52 Carbs In 52 Weeks

By the time you read this, the Holley sweepstakes for 52 Carbs In 52 Weeks has already started, but it's not too late to get in on the action because there are 52 chances to win. Here's the deal: Holley Performance Products is giving away one carburetor per week starting March 1, 2009, and continuing through March 1, 2010. If you want in on all the goodness, log on to www.holley.com and click on the "52 Carbs In 52 Weeks" banner. (Consumers can view the official rules, which also show alternative means of entry.) No purchase is necessary, and winners will be notified by email and posted on the Holley website as well. Winners can choose from any Holley carburetor made, except for Ultra HP carbs. Still, that gives you a huge selection to choose from, ranging from a 350cfm two-barrel, all the way up to a 1250-cfm Dominator.

Open Fuel Standard Act
Finally, something good from Washington. On March 12, legislation was introduced in both the House and the Senate for an Open Fuel Standard Act, which seeks to ensure that at least 80 percent of new cars sold in the United States be able to run on E85 or biodiesel by 2015. The goal is to reduce dependence on a single fuel source, but could also have unintended benefits for hot rodders. Flexible fuel vehicles aren't new, and they aren't expensive, but due to the reduced energy density of alcohol-based fuels, manufacturers must use fuel system components-primarily injectors and fuel pumps-with greater capacity. (Can you say easy blower bolt on?) Compression ratios can also be increased to take advantage of the higher-observed octane.

Pinks All Out

Saturday, April 25, marked an important milestone in street car drag racing. It was officially reborn. To use the hackneyed phrase: "This changes everything." Charlotte's state-of-the-art zMax dragstrip has been open since September 2008, but this marked an important milestone: It was the first time zMax had used all four of its quarter-mile lanes at the same time for the same race.

Although the initial intent of zMax's planners was to hold such an event, no promoter actually has had the stones to do it, until Rich Christensen of Pinks and Pinks All Out fame pushed hard to put it to the test. Christensen and the Speed Channel crew pulled it off while taping what may be the most widely watched episode ever of Pinks All Out. (The tentative air date for that episode is August 6, but is subject to change.)

The zMax facility pre-sold over 20,000 tickets to an event that otherwise features hot street machines. It was a wake-up call for traditional drag racing that will quickly reteach the sport's promoters to fulfill a very basic need: Entertain folks, and they will come. Next month, we'll bring you full coverage of the four-wide, side-by-side mayhem that marked the first time in 40 years this kind of racing has been done.

Snags Olds

Contributing photographer, Robert McGaffin, just picked up this '65 Olds Cutlass F-85 as a project vehicle. We are currently mulling over what course of action to take, and we would like your input. Robert likes the Pro Touring look, so no big 'n' littles will likely show up on this A-body, but everything else is on the table. Power currently consists of the stock 330 ci through a Powerglide. Go to the PopularHotRodding.com website, and search "1965 Olds Cutlass," to find the blog on it. We'll be checking your responses before making any moves.