Category Archive: XL Spotlight, XL Truck Feature

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 &...

The Turbo Titan III and Ford’s Big Red – 1960s Turbine Big Rig Brothers From Another Mother

(Editor’s note: There was some discussion on a FB group about these trucks the other day so I thought we should let people know that there was some wild development work being done by OEMs in...

Truck Feature: Dodd Bros. Wrecker Service 1941 Chevrolet Lives A New Life INSIDE A Children’s Hospital

(Words and photos by Tommy Lee Byrd) – Vintage tow trucks register pretty high on cool factor, and while the first impression of this colorful wrecker might have you scratching your head,...

Why Are Mark Williams Axles And Housings The Best In Drag Racing? They’ll Tell Ya Right Here

Mark Williams Enterprises has been a massive force in the world of drag racing chassis, drivelines, and innovation for decades now. Mark himself was one hell of a racer, competing in top fuel and...

Read The Actual Dwight Eisenhower Report From The 1919 Cross Country Expedition

Last week we told you the story of the pretty amazing cross country mission that Dwight Eisenhower and a large group of US Army soldiers took across the United States in 1919. It was a way to...

Old Land Cruisers Rule, And This Guy Is Making Sure You Can Still Buy Them, Without Breaking The Bank

The Toyota Land Cruiser is an automotive icon. Whether you are talking about an FJ40, their bigger brother the FJ45, or the FJ55, they are all cool, capable, and fun. When the FJ60 came out in 1980...

BangShift Test Drive: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Hemi – The Best Option For A Late-Model Build Or A Stripped Penalty Box?

I know what you are thinking and I’ll spare you asking it yourself: why in the hell would I bother testing a two-year-old stripper work truck? Well, it comes down to a couple of facts that are...

VanGo, This Bitchin 1963 Ford Econoline Van, Was A Hit At The Hoonigan Shop

If you are a SoCal local then you know VanGo. This is one bitchin ride and one that grabs people’s attention wherever it goes. I remember the first time I saw this thing, and was as amazed by...

GM Built The World’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Vehicle In 1966 And We Found Video Of It – Sweet Van!

This unassuming GMC Handivan is actually one of the great feats of automotive engineering in the history of the disciple. Known as the “Electrovan” this was the first vehicle that ever...

Coolest Race Car Transporter Ever? The Restored Ecurie Ecosse Bus Hauler Is Absolutely Amazing

There are race car haulers and then there are RACE CAR HAULERS. This historic piece of iron from Europe is one of the coolest ever made and the video below not only profiles the rig itself but the...

A Diesel Stroker That Isn’t A Cummins: Innovative Thinking And Machine Work Make This 383cid Power Stroker Fly

Normally when we talk about stroked diesel engines around here, we’re talking about Cummins inline six power plants. There are multiple options out there on the market for stretching the...

Soaking Behemoth – The Mack Super Pumper Was A Locomotive Engined Fire Fighter That Could Extinguish Hell Itself (And Often Did)

(Lead image: Philip Goldstein) – In the early 1960s the New York City Fire Department was facing a host of problems. The world around them was growing ever taller, ever more compact, and ever...

My Kinda of Dually: This 2003 Chevrolet Is A Duramax Powered, Single Cab, Stick Shifted, Unicorn Of A Truck

Dualie trucks have been all the rage around here recently with Chad having scored a vintage 1980s big block crew cab version for himself and both McTaggart and I scouring the internet for other cool...

BangShift Road Test: 2018 Dodge Durango GT Blacktop AWD – Two Weeks With The Burrrrrango

As New England is in the middle of a historic and brutally cold stretch like much of the nation is, we were happy when Dodge threw us the keys to one of their more robust offerings over the holidays...