"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Crazy Clip o’ the Week: Silverado SS Cooks Up Some Smoky Donuts

Modified Chevy truck spends 70 seconds roasting its rear tires, and it’s just as badass as you’d think it would be!

  Comments | By - October 16, 2017

Crazy Clip o’ the Week: Amped Chevy Is an Untamed Speed Demon

Watch a twin turbocharged Silverado 1500 lay monster power on the dyno and run low 10-second quarter mile times.

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Watch a Chevrolet Camaro Dust a Dodge Neon at the Track

This video features a 5th gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drag racing at TX2K16 against a Dodge Neon SRT4.

  Comments | By - April 13, 2016

Stop What You are Doing and Listen to the 2017 Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet has rolled out a 15 second video showing something tearing up the track from a camera mounted behind the grille – of what I believe to be the next generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

  Comments | By - March 18, 2016

See the USA in Your Chevrolet!

Automotive marketing and the advertising world in general has changed a great deal in the past 50 years, but this week’s Throwback video shows that even back in 1953 – a beautiful female celebrity paired with a jazzy tune was one of the best ways to promote a car or brand.

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