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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

BangShift Says Thank You To All Veterans Today – Veterans Day 2019

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the armistice that was signed by the Allies of the first World War and Germany took effect. The effects of the Great War had...

Rust Coagulation: Making An Old Chevy Truck A Little More Solid

One of the highlights of my annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas is that I get the chance to see friends and associates in the business that I wouldn’t normally see elsewhere. Case in point is Derek...

Pressure Building: Four Turbochargers And One Blower – This Volvo Will Run!

This isn’t a race car or a street car…this thing is an internet meme that came to life. You can almost see crude, hand-drawn characters yelling at each other. “Volvo racecar!”...

Drag Challenge 2019: Australia’s Grand Drag Racing Tour Kickoff Party!

As the leaves continue to fall and the frost continues to form on our quickly freezing arses, the Australians are just cracking their necks and preparing for the summer racing season....

Scrapple, Your Guide To The “meh”-Worthy News! This Week: Post-SEMA Randomness

It’s been a week filled with travel, photography, glamour and cheap dinners, cars and reunions with friends and associates. And mercifully, it’s over. My poor work boots have never been...

SEMA 2019 Gallery: Morning Roaming, Including The Optima Alley

Is there such a thing as SEMA hangover? There’s the SEMA plague, which I think I managed to avoid this year. There’s the SEMA crunch, which I’m not going to be in danger of finding...

BangShift Project Files: Not One, But Two Of The Mythical 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle SE Unicorns!

A couple of years ago, while spending the early-morning hours buried somewhere in the depths of the Internet, I came across a car that I had never seen or heard of before…and that rarely...

Build & Battle 3: Gymkhana GRID Challenge Builds With A 350Z And A 3rd Gen Camaro!

Remember about a decade ago, when those early Ken Block videos hit the Internet, back when he was driving Subarus around an airport somewhere in the desert? Those were badass videos. And if...

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BangShift Question Of The Day: EV Hot Rodding…Do You See It As The Future?

It wasn’t the biggest story of SEMA…that had to have gone to the Quintin Brothers’ Challenger theft/pursuit/recovery tale that led to a wicked, 1,000 horsepower Dodge with body...

From Weak To Wicked: A Young Gun Building A V8 Mazda Drift Truck From Scratch!

If you are worried about young automotive enthusiasts or, more precisely, the abilities and will of the young automotive enthusiast, don’t. Just come to terms with the fact that they might not...

SEMA 2019 New Products: Mahle Motorsports’ New Pistons For Ford, GM, VW and BMW/Toyota!

Mahle Motorsports is all about making your engine as stout as it can be. They want the slugs that you intend to run in your engine to be the most stout pieces in your drivetrain. They know their...

Rough Start: 1974 Ford Thunderbird – Needs More Blower Through The Hood.

The profile of the machine cuts like a knife as it sits on a dark, cold and rainy Detroit night. In the few faint glimpses of light, the red paint flashes on an otherwise equally cold and dark...

2019 SEMA Show Gallery: Flying Raptors, An Annual Tradition!

It’s strange to think about SEMA in this particular regard, but every year I’ve attended, there have been Ford Raptors jumped in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the...

SEMA 2019 Gallery: Trucks And Campers, Plus More Eye Candy

Hunting down quality machines at SEMA 2019 meant walking. Lots of walking. I’m fully genuine when I say that I walked over fifteen miles on Wednesday, hunting down everything in just about...