Category: FEATURES – NEW

FEATURED – THE REAL THING Tony Karamitsos 1969 Z28

FEATURED – THE REAL THING Tony Karamitsos 1969 Z28

South Bend, Indiana’s Tony Karamitsos has one heck of a cool job. The Die-Cast Brand Manager and Designer for Johnny Lightning, Auto World, American Muscle, and Racing Champions is instrumental in turning cool real-life rides into small scale replicas for collectors and enthusiasts. But he doesn’t just build the small stuff. He builds the real […]

September 21, 2020 More
FEATURED – KNOW THE RULES Pierre Luc Mallet 1991 Mustang Coupe

FEATURED – KNOW THE RULES Pierre Luc Mallet 1991 Mustang Coupe

Grudge no-time drag racing has grown from the roots of both street racing and organized street car style class drag racing. Add in the component of not having time clocks telling everybody what a car is capable of (that’s why it’s called “NO TIME”) and you just managed to level the playing field to almost […]

September 16, 2020 More
FEATURE- THE STICK SHIFTERS

FEATURE- THE STICK SHIFTERS

In every race community, there are groups that form and come to light. The Pro Stock and Pro Mod scene in the ’80s grew into Pro Street, while the current radial tire craze that started with the NSCA and NMCA has spawned multiple new classes of drag racing like no prep and the drag n’ […]

August 11, 2020 More
FEATURES – THE INSTIGATOR – Jeff VanNorden – 70 Challenger

FEATURES – THE INSTIGATOR – Jeff VanNorden – 70 Challenger

To hear Clifton Park, New York’s Jeff VanNorden tell it, he didn’t have a choice. On the streets in his hometown, there is an order. There’s an ethos. There’s a way you establish yourself. And to fail to abide by those unwritten rules is… well…unforgivable. “A buddy of mine was riding his Hyabusa and he […]

July 3, 2020 More
FEATURES – STIFF WIND – Anthony Albanese ‘ ’71 Chevelle Ragtop

FEATURES – STIFF WIND – Anthony Albanese ‘ ’71 Chevelle Ragtop

It’s been said that variety is the spice of life. And try as we might to mix things up here at RPM, the truth is that for all our car guy and gal chest thumping for being different, unique, and individualistic, we sure tend to do things a lot more alike than different. We all […]

July 2, 2020 More
FEATURES – C-10-MENTAL – Justin Moore

FEATURES – C-10-MENTAL – Justin Moore

Speaking from experience here, it’s funny what we remember from our childhood as we age. For some, it’s a familiar smell of  grandma’s kitchen. For others, it is just a  few notes from a  beloved song. But for the car guys and gals among us, it is fairly  common that some of our best and […]

June 24, 2020 More
FEATURES – PROFESSIONAL GRADE – Ron Fountain ’68 Camaro

FEATURES – PROFESSIONAL GRADE – Ron Fountain ’68 Camaro

Severn, Ontario’s Ron Fountain was tired of the hassle. Fed up with the fight. Weary of the war. With a 9-second capable but non-caged 1970 Nova that he had street raced for years, every time he went to the track he’d get scolded for having a car that lacked the necessary safety equipment for its […]

June 22, 2020 More
FEATURES – GLASS DRAGGIN – George Reidenauer – Corvette Nostalgia Funny Car

FEATURES – GLASS DRAGGIN – George Reidenauer – Corvette Nostalgia Funny Car

George Reidnauer was introduced to drag racing by his father in the mid-’70s. His dad, who used to deliver bread for a living, would rush home to pick young George up as soon as he got off work  early Sunday mornings and the duo would drive over to Maple Grove Raceway for the day. Of […]

June 5, 2020 More
FEATURES – FAST & LOOSE – George Rubistello – 63 Chevy Nova

FEATURES – FAST & LOOSE – George Rubistello – 63 Chevy Nova

My good friend RJ Miolla said it needed a name,” recalled Lake Peeskill, NY paint and body extraordinaire George Rubistello. After several failed attempts and a few laughs, Miolla (whose own Pro Cameo took the July  2015 cover of RPM) said “Loose Screw,” and that was that. “There couldn’t be a better name for the […]

May 28, 2020 More
FEATURES – ENTROPY – Kevin Amar – 1955 GMC 3100 Pickup

FEATURES – ENTROPY – Kevin Amar – 1955 GMC 3100 Pickup

ENTROPHY – Kevin Amar 1955 GMC 3100 Pickup Lack of order or predictability. Gradual decline into disorder.” Entropy isn’t a suggestion. It isn’t a probability. It is a scientific law. In  short, it is the natural order of things to decline, decay, and become less organized—unless energy is added to the system. Take Kevin Amar’s […]

