This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney welcomes from the School of Automotive Machinists, Linda Massingill - she’s one fast lady! Linda is now a member of the 200 mile an hour club at the Texas Mile with a speed of 200.4 MPH. Her fast car was prepped by students from SAM with an engine built by the students and this naturally aspirated 427ci LSX powered 1998 Camaro joined the record books in the one mile run at the old airport in Beeville, Texas. Linda and her family own SAM, a Houston, Texas based school where you can get a degree in high performance and more; it’s education at full speed! For more go to www.SamRacing.com and check it out on PowerBlock April 20 & 21.
This weekend on Powerblock Courtney will feature a gorgeous '69 Pro Touring Camaro R-S. It was a two year frame-off resto that left owner Tommy Harris with a beauty. It's powered by a 572 big block with 4-10 gears anda Doug Nash five speed. This muscle car makes 675 horsepower! The interior is unusual with a reversed Yellow and Black California Daytona Hound's-tooth by Camaro Central. It rolls on Forgeline Wheels with Nitto rubber and the paint color is Velocity Yellow with wide Black stripes. Plus this weekend will go one on one with comedian and hard core gearhead Christopher Titus from his L.A. garage. See it on Powerblock February 2nd & 3rd.
You don’t see many of these anymore, a ‘72 GMC Sprint. They only made them from ’71 to ’77 until they were renamed Caballero. Owner Dave Lewis turned over his rare baby for a frame-off rotisserie resto to Graveyard Run Restorations. They dropped in an American Speed 427 smallblock making 558 horses. It stops with Wilwood Brakes and rolls on eighteen inch Forgeline Wheels and BFG rubber. Builder Mark Seybold from Graveyard Run Restorations had to remove 18 years of rust and dirt from the car sitting in a barn, he’ll be Courtney’s guest. Plus Powerblock Magazine West Coast reporter Jason Lewis will report on a Mothers Polish/Vaughn Gittin Jr. Mustang that you could own. And Ian Johnson will preview Powerblock’s new feature “Driveway Rescue”. It’s all on Powerlbock December 8 & 9. For more check out www.GraveyardRun.com
The world’s fastest man in a piston driven car at 439 MPH is Memphis businessman, car enthusiast and land-speed record holder George Poteet. He joins Courtney this weekend with his ’56 Chevy Pro Touring Shoebox. Built by Dan Kemp, it has a handmade hand cast grill, with custom trim and bumpers, a chopped top, a 2 door hardtop roof on it, and rolls on custom wheels. The engine is an aluminum Rodeck with SB-2 head making around 480 horses. The engine bay is THE most amazing one we’ve ever seen! George has a huge car collection, but he may be best known as a Bonneville Salt Flats racer. He owns the record at 439, but he actually made one pass at 462 but couldn’t back it up. Also this weekend it’s the premiere of Search and Restore’s Hudson makeover project. You’ll see the entire build of this rare Hornet on our two hour block. Check it out November 17 & 18. For more on the Hudson Museum and Miller Motors visit www.YpsiAutoHeritage.org – For more on Dan Kemp:www.exploringthenorth.com/kemp/rods.html
Join Courtney this weekend as she reveals the “Mustang Build Powered By Women”! Hypertech’s Marla Moore and Ford’s Jennifer Seely will stop in to preview this pony car that you’ll be able to bid on to own. Earlier this summer an all-female team from the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network, 40 in total who all work in the automotive aftermarket, came together in the Source Interlink Media “Hot Rod” garage to make history and build a tricked out 2013 Ford Mustang. Over 30 companies donated over 50 parts including Ford with the Mustang GT, Edelbrock with a supercharger, Magnaflow donated an exhaust, brakes came from Wilwood, P-Zero tires from Pirelli and Forgeline gave GA1R wheels with a custom finish, as well as numerous parts from Summit Racing and products from Royal Purple. Jennifer came up with the winning design for the car that will be unveiled at SEMA October 30th in the Ford booth. Then it goes up for auction on EBay with all proceeds benefiting the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Check it out on Powerblock October 27th & 28th. For more go to www.sema.org/SEMAMustangBuild
This weekend Powerblock Magazine West Coast reporter Jason Lewis manages to sit John Force down long enough as we interview the world’s most successful racer. Jason caught up with the King of NHRA drag racing in his California shop. Plus we’ll feature this gorgeous yellow Mopar. Owner David Ellison took a rough ’71 Cuda and dropped in a fresh 426 Hemi four speed cranking out 425 horsepower. The classic ‘70’s black leather interior is by Legendary and packs the signature pistol grip shifter. The ‘71’s are the only Cudas with the gill fenders, shark tooth grill and double headlights. This baby rides on Rally Wheels and Bridgestone rubber. Catch it all on October 20th & 21st. You can see the entire John Force interview in the current issue of Powerblock Magazine for free at www.PowerblockTV.com
Not only is this a gorgeous 1950 Mercury coupe we call killer, but it’s owned by Killer Thompson from Columbus, MS. He got the car after builder Eddie Potestio, owner of Eddie’s Rods and Customs in West Pueblo, Colorado, restored it as a tribute to his mom and dad. Without any experience and learning as he went, Eddie chopped the top, rounded the hood, built shrouds for the lake pipes, frenched the lights and fabbed-up fender skirts. It’s powered by a smallblock Chevy with three deuces. The interior is equally impressive with Ivory leather and Gray suede with a dramatic floating console and steel trim all around. It has a unique '47 Kaiser grille and the whitewalls are a great touch along with Colorado Customs seventeen inch billet wheels. Check it out on Powerblock September 1 & 2.
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This weekend on Powerblock Royal Purple’s Mark McFann and Ken Lingenfelter, CEO of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, join Courtney with an update on the auction of the Royal Bird. Royal Purple wanted to give back so they put their ’69 Firebird on the auction block and Ken was the highest bidder with all the proceeds going to benefit Hot Rodders Children’s Charity. Plus Mark will announce a sweepstakes in conjunction with the release of “Real Steel” on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Tuesday January 24th. Royal Purple and FunJet Vacations are giving away a V.I.P. trip for four to California to visit Legacy Effects; the effects team that did all the robots for the movie. Catch it all on Powerblock January 21 & 22, plus we’ll have a gorgeous ’70 Super Bee too. For more go to www.RoyalPurple.com and for more on Ken’s car collection: http://www.thelingenfeltercollection.com/