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  1. Lucas Upper Cylinder Lube - It's not about the MPG

    View attachment 598032 In this article we are going to take a look at Lucas Oil's Upper Cylinder Lube, all the controversy that surrounds it, and why I (and YOU) should use it regularly. First lets read the description right off Lucas Oil's website so we have some kind of generic idea of what it is, and what it does.









  2. 100 MPH / 100,000'ish dollars.. But with a Small Block?

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    As we progress forward into the "modern era" of performance boating, it's my opinion that you are going to see a lot more boats running small block power then ever before. They are lighter, more compact, and with the new LS series platforms are putting out phenomenal torque and HP numbers. Ilmor has embraced the LS Architecture with their new MV8-570!

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  3. Boat Rides, Sponsors, Fonzy, and Beer... A week at RDP

    View attachment 597520 Starting this week out I didn't know what to expect from a week of working with the crew at River Dave's Place. Obviously I had met all the players at this point and was well acquainted with the goings on of RDP when everyone is in party mode, but I was having a hard time wrapping my mind around actually seeing Dave do work. I mean, this is River Dave, right? Doesn't he just party all week and sleep till noon before grabbing a double gut-bomb cheese burger and...
  4. How Strong is the Market for DCB's? Horizon Motorsports IS ALL IN

    View attachment 598192 Recently I was talking to Paul Miller of Dave's Custom Boats and he mentioned to me that Preston of Horizon Motorsports in Lake Havasu was building a new boat for stock. Now that doesn't sound like a big deal, a boat dealer building a boat for stock, but when he said it I was floored and I will explain why. Since DCB's...
  5. Lucas Oil Drag Boats World Finals 2013... In the eye of the beer-holder

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    Typically when I write about my experience at a given event or trip of mine I try to give everyone who wasn't able to attend a front row seat to the festivities by telling a little story and adding some of my pictures to reinforce the words. This past week a friend of mine made a post about my photography in her Blog and it got me to thinking. I usually go about my...
  6. Black Socks and Card Stops... The 2013 DCB Regatta

    As a frequent visitor to the lakes and waterways along the Colorado River it's nearly impossible to go to the water without hearing the adrenaline spiking sound of a high-horsepower big block as it thunders along the surface of my favorite stomping grounds. For all intents and purposes, Lake Havasu and surrounding areas is the birthplace of west coast performance boating. What started out as just some good old boys trying to one up their buddies each weekend in their...
  7. Howard 288 On the Water

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    I wrote a first impressions article of the new Howard 288 the first issue of our new online magazine a little over a month ago. I am going to recap some of what we covered in that article just in case you missed it, as well to make it easier to reference a single article in the future. The Howard 288 is a prime example of modern day evolution from a boat company that is never satisfied with the "Status Quo." Many already consider the Howard Sport...
  8. Road Trip to Burley my first trip to the "Idaho Regatta!"

    Written by Barry Oblier - Obnoxious Racing Engines

    I had never been to the Burley Regatta prior to this past weekend, but this year I was able to combine a trip to dyno a friends Comp Jet engine in nearby Twin Falls, Idaho with the weekend of the famous race.

    In order to not have to make the entire drive myself, I needed to be in Blythe, CA by 8AM to meet my ride that was traveling from Yuma. I didn't even know there was a 4:00 in the morning! I made it on time, only to get a call...
  9. Laughlin by Dan Delehant

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    If you have never been to Laughlin, Nevada you might want to check it out sometime. It is Las Vegas downsized. The little city is seldom crowded and the fact that the eight or so casinos have the Colorado River running directly behind them gives the little strip a unique sparkling ambiance. At the north end sits the city?s initial casino, The Riverside. At the top of the hill at the south end of Casino Drive is Harrah?s. Several other casinos are packed in...
  10. Nordic goes after Pontoon Market with a 26 and a 350 Verado

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    It's no secret that the new luxury Pontoon's have taken a major chunk out of the performance boat Market. We have watched quite a few board members switch from High Performance Cats and Vee's make the switch just for sheer functionality purposes. They are great to party on, family friendly, and you can run them up on any beach that you feel like without being overly worried about a hidden rock in the sand doing damage.

    Our...
  11. Lucas Oil and Ilmor Marine!

    View attachment 597361 It was thirteen months ago at the Desert Storm street fair, that the entire Lucas Team made a very big splash introducing their "Marine Line" of Oil products. The heart of the company chemist Mark N. was in attendance, Brian S, and even the founder Forrest Lucas came out to the West Coast meccas of boating "Havasu."

    For months Brian and I planned every detail of the street fair, from random swag we were going to hand out (7,000 koozies, shirts,...
  12. Boats, Bars, and Beaches... The Pink Taco Chonicles Continue

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    With all of the boating I've been doing, both on Havasu and the Parker Strip my life has started to resemble that Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray. The difference, in my case, though is that instead of a huge marmot predisposed to seeing his shadow, and a sleepy Pennsylvania town in a deadlock with old man winter, I've got a good-natured fellow predisposed to sleeping while standing up, and a sunny desert town with enough bare skin to make Hugh Hefner...
  13. Building 630 HP out of a Merc 502 - Intake Manifold article

    View attachment 597659 We have known since the introduction of the Mercruiser "cross ram" style intake manifold, that it is very restrictive for performance applications. They make good torque at lower RPM's, but fall short in supplying enough air to feed the engine in the higher RPM range (4500 and up). When upgrading a 502 and larger cubic inch engine, that style intake struggles to keep up, especially above 5000, where you need it most. Ideally, we want the horsepower to continue to...
  14. One Mile At A Time... Character Building In The Sands Of Baja

    It's just passed 4am on November 16th in Baja California. Our team, bedded down around a small crackling campfire, recharges it's weary batteries as the grim news comes in over the radio... Race number 842 is at zero miles per hour just shy of race mile 600. No radio contact from the race truck, just a blip from the spot tracker, an on board gps transmitter that pings a vehicle's location and speed amidst the expanse of the Baja Peninsula. This disheartening information is...
  15. A quick guide to polishing rims

    View attachment 597347 Maybe it's just in my mind, but there's nothing cooler looking then polished aluminum. I also can't think of any single finish that is harder to keep maintained then polished aluminum as well. This is a quick "How To" guide of what I personally do to restore and keep my wheels looking new.

    This particular wheel is the spare tire on my 21 Schiada trailer. Because it sits flat on the trailer the water will pool in...
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