May 27, 2020 More
FEATURES – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – Shawn Beard ’97 Dodge Viper

FEATURES – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – Shawn Beard ’97 Dodge Viper

Shawn Beard is a car guy. The Midland, Texas native says it was cars that got him through a scary period of his adolescence and it is cars today that give him  reprieve from the pressures and demands of business and life. “I have always had a passion for automobiles in general starting at a […]

May 11, 2020 More
FEATURES – WARRIORS DRAG RACING TEAM

FEATURES – WARRIORS DRAG RACING TEAM

The title of this article may not  mean much to those readers under 40, but to those who have passed that milestone, it brings back a 1979 movie that createda buzz around the world due to its somewhat romanticized depiction of gang life  in New York City. It had interesting, diverse characters and was gritty, […]

May 8, 2020 More
FEATURES – THUNDER BIRD – Kevin Slyfield – 1957 Thunderbird

FEATURES – THUNDER BIRD – Kevin Slyfield – 1957 Thunderbird

Although disputed bythe Cowboys  of Arizona and Texas in the late 1800s who had claimed to have found the “Thunderbird,” the existence of the massive winged warrior with alligator-like armor is considered to be a myth. Kevin Slyfield’s 2,500-plus horsepower methanol gulping championship bird of prey, however, is completely real. Right from the very roots […]

May 6, 2020 More
FEATURES – THE STRANGE STANG – Fonse Performance Fox Body Mustang

FEATURES – THE STRANGE STANG – Fonse Performance Fox Body Mustang

Since its inception, quarter- mile index racing has been steadily growing. However, over the last eight or so years it has become that shining example of grassroots family-style racing in much of the Northeast. Longtime supporters and competitors Fonse Performance have been patriarchs in the most popular and always heavily contested 8.50  Index category for […]

May 5, 2020 More
FEATURE – FULFILLMENT – Roland O’Haran Sr. – ’67 Camaro

FEATURE – FULFILLMENT – Roland O’Haran Sr. – ’67 Camaro

I was recently told, “life is short man, enjoy what you want now as later may never come.” If we could all have a buck or two for every time somebody said that to us, we’d have a bit more to spend on our cars. We will all walk away from this article understanding just […]

May 5, 2020 More
FEATURE – CORN FED COOL – Terry Ciesla – ’55 Chevy

FEATURE – CORN FED COOL – Terry Ciesla – ’55 Chevy

It was one of those experiences you just don’t forget. We were cruising the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on our trusty loaner golf cart at the Street Machine Nationals. It was a picture-perfect late- June day in Southern Illinois. As we neared the facility’s iconic marquee, first we heard it. Whooomp. Whooomp. Whooomp. Whooomp. What. […]

May 4, 2020 More
FEATURE – Waylon – Jeramie Mattingly & Nick Redner – 89 Mustang

FEATURE – Waylon – Jeramie Mattingly & Nick Redner – 89 Mustang

One man’s frustration can become another one’s opportunity, as long as you’re in the right place at the right time. Browse any well-known racing classifieds or even sale groups on social media and you can stumble across projects ready for a new owner at any stage of the game. With many years of accumulated racing […]

April 30, 2020 More
FEATURE – Storm Warning – Troy Lacrone – 1968 Camaro

FEATURE – Storm Warning – Troy Lacrone – 1968 Camaro

You don’t have to be around the custom car scene long to learn that there’s no shortage of Camaro fans out there. And why not? The classic Chevy lines are unmistakable regardless of generation, and build costs tend to be reasonable compared to other popular Ford and Mopar body styles. But while there may be […]

April 29, 2020 More
It’s T Time – Lisa Fischer – 1987 Buick Regal

It’s T Time – Lisa Fischer – 1987 Buick Regal

Lisa Fischer fondly remembers riding in the car with her dad and brother playing “what year is that car,” as they drove down the road. “I quickly learned the small differences between many makes and models and I loved them all,” tells Fischer. “It’s either in your blood or not!” she added. As a child, […]

April 28, 2020 More
Full Assault – Mark Robert – 1966 C10 Pickup

Full Assault – Mark Robert – 1966 C10 Pickup

There was little doubt that Waterdown, Ontario Canada’s Mark Robert would be wheeling some sort of fast car on the street—and eventually the dragstrip—as soon as he was old enough to drive. “I can remember my dad bringing a transmission into our apartment living room to rebuild it, and he was repairing and rebuilding cars […]

April 27, 2020 More
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