Stick Shift Struggles – RMRW – Day 4

Looking for adventure? Try day-tripping with the “stick shift class” during a drive-only day of Rocky Mountain Race Week. That’s over 400-miles, on pig trails and back-roads in Nebraska and Colorado; with an elite drag (street) racing car using a manually shifted transmission. Don’t forget – that’s after a few days of abuse on the dragstrip. Buckle up! It’s going to get interesting. The day begins with a ride along in a 1964 Ford Fairlane, complete with bench seat and manual transmission. This is one of the slickest restomods you’ll ever find, and it is pulling an enclosed travel trailer. Read More

Lamborghini Aventador S VS. Tesla Model SP100D

Who would ever think that a total electric sedan would be held in contention with a legendary Italian sports car when it comes to running the quarter-mile? Well, Tesla changed our way of thinking. First, it was the Tesla Roadster. Now the SP100D is the all-electric bad boy. With the equivalent of 680hp and a shocking (pun intended) 900 lb.-ft. of torque, the Tesla sedan is virtually unrivaled at cutting a light and coming out of the hole. Its power is transferred immediately and its all-wheel drive capabilities make traction consistent and secure. After that, another weakness is not exhibited Read More

700-Miles In – Rocky Mountain Race Week – Day 3

After a long day on the road yesterday, the racers are checking in at the Julesburg Drag Strip in Colorado. This is the oldest operating drag strip in the U.S. Bad news is that the weather is wet. Good news is that the rain is subsiding, and it has cooled things off a bit. Race cars like it cool. Racers are looking a little tattered 700-miles into this excursion. Nevertheless, there are some top-tier competitors gnashing on the bridle to get back on the track. There’s a stunning yellow Mustang that has undergone a terrible struggle. The alternator belt broke Read More

2700HP LS Engine – Dyno Test

Nothing catches the attention of a true car enthusiast quite like a powerful engine. Whether it is in the car or on the stand, we want to know all the details. What’s in it? Is it bored over? What kind of heads? And on and on… This clip not only delivers with an amazing looking 7.0-liter (427) LS but also breaks down everything inside and out. As if that isn’t enough, there is also a dynamometer test that allows the builder to prove that his product does what he said it would. Steve Morris Engines (Norton Shores, MI) is one Read More

Over the Mountains – Rocky Mountain Race Week 2019

Day One of Rocky Mountain Race Week is over and it’s time for these racers to pack up their cars and drag their gear over the Rocky Mountains. Bound for Jefferson County, Colorado and the Bandimere Speedway (aka Thunder Mountain), these street/strip vehicles will be tested with a 200-mile trek that is almost all uphill. This is certainly the most demanding leg of this 1,000-mile road trip that many competitors claim is the most difficult part of this event. We are not on the road long when vehicles begin to drop like flies. A broken rack-and-pinion bracket, a vapor-locked fuel Read More

Gearhead Gathering – Rocky Mountain Race Week 2019

Welcome to one of the most grueling tests of man and machine to be found anywhere on earth. Drag cars – designed to accelerate quickly over a short distance, reach a maximum speed and suddenly come to a near halt – are charged with travelling to four venues over seven-days. The drag cars must be driven the 1,000-miles (roundtrip) over the Rocky Mountains and back! Bru-tal! It is common to see a tubbed-out muscle car or late model, pulling a travel trailer full of tools and car parts, during Rocky Mountain Race Week. Unfortunately, it’s also pretty common to see Read More

LSCalade – World’s Fastest Escalade

Greetings drag racers and speed aficionados of every ilk! Say hello to Mitchell and the LSCalade. Billed as the fastest Cadillac Escalade in the World, this mammoth-sized SUV is luxurious and all-wheel drive. Four big racing slicks, wrapped around a set of forged Weld Racing wheels, are your first clue that this big SUV might be packing some extra ponies under the hood. Sure enough, we found a 7.0-liter Dart Racing engine with a Dart billet crankshaft, Carillo connecting rods and Carillo pistons. Forced air induction is carried out via a pair of Precision 76-millimeter turbochargers. Woolf Aircraft tubing and Read More

9-Second Cadillac – Best Engine

Like a hood-less horseman, this Caddy is as likely seen “galloping” across the countryside as sprinting through 1320-feet of blacktop. Despite the full roll cage and shiny pair of CO2 tanks; plush, leather seating, air conditioning, premium audio, and power steering are among the amenities with which this street beast is equipped. Nevertheless, it can dash through the quarter-mile in nine-seconds at around 152 mph – consistently. Under the hood of this (Black Market Racing built) 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan is an LME custom 7.0-liter V8 with a dry sump lubrication system. It has Mast cylinder heads and twin Precision Read More

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