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7 second LIGHTNING Lift Off!

This truck is MIND BLOWING! 3,400 lbs with a SMALL BLOCK – and it’s running LOW 7 second passes…That’s insane! Props to everyone who helped put this beast together – it’s become one of our favorite pick-up trucks of all time. We were crossing our fingers for the Yetti to make 6 second pass all weekend at WCF, but the closest it came was a 7.12 @ 191mph – which is still incredibly impressive. We’ll just have to wait for next time!

Ford Ranger Rolls Over at Spectator Drags… Those Rims Though!

The spectator drags is an event that allows anyone and we mean ANYONE to participate in a little bit of racing action. If your car can pass a simple technical inspection, has four wheels, and can move under its own power, you’re in! Basically, the premise is a simplified version of circle track racing that will give competitors a lap or two to prove that they’re faster than another car off the street, similarly to a drag racing test and tune session. When you throw the fact that you have to trust other peoples’ driving while going in a circle, things really get interesting.
While we would assume that most of the vehicles are capable of making a few laps, this Ford Ranger is not one of those vehicles, at least not in this unfortunate situation that had the truck going for a heck of a ride. In fact, the gigantic rims on it guarantee that the driver will have a story to tell for years to come. We tune in and watch as the mini truck comes around the last turn, rounding its way toward the starting line, when all of a sudden, it seems to get a bit ahead of itself as the high center of gravity takes over and makes this thing wobble around until it falls to the ground and rolls over.

Check out the video below as one of the spectators caught the whole crash on video as the truck left us in suspense for a moment before delivering on the momentum that was throwing it around. I guess that, at the end of the day, the drivers knew the consequences when they stepped up to the plate to take a crack at this track but it still sucks big time that this guy’s ride was lost in the crossfire of it all. Where will you be when the laws of physics kick in?

First ’66 Shelby GT350 #001 Headed To Barrett-Jackson

In the 1965 model year Carroll Shelby would introduce the Shelby Mustang GT350 to the world. By 1966 the Mustang moniker was dropped and the model was branded solely under the Shelby name. This very unique GT350 spans both as serial number #SFM6S001 it became the first pre-production ’66 prototype, but began its life as a ’65 “factory-standard, Wimbledon White K-code high-performance 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.”
Most notably unique about the car is the Medium Blue vinyl top which was added late in testing as a potential option for ’66 by ACME Auto Headlining in Long Beach, CA, an option which, needless to say, would not find its way to production. Furthermore, #001 is unique in that it features factory optional Pony upholstery, as well as features, “aluminum inside rear-quarter window trim and the fittings for the rear-brake cooling ductwork.”
Owned by numerous collectors since it was sold into the public in 1968 the car was never ignored; however, the GT350 would undergo a restoration to restore it to factory condition. A task which was completed under the watchful eye of SAAC 1966 Shelby Judge John Brown, ensuring that everything about the car was up to spec for ’66. Since then it has won numerous awards and been invited to show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will now again seek a new owner, if reserve is met, at 2018’s annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

Aaron Kaufman Gives a Tour of The Massive New Arclight Shop And Gives a C10 Rundown

It really seems like Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman were the dynamic duo that would take over the automotive world when it comes to building custom hot rods behind the doors of Gas Monkey Garage. However, in a shocking and somewhat sudden to the public revelation, Aaron would end up parting ways with Richard and going out on his own. As he is really known as one of the best of the business, we all kind of assumed that Aaron would pick up another gig pretty quickly, potentially something with a television show attached as he has gained quite the following but we had no idea what at the time.
It wasn’t too long later that we would learn all about Arclight, Aaron’s new venture that he had big plans for. Along with the shop comes a television show that’s going to go by the name of Shifting Gears that we touched on when the show came out. However, as of now, the cameras aren’t ready to come in just yet and there is a lot of work to be done before the doors open up. However, in the short period of time that we have known of Aaron’s departure from Gas Monkey, It looks like he has kept his legs moving quickly, making some major progress, and finding himself of a place to lay his hat along with hooking it up with some pretty stellar equipment to get the job done.
If you were curious as to what AK has been up to, the video below should shed some light on the latest with the new shop along with some of his plans as to what you can expect to see out of the bearded wonder in the future. It really seems like Aaron has put his feet firmly beneath him on his way to propelling himself, full steam ahead, toward his future ventures that appear to be road-mapped out in front of him. Only time will tell about the success of his new shop but we have to say that we’re incredibly excited to see what happens and we wish nothing but luck to the man himself!

Test Driving 1967 Chevrolet Camaro 502 Big-Block

Black with white stripe and ss badges, I sure do love a good Camaro a little burnout and a test drive of this sweet ride.
This beast is powered by a ZZ502 Big-block crate engine, that’s pushing out 502 HP and 567 LbFt of Torque.
All that power is being funneled through a Centerforce clutch, to a Borg Warner T10 four-speed, and then back to a 12 bolt rear with 3.55 gears.
This car has all the performance you need and then some.
It’s also a beautifully restored car, from the ultra slick black exterior with SS trim, to the completely restored houndstooth interior.
It’s also equipped with front disc brakes, Eagle Alloy wheels, and BF Goodrich ZR speed rated tires.

