October 11, 2013

A Cackling Good Read

There was a time in drag racing when creativity ran rampant, and innovation was almost certainly the key to success. From the 1960s through the 1970s, the sport grew and changed dramatically, and it all happened in front of Bob McClurg. McClurg captured all of the action of the Roadsters, Gassers, Altereds, Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, and even the modern age of nostalgia drag racing on film, and followed each of the classes as they evolved.

McClurg’s best drag racing photos are brought together in Diggers, Funnies, Gassers & Altereds—Drag Racing’s Golden Age. With a foreword by John Force and more than 350 color and black-and-white photos, this book is a visual history of what is arguably the sport’s most exciting years.

This softcover reprint (ISBN: 978-1-61325-105-8) features 350 photos over its 204 pages, and retails for $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. Call CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or visit www.cartech books.com/diggers.

Muscling In On The Art Crowd

Unconcerned with such trivial details as comfort and handling, the vintage American muscle car was built for straight-line speed with it’s big-engine-in-a-small-car package, and it quickly became the ride of choice for power-hungry racers and serious gearheads. In a country where performance was measured in brute force, a quarter-mile at a time, the muscle car was the perfect machine.

Now prized by collectors and aficionados, classic muscle cars now fetch upwards of a million dollars at auctions. They are a symbol of the times, and the designs, details, and character that set them apart from each other is now what binds them together—it’s also what separates them from modern cars that lack such charisma.

Camaro and Chevelle SS, the Hemi and 440-6 ’Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunner, Super Bee, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona Charger, Super Cobra Jet and Boss Mustang, Talladega Torino, Buick GSX and W30 Oldsmobile 442, and AMX Javelin are all on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, The Art Of The Muscle Car, and each is described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of portraits and special gatefold presentations.

Photographer and writer David Newhardt worked with Peter Harholdt, a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer to develop this collector’s edition. This hardcover tome is a massive book with 240 pages and 245 color photos, and it’s available through motorbooks.com for $60.

Fastest Street Car Shootout

ProMedia Event recently released its latest DVD, Fastest Street Car Shootout—Dragtime. For just a mere $10, this DVD is an action-packed, horsepower-infused, 60-minute movie that offers viewers an inside look at the wild, wheels-up world of NMRA, NMCA, and NMCA WEST events from dragstrips across the country.

On the DVD, you’ll find everything from nitrous-gulping Outlaws to hopped-up vintage muscle, as well as highly modified modern American muscle cars. ProMedia touts unlimited non-stop drag racing action, on-car camera mounts, driver interviews, and classic in-the-pits moments. You can order a copy for only $10 plus shipping and handling at www.powermallstore.com, or purchase one at any NMRA, NMCA, or NMCA WEST event.

Precisely Powerful Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques

As reliable as factory engines are, they often leave a bit on the table in the name of cost savings. While you get a great engine for a reasonable price, they haven’t necessarily been given as much attention as they could have received. When it’s time to rebuild, balancing and blueprinting your engine will produce more horsepower and torque, more efficiently use fuel, run cooler, and last longer.

Through the blueprinting process, you carefully measure, adjust, machine, and fit each part together with precision tolerances, optimizing the design and maximizing performance. Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques covers the block, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshaft, measuring tools, and final assembly techniques. This book provides an unprecedented level of detail and instruction on the process of balancing and blueprinting your engine.

Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques is a softbound book (ISBN: 978-1-61325-047-1) that features 192 pages packed with 500 color photos and charts all depicting this important information to those looking to maximize their engines. It retails for $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. Get yours by calling CarTech at (800) 551-4754 or by visiting www.cartechbooks.com/blueprinting.