Tag: Strange

FEATURES – NORTHERN ATTACK – Dean Branham – ’69 Barracuda

FEATURES – NORTHERN ATTACK – Dean Branham – ’69 Barracuda

It took quite some time for Dean Branham to get his 1969 Barracuda to this stage in its existence, but all the hard work, trials and tribulations have been more than worth it. “My dad bought this car in 1998, and it was a clapped-out, rusted mess with a 318 and bald tires. But it […]

July 13, 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 – 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
FEATURES – LEGIT – Frank & Mary Bendit – 1970 Chevy Nova

FEATURES – LEGIT – Frank & Mary Bendit – 1970 Chevy Nova

There seem to be two schools of thought in what it takes to build a dual-purpose street/strip car. One group would suggest taking an all-out drag car, doing just enough to make it street legal, and trailering it anywhere and everywhere to demonstrate its stellar—and frankly predictable—on-track performance. However, to the other bunch of street/strip […]

June 8, 2020 More
FEATURES – NO TAKEBACKS – Kyle & Amanda Avery 1968 Nova

FEATURES – NO TAKEBACKS – Kyle & Amanda Avery 1968 Nova

If you’ve been in the high performance drag racing and street machine scene long enough, you’ve probably experienced it. In the nearly-constant search for better, faster, and cooler, you made a deal that you later regretted. Sometimes you lament the ride you gave up. Other times, you realize that maybe you aren’t as crazy about […]

June 5, 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 – CARRIED AWAY – Joe Capp – 1971 Cuda

FEATURES – CARRIED AWAY – Joe Capp – 1971 Cuda

As so many obsessions do, it started simply for Hawthorn Woods, Illinois native Joe Capps. He just wanted a capable performing Mopar street car. But an enabling friend can always spur us along to go  further than we thought we would, and for Joe, that was good buddy Matt Renz of Midwest Muscle Cars. “Matt […]

June 3, 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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
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
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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