Editor’s Note: The year 2013 gave us the C7 Chevrolet Corvette and took from us performance legends like Dean Jeffries and Stu Hilborn. We had a light-hearted look at the half-dozen Fast and Furious movies and got serious with dozens and dozens of new tech articles and how-tos. We even put a hot rodder’s spin on March Madness and Fantasy FootballAll told, there were over 550 new articles from OnAllCylinders in 2013.

Before we turn the calendar to ’14, we’re taking a look back at our most-popular, most-read articles of 2013. In case you missed, here are the Top 5 featured vehicles from the past year.

DSCN2391-1024x7681. Ohio Builder Resurrects Larry Nagel’s Pocket Rocket

Coming in at under 10 feet long and weighing under 500 pounds, Larry Nagel’s original Pocket Rocket mini-Funny Car made 5,000 horsepower on hydrogen peroxide.

Ohioan John Francis was so taken by the memories of this rocket car blasting down the track, he set out to resurrect it when he found the original body for sale on a Funny Car racing forum. His vision? Jet power.

You may want to read on.


Affliction-Chevelle-front-web-600x4002. Affliction Chevelle Aims to Create New Muscle Car Trend

The first line of the story says it all: “Part muscle car, part rat rod, and with a hint of vintage drag and NASCAR features, Matt Hunt’s Affliction Chevelle is setting new trends in the muscle car arena.”

If you like the sounds of that, you need to read more about this 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle. It just might be the ultimate “no frills” muscle car build.



super bee3. Operation Super Bee: A Covert Mission to Honor a Friend’s Military Service

When Devin Brisbois was called upon to serve his country in Afghanistan, his friends went on a special mission of their own. Read about Rick Finley and friends’ covert operation to restore Brisbois’ beloved Super Bee before his deployment to Afghanistan.

It’s story about honor, commitment—and good old-fashioned hot rodding.


Rich-Taylor4. Celebrity Status: Rich Taylor’s 1972 Camaro SS

Chip Foose and Troy Trepanier undoubtedly create some great rides—Rad Rides even. But as Rich Taylor has proven, you don’t have to be a celebrity to build a car with celebrity status. His beautiful Camaro has graced magazine covers and won numerous prestigious awards, but it was built in a home garage on a reasonable budget.

In short, Rich Taylor’s 1972 Camaro gives hope to us all.

DSCF2230-600x4005. SEMA Mini-Feature: 427 Wildcat Mercury Cougar

Before it earned a spot in our 2013 Top 5, Wes Adkins’ 1967 Mercury Cougar earned a coveted spot at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. The Cougar, nicknamed 427 Wildcat, was front and center outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center—a spot reserved for the show’s best vehicles. The car has a twin-supercharged 427-cubic-inch Ford Windsor and features a variety of details, which we covered in a video long before the SEMA Show.



Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.