Guest Columns

Steffen Clark picture from Langlee King.

Roanoke Native Prepares to Compete in World...

Aug 24, 2017Comments off

Growing up around race cars led 26-year-old gearhead Steffen Clark to where he is today: Preparing his Subaru for the 2017 SCCA Solo Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska, this September.


My First Car: A Passion Inherited from a Mo...

Jun 09, 2017Comments off

Eric R. grew up around cars, and that's mainly thanks to the influence of his mom's passion for rally racing British sports cars.


The Ultimate Al Teague

Jan 31, 2017Comments off

Al Teague retired his Spirit of 76 Streamliner from active competition at the close of the 2002 season, but his hero status remains.


Fast Talk with Jeff Smith: Tools

Jan 20, 2017Comments off

Jeff Smith talks re-evulating his tool collection.


Turismo Drift Fairgrounds Speedway Nashvill...

Dec 01, 2016Comments off

Saturday November 19 marked the final round for the season in the Turismo Drift racing series at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.


Torque Values: Wheels Are Important

Dec 02, 2015Comments off

Your wheels are more important than you think Your car is your set of wheels and your set of wheels is your car. No other part defines a car the way its wheels do, not even the

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Book Review: Physics For Gearheads

Nov 30, 2015Comments off

Words: Jeff Smith Physics for Gearheads has to be one of the most challenging books I’ve read since I finished school. That may not sound like a glowing review, but my intention is purely positive. It wasn’t


Book Review: Sensory Overload

Aug 01, 2015Comments off

The Way It Was Words: Jeff Smith; Photos: Toby Brooks, Rick Dobbertin, Butch Pate, Troy Trepanier, Bret Voelkel The line is always the same when trying to describe something that words, photos, and even video can’t capture —

Tom Burkland may never get a chance to go for the record again. Conditions at the top end of the track make it very precarious, and even the parachute leaves little room for error.

Guest Column: The Shrinking Salt Speedway (...

Jul 27, 2015Comments off

Editor’s note: This is part 2 of our guest column with “Landspeed” Louise Ann Noeth, noted authoress and historian on land speed racing and more specifically the Bonneville Salt Flats. For part 1 of this story go

This is the entrance to the salt flats off of I-80. Note: not that many years ago, there was no vegetation here as far as the eye could see.

Guest Column: The Shrinking Salt Speedway (...

Jul 24, 2015Comments off

Editor’s note: If you know anything about land speed racing, especially the Bonneville Salt Flats, you have probably heard of “Landspeed” Louise Ann Noeth. Louise is one of the most prolific historians on the men and women