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io Rancho’s Jason Anderson finished fifth in the final AMA Supercross race in Las Vegas Saturday night May 5th but it was enough to secure his first championship by 9 points. The near capacity crowd of 40,000 fans in Sam Boyd Stadium witnessed Anderson winning the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team star in just his fourth full season on the Supercross circuit soared over the jumps and leaned into the turns in the 17th event of the season to capture both his and his team’s first career Supercross titles. “We’ve put our whole lives into this, been riding dirt bikes for so long, to win this championship between me and my team, it’s the most surreal moment of my life up to this point,” Anderson said on the podium. “Man, I’m so happy. I was tested this year. I’m just beyond words.” Even though Anderson had held the lead in the 450SX point standings since the second race of the season, Saturday’s final outcome was still razor-thin, as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin finished the race in second place, and the overall season just nine points behind Anderson. Anderson, trained by four-time 450SX champ Ryan Dungey, earned four wins and 11 podium finishes and a top-four finish in 14 of 17 races. Anderson is no stranger to the tracks and trails of New Mexico. He competed at Sandia MX at both Sandia Speedway and Moriarty. Anderson’s commitment to his craft and resistance to pain became evident in his rookie season when he was sidelined with an injury. Wondering if he would ever compete professionally again or be forced to go to

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school, Anderson chose to “do the work.” That was not always Anderson’s strong suit and training is a means to an end. Anderson doesn’t really care what you think and is most comfortable on his bike. “I’m just a guy who likes to ride dirt bikes, and I just want to do good,” he says. “So that means I’m aggressive, and sometimes people are pumped on that, and sometimes people aren’t pumped on that. It’s pretty confusing from weekend to weekend, but you know what? I actually don’t give a shit. I’m paid to ride my dirt bike, and I have a good time doing that. I have a good time working with my team, too. That’s all I really care about.” “All you have to do is ride the bicycle, ride the motorcycle, and do the gym stuff. It’s not that bad,” Anderson says. “But I guess people perceive me as a guy who likes to have a good time. I obviously don’t fit the mold of how this type of training usually is. But I have no problems with it, and I see myself staying there and doing it my whole career. I mean, for sure, there are times when you’re tired during the season and you don’t want to go on a road ride. But I don’t ever feel like I’m ever burnt out. I still love to ride my dirt bike.”  Anderson admits he doesn’t love to train. He also says he doesn’t love doing interviews, or really any of the things that go along with being a professional athlete. He would rather just stay in the shadows and ride his dirt bike. At this level, it’s too tough to succeed without hard work. As a result, there

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The Next Step

By Lyle Greenberg | Photos by Bill Robertson/WJR Photography oing back to my first memories of being at the racetrack, I have always fantasized about running a nitromethane-powered race car.

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querque since “Nasty” Dave Benjamin moved away in the early-1980’s. I was able to finally check off that box on my list of life experiences in the third weekend in March 2018.

That means I have had that goal for well over 50 years. If you follow drag racing you probably know that the sounds, smells, vibrations and fumes that nitro creates assault your senses. There is really nothing like it in the whole world.

From 2012-2016, I raced a championship winning supercharged alcohol altered in the Western Fuel Altereds circuit. Several rules were changed at the end of 2015 that directly impacted our altered racing program.

That is what I grew up watching, all the time hoping that someday I would figure out how to get into a nitro car.

Although I ran the car twice in 2016 (winning the last race we ever ran with it), I decided it was time to move to a new car and maybe a new class. Since I’m not getting any younger, I decided that, if I was ever going to build a nitro car, this would be the time.

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Running a big-show NHRA national event Top Fuel or Funny Car is financially out of the question, as they require a multi-million dollar budget. But a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car was within reach … well, sort of within reach. Nostalgia cars are simply toned down big-show engines under a funny car body that must be based on a 1980 or older car. They have smaller blowers, smaller fuel pumps, no clutch management, single magnetos, and other limitations that make it more affordable relative to the enormous amounts of money the big-show cars cost. Once I decided to go nitro racing, I quickly put the altered up for sale and was able to sell the chassis pretty quickly. At nearly the same time a very nice 1978 Corvette bodied funny car rolling


