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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

BangShift Top 11: Best First Car Options For The Ungrateful Little Brat!

So, one of the stories that went flying around the Internet this week was a report from the IIHS and Consumer Reports that was a list of the best cars for Mom and Dad to get a teenager for their...

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Heads Up: Guy Films Buddy Spinning Donuts In The Dirt Buddy Flings Rock Into Camera Guy’s Face.

One person, in the car, driving like an ass equals one person involved when things go wrong. One person in the car plus one person outside of the car means someone can be hurt regardless of the...

Rough Start: 1973 AMC Hornet – Call It The Mongrel!

Does that seem like I’m already picking on this little Hornet, calling it “The Mongrel”? I don’t think so. Part of me is looking at this car with truth: it’s rough...

The Challenger Revival, Part 21: Finishing Off The 5.7L Hemi Rebuild For The E-Body!

It’s getting closer and closer to being a running, driving car and just a little more work is needed before the engine that is destined for Dylan McCool’s 1973 Dodge Challenger is ready...

Wood-Fired Lawn Mower: Colin Furze Is At It Again!

Full confession: It’s just after midnight and I’m craving pizza. Like Dennis in Stephen King’s Christine, stoned out of his head, dreaming of just sitting down and mowing through...

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The Unassuming: The Vauxhall Four-Door That Stomped The World In 1990

Until recently, the best assumption that I had about Vauxhall was that it was a combination of Opel and Holden models and that the level of desirability I would have for anything with the griffin on...

The Story Behind Tim Richmond’s NASCAR Pontiac LeMans And How It Was Found And Restored

Tim Richmond isn’t a name that immediately springs to mind when NASCAR is involved, but the story behind him and this NASCAR Pontiac LeMans car is a unique one. Richmond, a playboy and in some...

Wide-Eyed: A Beauty Of A Rambler American Getting Sorted At Route 66

AMC is known for three things throughout it’s relatively short lifespan. One, they were known for some of the more funky designs to come out of an American manufacturer during the 1970s, as...

Meet Colonel Senders: Grind Hard Plumbing Co.’s 100 Horsepower Off-Roader Is Done!

The transition from a Power Wheels toy meant for a precocious three-year-old to tool around the front yard in to a beast that requires skill, strength and a completely inactive self-preservation...

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Midget Of The Corn: This MG Roadster Revival Is Off To A Flying Nope!

It’s a legitimate fact: the line between somebody’s yard and a field of corn is filled with tall grass and junk. I know…at the far end of BangShift Mid-West is a stand of ragweed...

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Take It All Off: Stripping The Patina’d Paint Off Of The Valiant Wagon

Without giving away too many details, it’s become quite clear that at some point in the Rough Start Mustang’s future, that a stripdown and repaint will be in order. Am I looking forward...

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Random Car Review: The 1980 Ferrari Pinin, The Four-Door Performance Sedan That Never Had A Prayer

Looking around in today’s market, the two-door car is on the critically endangered list. Four-doors have finally made their way to the mainstream, and fast, potent versions of four-door sedans...

Cruising In The Rain: The Vehicles Of The Chelsea Cruise In The UK

Well, it’s nice to see that some car events aren’t completely binned. Unfortunately, making it to the Chelsea cruise isn’t exactly a thing we can do. Yes, I’ve got a passport...

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How Would You Build It: 1989 Shelby Dakota

Seeing Carroll Shelby jump ship from Ford around 1970 was no surprise. The direction that the Shelby Mustang program was headed towards was pissing him off more and more. His GT350 and GT500 were...