Posts By: Gale Banks

Pinch me… I gotta be dreamin’ !

An old and dear friend sent me an email recently. The subject line was, “I am so jealous” followed by, “Gale; you have made the perfect gear head life”! My first thought was, “how the hell did I pull that off”? Well, I think I have turbocharging to thank for that, not to mention my… Read more »

Car guy Heaven…That’s where I am!

Once a year at Art Center College of Design In Pasadena California they do something so special that even my pal Jay Leno becomes a spectator! It’s called, Car Classic and I’m a guest of another pal, Syd Mead, who’s future vision caught the attention of the general public world wide with Blade Runner and… Read more »

The Gale Banks 427″ V8 Diesel Racing Engine

I’m not a good spectator. If I’m not competing I stay at the shop. If I am competing I want the longest race possible. I’m an adrenaline junky! As an engine builder I like all forms of racing but, I love endurance racing! Endurance racing keeps your heart rate up for hours and sometimes even… Read more »

Ram Air Pontiac

Restored by our son Andrew, after I foolishly pulled the 400″ Poncho and then built an LS 7, BBC to bolt in its place. All was going well until, in an act of unbridled capitalism, I made the Chevy into a marine engine for a boat customer. It seems that I had a runner bottom… Read more »

Four Decades Defending Our Country

This July, Banks Power celebrates 40 years of designing and providing turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines for military water craft and wheeled vehicles. I’m not supposed to know where they go and what they do. But I do know that some very brave people deploy with them. A few of those, I’m honored to say,… Read more »

Happy Birthday America

Today America is 240 years old. Here’s a collection of Gale’s posts that illustrates just how great our country is. Have a Happy Fourth of July everyone! Don’t Ya Love The Sound Of Freedom? I take distinct pride in being an American…Turn up the volume and Let’s Celebrate! – Gale Banks   Warthog Don’t Care…! Any aircraft… Read more »

Three Little Eco Diesels All In A Row…

Hey everybody, meet the sons of VM Motori. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel in the foreground, Ram 1500 Eco Diesel in the Ford-F100 and The Banks 630T 302 hp, 514 lbft with our 6-Speed Auto, on the right. The Ram block is unique to the truck and is different than the Jeep and our… Read more »