chassis came on the market in Southern California, a “low run” late model Victory chassis. I drove to California to look at it and immediately decided to purchase it. At the end of January 2017, my crew and I went back out to California to pick it up. Next, I had choose among dozens of potential engine combinations. After scrapping the possibility of converting my blown alcohol engine from the altered to nitro, I decided to start searching for “good, used nitro engine parts.” That should make you start laughing as the idea that any used part from a nitro engine might be “good” is, at best, a longshot. However, after months of burning up the phone lines, I found a northern California based team that was converting to a completely different engine block and cylinder head combination. My research indicated that the parts were that rarest of all commodities … used, but good parts for a nitro combination that would fit my needs. I drove to the Bay Area and came home with two TFX aluminum blocks, two sets of Alan Johnson nitro cylinder heads, a manifold, and all sorts of other parts. By the end of the summer, I located an extremely nice, late-model Littlefield 6-71 supercharger, but I still was lacking the rotating assembly and fuel system that would complete the engines. I was also losing patience with my slow progress at getting the car finished.

Throughout the summer, I had been receiving valuable guidance from Jake Sanders, a young tuner in Brownsburg, IN who has spent his whole life tuning nitro cars for his Dad Mark Sanders as well as many others. He has been making a name for himself as a master fabricator doing overflow work for the Brownsburg-based NHRA Big-Show teams of Don Schumacher, John Force, Steve Torrance and others, as well as working on nitro cars for several big teams on the NHRA tour. After further discussion with Jake, I decided to take the car and all of my parts back to Brownsburg and let him put the finishing touches on it over the winter. At the end of January 2018, I drove back to Brownsburg to pick up the completed car. After a whirlwind week of chasing down last-minute parts, a barrel of nitro and fighting last minute data logger issues, we started the car on a 90% nitro load. While that was not the first time I had warmed up a nitro car (thanks Ray Stringer!), it was the first time I had warmed up MY nitro car. To add to the cool factor, Sanders had recruited John Stewart to help us with the warm-up (since it takes 3 people to even start one of these beasts). Stewart is a long-time NHRA Big Show crew chief, as well as a member of the Cragar 5-second club - meaning he was one of the

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first people to ever run a 5 second ET back in the early 1970’s. The fire-up went great and I was soon on my way home to Albuquerque with a nitro funny car that was 100% operational. Were we ready to go race it? Not hardly! We still needed to get the body painted, a custom seat poured, and we still were a long way from having the trailer set up well enough to function in the high maintenance environment of a nitro car. I commissioned renowned drag racing artist David Carl Peters to design a paint scheme. Many will remember that I hit upon the name “Cone Hunter” a few years ago and had turned that into a successful line of t-shirts and considerable brand recognition on drag racing social media. I wanted to keep the name and theme with the new car, while also capturing the look and feel of a true 1970’s era funny car. Peters hit a home run with a design that was an immediate hit when I unveiled it on social media. Next, Albuquerque-based Car Crafters and PPG Paint teamed up to apply a true “old school” custom paint job. PPG’s “Vibrance” line provided exactly the colors we wanted and Car Crafters’ David McLevitz applied his incredible artistic talent to the actual painting of the body. When we unveiled the painted car, the positive comments were overwhelming with words like “stunning”, “beautiful” and “gorgeous” being used. To say I am proud and amazed at how great it looks is an understatement. While Car Crafters was working on the body, my crew and I were hard at work on other lastminute projects. This new endeavor is a huge undertaking and requires the help of many people. My crew consists of Butch Blackberg, Rick Schouman, Sean, Jennifer and Connor Guthrie, Rachel Greenberg, Roberta Greenberg, Wayne MacLeod, Billy Mueller, Alan Skinner, Russ Marr, Chris and Tiffany Stinson, Chris Schouman, and Mike Labbate. All these dedicated friends and family members pitched in and helped get the trailer and car 10 NMMotorSportsReport.com

completed so that we could make that initial test session in mid-March.

Since the license upgrade requirement is to make two runs in the 6-second zone at over 200 mph, there was a bit of pressure to make this last run count. The head gasket change cleaned up the first and third cylinders, but cylinder No. 7 was still essentially dead. Combined with a 25 mph right to left crosswind, the car was pushing hard to the left.

March Test Session Our plan was to make a series of planned shutoff runs at increasing distances to make sure that we minimized the parts carnage if we had missed the high altitude tune-up.

At about 400’, I feathered the car to about half throttle to make sure we stayed in our lane. After gathering the car up, I went back to full throttle and the car ran a 6.65 at 218 mph. We were all thrilled with this performance and knew the car would have run in the 6.50’s at 220+ mph if we could have gotten a little cleaner run.

