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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Challenge Accepted: Watch Mark Higgins Pilot A Subaru Rally Car Down A Bobsled Course!

Mark Higgins has done many great things in a Subaru WRX STI, most notably his monstrous  17:49.75 lap at the Snaefell Mountain Course…you know, the Isle of Man TT loop that is considered one...

BangShift Project Files: The Ballad Of The Little Red Mustang, Now With More Blower Noise

One of the most colorful characters in the BangShift Forums is “pdub”, who was formerly known as Peewee. We don’t mean colorful as yours truly (meaning that every fifth word usually...

Question Of The Day: What One Engine Will Outlive All Of The Others?

The internal combustion engine has, for better or worse, changed the course of human history. And, as long as there are fuels to power them on, they will remain for years to come. But here’s an...

Morning Symphony: The Scream Of The LA 318 (Yes, They Can Scream!)

Enough with my usual prose…it’s 3/18 and it’s time for me to dive right back to my roots, to the LA 318 and the cars I usually found them in. If you are unfamiliar with my...

This 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pro Touring Build Is In Need Of Track Time!

Pro Touring builds can empty your wallet faster than a dam breach can empty a lake, but that doesn’t need to be the case. Pick a car with a good setup to begin with, focus on the right parts,...

How Would You Build It: This 1979 Oldsmobile 442 Slant-Back Needs Power, But What Else?

From the front, this 1979 Oldsmobile 442 looks pretty good: handsome A/G body shape, the cool sectioned grille that looks aggressive compared to the standard Cutlass waterfall-style unit, and no hood...

The Maniac Is At It Again: Colin Furze Is Building A Crotch-Rocket Powered Bumper Car!

First thing’s first: the BBC tapped Mr. Colin Furze, the man known for such fun projects as the weaponized Tuk-Tuk and a mobility scooter fast enough to run at Santa Pod, to build something...

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Run, Rabbit, Run! Watch As This VW Golf Monsters Hillclimbs At Full Chat!

If there is one truth to racing, it’s that you never half-ass anything you do. If you can’t be bothered to give it your all, don’t bother showing up. That goes for any form of...

Demon Watch: Track Action, Exhaust Note, And Launch Control For The Dodge Challenger Demon. And We Get A Dragstrip Run, Too…

Someone at FCA was paying attention to a wave of complaints about the Challenger SRT Demon’s dragged-out, teased launch, because the newly released video, “No Pills”, is our best...

This Five-Year-Old Has The Coolest Toys Ever! Handbrakes, Fast, And She Can Drive Them Too!

When I was five years old, I had a Big Wheel, one of the original red and yellow ones, and my little brother had a Big Wheel that was supposed to be Knight Rider themed. No, it didn’t give him...

Money No Object: This 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport Dances On The Line Between Done And Overdone

Don’t mention Starsky and Hutch…or Gran Torino…or the fourth Fast and Furious flick. Even with their star-car power, the Ford Torino line really doesn’t have as strong a...

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Morning Symphony: World Touring Car Championship Practice – Small Family Cars On Kill!

If you’ve ever complained about how NASCAR drivers are too tame (regardless of how much blood comes out of Kurt Busch’s forehead) or that the cars that they race are nothing more than...

Classic YouTube: The Pilot Of This BO-105 Helicopter Has No Fear Whatsoever!

I’m sure I’m gonna hear from a lot of people I used to work with for saying this, but it’s a reality: not every helicopter pilot is a great pilot. Safe, sure. Competent, absolutely....

Historical Footage: The 1970 Chevrolet Vega Commercial – Optimism At It’s Finest!

The Chevrolet Vega had so much promise going for it. It looked like a mini-Camaro from the front, was handsomely proportioned, and seemed to be on course to be the first small car from an American...