffic jams. Our goal today will be to put an end to this. We only ask that you read this article on how to be a boss while driving in the snow, and make sure every person north of the 35th parallel reads it, too. And that will save winter. Simple enough, right? Continue reading
If you’ve never seen the US military’s quad-engine AC-130 airplane deploy its “Angel” decoy, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The Angel decoy is an array for flares, heated projectiles designed to fool heat seeking missiles, distracting them from those four big, warm engines. Like the AC-130 itself, the Angel decoy is both beautiful and functional. Continue reading
I’ll never forget the day I ruined my ’90 Honda Accord. I was in a hurry, I broke a bolt off in the head…it’s a long, sad story, and it ended in the death of my car. Afterward, when I told my father, he did what every good dad does and gave me some advice: don’t rush. Since then, I haven’t hurried through any car work, and I never regret taking my time. Continue reading
In 1984, Nicolas Cage starred in Birdy, a drama about a young veteran returning from war with his face heavily bandaged. Legend has it that Cage wore the bandages for a full two weeks of the shoot, on and off camera, 24 hours a day. Why? It’s what industry people would call “method acting.” You learn about something by doing it, and can therefore closely relate to your character.
Lucas Oil Products seems to have adopted the same strategy for developing their fuel enhancers, lubricants, and cleaning solutions. That’s why you can pick nearly any type of racing catalogued in known existence, and Lucas has done it, or is doing it still. Lucas has teams in everything from NHRA to air races. There are a couple of advantages to this. First, it’s awesome. Second, it gives them the perfect laboratory for developing their products. They’ve come up with some pretty clever innovations. Continue reading
#OnMyWishList – Today’s Day 7 Deal – WES just installed a gnarly set of these on his toy truck. They’re tubular! – http://t.co/bulhiCf9
The Tokyo Motor Show is always a snore. For the last few years, it’s been a beige, businesslike blizzard of practical, boring cars, with a few goofy concepts thrown in for flavor. The Big Three didn’t even show up this year, and a number of European automakers stayed home to organize their sock drawers. But this year we had one reason to keep our news feeds running: the Toyota FT-86. And we weren’t disappointed. Continue reading
Your arch nemeses are all insane, but you are not. That’s why you’re not going to take your prized, classic Batmobile out this winter. You, Mr. Wayne, are going to store it in your nice, dry cave. And, though the likes of the Joker, Two-Face, and the Poison Ivy don’t know how to find the Batcave, if they did they’d likely go after your car. Here are a few tips you can put in your utility belt to keep your enemies from destroying your ride before the next Gotham summer. Continue reading