Banks modifies a 1953 Studebaker and achieves a World Record top speed of 184.52 mph
Banks modifies a 1953 Studebaker and drives it to class records at El Mirage Dry Lake and the Bonneville Salt Flats with a top speed of 184.52 mph, as certified by the Southern California Timing Association.
Gale Banks Engineering started as C.P. Auto & Marine as his business was the source of tuition money for Gale’s engineering studies at Cal Poly. His “Bronco Power” racing engines, named after the university mascot, provided the push and Gale’s 1953 Studebaker took the El Mirage Dry Lake record at 159.01 and the Bonneville salt Flats record at 184.52 mph. A 337cubic inch, Hilborn-injected, small block Chevrolet was under that swoopy hood.
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Friends since the early 1960s, Gale Banks and Bruce Geisler had teamed up on some of the most famous and significant automotive performance records in history. One of their fondest collaborations was the Geisler-Banks 1953 Studebaker, a vehicle that they ran together multiple times with several different engine configurations. In 1978, Banks built a 955-hp ... Read more
Gale’s love for a particular vehicle goes way back to his teens. It represented many milestones in his career and also represented a “the one that got away” feeling that he still has regrets about to this day. “My favorite car was the ‘53 Studebaker Starliner coupe,” says Banks. “The first time I ever saw ... Read more
I’d rather be Blown than Injected, so reads Bruce Geisler’s t-shirt. It’s the early ‘60’s, we’re in the pits at Bonneville wrenching our Studebakers. It’s over 100 degrees at an altitude of 4,219 feet, no wonder my Moon air density meter is only reading 81%. Despite the low ambient air density, my Hilborn injected, Isky ... Read more
A friend asked for a race car sponsorship recently, but we usually don’t do that. When it comes to race cars, trucks or boats…it’s more fun to build and race our own! And, that way, if we do it wrong, win a race or set a record, it’s our own doing.
When it comes to fuel, ... Read more
Here’s the Geisler-Vail & Banks, 53 Studebaker, on setup day at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show! The SCTA gave us the premier spot directly across from their display. The Stude is ready to run with a fresh 258″ Banks Blown, gasoline SBC, fresh off the dyno.I’ll bet that Raymond Lowey has been spinning in ... Read more
The gang from Adam Carolla’s “CarCast” stopped by to see what Gale’s been up to since their last meeting. Lots going on … check it out!
Professor Sandy Ganz and Motorator Matt D’Andria make a visit to Gale Banks Engineering in Azusa, CA. Gale gave them a deluxe tour of his shop and showed just about ... Read more
Here’s something that’s been a part of Gale Banks Engineering history almost since its inception, just now it is going to get bigger, newer power.
By John Espino
There are a few things in this motor-driven world that get folks excited about the automotive biz. I mean there were some dandy headlines this week about two eco-friendly ... Read more
50 years of automotive and marine engineering innovation was put on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum to honor Gale Banks and his achievements.
It’s called the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. Inside this 28,500-square-foot building are some of the most important pieces in drag racing as well as motorsports history. From early sllngshot ... Read more
Pomona, California – – On Wednesday, December 3, 2008, fifty years of automotive and marine engineering innovation was put on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, in Pomona, California.
Pomona, California – – On Wednesday, December 3, 2008, fifty years of automotive and marine engineering innovation was put on display at the Wally Parks ... Read more