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FEATURES – GRAPE JUICED – Dave Pierce – 68 Pro Mod Camaro

FEATURES – GRAPE JUICED – Dave Pierce – 68 Pro Mod Camaro

Drag racers are a predictable bunch, especially those who live at the ragged edge of extreme speed and power. Pretty much anything that enhances performance is highly coveted, and most of the time, if a little is good, then a lot is better. Take Claremore, Oklahoma’s Dave Pierce. It wasn’t enough to have a carbon […]

August 14, 2020 More
FEATURES – THEIR FIRST CAR – Dennis Chillik – ’68 Torino GT

FEATURES – THEIR FIRST CAR – Dennis Chillik – ’68 Torino GT

I’m one of those guys who grew up loving drag racing.” That simple statement is how Dennis Chillik would describe himself. Nothing overly spectacular about that statement, right? Unless of course you know what a love like that can mean! Dennis served in the U.S. Air Force, and in November of 1967 while stationed at […]

July 15, 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 – STARSKY’S BOSS – Kim Gough

FEATURES – STARSKY’S BOSS – Kim Gough

Starskys Boss In the summer of 1975, the now cult-classic cop drama Starsky and Hutch debuted on ABC. The show ran for four seasons, exposing you bell-bottom-wearing, huge-fro-having jive turkeys of the late 1970s to an interesting sociocultural mix of California living—not to mention the unlikely star that emerged: Detective Michael Starsky’s era-perfect red and […]

July 1, 2020 More
FEATURES – REDRUM – Shannon Butler ’86 Mustang

FEATURES – REDRUM – Shannon Butler ’86 Mustang

Fast toys aren’t just for boys. And if you don’t believe us, then stop what you’re doing for the next few minutes and take some time to  heck out this stunning—and deadly fast—Fox body Mustang. With just a glance we think you’ll quickly agree that Indiana native Shannon  Butler can prove that statement. We caught […]

June 30, 2020 More
FEATURES – WHO’S THE BOSS – Jamie Pipher ’70 Ford Torino

FEATURES – WHO’S THE BOSS – Jamie Pipher ’70 Ford Torino

We aren’t afraid to admit it. In a veritable sea of Mustangs and Camaros, we at RPM are suckers for relatively obscure body styles, alternative colors, and off-the-beaten path engine and transmission combos—especially when such rides are able to crank out insane power. Don’t get us wrong—there are plenty of gorgeous mainstream cars out there. […]

June 29, 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 – MOPAR REDEMPTION – David Soloman – 71 Dodge Demon

FEATURES – MOPAR REDEMPTION – David Soloman – 71 Dodge Demon

Nothing is forever in the world of drag racing—records are broken, cars become outdated, and money becomes scarce. Spencer, Tenn. resident David Solomon has worked his way up the ladder, like many other drag racers, but that feeling of accomplishment and success was crushed in the fall of 2012, when his entire racing operation was […]

June 23, 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 – LOVE AT FIRST BITE – Jim Sciortino – 1970 Barracuda

FEATURES – LOVE AT FIRST BITE – Jim Sciortino – 1970 Barracuda

For some of us, it takes a while to settle on the perfect car for a build. We scour the available targets, consider the pros and cons of each, hunt for a good buy, and eventually we make our choice. But for others like Trumbull, Connecticut’s Jim Sciortino, it is a far simpler choice. “I […]

June 19, 2020 More
FEATURES – PILOT DATA – Andy Robinson – 69 Camaro

FEATURES – PILOT DATA – Andy Robinson – 69 Camaro

Ask any scientist and he or she will surely tell you that the key to any quality experiment with dependable results is the effort put in up front to ensure that the data collection process is sound. Trial runs, mistakes, and miscalculations can be sorted out ahead of time to ensure that the finished product […]

June 17, 2020 More
Playing Rough – Pat Spangenberg

Playing Rough – Pat Spangenberg

Nestled between the frame rails of the Poncho is a 598 CI aluminum big block with Dart “Big Chief” 14 degree cylinder heads. The Pontiac valve covers really give those in the know an idea of what exactly makes this Cat so angry.

June 11, 2020 More
FEATURES – THE MAVERICK – Dan Bosco – ’74 Ford Maverick

FEATURES – THE MAVERICK – Dan Bosco – ’74 Ford Maverick

Dan Bosco, just like the name of his Outlaw Limited Street “Maverick” suggests, isn’t scared to cross the line of conformity. No stranger to cars growing up, Bosco’s dad always had something that would turn heads in the driveway. For Dan though, there was nothing like the thought of going fast in a drag car, […]

June 4, 2020 More
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 – 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 – 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
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