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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Monster’s Ball: Semi Tractor Burnouts At The Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge

In 1991, my brother and I got the chance to ride with my father up to Montana in the Kenworth he was driving at the time. From the sleeper section of the cab, we got to see more states than we had...

Hot Rod Magazine’s Power Tour 2019 at Kentucky Speedway: Show And Shine For Miles!

It’s difficult to grasp the scale of what the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour is like if you haven’t been on one yourself, so let’s put it like this: Kentucky Speedway is a NASCAR...

Historical Footage: The 1980 Fiat Strada Review By Bob Mayer – Wait, They Sold These Here?

I’ll let my age shine through a bit: I knew that Fiat sold cars in the United States. I’ve dealt with the “fun” of a Fiat 124 Spider and I’ve seen Fiat X1/9s, usually...

The Ultimate Odd Project: Be Adventurous, Grab A Wienermobile!

Is there anything more wholesome that rolls down the Interstates of America quite like the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile? These rolling hot dogs travel the country with college seniors, known as...

Call It A Toy, We Dare You: Check Out These Huge R/C Aircraft Models!

I’m an aviation geek through and through. Even before I worked on flightlines, I loved aircraft. Boeing 727s, McDonnell Douglass MD-11s, Lockheed C-141 Starlifters…I got to see many...

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The Rusty Rattler: Check Out This Isuzu Diesel-Swapped 1970 Plymouth Satellite!

When I first saw this 1970 Plymouth and realized what had happened to this car, initially my brain started screaming out, “WHY?!” as loudly as possible. Why is there a diesel in a 1970...

More Like It: Jay Leno Checks Out Two Mil-Spec Modified HMMWVs!

When you spend years hoping, praying, bargaining with motor pool mechanics, attempting to bribe officers and still get nowhere, you tend to dream up builds for the HMMWV. Or was that just me?...

Hot Rod Magazine’s Power Tour 2019 at Kentucky Speedway: The Rolling Roadshow Comes To Town!

Twenty-five years ago, eight Hot Rod Magazine staff vehicles and eight cars driven by readers left Los Angeles, California on a 2,200 mile trek across the country to Norwalk, Ohio en route to one of...

Necropsy: Street Machine Reviews The Death Of The “Turbo Taxi” Falcon’s Barra Six!

Every auto media outlet has their beloved project car, at least one. Roadkill has the General Mayhem Charger. Popular Hot Rodding had the Project X 1957 Chevrolet. Mopar Action has the “Green...

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Figure It Out: This 1969 Beaumont Is The Special Way To Speak A-body!

My trip into the eastern side of Canada didn’t radically open my eyes to the country north of the United States. Neither did my forays into British Columbia years ago when I used to visit...

Classic YouTube: Bobby Allison’s Win At Darlington In An AMC Matador

It’s easy to picture American Motors fighting it out in Trans Am racing back in the 1970s. Mark Donohue did wonders promoting the brand and the red-white-and-blue Javelins and AMXs. But AMC...

Rough Start: The Wagon Queen Family Truckster, Now In Hit-The-Bricks Red!

It’s still a surprise that the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, that slice of early 1980s automotive hell that came to fame in the film National Lampoon’s Vacation has developed the cult...

BangShift Tune-Up: “Nitro Sexy” by Granny 4 Barrel (2019)

Consider this more of a true test drive, because this song is about as new as it gets. In the world of new music, most automotive references can be found in rap music as a hat tip to luxury brands or...

Beech Ridge Spectator Drags: Semi-Civilized Lap Racing For The Delinquents Of Maine!

We return to Beech Ridge in Maine for their take on the Spectator Drags scene. If you are unfamiliar with how this system works, it’s a lap of a short asphalt oval with two cars racing in an...