Articles written by: Alan Rebescher

Editor, author, PR man—Alan Rebescher has done it all in a 25 year career in the high performance industry. He has written and photographed many feature stories and tech articles for Summit Racing and various magazines including Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Popular Hot Rodding, and edited Summit Racing’s Street & Strip magazine in the 1990s. His garage is currently occupied by a 1965 Ford Mustang.

Featured Vehicles

Phantom Delivery: Cool Hand Customs’ 1937 Dodge

What do you do when you find the remains of a 1937 Dodge sedan? If you’re EJ and Amy Fitzgerald of Cool Hand Customs in Middleton, WI, you drag it […]

AMCs and Mad Max: Doug Kinney’s AMX Obsession
Car Culture & Entertainment / News & Car Culture

AMCs and Mad Max: Doug Kinney’s AMX Obsession

In early 1968 Craig Breedlove was hired by American Motors to show off the new AMX. Breedlove drove two specially prepared AMXs to the limit at a Goodyear test track […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS3 Miata (Part 12): It’s Done!

Project Thunderbolt lives. Over a span of nine months, Tom Tharp of Tom’s Turbo Garage built an LS3 V8-powered Mazdaspeed Miata. Think of it as a modern interpretation of great […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS3 Miata (Part 11): The Last Installs, First Start and Drive

In this episode, you’ll see the most thrilling, yet nerve wracking moments a car guy will ever experience—the first start and drive of a newly built car. But we had […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS3 Miata Part 10: More Suspension, More Wiring, More Everything

In this action-packed update, we finished up the bulk of our electrical work by finding a home for all of the wires that run into the cabin. Included in this bird’s […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Desert Bronco (Part 2): Marc Sorger Finishes His Off-Road Race Bronco

In the first segment of Desert Bronco, we introduced Marc Sorger and the 1984 Bronco he was cutting up, er, modifying for desert and short-course racing in his home state […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS3 Miata (Part 9): Suspension, Driveline & Wiring

We’ve turned the hustle knob up to 11 to get Project Thunderbolt on the road before the next ice age.  First on this episode’s task list are the suspension’s rear […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS Miata, Part 8: Reassembly Begins!

Up to this point you’ve seen me tear down, tear apart, strip, cut, beat, weld, and paint my Miata to prepare the car for its new Chevrolet Performance LS3/T56 Magnum […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS Miata (Part 7): Noise and Heat Insulation

There’s a long list of benefits that come from jamming a big engine into a little car: the speed, the sound, the terrified wife, and so on. But a big […]

Tech / Tech Projects

Project Thunderbolt LS Miata (Part 6): Clutch Install and Final Test Fit

Welcome to Part Six of Project Thunderbolt, our LS Miata swapfest. In this update, we’re ready to mate the Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 engine with the Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed for […]