Category: FEATURES – PAST

FEATURES – STEEL HORSE – Bob Smith ’68 and a half Cobra Jet Mustang

FEATURES – STEEL HORSE – Bob Smith ’68 and a half Cobra Jet Mustang

Bob Smith started out as a regular kid, growing up around cars and hearing stories from his dad about the fast muscle cars of the sixties and seventies. In particular, he recalls his dad talking about the 1968 Shelby GT500KR and its Holman & Moody race prepped 428CJ. “According to dad, it was never touched […]

June 2, 2020 More
FEATURES – DELUXE BOOST – Jay Friedrich – ’66 Chevelle

FEATURES – DELUXE BOOST – Jay Friedrich – ’66 Chevelle

“I bought the car in 1986 while I was a sophomore in college,” said Jay Friedrich of his 1966 Chevelle Deluxe. “It was an all original six-cylinder car with 48,000 original miles.” That Chevelle would only make it one  more year with the six in it as Freidrich was working  feverishly after school nd any […]

June 1, 2020 More
FEATURES – LAND SHARK – Tom Conlan – 34 Ford Coupe Land Speed Car

FEATURES – LAND SHARK – Tom Conlan – 34 Ford Coupe Land Speed Car

When we were first approached  by builder Greg Friedrich of  Gizmos” about a “special” project that he is involved in, we’ll admit that we completely miscalled it. We even tried to gently explain to Greg how RPM does not cover “rat rods” or street rods that don’t pack a pretty serious ET behind them…whoops, sorry […]

May 29, 2020 More
FEATURES – Trading Up – RJ Miolla – 55 Chevy Cameo Pickup

FEATURES – Trading Up – RJ Miolla – 55 Chevy Cameo Pickup

RJ Miolla found his passion for drag racing after trading an ATV for a basic 11-second Chevelle race car. He didn’t know it at the time, but letting go of the trans brake in that rattling big block Chevelle would change him forever. From the  Chevelle, RJ parlayed a trade into a nasty 1966 pro […]

May 22, 2020 More
EVENTS RE-LIVED – Yellow Bullet Nationals 2014

EVENTS RE-LIVED – Yellow Bullet Nationals 2014

Since most of the outlaw style events have been gone for some time in the northern and Mid-Atlantic states, the talk over last year’s 2013 Yellow Bullet Nationals was even more than expected. Picking up steam each year, the Yellow Bullet Nationals (AKA the YB Nats) for 2014 had its own share of controversy, just […]

May 22, 2020 More
FEATURES – YRUSLO – Shannon Renfro X275 Fox Body Mustang

FEATURES – YRUSLO – Shannon Renfro X275 Fox Body Mustang

>>>Shannon Renfro’s X275 Mustang is rolling art….it just happens to be rolling fast! With over twenty years racing experience on his resume, it is safe to say Kentucky native, Shannon Renfro is an extremely talented driver and a fierce competitor. His ’89 Ford Mustang is a rolling piece of art, and a  visually rousing display of not only […]

May 21, 2020 More
FEATURES – PAST – BRADLEY GRAY – 69 Camaro, 65 Chevy C10 Pickup, 56 Chevy Pickup

FEATURES – PAST – BRADLEY GRAY – 69 Camaro, 65 Chevy C10 Pickup, 56 Chevy Pickup

>>>BRADLEY GRAY’S ARMY OF WILD HOME-BUILT PRO STREET CREATIONS IS ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY! From a distance, it looks like any other vendor trailer you’re likely to see at a major show. As you draw closer, you notice that the bright red Kenworth tractor with matching stacker trailer is spotlessly clean and adorned with more chrome […]

May 20, 2020 More
FEATURES – PAST – ONE OF ONE – Bob Romano ’69 Dodge Dart

FEATURES – PAST – ONE OF ONE – Bob Romano ’69 Dodge Dart

A bright orange Mopar out of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania had the street car drag race world in awe this past July as it led qualifying in Kristal Cowle’s inaugural War By The Shore Real Street Showdown class. A Dodge leading the pack…this just doesn’t happen, let alone a 100% Mopar powered Dart. For those less […]

May 19, 2020 More
FEATURES – RATATTACK – Mic Sites ’72 Chevy Cheyenne Pickup

FEATURES – RATATTACK – Mic Sites ’72 Chevy Cheyenne Pickup

…..Mic Sites’ heavily nitroused big block ’72 Cheyenne “crowd pleaser” pick-up Eastside Raceway was the place where Michael “Mic” Sites first cut his teeth in drag racing. “It was 1976 and I was just 18 years old,” recalled Sites. “And I have to give my father, B. J. Sites, owner of Sites Parts Co., thanks […]

May 18, 2020 More
FEATURES – GOING ROUNDS IN A STRAIGHT LINE – Ian Hill – 69 Camaro

