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Adam Carolla Podcast with Gale Banks Gale Banks Hangs With Funnyman Adam Carolla on his “Carcast” Show and talks about the Banks Sidewinder S-10 drag truck and the Banks-powered VW Jetta TDI and more! Azusa, Calif. – – Well-known star of stage, screen, radio, and the TV dance floor Adam Carolla this week welcomed special guest Gale Banks to the Carcast section ... Read more about this post

Secret Spy Photos of Banks Power Marine Turbo-diesel Revealed We’ll give you the full inside scoop when the crew can stop and take a breath, but there’s a really rad “proof of concept” test engine being built right this second on the shop floor. Twin-turbos, intercooler and heat exchangers powered by sea water, this baby has the works. Plus it kinda looks like the ... Read more about this post

The Banks Engine Test Cells – State of the Art and Ever-Changing There are a number of areas located throughout the 11+ acre Banks design and manufacturing facility that are dedicated specifically to testing.  This Friday we’re specifically looking at the engine test cells. The way that Gale Banks sees it, THE most important part of the business that he’s been in for just over half a century ... Read more about this post

The Banks Environmental Test Chamber This unusual-looking unit is an “environmental test chamber,” the electronic equivalent of one Banks’ engine dynamometers, it’s the place where electronic components and systems go to get taken to within a few millimeters of failure (and sometimes beyond). Nope (even though it actually could ) no one at Gale Banks Engineering has ever attempted to make ... Read more about this post

Gale Banks Joins Racing Legends Signing Pinewood Racer for SEMA Charity Auction The highly-anticipated second annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Race, presented by eBay Motors, will be held on August 1, 2009, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena. Banks Power will be represented this year with a red and black mini-racer which will carry the signature of company President and founder Gale Banks. Banks is one of well over ... Read more about this post

Bonneville Speed Week 2002 (From the Archives – 08.16.02) The big news this week is Bonneville, better known since 1949 as Speed Week. In fact today (Friday) is the last day of running, so I don’t really have final results. Gale went out last weekend for the opening days. Gale can’t stay away from Bonneville. He’s been competing there since ... Read more about this post

Brandons Power Stroke Wins Truck Pull (From the Archives – 11.01.02) A few weeks ago we showed and told you about Brandon Mojarro’s 2001 Ford F-250 Power Stroke 4×4 shortbed pickup and how well he was doing at local truck pull competitions with a Banks PowerPack and Level 5 Big Hoss chip being his only engine modifications. Read more about this post

The Gearhead Bash (From the Archives – 07.26.02) For many years, since establishing their Shady Grove Farm in Bradbury, California, Gale and family have held a large Christmas party for relatives, friends, co-workers, and associates. Since many of these people tended to be gearheads of one type or another, they’d arrive in a broad variety of interesting vehicles. Read more about this post

What makes a good exhaust brake? (From the Archives – Circa November 2004) As the owner of a diesel engine-powered pickup, such as the Duramax, you already know that there is precious little braking effect when you back off the throttle. Even driving in Tow/Haul mode on automatic transmission-equipped vehicles does not significantly increase engine braking. Driving with the vehicle heavily loaded, ... Read more about this post

Banks Talks Tech – Turbo Wastegate (From the Archives – Circa December 2004) How a Turbo Wastegate Works The common turbocharger wastegate would seem like the height of simplicity, but high performance can add complications. Let’s begin by describing what a turbo wastegate is. A wastegate is essentially a device that bypasses some exhaust flow around the turbine section of a turbocharger to control ... Read more about this post