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Late-Breaking News Diesel World magazine gives an update on the industry, including the NHRDA event where the Banks S-10 had a 7.77 at 180 mph run. Thanks to the magic of magazine production, where we are so far ahead of ourselves we’re producing the July issue in the middle of March, I just wrapped up covering the second ... Read more about this post

Banks SpeedBrake New Electronic Device For GM’s Duramax Uses The Turbocharger To Slow the Vehicle In recent years the diesel engines used in pickups have changed significantly, becoming cleaner, quieter and more powerful. Yet with all these changes, diesels still don’t provide much engine braking to help slow the vehicle. Unlike gasoline engines, diesels lack a throttle valve, ... Read more about this post

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum “Banks Power: The First 50 Years” is a very thorough exhibit containing memorabilia from the Banks long career and features items ranging from late ‘50s to the record-holding Sidewinder diesel dragster. AS WITH MANY OF the big-name companies in this industry, Gale Banks began his journey in much more humble surroundings than he enjoys now; but ... Read more about this post

“Banks Power – The first 50 years” Opens at Wally Parks NHRA Museum 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 about this post

Marine Animal Going quicker and faster than any other diesel-powered vehicle on the dragstrip is the obvious incentive for building the Sidewinder dragster. But Gale Banks, founder of Banks Engineering, has an ulterior motive: for the project to help protect the country. The Sidewinder is the next testbed for the company to develop aftermarket products for the ... Read more about this post

Marine Animal Sea-bound diesel technology is being proved on the quarter-mile in the Banks Sidewinder   Sea-bound diesel technology is being proved on the quarter-mile in the Banks Sidewinder Going quicker and faster than any other diesel-powered vehicle on the dragstrip is the obvious incentive for building the Sidewinder dragster. But Gale Banks, founder of Banks Engineering, has an ... Read more about this post

Gale Banks Receives 2009 Distinguished Service Citation The Automotive Hall of Fame has selected Gale Banks to receive one of their 2009 Distinguished Service Citations. The Automotive Hall of Fame has selected Gale Banks to receive one of their 2009 Distinguished Service Citations. Banks accepted the award at the annual luncheon on January 25 in New Orleans. This national citation is the Hall ... Read more about this post

The Banks Brake THE BANKS BRAKE Upon inspection I found the casting (cast iron) of the brake’s elbow was massive, and the surfaces of the elbow were engineered to meet with the turbo on one end and the exhaust down tube on the other end. The butterfly within the elbow was also machined to fit perfectly. All other parts ... Read more about this post

Gale Banks to be honored by Automotive Hall of Fame Gale Banks set to receive the Automotove Hall of Fame’s 2009 Distinguished Service Citation in New Orleans. AZUSA – In the automotive world, few honors hold as much prestige as being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Gale Banks, founder, president and CEO of Banks Power in Azusa, will earn that distinction on Sunday when he ... Read more about this post

The World’s Quickest Diesel Pickup Breaks New Ground The words “fast” and “diesel” aren’t commonly spoken in the same breath. Diesel trucks, the Clydesdales of the truck world, have always been one-dimensional work trucks, clattering engines producing nothing but torque, with lots of black smoke thrown in. Those cliches are fading fast as a new wave of diesel trucks hits the street. The words “fast” ... Read more about this post