Banks Insider News


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

Crazy Magazine Stunt (From the Archives – 03.01.02) As I said in my introduction, the Friday Night News won’t necessarily talk about what’s happening this week at Gale Banks Engineering. We might talk about what’s happening now, what’s in the future, or what happened in the past. Here’s one from a decade and a half ago. Read more about this post

Interaction (From the Archives – 01.25.02) I have a confession to make (I know some of you are into confessional mode). Before I started this job, I didn’t know how to use a computer as anything other than a typewriter. My computer at home is connected only to itself. I write to disc. If I had to ... Read more about this post

Six-Gun takes 3rd at Baja 1000 David Downs Goliath at Baja (From the Archives – Circa November 2004) A virtually stock 2003 Cummins diesel-powered Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 Pickup truck takes 3rd Place in the “Stock Full” class at 2004 Baja 1000. The truck is equipped with Banks’ Six-Gun Bundle. Read more about this post

FINAL PREPS … It might not look like it in these pictures, but, when these shots were taken, the Banks Top Diesel Dragster was only a few hours away from going into the trailer for its first trip to the test track. Read more about this post

Built for Speed – Two Banks Machines for the Price of One Remember the Stray Cats’ smash hit album Built for Speed? Even Brian Setzer himself couldn’t fathom the speeds that the Banks machines are capable of. Last time I left you with the first firing of the Banks Top Diesel Dragster engine. The guys weren’t just starting this thing up just to hear it purr. The dragster ... Read more about this post

Gentlemen, start your (dragster) engines The beast hath reared its ugly head. Okay, it’s not so ugly. It is quite a beautiful sight. But that sound! I wanted to savor it, like a good cigar, or my favorite flavor of ice cream. The sound permeated every inch of the race shop. Read more about this post

Some Serious Progress Being Made On The Banks Top Dragster… April 2009, After a strong reception at its spectacular unveiling at the SEMA Show last November, the new Banks Sidewinder Top Diesel Dragster had to wait its turn in line while the Banks S-10 Sidewinder Pickup* went out to the starting line a few last times to finish up its development work with the powerful ... Read more about this post