Cool Is 2600 Miles In A '55 Gasser Chevy With A Hemi On Slicks In Rain

Remember that '55 Chevy gasser Freiburger and Finnegan tried to put together with a Hemi? Well, Blasphemi got ready. 2,600 miles, 530 cubic inches, 700 horsepower, six speeds, 17 mpg. The last number must be a miracle. » 7/16/14 4:15pm 7/16/14 4:15pm

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is one awesome gasser

When gasser style cars started appearing at drag strips in the late 50s, they were like nothing anyone had ever seen. They were stripped down hot rods with big engines, wild paint jobs and a weird stance—thanks to the straight front axles that were installed up front to improve traction off the line. » 11/26/11 11:00am 11/26/11 11:00am


How many big-block Novas can you watch at the dragstrip before you get bored? In my case, the answer is "many," but Nova (and Camaro) Fatigue inevitably sets in. However, there is no such thing as Gasser Fatigue! » 8/29/10 2:00pm 8/29/10 2:00pm

Natural Gas Hot Rod Is VERY Green, Very Fast

This Factory Five '33 Ford wears a very loud shade of Lamborghini green, but it's not just posing, it's green enough to turn anyone envious. Under the hood's a CNG-fueled LS7 exhaling at 650 HP though four catalytic converters. » 5/18/10 10:30am 5/18/10 10:30am

Ya Don't Drive, Ya Aim! Motor City Drag Racing, 1958

It's like threading the needle at a quarter of a mile… but it's really livin'! Hot Rod Magazine put together this great drag racing documentary for the 1958 Nationals, and it's well worth watching. » 4/11/09 12:00pm 4/11/09 12:00pm

Gasser Taunus!

We can't think of a single thing wrong with this car except for the name. Drive a Taunus in North America and you'd be patiently- or maybe not so patiently- spelling it out: "T-A-U-N-U-S... no, not Taurus... I said NOT TAURUS!" Other than that, it's all aces: tunnel-rammed 289 for passing power, solid front axle for… » 7/15/08 2:40pm 7/15/08 2:40pm

Project Car Hell, Euro-Gasser Edition: Opel or Alfa Romeo?

The Super Hell Potential of the Starion pounded the sashimi right out of the Corolla GTS in yesterday's 80s Japanese Muscle Edition of Project Car Hell, which is probably as it should be; both cars are pretty damn cool, but there's no way any Toyota could ever be as hellish to work on as a turbocharged 80s Mitsubishi.… » 1/15/08 5:00pm 1/15/08 5:00pm

Ed "The Ace" McCulloch Grand Marshall of California Hot Rod Reunion

The Crew Chief of the Brut Racing but no longer by Faberge Funny Car driven by Ron Capps is coming back to Bakersfield this weekend as Grand Marshall of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. The Ace's qualifications for the job include hammering the Northwind Top Fuel dragster to the number one spot on the Drag News » 10/10/07 1:00pm 10/10/07 1:00pm

John North Willys, Automotive Pioneer

We once had a French roommate into hot rods and sportbikes. Given that he'd become an American citizen whose nation of birth had been liberated by men driving vehicles manufactured by a company founded and shepherded by one John North Willys, we always thought his prediliction toward referring to the company as… » 5/18/07 12:00am 5/18/07 12:00am