The planned shut-offs were at 330’, 660’ and 800’. Jake Sanders had flown in from Indiana to oversee the testing effort and call the tune-up shots that would (hopefully) allow a high percentage nitro car to make good runs at the high altitude and tricky Albuquerque track.

To call the weekend a success is a huge understatement. Our first goal was to make sure nobody got hurt - check. The second goal was to have minimal parts breakage - check. The third goal was to run fast enough to get my license upgraded - check.

I was trying to keep my expectations modest as there have been teams who have literally had to make 10 or 20 runs over the course of several outings just to get their driver licensed at tracks that don’t have the challenges of Albuquerque. All the runs went pretty much according to plan. The only glitch in the program was a leaky seal in the supercharger snout and our inability to get some of the cylinders to stay lit for the full run.

Bottom line, we ran a high percentage (88%) nitro car for the first time ever and literally broke nothing, while going fast enough to get my license upgrade. There is no way we could have been this successful without the guidance of Jake Sanders and the hard work of all my crew members. We plan to run the car 3 or 4 more times this year if the budget will allow and will hopefully be deep into the 5’s (or in the 3’s at ⅛ mile tracks) by later in the 2018 season.

After the series of planned shutoffs, we were able to get the snout leak fixed and the dead cylinders were not going to keep us from proceeding, so we pulled the car up to make a full pull.

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Dead cylinders push the car toward the side of the dead cylinders because the thrust out of the exhaust headers becomes unbalanced. Sure enough, the car pushed to the left (#1,3 & 7 were all intermittently going dead) and was hugging the centerline for much of the run. The car powered through to a 6.69 second elapsed time at 213 mph. There was another minor glitch with the parachutes that caused a delay in their deployment. While that quickened my pulse a bit, they ultimately blossomed, and I got the car safely slowed. Back in the pits, we pulled the oil pan to check bearings and pulled the cylinder heads to put on thinner head gaskets, trying to get the dead cylinders to come to life. The wind was

Lyle Greenberg has been involved in racing since he was a toddler and has been driving race cars since he was 15 years old. He was introduced to racing by his father, Paul Greenberg, one of the people who built Albuquerque Dragway in the early-1960s. Since 1997 he has been involved in several supercharged alcohol or nitrous oxide race cars including a NHRA “Big Show” Top Alcohol Funny Car, a couple of Top Dragsters, and several other cars where he has either been a paid consultant or just helped out friends. Most recently, he ran a successful supercharged alcohol altered from 2012-2016 with the Western Fuel Altereds (WFA). Along with several WFA wins, Lyle also won the 2015 WFA points championship and currently holds the circuit’s elapsed time record.


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urbstoning is when a dealer poses as a private seller to sell a car. By curbstoning, a dealer can avoid having to comply with the same regulations dealers are upheld to. To a buyer this could mean buying a car that has a salvaged title. It could also mean unknowingly buying a car that has been in a flood and suffered severe water damage. The term curbstoning comes from the manner in which transactions like this typically occur. When a dealer is trying to pose as an individual they will often sell cars from the curb, a parking lot or other similar places, just as a private seller would. A curbstoner often gets away with scamming buyers because they sell the vehicle and disappear. With no office or contact information, a buyer can end up with a lot of headaches to deal with.

Tip#3 – Ask to see the title

Before you buy any used vehicle you should ask to see the title. Looking at the title should tell you whether or not the car has been salvaged or if it has been the victim of water damage.

Tip#4 – Match the driver’s name on their license to the name on the title As you are looking at the title, check to make sure the seller’s name matches with the name on the title. Ask to see their driver’s license to compare. If the names do not match, you should be asking why.

How can I protect myself from curbstoning?

Tip#5 – Get the car inspected before you buy it

By knowing what curbstoning is, you have taken the first step in protecting yourself from it. Next, it is important to be conscious of where you purchase cars from and the details you get from the seller. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid being the victim of a curbstoning scam.

Lastly, many curbstoners will try to rush the sale and not allow you to get the car inspected before you buy it. Before you exchange any money, be sure to have the car inspected by your own trusted mechanic.

