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A Mustang GT burned to the ground during pre-stage at a Houston area drag strip when a small underhood fire broke out and quickly blazed out of control.

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Drifting's been off the front pages for a while, the latest reports having more to do with turmoil than tire shredding. As with most things, though, just because it's not headlining doesn't mean it's disappeared. NOS energy drink sent one of our favorite filmic chroniclers, Will Roegge, across the country to survey the drifting world. The result is a mini-documentary called Keep Drifting Fun.

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Nitrous oxide - the preferred go-fast gas of many speed freaks - delivers its substantial power boost by cooling the surrounding air, which in turn becomes denser. The denser air's higher oxygen volume feeds the hungry engine, which can now produce more power. Nitrous oxide is also widely used in the healthcare industry as an anesthetic and analgesic, so you'll find nitrous canisters in hospitals, dentists' offices and ambulance stations in addition to Paul Walker's local speed shop. British str

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Granted, we're a little weird around here, but we've been dreaming of a multi-stage nitrous system since the sixth grade. We saw our friend's big brother lay down some fat rubber marks all around the cul-de-sac in his primer'd and blown '72 El Camino and BAM!, we were sold on the idea that increasing the air part of the air/fuel equation was the smart, righteous thing to do.

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Click the image above to view the gassed 'Vette take on the Nissan GT-R after the jump

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Showing yet another year of strong growth, the specialty-equipment aftermarket parts business grew by 9 percent in 2005 to end up at $34.3B. That's nearly double the size of the market ten years ago, and in each of those years, the auto aftermarket has grown at a faster rate than the US Gross Domestic Product.

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