Banks Insider News

Header Flanges

(From the Archives – 04.05.02)

You might think that discussing header flanges is about as exciting as listening to a lengthy dissertation on muffler bearings. In most cases, you’d be right. But when I toured the tube shop here at Banks, the first thing that got my attention were the header flanges. They’re the thickest and flattest I’ve ever seen. There are several reasons for this.

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Crazy Magazine Stunt

(From the Archives – 03.01.02)

As I said in my introduction, the Friday Night News won’t necessarily talk about what’s happening this week at Gale Banks Engineering. We might talk about what’s happening now, what’s in the future, or what happened in the past. Here’s one from a decade and a half ago.

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Interaction

(From the Archives – 01.25.02)

I have a confession to make (I know some of you are into confessional mode). Before I started this job, I didn’t know how to use a computer as anything other than a typewriter. My computer at home is connected only to itself. I write to disc. If I had to email something, I handed the disc to my wife and asked her to do it, please.

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Six-Gun takes 3rd at Baja 1000

David Downs Goliath at Baja

(From the Archives – Circa November 2004)

A virtually stock 2003 Cummins diesel-powered Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 Pickup truck takes 3rd Place in the “Stock Full” class at 2004 Baja 1000. The truck is equipped with Banks’ Six-Gun Bundle.

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FINAL PREPS …

It might not look like it in these pictures, but, when these shots were taken, the Banks Top Diesel Dragster was only a few hours away from going into the trailer for its first trip to the test track.

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Built for Speed – Two Banks Machines for the Price of One

Remember the Stray Cats’ smash hit album Built for Speed? Even Brian Setzer himself couldn’t fathom the speeds that the Banks machines are capable of.

Last time I left you with the first firing of the Banks Top Diesel Dragster engine. The guys weren’t just starting this thing up just to hear it purr. The dragster will run soon; very soon. In fact, you’re going to get two Banks machines for the price of one.

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Gentlemen, start your (dragster) engines

The beast hath reared its ugly head. Okay, it’s not so ugly. It is quite a beautiful sight. But that sound! I wanted to savor it, like a good cigar, or my favorite flavor of ice cream. The sound permeated every inch of the race shop.

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Some Serious Progress Being Made On The Banks Top Dragster…

April 2009, After a strong reception at its spectacular unveiling at the SEMA Show last November, the new Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster had to wait its turn in line while the Banks S-10 Sidewinder Pickup* went out to the starting line a few last times to finish up its development work with the powerful GMC Duramax engine that will also power the Dragster.

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This Just In From Jay Leno’s Garage

Burbank, California March 21, 2009 – When Jay Leno calls from the Big Dog Garage and asks: “What’s new?” No one jokes back: “New York, New Jersey, or New Brunswick.” What Gale Banks answered back was the news that his diesel-powered Chevy S-10 Duramax-powered drag truck had just set both a new ET number and a top speed record. Leno immediately answered back with a invitation for Banks to bring the speedy Sidewinder out to Jay’s Garage for a twelve (plus) minute walk-around of the machine. Quite a day Jay!

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