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Colin Braun's Rides

The record-setting Eco-Boost Michael Shank Racing Riley Ford and this highly modified 1972 VW aren't expected to go head to head anytime soon . . . but they do have the same driver - Colin Braun.

Best, Colin gets a similar charge from driving both of them.
It's a great little ride, Colin.

(BTW, the VW has a lot more in the engine compartment than
what Volkswagen stuffed in there back in '72. Read the story
to find out what it's packing).

by Wild About Cars Staff

What do these two cars have in common? That they're both rear engined? Well, yeah. That they are not V8 powered? OK, true. But that isn't the story at all. You see, the guy who drove that Eco-Boost Michael Shank Racing Riley Ford to a Daytona International Speedway 1-lap record of 222.971 mph owns that VW (he has since he was 11 years old) - and he restored and modified it from a total '72 stocker to what you see here.

Colin Braun is the driver of that record setting car, and you are going to see him compete with it in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Racing Series this year. But the other side of Colin is that; he's a real nice guy, and aside from his first love of racing - he's a bona fide car nut.

I mean, how many of us have done this: Buy a car with the intention of restoring it, then it sits for a long while, and then you get crazy to finish it and with the help of your friends - you make it ten times better than the Factory ever expected it to be. That's Colin and that why we know he's one of us.

Colin Braun technically acquired this 1972 Volkswagen Beetle in 1994 when he was all of six years old. A friend of his parents owned a Volkswagen dealership and had this car on his lot for about six months, but could not sell it. The dealership owner knew that Colin and his younger brother were huge fans of the Beetle, so he decided to give it to them as a gift . . .

That's where the story starts. To read the whole deal on how this hot little VW got its game on - Click HERE!


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1971 Olds W43 4-Valve Don't Call me a "Hemi" - 'cause I'm not! Olds W-43 4-Valve 455!

This is both a sad and an enervating story. It is a "what might have been", but it is more than that . . . it is a story about a huge engineering breakthrough in street muscle car head design, not so much because of its 4-valve heads (at the time, Ford Indy engines were running a similar design) but because they were pushrod activated, and yet compact enough to fit in a standard GM A-body chassis. (Of course 525 HP on pump gas isn't a bad deal either) . . .

Click here to read more on the awesome Olds that almost was!

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1965 Corvette with FI   1957-1965 Corvette Fuel Injection Tuning. Best "How To" from BITD.

Rochester fuel injection systems have encountered their share of trouble in getting these to work properly. Difficulties even come in trying to diagnose the various operating ailments that crop up from time to time. As we know, installation of these units can give horsepower gains of up to 10%'with no appreciable loss of mileage, and, in most instances, actual mpg gains. This article explains the how's and why's of the Rochester system and passes along bits and pieces on maintenance and trouble-shooting . . .

To see learn the ins and outs of the Rochester FI Unit - Click HERE!

1963 Marauder 427 Road Test   Back in the Day - 1963 Mercury Super Marauder Road Test.

The 427-cu. in. engine just doesn't take no for an a answer, and the Super Marauder S-55 is startlingly quick. Although neither specially tuned nor equipped for maximum acceleration, it would accomplish the standing quarter mile in 15.1 seconds and do 0-100 in 20.5 seconds. Compare this with the performance we measured for the 300-hp 390-cu. in. automatic-equipped S-55, and that which we obtained from testing a 406-cu. in. S-55 last year . . .

To see the full Test and Report - Click HERE!

2011 Mustang vs Camaro and Challenger   Modern Muscle - 2011 Mustang Camaro & Challenger Test.

As we know today, these three cars are closer to close when it comes to performance. But back in late 2010, the Mustang's aging three-valve 4.6 V8 was falling behind in the performance department. The Mustang had the edge in weight, but something more was needed. Enter the new 5.0 4-valve "Coyote" and it's game on . . .

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McMurray fastest at Daytona IMSA Testing   Testing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona - January 4, 2014.

The 52nd anniversary Rolex 24 will be the first race for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the unified organization between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series & the American Le Mans Series. In testing this week, Jamie McMurray, winner of the 2010 Daytona 500, paced the Prototype (P) drivers with a lap of 1:38.980 (129.481 mph) in the No. 01 Telcel/Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley. . . .

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Maradyne High Performance Fans offers the Jetstreme Platinum dual 12-inch fan designed to provide enough air to cool a variety of high-performance applications, including big block engines. The Jetstreme Platinum fan delivers a maximum airflow of 3100 cubic feet per minute (CFM), has an amp draw of 26.6 and fits most 27-29” wide cross flow radiators . . .

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