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The EPA and Hot Rod Culture

This is kind of a gray area for me. Obviously, being a passionate car guy who’s willing to throw turbochargers on anything and really enjoys performance, it creates this internal conflict between wanting to be somebody who participates in a greener view of the future and the well-being of my passion, career and industry. I’m

One Year of COVID

As we all know, March 2021 marks a full year since the Coronavirus began altering what we used to know as ‘normal life.’ I don’t think any of us will forget March 2020 when we began hearing that this then foreign flu strain was starting to make the rounds in the U.S. I remember we

Crap Happens

If treated with the appropriate response and a high level of customer service, a mistake can be a plus. I know that sounds backwards, but hear me out.

Top Car Speed

What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven your production vehicle? Asking this question of this crowd, I’m probably safe in assuming it’s pretty damn fast! In college, on my way home from Albany, NY to Rochester, NY, I did 125 mph on I-90. Let me tell you, in my 2003 Honda Accord, I had blurred vision.

Engine Components: Getting a Good Clean

There are few things that can rejuvenate you like a good, hot shower. I can only imagine how awful it must have been a few hundred years ago having to bathe in stale, tepid water out of a small tub no less. And, you’d only do that maybe once a week! I’m certainly thankful I

Import Intrigue

Whether it’s with Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, or something else, you’d be amazed at the horsepower levels being achieved.

The Hits Just Keep on Coming

As I sat down to write this month’s column, an email from SEMA popped up in my inbox. Would it be another safety update? Would it be promises of another great show happening in the fall? No.

Engine are Awesome, but There’s so Much More to Explore

With all the different types of automotive engines in the world tod ay, and those from many years ago, there’s really never a shortage of things to cover in our magazine each month and each year. From the engines used in ultra-high performance and racing to hot rods and street cars to diesel, marine and

Stuck in Peru

The following story comes to us from Rottler’s David Bianchi. It’s both timely and fits the theme of our International issue for June.

Diesel Dominance

Whether you have a Ford, Dodge or Chevy, the Powerstroke, Cummins and Duramax diesels are all being pushed beyond their prior limits to reach new milestones.

Social Distancing Out on the Open Water

I’ll spare you the Coronavirus recaps and regurgitating all the information we have been constantly bombarded with every day. If you’re anything like me, it’s beginning to get tiresome, though important. What we do know is social distancing and stay-at-home orders are effective and have drastically reduced the impact of the COVID-19 virus.  I’ve been

Dealing with Advice Seekers

I read a great column in my current Drag Illustrated magazine by Will Hanna called the “Advice Buffet.” The theme of the article is how some racers and hot rodders seek advice from several sources. In most cases, the many sources will differ cost and effort to the seeker. The seeker will seek until he