Tim Casto Wins His First Ever TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout

Tim Casto barely made it to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the NMRA All-Ford World Finals and to patriciate in the 2020 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. He worked late the night before the event to swap ignitions just to get the car running. Then, during one of his test passes, Casto hit fluid near the top end of the track and spun the Electric Red 1993 Mustang LX in a wild 360. Using creative driving, he managed to miss both concrete walls. Read More “Tim Casto Wins His First Ever TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout”

Don Kingore’s TKO-Equipped 1960 Corvette

Don Kingore had a lifelong dream of owning and cruising an early Corvette. In winter 2019, he began tearing apart and rebuilding this 1960 Corvette in his home garage. He chose a design theme that reminded him of 1960s when early used Corvettes were affordable sports cars that could be owned by young enthusiasts. Read More “Don Kingore’s TKO-Equipped 1960 Corvette”

Fastest H-Pattern Stick-Shift LS-Powered Nitrous Car

When you read about a stick-shift car setting a new record in drag racing, it’s never a surprise that the car has a TREMEC transmission. Alan Morgan recently put his name in the record books with his Magnum 6-speed–equipped 2000 Chevy Camaro, running a 5.42 e.t. at 130 mph in the 1/8-mile on nitrous. Read More “Fastest H-Pattern Stick-Shift LS-Powered Nitrous Car”

David Carroll’s 1973 Chevrolet Vega

The Chevrolet Vega has a very colorful history. It was designed to replace the Corvair as the brand’s economy car. During its seven years of production, two million Vegas were built. Drag racers liked the Vega because it was lightweight and a small-block V8 fit easily, giving it a great power-to-weight ratio. Read More “David Carroll’s 1973 Chevrolet Vega”

First H-Pattern Manual Transmission to Break Into the 6s in Drag Racing

Don’t let Joel Grannas hear you say automatics are faster than stick shifts. He won’t shout at you or pound a fist on a table, though. Joel has been drag racing his manual-transmission equipped Toyota Supra for years, and he will just pull out a small slip of paper for you to read.

While drag racing during an event at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, in May 2020, Joel fired off the first-ever 6-second pass by an H-pattern–shifted car: 6.90 e.t. at 194.77 mph.

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TREMEC Customer Spotlight – Jacob Griffin’s 1975 AMC Gremlin Named Mogwai

In the TREMEC Customer Spotlight series, this is probably the most unique vehicle to date – and the first from American Motors Company. Let’s face it: who builds a 1975 AMC Gremlin? But in the hands of young builder, Jacob Griffin, the plain and ordinary became unique and stunning. Read More “TREMEC Customer Spotlight – Jacob Griffin’s 1975 AMC Gremlin Named Mogwai”

Ringbrothers 1969 Camaro Valkyrja Wins SEMA Battle of the Builders

How high can the bar be raised when it comes to building a custom car? One would think at some point a limit would be reached. But not when the builders are Ringbrothers. Their most recent project car has raised the bar again: the 1969 Chevy Camaro called Valkyrja (ancient Norse spelling of Valkyrie), unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show. It brought home the SEMA 2019 Battle of the Builders award in a field of stunningly crafted automotive creations. It’s no surprise that a frequent star attraction in many Ringbrothers builds is a TREMEC transmission. Read More “Ringbrothers 1969 Camaro Valkyrja Wins SEMA Battle of the Builders”

TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Winner, Mike Niehaus’s 1986 Ford Mustang GT

Nineteen years ago, Mike Niehaus found his dream car sitting on the lot at a Pontiac dealership in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t a new Trans Am, but a nicely kept 1986 Ford Mustang GT. As Mustang enthusiasts know, 1986 was the last year for the “four-eyed” Fox-body and the first year for the enduring 5.0 H.O.

Despite the seemingly low rating of 200 horsepower, the 1986 GT had great potential. The roller-cam­–equipped 5.0-liter delivered nice torque, go-fast aftermarket parts were readily available and the Fox-body was also very light weight. Read More “TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Winner, Mike Niehaus’s 1986 Ford Mustang GT”

A Cone-Dodging Dodge D100 Pickup

Traditional thinking is that the last vehicle you’d want to build for handling challenges and autocrosses was a vintage truck. Trucks are beasts of burden or off-road toys. Their roles don’t involve going around corners at high speed, maneuvering a slalom course or feeling anything remotely like a sports car. But in 2019, we live in a very different world, and transforming a vintage truck into a pro touring stud is a great way to stand apart from all the Camaros, Mustangs and others common cars at these events. Read More “A Cone-Dodging Dodge D100 Pickup”

Mopar 1968 Super Charger Concept is TREMECequipped

Since the 1960s, a horsepower war has been waged between the Big Three. Sure, it took a nap during the 1970s and 1980s, but the past 10 years has seen the battle wage on in epic proportions. And performance automotive enthusiast are the clear victors!

In addition to rolling out cars with unbelievable power levels, companies have also upped their crate-engine offerings. Crate engines are big business, as more car-builders want to use factory-built new engines instead of having something built. Read More “Mopar 1968 Super Charger Concept is TREMECequipped”