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By Dominic Aragon Photos by V8’s FOR VOCATIONS FACEBOOK PAGE seminary students

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ather Matthew Keller, a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Gallup, learned about auto mechanics but stopped working on cars when he became a priest. He always liked cars, and began to work on them while in high school. It was something, he says, he thought he “had to give up as a priest.” Eventually, Father Keller became the director of vocations for the diocese that oversees northwest New Mexico and parts of Arizona. According to the organization, members of the diocese, parishioners, inspired him to pick up the hobby. Thus, V8’s for Vocations was launched. “Some friends said, ‘you should get a car and get the seminarians to help you fix it up.’ I thought, ‘Wait a minute, that’s a great idea, but let’s use it for a fundraiser,” Father Keller said. The organization works on about one car a year, and the auction this year featured a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. The first car was raffled in June of 2016—a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle. The program is volunteer driven—a combination of retired and active professional mechanics, along with enthusiasts, donating their time and efforts toward restoring the vintage chariots. According to the organization, all funds raised from the raffles—minus the costs for the build and parts—goes to educational funds for men entering the seminary from the diocese.

“Once people learn the back story and what the money’s going for, a lot of people buy tickets to support the efforts,” Madrid said.

NOT A DIME MORE The face value you see per ticket is all it costs to have a chance at winning one of the cars, the organization says. “The winner will literally receive the raffled car for the ticket price—$25,” the organization said. “The only exception is if the winner is out of country—the recipient is responsible for the import taxes and fees.” According to the organization, anyone is eligible for the prize, but if they are outside the United States, the winner is responsible for all the appropriate import taxes and import fees.

UP NEXT No official announcement has been made on what the next vehicle up for raffle will be at the time of publication. Yet, the next project may feature a classic American sports car. According to a source close to the organization, the next ride will be a 1970s era Chevrolet Corvette, with this car’s nickname as the “CorVeteran.” To learn more about the organization and a history of the cars they have raffled, their website is www.v8sforvocations.org.

According to The Catholic Thing organization, the schooling for seminarians can cost about $40,000 a year. Chris Madrid, a Grants resident and a member of the local Knights of Columbus chapter, had been helping the entity sell the tickets as their deadline approached at the beginning of June.

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By David Swope | Photos courtesy of The Unser Racing Museum

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he 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is this Memorial Day Weekend. It is also the 50th anniversary of the first Unser victory at the Brickyard by Bobby Unser. Helio Castroneves will attempt to join Al Unser Sr, Rick Mears and AJ Foyt as the only four-time winners of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” driving for Team Penske.

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 will mark the 50th anniversary for Roger Penske. Team Penske has won 177 open-wheel races with USAC, CART and the IRL. Penske has also won 16 Indy 500s, the latest in 2015 with seven-time Formula 1 winner Juan Pablo Montoya. The Unsers each have won an Indy 500 with Team Penske; Bobby in 1981, Al Sr. in 1987 and Al Jr. in 1994. As a coincidence, their victories with Team Penske were also their last Indianapolis 500 victories. The Unser legacy is unequalled in the 101 races and 107-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 500’s ran from 1968 – 1994 included nine victories the one family.

“It is our honor to have represented New Mexico at the 500 and anywhere we raced,” Unser Sr. said. “We were raised to remember where we came from.”

Bobby Unser started the tradition with his first victory in 1968 and followed it up with victories in ’75 and ’81. Al Unser Sr. won his first 500 three years after Bobby in 1971 and repeated in ’72 with legendary Parnelli Jones. Al would also win in ’78 and ’87. Al Unser Jr. would win his first in 1992 and again in ’94. Over the 26 year span, the Unsers had a winning percentage of 35%. Their overall winning percentage, including this year is 9%. “I wish we would have won them all,” said Bobby Unser. The Unser family operated a garage in Albuquerque and began competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (PPIHC) in 1926. The PPIHC, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado. The track measures 12.42 miles over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft in elevation to the finish at 14,110 ft, on grades averaging 7.2%. It used to consist of both gravel and paved sections, however as of August 2011, the highway is fully paved. The race is self-sanctioned and has taken place since 1916. It is currently contested by a variety of classes of cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads. There are often numerous new classes tried and discarded year-to-year. On average, there are 130 competitors. Louis Unser was the original King of the Mountain with nine victories in a career that ended in 1960. With 13 trophies; 10 in the championship division, two in stock car and one in sports car, Bobby Unser took over that title. Al Unser Jr. will return to PPIHC on June 24, 2018. It will be the first time Unser has raced at Pikes Peak in 29 years, since the 1989. Al Jr. won the Hill Climb in 1983. Unser said in 2007 that he was retiring from racing and had no plans to race in the future. However, he has taken part since then in some selected vintage racing events. Unser recently returned to IndyCar racing as a consultant with Harding Racing, which is beginning its first full season in the series with Gabby Chaves behind the wheel. Al Sr. & Susan Unser are the keeper of the majority of the Unser’s racing memorabilia. “It is our honor to have represented New Mexico at the 500 and anywhere we raced,” Unser Sr. said. “We were raised to remember where we came from.” The Unser Legacy and their four generations in racing is on display daily from 10am – 4pm at the Unser Racing Museum. Race Cars, fire suits, trophies and so much more are there for your enjoyment. If you have not been there lately, you should stop by again soon. 1776 Montano Blvd, west of Fourth Street.

