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Banks Talks Tech Banks Talks Tech(From the Archives – 11.19.04) Diesel — The Performance Choice Some old ideas about performance are slow to die. The very idea that diesel engines could replace exotic gasoline engines as the top performing powerplants in cars, light trucks, and SUVs seems ludicrous to many automotive enthusiasts. How could a slow, smelly diesel ever hope to compete against ... Read more about this post

Mercedes Pro Mod (From the Archives – Circa 2002) Mercedes Benz 500-SL Time Machine Combining the technology of the Stealth Fighter, the class of Mercedes Benz and the engineering prowess of Banks, this project is the ultimate blend of Funny Car and Pro Stock. Years ahead of its time in design and construction, the Benz project has been literally hand-crafted ... Read more about this post

Warrior In Repose (From the Archives – 04.12.02) We have told you about some of the exciting projects currently under construction in the Banks race shop, but we have some good skeletons in the closet here at Banks, too. Read more about this post

Header Flanges 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 ... Read more about this post

Crazy Magazine Stunt 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. Read more about this post

Interaction 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 ... Read more about this post

Six-Gun takes 3rd at Baja 1000 Six-Gun takes 3rd at Baja 1000David 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. Read more about this post

FINAL PREPS … 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. Read more about this post

Built for Speed – Two Banks Machines for the Price of One Built for Speed - Two Banks Machines for the Price of OneRemember 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 ... Read more about this post

Gentlemen, start your (dragster) engines Gentlemen, start your (dragster) enginesThe 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. Read more about this post