Category Archive: XL Spotlight, XL Videos

We Just Want To Go Desert Racing! Is That So Wrong?

Anytime I see footage of SCORE or Best in the Desert racing, all I want to do is go race across the desert. Seriously, there is something about desert racing that just draws me to it like a moth to a...

This 1979 Ford Is Personal Monster Truck Perfection

Every red blooded American male has, at one point or another, wanted to own and drive a Monster Truck. It just is. But we all know that driving one around is difficult to say the least, and...

45 Hours, Coast to Coast, In A Custom Dodge Van? This Is The Four Ball Rally

(Words and Photos by Jim Smoot) Boston, Massachusetts – June 2, 1984… In the early morning hours, in the pouring rain, more than a million dollars worth of exotic automotive machinery &...

Here Is The COMPLETE First Timer’s Guide To Bonneville Speed Week!

We’re talking EVERY detail! Thanks to the folks at TheBonnevilleSaltFlats.com, you can find everything you need to know before coming to Bonneville Speed Week for the first time. It is all on...

Welding Aluminum The Right Way: How To Make It Easy, Pretty, And Strong

Stacking dimes, laying down a bead, whatever you call it, a pretty weld is a weld to be proud of. As longs as it is at least as strong as it is good looking. The skills and techniques used to get...

Truck-Ology: Another Look Into The History Of Trucks – A Fresh Load Of 100 Year Old Photos!

(Photos: DPL Digital collection) – Since last week’s look into the history of trucks from the early 20th century was such a hit, I am going to make a regular thing of it and call the...

Cleetus McFarland Goes Crazy Over A GIANT Ford Raptor

Seeing someone drive a BIG lifted truck for the first time is always a treat. I’ve owned big trucks and they are awesome to drive most of the time, and give you a viewpoint that you just...

Is It Just Us, Or Does The Fact That This Big Block Truck Has No Bed Mean It Does Better Burnouts And Is Therefore Way More Exciting?

I’d like to think that the fact that someone took the utility bed off of this cab and chassis, big block equipped, 1990 GMC 3500 truck, is a sign from God himself that this truck is meant to do...

Welding Sheet Metal Or Plate To Tubing Takes Some Work. Here’s How To Do It Right.

The devil is in the details, and sometimes there is no place this is more apparent on a project than in the fabrication of the chassis or roll cage. The Fabrication Series has been showing you ways...

This Duramax Swapped C10 Is A Riot To Watch, And So Subtle Some People Don’t Even Know!

This is one of the rides we enjoyed watching during Rocky Mountain Race Week because it wasn’t what you expected. It caught nearly everyone at the even off guard because if you didn’t pay...

This 1968 Cadillac Camper Would Be The Talk Of The Campground!

We’ve seen a few Cadillac RV’s or Campers in our day for sale online. But I’ve only seen one in person. And as the resident RV freak around here I can tell you that I am in love...

The 20-Mile Journey From Shipyard To Sea At This German Shipyard Is The Most Incredible Thing You’ll See Today

Meyer Werft is a shipbuilder in Papenburg, Gremany. It’s located on the Ems River, about 20 miles inland from the North Sea. It was located there in 1795 to isolate it from storms. They were...

Keystone Truck And Tractor Museum: More Trucks Ranging From The Rare To The Absurd

(Photos by the Author) – I gave you a little break in the action from the Keystone Truck and Tractor Museum photos last week because I did not want you to be overwhelmed with all the awesome....

Ridetech Debuts New 88-98 C1500 StreetGRIP System: Taking The 4/6 Kit To A Whole New Level

When the 1988 Chevy and GMC C1500 trucks came out they were IMMEDIATELY lowered and customized. They became the most widely lowered and customized new truck in the history of trucks, and with that...