Banks Insider News

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

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 (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