Banks Insider News

WyoTech Happenings In the last couple of weeks there have been two events in which the personalities of Gale Banks Engineering and WyoTech Technical Institute have crossed paths. WyoTech is the leader in education when it comes to hands on training in the areas of Automotive, Diesel, Collision Refinishing and Hot Rod/Custom Vehicle fabrication. Banks has taken ... Read more about this post

Vacation… all I ever wanted? or “Dude, where’s my car?” (Please note: there is a car story here… really.) The word “vacation” has never been one that has meant much to me. Growing up time-off from school or work was an opportunity for my loving family to work on the house, an exercise in perpetual futility. Tear down a wall, build it back up. Paint the ... Read more about this post

Gale Banks. A Household Name?! Hola. Just a little ditty to illustrate how much Banks has been in the media this Summer. It’s been amazing! It has gotten to the point that we’ve even coined a new term for hot rodding it to the max. We’re going to “Banks it.” Nice. In Print… Read more about this post

Alpha Booster or H1: Sith Lord There are certain vehicles that are automatically associated with certain people. Let’s try a few: Batman James Bond Steve McQueen The Green Hornet Get the idea? Now tell me what comes to mind when I say Arnold Schwarzenegger? Hmmm… Read more about this post

23.6 MPG from a Truck that Runs 222 MPH! OK, you haven’t heard from me in a while and I’m going to use the same excuse as everyone else; Power Tour, blah, blah, blah. But since I am doing so, I would like to continue my theme on fuel economy with a report from the Power Tour. As you know, we took five vehicles ... Read more about this post

High School Biodiesel Brain Power There are lots of articles being written about “home-brewed” biodiesel today but I’ve felt that most of these backyard projects getting ink are the automotive equivalent of brewing moonshine. I say this, because while the end result is probably combustible in a diesel engine, the biodiesel fuel produced is not refined and finished to any ... Read more about this post

The World’s First Roadracing Pickup Truck How many of you know that Banks’ Race Shop is building a roadracing truck? Did you know that the truck is going to be diesel powered? That’s right! A diesel powered roadracing truck! And it will be twin-turbocharged! What’s the big deal you say? Well, diesels have several advantages over gasoline. First is mileage. Diesels generally ... Read more about this post

Running After the Ice Cream Man, or Picking up the Sidewinder Remember when you were a kid and you heard that sound? You know, the sound that could motivate the dead to rise and you to drop whatever you were doing and run like hell screaming with whatever coins you could find clinched into your tiny hands? It was a melody that seemed to carry through ... Read more about this post

Time Travel or Power Tour Epilogue And so here is yet another late entry in my log of blogs. Let’s set the clock back… back… back… to June 8th… … So this is my first time flying Southwest… and I have to tell you it ain’t bad. Oh, I’m sure that if it was packed like my flight to Milwaukee I would ... Read more about this post

What a Long, Strange Trip its Been Throwing a bunch of guys together for a seven day, 1,700-mile tour is bound to have its ups and downs. This sign found in Joe’s Crab Shack in Kissimmee, Florida on the last day of Power Tour says it all. The merry bunch of Banks employees (and journalists) that traveled with us now share a ... Read more about this post