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LEGACY Unsers and Extreme Go Hand in Hand Excerpts from May 10th Interview in the Locker Room with Bob Brown ust when you thought you knew all the Unsers, meet Joey Unser. Joey is the youngest son of Al Unser Jr and Shelley Unser. Joey got into extreme sports over following in the racing shadows of his father and grandfather. “I never steered towards racing. I never had the chance to get into a car on the track. I definitely got into some fast cars on the streets and learned my lessons there. Speed always calls to me. Speed is in my blood, Its definitely there.” “I got started with skating and got into extreme sports. I used to skim board on the ditches in Corrales. All the board sports and extreme sports. Just playing on the rivers and ditches. Getting dirty and playing in mud just like boy’s love doing.” Joey’s ultimate goal is the 2022 Olympics in Beijing even though the X-Games is a side goal. Training in New Mexico and Colorado at both Copper Mountain & Keystone. Earlier this year at Copper Mountain, Joey won the Overall Championship in the USA Snowboard and Free Ski Association Event. “Made the podium, first overall and competed in all 6 divisions.” “You know before the run how it will end. I go in with 110% confidence and land it perfectly.”

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Car Crafters, Celebrating the Art of the Car Craft by David Swope

Car Crafters Celebrating the Art of the Car Craft

By David Swope

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ay is the official start of the Summer Car Show season. Combine that with many Cinco de Mayo celebrations and associated car shows, the first week in May could be considered one of the happiest weeks of the year for car lovers. The Cinco de Mayo Car Show was one of seven official shows that day. Custom cars and trucks, race cars, classics and soon to be classics filled the parking lot at the Promenade Shopping Center located on the Southeast corner of Spain and Eubank. The Barley Room opened their doors to the many patrons that joined in the event as well as many regulars. A Fundraiser for the Blue Star Moms was highlighted with entertainment by Split Decision.

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Best of Show went to Carl Ward and his pristine 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible. People’s Choice was awarded to Phillip Chavez’s white 1972 Olds 442 that was as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Cooliest Crusier was Cathy Lydon’s 1954 Chevy Handyman Wagon. Best Original was Keith Adelsberg’s green 1967 Chevrolet Bel-Air with its red wall tires and original battery clips. Best Street Rod went to Frank Modelin’s 1924 Ford Roadster.

The judging was tight for so many classes including Under Construction won by Ken Mitchell’s 1978 Ford Bronco. Best Muscle Car went to Don Jansson Jr’s 1972 Plum Crazy Purple Plymouth Duster. Jerry Carter’s 2006 V-8 Trike won Best Motorcycle. Best Race Car went to Larry Jeff Osborne’s 1995 Nissan 280SX Drift Car. Best Custom was Wayne Powell’s 1961 Dodge D-100. Best Restored was Robert Pergola’s 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Ronny Trappman won the Best Truck / 4x4 with his 1941 White (not the color) WB-20 and Chris Marquez took Best Foreign / Sports Car with his 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Trophies & Awards were provided by Yearwood Performance, Mild to Wild and Akasa’s All About Trophies with Print Express providing all the printing services. Thank you all the sponsors including NAPA Auto Parts & NAPA Auto Care Centers and Motiva Performance. The Car Crafters’ Spotlight Vehicle for May came from the Cinco de Mayo Car Show at the Barley Room but was not a vehicle in the show. Car Crafters is the leader in collision repair but that is not all they do. Many vehicles come to them to be restored or repaired because they are part of the family or a part of a family’s story. In this case, it is my family’s story.

