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Banks Dragster Update – March 5 2010 With all systems checked, the dragster and all the race gear loaded in the trailer, we’re ready to make our mark on the dragstrip again… By John Espino There’s been little to report on the Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster since this past Summer. Back then we had to withdraw from an event in Indianapolis due to mechanical ... Read more about this post

Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Sets Sights for World Record The “rail” leaves for test and tune, sets sights for 6-second “clean” run. By John Espino Last week I reported on the first fire of the new engine being used to catapult the Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster down the raceways, the DRE “Stroker” engine. Bad weather prevented us from our “test and tune” session last weekend, so ... Read more about this post

Banks Power’s New Beast – Sidewinder DRE New Year, new opportunities… more power (insert caveman grunts)! By John Espino After months of sorting out issues with the Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster’s transmission we’re ready to start the onslaught of track punishment again. Only thing is we’re not going about it with the same engine. Nah… that sucker was so last year! Since we’re feeling ... Read more about this post

Plenty of things going on! I know that our blog has been silent for several months, but it’s only because there’s been so much going on here at Banks. In a time when others are simply folding up the card table and are taking down the tent, we’re looking at what things we want to concentrate on next. Being that ... Read more about this post

Mickey Thompson Remembered This past Thursday night, the combined efforts of  the NHRA Museum staff, the Thompson family, and Gale Banks Engineering … A lot of people got their first chance to exhale in almost twenty-two years. I’m one of them. Working for Mickey and Trudy was a true adventure.  Filling up large indoor and outdoor venues with thousands upon ... Read more about this post

Mickey Thompson Gets His Due The “Mickey Thompson: First American to 400 MPH” exhibit opens at the NHRA Museum in Pomona, California to an invitation-only crowd of over 250 people. By John Espino There was a very personal celebration last night of an innovator’s life and achievements: Mickey Thompson. The exhibit, simply titled “Mickey Thompson: First American to 400 MPH” opened at ... Read more about this post

Banks Power Presence at PRI All the news from this year’s Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, Florida By Doug Stokes The just-concluded 2009 Performance Racing Industry Show (“PRI”) in Orlando was an unqualified success for Banks Power. The show team of product experts, product engineers, and top company executives met with hundreds and hundreds of both long-time and first-time show-goers from ... Read more about this post

The Banks Blue Motor Replicating one of circle-jet boat racing most successful and most celebrated engines — a 454 cubic inch, twin-turboed, 2,000 horsepower big block Chevy. By Doug Stokes The idea was to replicate one of circle-jet boat racing most successful and most celebrated engines, Gale Banks’ feared and famous 1975 era, 454 cubic inch, twin-turboed, 2,000 horsepower big block ... Read more about this post

Engine and More Engines A number of large crates have been delivered with the latest versions of the most popular light truck diesel engines from each of the major manufacturers. The Banks Race Shop (actual given name: “Advanced Concept Engineering”) is restless again … In the last few days a number of large crates have been delivered and quickly opened ... Read more about this post

New Banks iQ Device Wins Three 2009 SEMA Global Media Awards The new Banks iQ wins three SEMA Global Media Awards. Las Vegas, Nevada – – In addition to all the “domestic” excitement that the just-concluded debut of the hot new Banks iQ device stirred up; the ultra-versatile vehicle user interface was announced as winning three SEMA Global Media Awards. There were twenty-eight judges representing 16 countries from ... Read more about this post