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Category Archive: Unhinged

Unhinged: The Noose Left In Bubba Wallace’s Garage (Warning: Language)

Many drivers in the early days of NASCAR had their start in moonshine running. Many had histories with families that had ties to racing or other high-adrenaline sports. Wendell Scott was no...

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Unhinged: The Safety Brief That Ends With “And They Walked Away…”

Let’s play a game. It’s called “Identify That Wreck”. You are looking at the remains of a car that went off of the road during the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in Nebraska. I...

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Unhinged: My First Automotive Sin, And It Involved A Mustang II

It’s no secret that I appreciate the Mustang nobody else seems to, the Ford Mustang II. The early cars through 1970 are nearly worshipped. The 1971-73 big-body cars have a lot going for them,...

Memorial Day Memories: A Tribute To The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, The Blood, Sweat And Years

On Friday, April 15th, 2016, 1-17 Cavary flew thirty OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters in a formation flight around Fort Bragg, North Carolina in a public thank you and farewell. When the...

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Unhinged: The Line Between The Bothered And The Botherer

I learned early on that it was best to get along with your neighbors instead of pissing them off. I wasn’t a little a-hole kid…the worst thing I did was usually raid the neighbor’s...

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Unhinged: Does It Feel Like Project Rush? It Does To Me!

From the jump, let’s be honest: given what I do for work, the pandemic and the lockdowns were going to affect me differently than if I had any other job. I write from home most of the time....

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Unhinged: The Dark Side Of Being A Mopar Fan Is Limiting Yourself

Uncle Tony recently put out a video that calls out the problems with being a Mopar fan in modern times. You can watch the video below, I recommend that you do, but I’ll give you the Cliff Notes...

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Unhinged: A Toast To The Good Ol’ Truck

The Spring of 2020 brought enough problems with it, but here at BangShift Mid-West, we’ve been on a roll a bit longer than that. The fun really kicked off late last year, when an uninsured...

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Unhinged: The Story Of The PedoVan – The Strangest Vehicle I’ve Ever Dealt With

The list of stories I’ve got about vehicles I’ve messed with is long. I’ve bought cars that showed up with interiors that looked like bread left out on a plate for two weeks....

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The First Project: This 1979 Chevrolet Caprice Was The First Car That I Helped Fix And Got To Drive

When it comes to photos of vehicles I have owned, the catalog starts properly in 2001. That’s not to say that photos of my cars from previous years didn’t exist or that I didn’t...

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Unhinged Retrospective: We Put The “Competitive” Into “Fun and Competitive” At The BFGoodrich Pit Crew Challenge During SEMA 2015!

In all of this downtime, I couldn’t help but look back on some of the fun times I’ve had over the years, and this one was one of the best. BFGoodrich offered me a shot to have a little...

Unhinged: The “Bronco II Incident”, Or How I Managed To Not Land A Truck On A Friend

In the summer of 2000, I was living a teenage fantasy: I was living all but unsupervised, had a job at a carpet installation shop, a T-top Monte Carlo to bomb around in, a girlfriend, a couple of...

Unhinged: Did Bubba Wallace Really Deserve To Be Penalized For Rage-Quitting An iRacing Event?

With nobody needing to be near anybody during this pandemic, NASCAR took one of the more novel approaches we have seen and took their drivers to the sim racing game iRacing. NASCAR not only saved...

Unhinged: Anybody Talking Cash For Clunkers 2 Needs To Be Quarantined Indefinetly

Just hearing the words “cash for clunkers” sets my temper alight. The Car Allowance Rebate System, as it was properly known, was a scrappage deal that was all the rage in 2009. In simple...

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