I received an email before the show that the “Little Red Corvette” was going to come by. We have had the Corvette Club support our show for many years so that was not surprising. Chuck Fuller brought out his Corvette and greeted me at the registration table with a grin and the comment, “I have a surprise for you.” As he pulled away searching for a parking spot, I noticed it was a 1963 Split Window. I thought, “There is no way that is THE 63 Split Window my Dad owned?” At the same time, my Dad pulled into the parking lot, just coming by to see who all showed up. It turned out to be a great reunion. It was indeed the same 1963 Split Window Corvette that my Dad drag raced at Albuquerque Dragway and road raced in SCCA as a B Production. It changed hands a few times but never left New Mexico. What is your Car Story? Can Car Crafters help you restore the glory? Car Crafters and its employees are Celebrating the Art of the Car Craft and invite you to submit pictures of your ride to NMMotorSportsReport.com. With 7 locations and 36 years in business, Car Crafters is your local expert for Collision & Body Repair, Mechanical and Glass. Visit CarCrafters.com today and schedule an appointment!

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Getting Custom with Caleb: C u s t o m P a i n t

By Caleb Luce, Owner of Luce Customs / Jay Walton Automotive Over the years, cars have evolved more than we ever could have imagined. Motors have become more advanced, putting out more and more power while using less fuel and suspension has become a vital part of the machine allowing cars to become safer while top speeds exponentially increase. These leaps in technology have made our cars more economical and enjoyable to drive, but one thing we seem to overlook when talking about advancements in the automotive industry has to be the paint we use to make them look their best. Automotive paint had a humble start in the early 1900s with brushed on oil based enamels. In the 1920s, Ford switched to a nitrocellulose lacquer paint which was now sprayed on and hand polished to achieve a gloss finish. This was a very labor intensive process so naturally auto manufacturers were on the lookout for something quicker and cheaper. In the 1950s, alkyd enamels made their debut and they were all the rage. This new type of enamel was thicker and much more durable allowing fewer coats, a superior finish and much quicker processes. The alkyd enamel was also quickly replaced in the 1960s with the acrylic enamel, although this paint showed large improvements from its predecessors it had its own issues. Acrylic enamel is prone to many issues like shrinking, cracking, fading and even chalking up into a powdery monstrosity. These issues pushed manufacturers to find the next best thing and that was the basecoat-clearcoat process we see today. The early days of basecoat-clearcoat paint was promising, with high gloss and nearly flawless finishes cars started to look better and better sparking the age of show car paint. As promising as it was, the paint soon began to show its issues, paint started to peel and clear coat faded, prompting paint manufacturers to modify and perfect their chemicals. From the 1970s through the 1990s, paint technology flourished and we began to see real promise in this new cutting edge paint process. As we moved into the 2000s, automotive paint became an art form and show quality paint became a hot commodity. At this point, the men and women spraying this paint became highly sought after employees raking in yearly salaries that were astounding. Automotive paint had now been perfected, lasting decades while retaining a gloss that previously could only been dreamed of. With paint now reaching heights previously thought to be unattainable, artists began to put their twist on it. Airbrushing graphics, stripes and designs became more and more complicated and the quality near-perfect. This jump started the custom-car era and led to what we see today, unbelievable and mind blowing paint jobs that have depth and near mirror finishes. At the age of 11 years old, I began working in my father’s body shop as a paint prepper, which quickly sparked my interest in custom paint. Although production paint was what we specialized in, I began spending nights and weekend painting anything I could get my hands on. Mixing custom colors quickly led to airbrushing, laying out custom stripes and just about anything custom I could think of. I learned to paint with solvent paint which is what we most commonly see in the custom world, but as the shop switched to waterborne paint, I followed. I began experimenting with waterborne and I became very proficient with, it painting some of my most famous builds with it and receiving praise for just how precise my designs and lines were, even though water borne was well known for its finicky nature as it tended to bleed through lines and seldom sprayed easily through an airbrush. As I continued to hone my craft, I switched back to solvent and my work exploded. A solvent base paint allows for a much cleaner application, better metallic structure and quicker dry times making it the paint of choice. The paint we use today allows for near perfect paint jobs and with the right equipment polishing is nearing extinction. Paint technology will continue to evolve and I am excited to see what the future holds for what I consider to be the most advance art form the world has.