Learn the History of the Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro is an important car. Without the Camaro, the Ford Mustang would have ruled the world. Besides, Bumblebee is cool. This week’s Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed video by Donut Media is about the Chevrolet Camaro, and in it, James Pumphrey, gives you the background on why the Camaro was created and how it got to where it is now.
In 1965, word was circulating that General Motors was creating a Chevrolet car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was code-named Panther. Then in 1966, General Motors organized a multi-city telephone press conference call to announce the death of Panther and the new Camaro. The press asked what a Camaro was and Chevrolet responded: “A small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”
The first-generation Camaro was released in 1967 and was available with multiple engine choices including a 6.5-liter V-8 engine as well as multiple trim levels: RS, SS, and Z/28. The Camaro survived for three more generations until the name was discontinued in 2002.
In 2006, General Motors teased the Camaro Concept car, then again in 2007 when the hero car of the movie Transformers, Bumblebee, was based on the Camaro Concept car. The fifth generation Camaro was released in 2009 for the 2010 model year. For the four previous generations, Chevrolet was playing catch up with Ford with its Camaro, but with the fifth generation, the Camaro was ahead for the first time. The car debuted with around 100 more horsepower than the Mustang GT at the time.
Currently the Camaro is on its sixth generation, with the same trim levels of the past.
In the video Pumphrey, provides detail through the generations, such as the third generations IROC-Z, the LS-based aluminum engines everyone is swapping, and the Camaro’s love of anniversary editions.

Check out Donut Media’s video below.

John Cena gets Spooked by a Ford GT’s Frankenstein Roar!

Wrestling superstar John Cena just happens to be a pretty big car buff too. In this clip from his wife’s YouTube channel, John continues his John Cena: Auto Geek series with a look at the insanely badass Ford GT, one of this fastest domestic cars ever built.
Cena is heading to the local Ford dealership to take delivery of a Ford GT for a day and has decided to take us along for the ride as he gets acquainted with this insane new ride.
First things first, we have to take a walk around the outside of the car, taking a close look at some of the key aerodynamic features of the car that help keep it planted at speed without adding too much drag and working against the engine. Cena is especially enamored with the rear end of the car, where seemingly endless intakes and outlets work to keep a fresh supply of cool air feeding into the engine, as well as helping expel hot air from the engine compartment, which houses the silky smooth Ecoboost powerplant that’s cranking out 647 horsepower, the most powerful V6 ever produced.
Climbing inside, Cena contorts his frame to fit the car, which actually looks to be a decent fit once all of him is actually inside the door. When the engine finds life for the first time, it’s clear this ins’t the Ecobost out of your grand dad’s new F150.
Always up for a test drive, Cena heads out in the GT, where he does a good job of keeping the undeniable impulse to drive like an absolute madman under control, not something I’m sure I could do, not that I will ever have to worry about behaving while behind the wheel of a GT! Thanks to Cena for the awesome video review, I hope he enjoyed his time behind the wheel of the GT as much as I enjoyed watching it!

Pro Street Chevy S10 Pissing Off The Neighbors With Driveway Burnouts

Sometimes, you just have to send the neighbors a message, and what better way to get your point across than laying down an awesome driveway burnout that sends a cloud of smoke wafting right over into his yard. We don’t have any actual context for what might have spurred this pro street S10’s owner to decide to throw down the smoke show, but regardless, who doesn’t love driveway burnouts?!
While we have no info about the truck, it doesn’t sound like it’s got a healthy small block tucked under the cowl hood and some pretty wide tires out back, so if the engine runs as good as it should like it would, this could be a potent combination for sure. I grew up with a friend who had an S10 that was similar to this that ran deep into the 5’s at our local 1/8th mile track, so this could be a pretty badass little ride if the engine is tuned up and maybe has a little shot of giggle gas plumbed in.
The title of the video seems to be a bit off to us, though, to be honest. After the burnout ends and the driver backs the S10 in to the garage, the camera swings over to the neighbor, who doesn’t really seem to be all that pissed. Instead, he looks more curious than anything, like maybe he wanted to go for a spin in the pickup, or maybe he has a hotrod of his own he’s thinking about pulling out and firing back with a burnout of his own. Whatever is going on, he certainly doesn’t seem to be all that upset with the situation, but we don’t know any of the parties involved or what happened after the camera stopped rolling, so we really can’t say for sure.
Either way, be a good neighbor, if you’re gonna do driveway burnouts, make sure your ride is awesome enough that the neighbors won’t want to complain because they’re checking out tour hotrod!

The 2018 Mustang GT is Here and We Have Actual Dyno Numbers

While, on the surface, cars like the 2018 Ford Mustang GT might share a lot of cues with the previous year’s car, it’s the subtle differences that make it. Under the hood, things are just a little bit different. This year, the 5.0L v8 under the hood promises to crank out 25 more horsepower than last year which amounts to a grand total of 460hp of the crack, according to Ford. Now, with with the engine in the car, it’s kind of difficult to measure the crank horsepower, but we can put the car on the dyno rollers to measure how much power from that 460 made it all the way to the rear tires.
When all is said and done, this Mustang really roars to life on the Carlyle Racing dyno rollers, cranking out just a hair short of 386 hp and 370 torque. Via the very loose “15% rule” that says you lose about that much when the power gets to the tire, the car is pretty much right on par for where it should be. Now, I’m not sure about you, but this has definitely colored me impressed. These days, when everything seems to be a hop skip and a jump away from making at thousand horsepower, it can be easy to take numbers like these for granted but a factory production car making almost 400 horsepower to the rear tires is really something to be proud of. This is quite a generation of automobile technology to be a part of.
If you follow along down in the video below, you can hear exactly what this thing is singing as it gets that throttle pounded into the floor and is able to make some pretty impressive numbers. As you know, numbers don’t always mean that it’s going to be a good performer with lots of longevity when it gets put to test but this is definitely a good start and really has us incredibly excited to see exactly what the 2018 Mustang is going to be able to accomplish when people get their hands on it and really start stretching out the limits of the car.