Category: FEATURES – NEW

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
For The Love Of The Game – Justin Lopes – 1963 Nova

For The Love Of The Game – Justin Lopes – 1963 Nova

In this game we call life we make choices and take chances every single day. Some work and, well, some don’t. So that being said, even though we know the outcome of our last endeavor, would that stop us from trying it again? For most of us the answer is probably a resounding hell no! […]

April 25, 2020 More
Love Like No Other – Scott Embley – 1969 Chevelle

Love Like No Other – Scott Embley – 1969 Chevelle

As we’ve said many times in RPM, every car has a unique story that makes it special to its owner and those who appreciate our car culture. Some cars are loud and proud and speak for themselves, while others have a story behind them that tells of how the car came to be, and some […]

April 22, 2020 More
Mustang Revival – Michael Cuevas – 1970 – 428 Cobra Jet Mustang

Mustang Revival – Michael Cuevas – 1970 – 428 Cobra Jet Mustang

Neglected. Forgotten. Pushed aside. It is safe to say that the classic 1970 428 Cobra Jet Mach 1 Mustang you see here had seen better days. And had it not been for Baiting Hollow, New York’s Michael Cuevas, it might still be sitting outside rotting away. “This car was first built back in 1985 while […]

April 21, 2020 More
Sweet Z – Richie Shallcross – 69 Chevrolet Camaro

Sweet Z – Richie Shallcross – 69 Chevrolet Camaro

This flawless 1969 Camaro brings back the age-old debate among gearheads: what makes a race car a race car and a street car a street car? That same question has been asked ever since street car drag racing first started, but will there ever be a correct answer? We say, not likely. Deciding what is […]

April 20, 2020 More
Terminal Condition – JT – 1994 Camaro SS

Terminal Condition – JT – 1994 Camaro SS

Chances are, if you picked up this magazine, you already have it. If you don’t, you most likely soon will. With both genetic and heritable trains identified already, many of us acquired it either from a family member like a dad, grandfather, or uncle or a neighborhood friend with a tool box and a crowded […]

April 18, 2020 More
Overkill – Rod Bollini – 1991 Dodge Dakota

Overkill – Rod Bollini – 1991 Dodge Dakota

Pro street comes in many flavors. If you think of fat-tired rides like language, then there are plenty of “accents” based in region, based in availability, and based in personal taste. Some opt for sleek and  modern, while others go for the wildest, most over-the-top build they can conjure up. It’s safe to say that […]

April 17, 2020 More
Wile E Turbo Coyote – Mike Thomas – ’06 Mustang GT

Wile E Turbo Coyote – Mike Thomas – ’06 Mustang GT

Kentucky native Mike Thomas is no  stranger to fast street cars. Having started racing a little over a decade ago, it’s no surprise that after getting his hands on his first ’06 Mustang GT that the adrenaline bug would sink its fangs in. After owning several different Stangs through the years, Mike settled on a […]

April 16, 2020 More
Mopar Madness – James Pranis – Hemi Dodge Charger

Mopar Madness – James Pranis – Hemi Dodge Charger

If there is any car that could be a symbol of the automotive art created  during the first muscle car era, it has to be the 1968 Dodge Charger. The large body (built on Dodge’s B-body platform) and long sweeping lines coupled with its formidable engine options (not the least of which was the renowned […]

April 16, 2020 More
Real Deal – Jason Nolan – ’69 Chevelle

Real Deal – Jason Nolan – ’69 Chevelle

No time drags, no prep drags, and grudge racing have been popular long before TV supercharged their popularity, and Jason Nolan’s 1969 Chevelle was resurrected for all of the above… and anything else he can run! As with most stories about owners of today’s fast street cars, this one started about 28 years ago with […]

April 15, 2020 More
Purple Rain – Heath Hisle – Chevy LUV Pickup

Purple Rain – Heath Hisle – Chevy LUV Pickup

What’s not to ‘love’ about a Chevrolet LUV? It’s definitely not a ‘me too’ ride one sees very often on the street, let alone in racing. These light utility vehicles (aka: LUV) are an instant conversation starter and the center of attention when and if you actually come across one, especially when it is as […]

April 15, 2020 More
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