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Toys forTots By Joe Cowling

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’m sure many of you know the car culture is very strong here in New Mexico. Between cruising and hanging out in parking lots or just wheeling. Everybody has some experience in a car with the many car shows that go on in this area. There’s one that kind of stands out. For the last 11 years, there’s been a Toys for Tots movement that involves vehicles instead of motorcycles. We started out with 4-wheel drives playing around on the Mesa and then collecting all the toys from the various vendors and sponsors. Then it grew so large that we had to change venues and the local Rio Rancho Elks lodge stepped up to the plate and said let’s have it here! Every December we’ve been having it there and then there were people saying “wouldn’t be nice to have a summer edition?” I have seasonal work and I don’t have the extra money in December to give. So, 5 years ago we started the summer edition of Toys for Tots in May and it has been received very well with the 1st year collecting over $2500 in cash and 4 boxes of toys. Every year it seems to be growing in different ways with different kinds of vehicles coming to the event. We’re adding different events, between the children and family fun events last year - we introduced a wing eating contest. Last year’s winner came and devoured the competition this year and vows to do the same in December! As you can see from the pictures, there is over 100 cars and a plethora of spectators that all came and supported this year’s event. With donations of 4 boxes of toys in the coffers to give to the Marines come December and the cash in the bank account so that way come October, they come pick that all up and they have a head start on toy collection for the year. For more information, follow Joe Cowling on Facebook


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e all know NAPA Know How but do you know NAPA Cares? Whether Nationally through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Campaign or locally supporting the New Mexico Games, High School Athletics or the UNM Children’s Hospital, the employees of NAPA are out there doing good and giving back to the communities that have done so much for them. Providing Entrepreneurial Opportunities Katherine and Fidel Valdez, the new owners of the Napa Auto Parts Store in Las Vegas, NM are no strangers to success. The couple have a long history of working with the Small Business Development Center at Luna Community College. In September of 2009 they opened their first business, an auto parts store in Angel Fire, NM. Most recently, in January of 2015, Katherine expanded their business with a second location in Las Vegas, NM. In June of 2016, Napa Auto Parts opened its doors and is located at 231 Mills Ave Las Vegas, NM 87701. The new Napa Auto Parts store in Las Vegas is one of the more than 6,000 independently-owned stores across the United States. Katherine and Fidel began by leasing the building they are in and obtaining a loan from Bank and America for start-up costs and inventory. Since then, they have employed many locals in both locations. The Las Vegas location even employs a few Luna Community College students. “The SBDC was a great resource for me to open up my new business location,” says Katherine. “The SBDC was instrumental in getting answers to all of our questions.” With the couple’s experience and the resources provided by the SBDC, the vision of having multiple locations came into reality. Currently, the couple owns and operates both auto parts stores. The future looks bright for the business and the couple’s plans consist of “being successful not only in business, but in community outreach and engagement.” This dynamic duo takes pride in being local business owners that want to add the “local flavor” into their businesses. Supporting Training in the Mechanical Arts Students from high schools in New Mexico, Texas and Utah compete in the annual Automotive Service Technology Invitational Competition, hosted by New Mexico Junior College’s Automotive Technology program.  The students were tested on their knowledge at 16 different “stations” including brakes, suspension, engines, transmissions and general automotive skills.  Three of the tests were written, with the remaining 13 being hands-on examinations.   When announcing the winners, Tim Roberts, Professor of the Ford ASSET program at NMJC said, “The written tests were as important as the handson skills tests, because the points were so close in determining the winners.” Whether NMJC’s Automotive Technology Program, CNM or Intellitec, NAPA puts its money where its mouth is. Keeping the funnel full of future NAPA Know How. NAPA has great careers for people with all backgrounds and interests. Check out a few of our cool day in the life career videos from our awesome employees by visiting NAPAautojobs.com. While on our career site, check out the list of the many other diverse roles we have as well. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. NAPA believes the fair and equitable treatment of employees, customers, suppliers and other persons is critical to fulfilling its vision and goals. NAPA conducts its business without regard to sex, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, national origin, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, military status, status as a veteran, or any other protected characteristic. NAPA’s policy is to recruit, hire, train, promote, assign, transfer and terminate employees based on their own ability, achievement, experience and conduct and other legitimate business reasons.

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“TRICKS of the TRADE” By Jim Costa – Owner Yearwood Performance Center

