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Category Archive: Barnstormin'

Father’s Day Memories: How You Cordially Tell The Local Chevy Dealer That They Suck – Circa 1957

(Being that this is Father’s Day I wanted to remember my late grandfather with one of the more fun reminders of how awesome he was with this blog site that originally ran back in 2014. I LOVE...

Barnstormin’: Lawyerin’ – Everyone’s Pleading Their Case At All Times In Drag Racing

One of my favorite all-time Saturday Night Live skits starred the amazing Phil Hartman as Andy Griffith’s character Matlock. For those of you who have no idea who Matlock was, the character was...

Barnstormin’: How The Sausage Is Made

(Photo by Chuck Danbom) – There’s an old saying out there that goes something like, “You never want to see how the sausage is made.” The point being that while you may enjoy...

Barnstormin’: Upper and Downers – Drag Racing Performance Marks Are Falling Weekly, Is That Good?

While at the various races I have worked over the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about how people relate to performance barriers. Of course last weekend in Gainesville was the 25th...

Barnstormin’: A Full Drag Strip Is A Happy Drag Strip, But Tracks Cannot Rest On Their Laurels

2017 has gotten off to a flying start on just about every level in the sport of drag racing. Since late January I have been at a track just about every weekend and the events at said tracks have...

Barnstormin’: Why The March Meet Still Matters

If drag racing truly has hallowed ground like some people believe (me included), than Auto Club Famoso Raceway is it. More than Pomona, more than Indy, more than Englishtown, Famoso is a place where...

Barnstormin’: Lights Out 8 – A Space Odyssey

I knew working at Lights Out 8 was going to be something. I knew it was going to be crazy. I knew it was going to be long days and very short nights, but even I could not conceive of what I would see...

Barnstormin’: Of Demons, Drag Racing, And A Hype Machine That’s Captured The Nation

It has been a good long while since I’ve seen anything the likes of what Chrysler has drummed up with respect to the upcoming Challenger Demon model. The hype that has been created based on the...

Banrstormin’: A Weekend With The Outlaws

(Lead image credit: SpeedVideo.com) – I’m not going to lie, rolling into Bradenton Motorsports Park last weekend felt pretty damned good. It isn’t like it has been a great while...

Barnstormin’: All The Records Great And Small

I write this as I am about to hit the sack and get a night’s sleep before heading off to the NMCA World Street Finals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. We’re...

Barnstormin’: Winners and Losers – The World Needs Both, Even If You Cannot Admit It

The most basic concept of a race is that someone wins the race and someone loses the race, right? That’s the whole freaking reason that any sort of event like racing, sports of all types, etc...

Barnstormin’ : The Slow Disappearance Of The Gearhead Classroom Is Bad For Us All

It’s kind of funny (and totally off-topic) that this space/column/whatever we want to label “Barnstormin” actually started as a concept for a video series on Car Junkie TV all those...

Barnstormin’: Baghdad Bob And The New Power Of Words

Remember the guy you see in the image both above and below? His real name is Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf but we here in the USA came to know him as Baghdad Bob during the 2003 invasion of Iraq....

Barnstormin’: A Drag Racing Revolution Repeats Itself Nearly 50 Years On The Dot

As a sport of ritual and repetition, drag racing is nearly unparalleled. That whole repetition thing goes a lot deeper than burnout, backup, stage, and run though. In the case of the current state of...