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SHOP TALK with JT Quarantine Blues

SHOP TALK with JT Quarantine Blues

I pray this finds everyone healthy and safe from the global pandemic we are facing. Home quarantine had its perks during the first week, as I locked myself in my shop and never looked back. Then the reality of our business not generating ANY income right now set in and promptly removed the fun out […]

September 24, 2020 More
SHOP TALK with JT – NEXT LEVEL

SHOP TALK with JT – NEXT LEVEL

This month we’ll reflect back to a time just before coronavirus or Covid 19 became household names worldwide. It was mid-March 2020 and just after a long winter of making upgrades to my Camaro (Big Red), I was hoping for an early spring and anticipating driving and racing the car throughout the season. One of […]

September 23, 2020 More
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
FEATURE – All The Luck – Mick Bodigon

FEATURE – All The Luck – Mick Bodigon

Maybe it was blessed by a priest. Or maybe it has a secret compartment of fairy dust hidden somewhere in the dash. Or maybe there’s a four leaf clover ghosted into the clearcoat. We aren’t sure, but whatever it is, Mick Bodigon’s low-slung retina-searing red Nova is just rolling along in a charmed life. Some […]

September 11, 2020 More
FEATURED – PRO PINK Dale Renner 1970 Plymouth Duster

FEATURED – PRO PINK Dale Renner 1970 Plymouth Duster

We hear it all the time here at RPM. “I used to have a Boss 429 Mustang…” or “My first car was a Hemi Cuda…” or “My cousin had an original Yenko Camaro, and I could have bought it for next to nothing back in the day…” Almost universally, such opening statements are quickly followed […]

August 29, 2020 More
FEATURED – LONG TIME COMING Norm Berk 1976 Pontiac Firebird

FEATURED – LONG TIME COMING Norm Berk 1976 Pontiac Firebird

Anyone into the big motored, wildly painted, fat tire’d pro street scene of the ’80s and ’90s knows that the movement lived a strong and happy first life throughout the United States, but it was also all the rage in Canada, too. You couldn’t hit any event in the country and not find a solid […]

August 26, 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
FEATURE – THROWBACK – Jerry Gary 1970 Chevrolet Vega

FEATURE – THROWBACK – Jerry Gary 1970 Chevrolet Vega

Jerry Gary, Jr. was sick. Really sick. The likeable Smithfield, Virginia auto parts consultant spent more than a few days wondering if his time was almost up. However, during his lengthy illness, he stumbled across a book about the Street Machine Nationals and the heyday of pro street and found a freshly stoked fire for […]

July 31, 2020 More
FEATURES- CHEVY THE PERFECTIONIST – Mick & Judy Bodigon 55 Chevy

FEATURES- CHEVY THE PERFECTIONIST – Mick & Judy Bodigon 55 Chevy

Face it: some of us just can’t leave well enough alone. When “good enough” is rarely (if ever) good enough and when “decent effort” is unacceptable in light of best effort, rest assured that you’re afflicted. The unshakable roots of perfectionism have a way of plunging hard into the depths of your psyche, leaving you […]

July 27, 2020 More
FEATURES- FORD WORK IN PROGRESS – Chris Damovski 1985 Mustang GT

FEATURES- FORD WORK IN PROGRESS – Chris Damovski 1985 Mustang GT

‘My first pass down the track was a blistering 14.85 @90 mph,” said Scarborough, Ontario’s Chris Damovski with a hearty laugh. And fast it wasn’t. But a start, it was. And we all gotta start somewhere, right? Damovski acquired the car as a hand-me-down from his uncle while working in his grandfather’s shop at the […]

July 26, 2020 More
FEATURES- THE MAN BEHIND THE X – John Sears’ X275 Chevy Malibu

FEATURES- THE MAN BEHIND THE X – John Sears’ X275 Chevy Malibu

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of building a car of your own. Whether it is your driver with a few mods or an all-out race car, the feeling of seeing your hard work and effort come together in a well-built project is second to none. John Sears has known that feeling time and time again, […]

July 24, 2020 More
FEATURES- FORD WARHORSE – Joe & Leslie Murphy 1990 Ford Mustang

FEATURES- FORD WARHORSE – Joe & Leslie Murphy 1990 Ford Mustang

For almost as long as man has done battle in the air, aircraft have been adorned with cool artwork. Growing significantly in popularity during World War II, nose art in particular grew both more common and more elaborate. Sometimes intended to intimidate like ferocious shark teeth and other times intended to unify ground and air […]

July 23, 2020 More
FEATURES- THE RED WARRIOR – Grant Hodgson – ’73 Ford Falcon

FEATURES- THE RED WARRIOR – Grant Hodgson – ’73 Ford Falcon

In an era before The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, and any host of the myriad of other dystopian flicks of today, there was the cult classic late-70s action flick Mad Max. And unlike those movies of today that are filled with a grim depiction of society melded with a healthy dose of technology, […]

July 21, 2020 More
FEATURES- SacrilegeLS – Bill Trovato 5th Gen Camaro

FEATURES- SacrilegeLS – Bill Trovato 5th Gen Camaro

Face the facts: if a man knows enough about anything to write a book about it, he’s probably an expert (or darn close). The hours upon hours of research, writing, revising, and writing some more builds a familiarity that simply cannot be forged any other way. For BTR Performance’s Bill Trovato of Rochester, New York, […]

July 18, 2020 More
King of the Road – Donnie Green

King of the Road – Donnie Green

It’s not often you get to see the real deal up close and personal—something really special in the world of automobile performance or race-inspired musclecars. So few are these instances that we actually become somewhat numb to the possibility of seeing one, and when we do we can easily overlook it or immediately pass it […]

April 4, 2020 More
Mommymobile Sleeper – Alicia Scott

Mommymobile Sleeper – Alicia Scott

Thirty years from now car enthusiasts will look back and call these days we live in the second golden age of muscle cars. For the first time since the early ’70s, despite the push from the petroleum haters for electric cars, we have a great selection of powerful new vehicles. Every native US car maker […]

March 19, 2020 More
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