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Cheaters and Why We Sometimes Admire Them

Cheaters get a bad rap, especially in racing. Yet, this unscrupulous, immoral, and utterly despicable behavior is…entertaining. Who doesn’t love the antics of NASCAR legends like Smokey Yunick, virtually every Formula 1 team on the planet, or countless grassroots tricksters? Nitrous bottles dressed up as fire extinguishers, subtly tweaked wind-beating bodywork, or rocket-fuel-coated intake runners are the iceberg tip of wild, less-than-legal ideas.

It’s all so freakin’ cool: the ingenuity, automotive deviance, and pulse-quickening tech inspections that must’ve transpired.

In the spirit of creative rulebook interpretation, I’ve been building a super-sleeper small-block for an upcoming story. The engine features an aftermarket block, heads, and intake massaged to look 1960s stock and a direct-port nitrous system tucked under the manifold. It’s a project I started months ago that still remains in labored progress. Hours of finger-numbing, tight tube bends; careful measuring, then remeasuring, followed by ruining and reordering of parts; and having to reverse out of several dead-end ideas have led me to one conclusion: cheating is hard!

At least, being good at it is. Countless racers have bent, broken, or otherwise distorted the rules, but few have been clever enough to get away with the job—or win! Perhaps, the practice of mechanical machination is more art than science, equal parts dastardly and downright brilliant. I’ve never been marooned on the Second Place side of the podium by someone with a “creative” piece of racing hardware. But as a hot rodder and racing fan, I love it!

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