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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Donut Media Put Out Their Top 10 Jet Car List – Do You Agree With Their Choices?

You want to get the attention of a human being? Introduce fire. Humans have been fascinated with fire as long as we’ve been walking upright. Fire keeps us warm and hurts us horribly. It is...

Morning Symphony: A 1973 Olds Cutlass On A Mission

“Never race anything that you are afraid to push off of a cliff.” That bite of wisdom was given to me shortly after the only time I took my Dodge Mirada to an autocross and proceeded to...

BangShift Tune-Up: “Who Was In My Room Last Night?” by Butthole Surfers (1993)

As a kid, I wasn’t exactly sheltered. I was allowed to roam pretty much untethered 95% of the time, I was allowed to go and see and do more or less as I pleased. But there were two things that...

Unhinged: The Styling Evolution Of The Pickup Truck, From Workhorse To Well-Heeled

I’ve been paying attention to the backlash that has come from the new truck announcements over the past couple of weeks. We’ve gotten a refreshed pair of twins from GM, the F-series got...

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Rough Start: The Home-Built Dodge Dually To Compete With Brian And Chad’s Obsessions!

So we’ve been on a dually pickup kick around here for a bit. Part of that is due to Chad’s box Chevy that he picked up and has been enjoying, but the other part is that we love dually...

Ultra4 Rigs Meet Hillclimbing! Who Wins? We All Do! (Just Kidding…The Hill Wins!)

Ultra4 racers are the kind of rigs that you see at King Of The Hammers. They are brutal units that have to survive the worst that California can throw at them, and range from UTV runners to the...

Are We Seriously Rooting For A Hot-Rodded Suzuki Swift? Yes We Are! Watch This Little Beast Go!

You probably would recognize it better if it was called a Geo Metro, but it’s a Suzuki Swift. Or a Suzuki Cultus. Or whatever…you know what kind of car it is, they were sold all over the...

Ye Old Ripper: This 1994 Oldsmobile Bravada Is Ready To Rip Asphalt Up (And Your Face Off)

I can’t remember when the story ran, but around the late 1990s the name Jon Moss was the buzzword for “Fast GM Products”. The “Toy Box” cars, as they were referred to,...

Classic YouTube: Making A Presidential Autocross Lap In A Caddy Limo!

One of the best ways to get all three of us laughing and cheering on the underdog: find the biggest car you can and make it do things it was never ever designed to do. You don’t get much bigger...

This 1984 Ford Sierra XR8 Gives Us An Idea: Merkur 5.0!

The Ford Sierra was the world car that just didn’t quite make the cut in the United States. It might have had more to do with it’s name change than anything else…while “Ford...

The Swiss Army Knife Of Custom Machines Is Up For Auction – The 2009 Dobbertin HydroCar Can Be Yours!

Rick Dobbertin’s 1965 Chevy II and 1985 Pontiac J-2000 are well-known and appreciated within the automotive community for what they were at the time: builds that were further advanced than...

Rough Start: Can You Scare Yourself With A Budget Find? This 1973 Omega Might Do The Trick!

Some concessions have to be made when you are playing with a small budget. You aren’t getting a top-tier model name. You aren’t getting a supercharged big-block, you aren’t getting...

More Wintertime Fun: Semi-Truck Donuts In The Snow!

Once again, there’s snow at BangShift Mid-West and I’m not playing in it. Adding insult to injury, I’ve had the fun of trying to extract my neighbor’s pickup truck from the...

BangShift Question Of The Day: Should Blowers Through Hoods Make A Comeback?

Every car magazine that wasn’t Road and Track or Automobile had them on the cover: a hunkered down piece of wicked creation that had a massive blower sticking through the hood. It was the...