Garlits talks tire shake... with Prudhome, Austin Coil...
"In my heyday, to deliver the perfect drag racing run we raced a very fine line," asserts Don Garlits. "If you had the exact right size tire for the weight of the vehicle and the clutch set exactly right for the horsepower of the vehicle and a track surface compatible with the combination, you could make a perfect run.

Further news from MGI:

  Racing valve springs: Sound rules to remember

A brief insight developed for those interested in high-performance engine technology that explains the severity of the environment in which the valve spring operates and some of its relationships with the various functions of the valve train.

  Ian Tocher on the catastrophic events of his last race meet

The noted scribe and photographer for the acclaimed magazine Drag Illustrated says, "It was ironic that of the 150 racecars at Rockingham that weekend, the one I wrote press releases for is the one that hits me!"

  Androwick Returns to NHRA Pro Stock

Gray Motorsports, a top-tier team, with arguably the best group of individuals currently building engines and tuning race cars, approached Mike Androwick of Mike's Racing Heads for advice on their new fuel injected Pro Stock program.

Since the Atlanta race in mid-May, the three Gray Motorsports powered Pro Stock teams have produced three number one qualifiers, two race wins, and an impressive eleven semifinal-round appearances.

  ididit's Car Show & Open House

The 2016 ididit Car Show & Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1st and it's gonna be big!

Ididit will have loads in store this year to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary:  a special Michigan vendor area with some of the best names in the industry, from Classic Instruments to Woodward Fab and many more!

  Measuring the piston crown

Piston-crown thickness troubles usually strike from one of two causes: error during manufacture or subsequent ill-advised power increases beyond the piston's capacity.

Here's a new instrument that might inspire confidence. Introduced by Gibtec Pistons, it's a piston crown checker, which allows engine builders to verify the piston crown thickness, the thickness under the valve pockets and it accomplishes the task in seconds.

  Blower Basics: What you need to know about supercharging

The most direct means to enhance engine performance is to introduce more mixture into the cylinders–and supercharging is the most effective way. Forcing fuel and air into the cylinders with a pump or supercharger increases the volumetric efficiency dramatically, by as much as 50 percent compared to normally aspirated engines.

  Mark the date: California Hot Rod Reunion® at Bakersfield, Oct 21-22

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is a BIG deal since those folks 25-years ago just thought we were going to do it only once!

The Reunion continues to be the venue to renew old friendships, meet the legends and your heroes, and just have a great time.

  Reported death, erractic Topolino, and Roger Lamb

Never trust an unbiased printer. We read with dismay a report in the latest issue of Drag Racing Scene announcing the passing of Dave McClelland. How could this be? Dave was in fine fettle a few evenings ago when we last spoke, and a man in better spirits we could not imagine. Of course death has always been unequivocal, that is until Mark Twain issued his hilarious rebuttal "Reports of my death…"

  Ohio Speed Shops: Chuck Fitch explains how to buy an engine package

Chuck Fitch has played a pivotal role for over thirty years in the supply of engines and transmissions—often custom packages with a emphasis on completeness—and recently expanded his options by opening a new venture: Ohio Speed Shops.

  Wilwood Disc Brakes Releases New GS Compact Master Cylinders

Wilwood's newly designed GS model compact master cylinders have been fully retooled using advanced high pressure die-casting processes to create a lightweight body design with consistent internal grain structure and cross-sectional wall thickness.


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