Your "Old Dad" Is GoneGray Baskerville, arguably the most colorful, outrageous, and downright lovable photojournalist our hobby has ever known, passed away peacefully this February 1st at the age of 66, with his wife Susan and his only child, Elizabeth, at his side. The Big "C" may have claimed yet another of rodding's greats, but it can never dim his memory, nor the contributions to his craft made in the employment of what was once Petersen Publishing. Who among us didn't love to read his witty prose, discovering "Baskervilleisms," words only Gray could make up, that ultimately added to the enjoyment of reading about our favorite subject in both Hot Rod and Rod & Custom magazines over these many years? Gray was a hot rodder through and through, driving his beloved beater of a '32 roadster and just enjoying the heck out of topless motoring wherever he went, even if he sometimes wasn't allowed "preferred" parking among the chromed and shiny-he was a happy camper. We absolutely know he's got a great preferred parking place now, with the best view in the universe, and is his giddy old self once more, while Von Dutch, Big Daddy Roth, and Tommy the Greek discuss what kind of decoration to lay on his Deuce after Sam Barris, Bill Cushenbery, and Joe Wilhelm (along with the heavenly choir of other legendary body and paint men who've gone before) get done plying their considerable talents.
The Street Rod And Performance Group's Tech Center Is Complete!After a year of development, the Street Rod and Performance Group's Tech Center, with Dominic Conti as manager, is up and running. As the months progress you will see many of our installations being performed and tested in-house. To be sure, our Tech Center has all of the latest technology in tools and testing equipment, as many of our advertisers have supplied us with their products. For example, for better photography for the reader to see installation of aftermarket exhaust systems, brake kits, or whatever else we need a car elevated for, Autolifters has provided us with their heavy duty "Autopro" series two-post lift. Of course, we couldn't do installation articles without tools either, so Craftsman came aboard as the "Official Hand and Air Tool" of the Tech Center. Craftsman equipped us with two galvanized-top workbenches; a high-volume, two-stage, 25-gallon air compressor; and air tools to make our installations much quicker. The 52-inch mobile tool cart and chest houses our 1,197-piece tool set and all of our air tools as well.
With all our tool and lifting needs filled, we can now install product like the pros. And with some of our performance-oriented items, we can even prove their gains, as Dynojet has provided us with the envy of most any tuning facility, a Dynojet 248C Dyno. The Dynojet has been installed in the floor so it is easy to dyno the car for a baseline, do the modifications, and strap it back down to see the gains made. Dynojet has also equipped our dyno with an airfuel (lambda) meter for easier tuning, and to add some flash, polished aluminum, diamond-plate covers to contrast with our black and white checkerboard floor. Dyno testing, and providing you with the results can make your choice of purchasing an aftermarket component just that much easier.
That silver border framing our red and black stripes is actually the tie-down tracking available from Mac's Tie Downs. This tie-down system was originally designed for truck beds, and it has different-size rings that snap into place. We decided we could border our stripe and make it easier to hang banners from our walls, proving this product's many uses. Mac's has also provided us with the ratcheting tie-downs and axle straps that hold our cars down on the dyno. So, as you can see, we've been busy getting our Tech Center set up correctly. We have already completed numerous tech stories that have run in our titles, so keep watching for future tech stories generated in-house, and television coverage on Popular Hot Rodding .
Nitro WarriorsA new Drag Racing Entertainment series, Nitro Warriors, staring "Big Daddy" Don Garlits (as you've never seen him before) and co-hosted by famed drag racing artist Kenny Youngblood, debuts in nationally syndicated markets. Sunshine Network will carry the series every Monday at 11:30 p.m. with a repeat on Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Nitro Warriors is the fitst TV show to present our sport as pure entertainment, and will cover subjects as diverse as fuel cars and jet funnies, to wheelstanders, drag boats, and more, virtually all aspects of drag racing entertainment that rarely or never get any TV coverage.
Midnight Motors Is Launched From Motor CityFrom the Motor City comes a new online auction called Midnite Motors. Founded by Detroit car enthusiast Robert Iannello and partners from Metro Detroit, the site fills a niche online and in the auto industry as a worldwide resource for autos, trucks, motorcycles, and related products. The user-friendly site opens the buying and selling process to an international audience.
Midnite Motors charges one of the lowest online auction fees. Unlike most other online auctions, Midnite Motors will not charge a sales commission, instead, the seller will pay a single listing fee for each item placed for auction. "The site is where car people can talk to car people," Iannello said. "We will be a resource for the car hobbyist as well as the consumer who is looking for a replacement vehicle."
The site address is www.midnitemotors.com. Contact: Robert Iannello at (877) CLICK-ON.