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1-on-1 with Sick Week’s Tom Bailey

Sick Week was the newest drag-and-drive event to hit the scene back in February 2022, and the man behind it all was drag racer Tom Bailey. The two-time Drag Week winner help found Sick the Mag, specifically for coverage of drag-and-drive events and its competitors, and with it came a signature event. We caught up

“Organ Grinder” Hot Rod Features 454 Big Block Chevy Engine

This hot rod isn’t flashy, but it certainly earns points for cool factor. Dubbed the “Organ Grinder,” this 1930 Ford Model A has a 454 big block Chevy stuffed between the frame rails. Check it out!

Organ Grinder – 454 Big Block Chevy Engine

After watching Reggie Moore pop wheelies off the line during Sick Week, we had to know what he had in his 1930 Ford Model A hot rod… check out this 454 big block.

Turbocharged Gen III Hemi Engine

As a Chrysler guy, Bob Hess always wanted to put a Gen III Hemi into a Ford. When he got this 1982 Mustang as a roller, he worked alongside Big 3 Racing to turn it into a formidable drag car and street car. Check out what makes this Hemi special!

Turbocharged Gen III Hemi-Powered 1982 Ford Mustang

We couldn’t just walk past this gorgeous 1982 Ford Mustang without taking a few extra looks at it, and upon closer inspection, we found out it has a Gen III Hemi engine stuffed inside. Turns out owner Bob Hess is a Chrysler guy and has always wanted to put a Hemi in a Ford, so

98mm Twin-Turbo 572 cid SMX Engine

After keeping his 1993 wagon stashed away for the past nine years, when Steve Morris of Steve Morris Engines was ready to race again, he knew the wagon needed something special. Steve gave it a full Pro Mod chassis and one of his twin-turbo 572 cid SMX engine setups! Check out this awesome billet engine!

Twin-Turbo 572 cid SMX Engine in Steve Morris’ Wagon

After not having raced his wagon for more than 9 years, Steve Morris of Steve Morris Engines used Sick Week as the excuse to get the wagon back out on the track. The Pro Mod chassis car is equipped with Steve’s own 572 cid SMX engine and twin 98mm turbos!

John Deere Rat Rod with a 496 Big Block Chevy Engine

You haven’t seen anything like Jesse Madaffari’s rat rod. It’s a 1972 John Deere 7520 tractor cab on an ’82 GMC S15 truck frame with a 496 big block Chevy engine capable of 10-second passes. Go ahead and read that again – you read it correctly. Check this thing out!

John Deere Rat Rod Powered by a 496 Big Block Chevy Engine

Can you believe Jesse Madaffari daily drives this thing?! It’s a sight to behold, and when we walked past it at Sick Week, we had to stop and find out more about this unique rat rod build of a John Deere cab and a 496 big block Chevy engine.

Twin-Turbo 6.0L LS Engine

Aydan Bailey may have rolled his 1957 Chevy wagon on the last day of Sick Week, but the car’s twin-turbo 6.0L LS engine was still capable of 7-second passes. Check it out!

Aydan Bailey’s Twin-Turbo 6.0L LS Engine

We caught up with Aydan Bailey at Sick Week, a drag-and-drive event Aydan’s dad Tom Bailey is the founder and promoter of. Aydan was there to compete with his 1957 Chevy wagon and a twin-turbo 6.0L LS. Hear what’s under the hood in this Engine of the Week.

Weiand Supercharged 454 Big Block Chevy Engine

For people like Jason Schaefer, making horsepower and enjoying performance is more about being the right mechanic than having the right billfold. He showcases that mentality in his 1929 Ford hot rod, which is equipped with a supercharged 454 big block Chevy engine. Find out what helps this thing rip down the track!