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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Looks Familiar: A Crash Collection That Has Less Problems Than 2020 Has Had!

I hesitate to tempt fate by saying that this year has been one for the books because the only certain thing this year is that any plans that you might have had at the beginning of the year are...

High Roller: The 1981 Rolls-Royce Corniche Coupé That Ran The Paris-Dakar

What made a desert run to the southern point of the Baja Peninsula work? It wasn’t sponsorships and a ton of advertising dollars, but a desire to push man and machine to the limit on...

Cool Vanilla: 1990 Dodge Ram D150 Muscle Truck, As It Should Have Been

Rewind back to 1990 for a minute. The truck of the moment, as it had been ever since it debuted, is the updated GM C/K pickup truck. Lifted, slammed, name it, GM trucks were killing it. They were the...

When Giraffes Fly: Cleetus Takes The Controls Of A Cessna For The First Time!

When I left the Army in 2010, my plan was concrete: I was going to go to school and I was going to learn to fly. I had managed to push through the bureaucracy of the Veterans Administration and the...

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4WD To Front Wheel Drive In A Snap: Street Gas 4×4 Trucks At Berryville

Much like a test-and-tune night on No-Prep Thursdays, or a “public welcome” spectator drags event that ends with broken headlights and someone beating the tar out of someone else in the...

Rough Start: 1968 Dodge Dart Sedan – The Yellow Brick Road To Fun

In the 1990s, Mopar Action magazine built up a 1969 Plymouth Valiant four-door, dubbed it the “Green Brick” and proceeded to road-race the dog snot out of the car. It competed at many...

Flying Bricks! Enjoy A Half-Hour Of All-Volvo Rally Footage – Good, Bad And Ugly!

Volvos are the cars of safety, and have been for decades. They aren’t performance darlings out of the box, but are instead meant to be stronger and safer than the truck that carried them to the...

Mall Cruiser Or Mud-Bogging LuxuryLiner? Bogging In Trars In The Woods!

I’ve seen HMMWVs sunk up to the top of the windshield frame and LMTVs that couldn’t find any traction whatsoever in the slop. I’ve seen a K5 Blazer on 35-inch tires sunk up the tops...

Old-School Roundy-Round: Picking Up A 1938 Chevy Racer!

Is it difficult for you to picture a pre-war car as a use and abuse kind of ride? Eighty years on, most are gone, the ones that remain are either restored or modified into some kind of hot rod, but...

Rough Start BOGO: 1979 Chevy Monza 2+2 And 1980 Monza Spyder

Finding a Chevy Monza that meets the Rough Start qualifications is a bonus to begin with. H-bodies don’t grow on trees anymore and if you can find one that is still capable of being on the...

BangShift Question Of The Day: What Has Been Stolen From You?

Thieves suck. Plain and simple, those who would rather steal from others instead of getting their own share deserve nothing more than scorn, ridicule and punishment. Not sorry in the least. Too many...

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...

In Memoriam: Maurice Petty, The Chief Of The Petty Dynasty

In the world of stock car racing, it’s pretty much par for the course that the driver is the one that will be remembered. They were the one that was in the car, they are the one seen when they...

BangShift Question Of The Day: What RV Suits You Best?

It’s a subject that just won’t die around BangShift Mid-West right now: the recreational vehicle. Ever since our first tour of Rocky Mountain Race Week (and, honestly, before we said...