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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Classic YouTube: IROC Camaro, Meet IROC Camaro.

No car is more associated with the International Race of Champions series than the Chevrolet Camaro. Not the Porsche 911 RSR, not the Dodge Daytona IROC, not the Dodge Avenger, and not even the...

You Failed: The Right And Very Wrong Way Of Running A Confidence Course In An LMTV!

If you thought teaching a teenager how to drive for the first time was a nerve-wracking experience, sit in the passenger seat as a young soldier prepares to drive something much, much larger than...

You Thought The Lil’ Red Express Was The Hot Ticket Truck In The Seventies? How About A Ford Indy Pace Truck – Half Ton And 460 Power!

The story of how the Dodge managed to turn the D-series pickup into some of the most exciting performance products of the late 1970s is well known: the company found a loophole that allowed trucks...

How Would You Build It? This 1976 Chevrolet Malibu Is Near-Stock And Ready For A Build!

They might not have jumped in value the way they were expected to about ten years ago, but the 1973-77 GM A-bodies aren’t any worse off because of that. In fact, if anything, now is an even...

Classic YouTube: Pan American’s First 747 Flight Occurred On This Day In 1970

It wasn’t the Concorde, but the Boeing 747 might as well have been when it was rolled out of the hangar in Everett, Washington in September 1968. Compared to the Boeing 707s and Douglas DC-8s...

BangShift Tune-Up: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, “S.O.B.” (2015)

January is a build month for gearheads here in North America. Garages all over have cars torn apart, with the smell of WD-40, Brake-Kleen and grease hanging in the air. Whether you are catching up on...

How Is This Car Still This Clean? Somebody Snatch Up This 1972 Ford Galaxie 500 And Make It Rock!

I find it incredible that if you take the time to go hunt, that you can still find cars that are forty-five or fifty years old that are still in very decent shape for a few thousand dollars....

Wasn’t Expecting Nines: This Twin-Turbocharged Late-Model Mustang Runs Hard!

Straight off of the showroom floor, the new Mustang GTs are runners: they will easy sit right on the 13.0 quarter mile line all day long in stock form, and if you optioned gears deeper than 3.73,...

Morning Symphony: A DZ302-Powered Chevrolet Firenza Can-Am Showing Off

Thought the 302ci small-block Chevy was a Camaro-only unit? Nope. See, in South Africa, touring car racing is very popular, and in the early 1970s, Chevrolet had a problem: the Ford Capri Perana....

Question Of The Day: Does The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Act Actually Benefit You?

When the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Act of 2015 passed, many in the automotive world celebrated, and for reasons we fully understand: instead of having to go through the full-fat system of red tape to...

Classic YouTube: Chrysler Wasn’t The Only One Messing With Turbines – Check Out This Coal-Powered Oldsmobile!

General Motors walked into the Eighties in a kind of bi-polar state of mind. On the positive side, the downsized B and A/G body cars were a solid strike, the truck line was going well, the Camaro and...

Rough Start: When Is A $5000 Lancia A Good Idea? When It Has Toyota Reliability

“Hold up, McTaggart. There’s no way you found a Lancia of any kind on Craigslist for five grand,” I can hear you say. And you are right to be skeptical, especially when said Lancia...

Money No Object: A Viper-Powered Ramcharger With Grand Cherokee SRT-8 AWD? Sign Us Up!

The Dodge Ramcharger, especially it’s 1981-93 variation with the fixed roof, doesn’t get a lot of respect compared to the full-size Chevrolet Blazer and the Ford Bronco. Maybe familiarity...

Sgt. Rock: Get A Closer Look In, At And Around Stacey David’s Monster 1941 Dodge WC!

This 1941 Dodge WC needs no introduction to you, does it? Chances are pretty good that if the truck wasn’t in the photos, you would know exactly where I was at and who I was standing near. For...