FEATURES – GOING ROUNDS IN A STRAIGHT LINE – Ian Hill – 69 Camaro

…Ian Hill takes on bracket, super stock, and heads-up drag racing in 2015 Aside from family and work, Ian Hill’s world revolves  around cars—especially fast ones. He’s been a standout in sportsman drag racing for a number of years, but his most recent acquisitions will certainly take him to the next level  in both sportsman […]

May 15, 2020 More
FEATURES – FOR THE JACKET – Al Matuska – ’65 Chevelle

FEATURES – FOR THE JACKET – Al Matuska – ’65 Chevelle

Did Al Matuska intend on changing the future of the Northern Ohio drag racing scene when an old friend came knocking on his door 15 years ago? The answer is no, but that is exactly what happened! When he was just 17 years old, Matuska bought himself an Oldsmobile 442 and it was time to […]

May 14, 2020 More
FEATURES – FAST FUN – Gary Giessen – ’65 Buick Skylark

FEATURES – FAST FUN – Gary Giessen – ’65 Buick Skylark

Gary Giessen’s ragtop Skylark is about as badass as you’re gonna get in a stock-bodied Buick. In fact, Gary’s so sure of that, he’s laying claim to having the world’s fastest 1965 Buick Skylark convertible! Go ahead, prove him  wrong. We dare ya. “I have owned this car since 1987,” explained Giessen. “It’s been raced […]

May 13, 2020 More
FEATURES – Hard Charging – Eric Tuuri

FEATURES – Hard Charging – Eric Tuuri

Every cloud has a silver lining,” a very common saying and one that rang true for a young sailor back in 1983. Eric Tuuri was only 21 years old when he set off from the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland for a visit back home to Ohio. Unfortunately, just outside of Washington, DC, […]

May 12, 2020 More
FEATURES – CUTS LIKE A KNIFE – Brent Groh – ’72 Ford Mustang

FEATURES – CUTS LIKE A KNIFE – Brent Groh – ’72 Ford Mustang

It was 1980. Rock-and-roll still rocked. Teen fiction spoke of a bright and promising future for us all. And in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 17- year old Brent Groh was rolling into his high school parking lot in a 1972 Mustang Grande he had purchased for $1,100 (CDN) and modestly modified himself. Canadian winters had been […]

May 11, 2020 More
FEATURES – CRATE EXPECTATIONS – Jay Misener Fox Body Mustang

FEATURES – CRATE EXPECTATIONS – Jay Misener Fox Body Mustang

Growing up in the ’80s,’90s and 2000s— during the heyday of fast street cars where we would spend thousands of bucks just to get that little extra edge on the guy in the other lane—who would have ever  thought that we would see a “crate motor” basically dropped into a full weight production car and […]

May 7, 2020 More
FEATURES – A FAMILY AFFAIR – W G Miller – 67 Chevy Nova

FEATURES – A FAMILY AFFAIR – W G Miller – 67 Chevy Nova

As the saying goes, “the family that plays together, stays together.” For Shelbyville, TN horsepower enthusiast W.G. Miller, his family games just happen to involve several hundred horsepower, thousands of miles in road trips, then beatin’ the heck out of his car most weekends during the spring and summer. “I have a 1967 Chevy ll […]

May 6, 2020 More
FEATURES – WILD WEST – Farrell West – ’72 Chevy Nova

FEATURES – WILD WEST – Farrell West – ’72 Chevy Nova

Street legal is the only way that Farrell West of Beaumont, Mississippi would have his 1972 Chevy Nova. Of course that doesn’t mean the car can’t mix it up with the best of them in classes like True 10.5 or X275—he just prefers that his own car fit the true intention of a “street car” […]

May 5, 2020 More
REVISITING 2015 – NEIGHBORS AT WAR – Boo King vs The Pizza Boys

REVISITING 2015 – NEIGHBORS AT WAR – Boo King vs The Pizza Boys

REVISTING 2015 BOO KING VS THE PIZZA BOYS The RPM Magazine/Lucas Oil Extreme WAR events concept has gained massive momentum since first announced in March of this year. They (the War In The North July 3-5th in Sparta, Ontario, Canada and War By The Shore July 24-25 in Thompson, Ohio) are smaller, community- based events […]

May 4, 2020 More
Toy Story – Garrett Barker – 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

Toy Story – Garrett Barker – 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

Nostalgia drag racing is still on a major upswing, and it’s crazy to think that cars built in the ’80s and ’90s qualify as nostalgic. But, in the case of this wildly modified Chevy Monte Carlo, it takes people back to a simpler time, and it certainly takes its owner back in time. Garrett Barker […]

April 28, 2020 More
Mach-O-Man – Terry Leggett – 1971 Mach 1 Mustang

Mach-O-Man – Terry Leggett – 1971 Mach 1 Mustang

It is probably safe to say that anyone interested enough in high performance street machines and wild doorslammers to pick up a copy of RPM is probably crazy enough about cars to remember their first. Whether it happened to be a pristine musclecar or a clapped out piece of junk, most folks—especially car enthusiasts— can […]

April 27, 2020 More
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