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ro Modified (Pro Mod) is a class or division in the sport of drag racing in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) (quarter-mile) and the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) (eighth-mile). It is similar to the Real Outlaw Door Slammers (RODS) that race at The Albuquerque Dragway. This division has specific rules about engines, components, bodies, etc. Pro Modifieds can either be raced on ¼ or 1/8 mile. Usually, the NHRA races Pro Mod cars on the 1/4 mile, resulting in high 5 to low 6 second passes, while the PDRA races strictly on 1/8-mile track setups, allowing for high 3 secondto low 4 second passes. Pro Modified has only been around for about 15 years, whereas other classes are much older. Despite Pro Modified cars being slower than the Top Fuel or Funny Car classes, it has become one of the most popular divisions of the sport. The Pro Modified class originated in the UK in 1988 and was followed in the USA by the IHRA a year later. The Professional Drag Racers Association’s top three classes (Pro Extreme, Turbo Pig Pro Nitrous, and Extreme 10.5) comprise Pro Modified vehicles; however, many adamant purists say that true drag racing should be 1/4 mile and shun the PDRA despite the free entry to races for fans. Due to the near-limitless engine/drivetrain combinations and incredibly lenient rule system used by most Pro Modified racing organizations (for example, no manufacturers matching engine and body requirement), competing teams in this series of drag racing have virtually every freedom to make their car as fast and competitive as it can possibly be. Pro Mod has a rich history despite only being 20 years old, but the off season between the 2009 and 2010 seasons was the most controversial in years. The IHRA, the first sanctioning body to run the class in the USA, dropped the class in a move to focus more on nitromethane powered vehicles. Picking up where the IHRA left off, the NHRA announced that through a partnership with Get Screened America, Pro Mod would become a full-fledged professional class, running a limited schedule but still competing for national event trophies and a world champion. There are 3 different engine combinations available for the Pro Modified category. A car utilizing a supercharger as its oxygen booster is limited to 526 cubic inches (8.62 litres) and must have a minimum weight of 2,600 lbs (1,180 kg) with the driver. Cars utilizing a turbocharger as the oxygen booster are limited to 526 cubic inches with the turbochargers having a maximum size of 88 millimeters each. They must also adhere to the same 2,650 lb minimum weight with driver as the supercharged vehicles. Currently vehicles using nitrous oxide have no cubic inch limit but must weigh at least 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg) with the driver. Nitrous cars use high octane racing gasoline as fuel while supercharged and turbo cars use methanol as a fuel. These engines put out an extremely large amount of horsepower, some at approximately 2500 to upwards of 4000 H.P. The engines propel the cars down the track at speeds of over 250 mph. Most supercharged engines are based on an FCA 426Hemi engine, regardless of the body, which are typically based on a General Motors, Ford, or FCA product. The exhaust system is similar to that of a Funny Car. Simple short header pipes bolted onto the engine block heads extend down from the motor and curve upward just before reaching the ground. The exhaust pipes are visible just behind the front wheels of the vehicle. Most of the time, each exhaust port on the heads has its own individual pipe, but in the case of turbocharged engines the four pipes on each side of the engine block converge into one single pipe which then leads into one of the two twin turbochargers, as Pro Mod engines are almost exclusively charged by one turbocharger on each side of the motor (one turbocharger for each four cylinders), resulting in two exhaust pipes instead of eight. The body of a Pro Modified car is somewhat similar to a Pro Stock race car, yet also radically different at the same time. Whereas Pro Stock cars retain street identification, Pro Modified cars’ bodies are just that: modified. Pro Mod race cars have either a forward-facing (with the opening in front) hood scoop for nitrous injected cars, or the hood may be cut to allow a supercharger to be fitted through onto a blown motor. Also, a Pro Modified car is usually fitted with a long, flat wing extending from the base of the rear windshield and past where the lip of the trunk lid would be on a normal car. This wing aids in downforce and stability and helps keep the car on the ground. Many body styles are represented in the Pro Mod class. Everything from a Plymouth Sunbird to a Volkswagen Beetle has been seen at the dragstrip in Pro Mod fitting. Some of the more common body styles include the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, the Ford Mustang, and Studebaker vehicles. Small pick-up trucks, like the Chevrolet S-10 also make for popular Pro Mod vehicle choices. The material with which the body of a Pro Modified race car is constructed out of is a Carbon Fiber or similar composites, similar to the material used in the bodies of most race cars. In 2008, the IHRA banned anybody style of a current legal Pro Stock car (Chevrolet Cobalt, Dodge Stratus or Ford Mustang, Holden Commodore, or the former Pontiac G6 GXP) from being used in Pro Modified, but that rule disappeared when the IHRA ceased sanction of the class. Any legal body style is permitted in NHRA or PDRA sanctioned races, with former NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith racing his father’s (Trickie Rickie Smith’s) 2010-style Chevrolet Camaro at the 2011 U. S. Nationals. We have several Pro Mod drivers from Albuquerque that compete Nationally. One such driver is Clint Satterfield and the Turbo Pig. Satterfield’s side-kick is crew chief Bob Garner. They travel the Southwest racing at NHRA events representing the Duke City.

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