After a winter break from diesel action, most of you are probably like me and can’t wait to get back out to the track and take in some diesel action. I’ve heard about several exciting new builds and know that tons of hours have been poured into both upgrading existing trucks and new builds. It will be great to see these new and reworked machines hit the track and show what they can do. I’ve tuned up my Canon lenses and cameras and even purchased a new Canon hot rod to catch the action at up to 10 frames per second to bring you all the diesel action I can.
April will be a big month for diesel enthusiasts with the Ultimate Callout Challenge taking place in Indianapolis starting on the 21st and the Rudy’s Diesel Performance Spring event in Julian, NC, the following weekend. If you are anywhere near either of these events you owe it to yourself to come on out and experience them for yourself. It looks as though history is set to be made at the UCC event, where I would be not at all surprised to see the highest diesel horsepower ever recorded on a chassis dyno—but who will it come from? The drag race and sled pull action is expected to be great as well. If you are closer to North Carolina, Rudy’s is usually a great event as well with some of the best drag racing and sled pulling action of the year and everyone putting it all on the line to make a big splash for the new season. We hope to see you out at these events; if you see us, stop by and say hi!
This year Ultimate diesel builders guide and our sister magazine Dieselworld will co-sponsor the Pro Dragster class with Diamond Pistons in ODSS competition, so if you’re near any of the five events on the ODSS schedule be sure to stop by and say hi between rounds of amazing diesel drag racing action. Our event calendar is getting full and we plan to be at most of the major events throughout the country to bring the best diesel action to you as best we can. Let me know what events are in your area that you would like us to cover.
In this issue we bring you a group of five cool feature vehicles that are all diesel-powered swaps, including a pair of classic pickups, a Euro off-roader, an early Super Duty, and a slick Ford station wagon. One of our contributors was able to sit down with GM’S Mike Siegrist to talk about their new 1.6L diesel engine (page 44) that will be powering the second-generation Chevy Cruze as well as the next generation Equinox and GMC Terrain. The issue also features a ton of turbo-related tech, including a ten-page aftermarket turbo and turbo kit buyer’s guide that starts on page 22 to show you turbo upgrades available for your diesel truck. We also have diesel event action from the Sweetwater Children’s Charity Diesel event that raised $27,000 for the local children’s hospital and hot new products for your trucks from inside the industry MPMC show.
I hope you enjoy the issue and look forward to doing it all over again for the next issue. Let me know what you think and if there are any specific topics or events that you would like to see us cover in the magazine. Until next time keep it shiny side up and spooled up!