Hanging with Dave McClelland


Dave McClelland and I were teamed as co-hosts for a number of episodes of the old HOT ROD Magazine TV, back when SPEED TV was still Speed Vision. I had known of Dave – and his booming voice – since hearing him announce NHRA drag races on the ABC Wide World of Sports TV show as a kid. Like Garlits, I never dreamed I’d be working with him later in life. Here, I’m getting his thoughts during an event at the NHRA Museum of Drag Racing in Pomona. Dave is a truly generous man on camera. He went out of his way to give me equal time – and weight – during our work together. He also owns a 1970 Buick GS455 ragtop…yep it’s a factory Stage 1, four-speeder too!

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About Steve Magnante

You can call me Steve Mags, it’s easiest that way. You’ve watched me on the Barrett-Jackson auction block for the past eight years on SPEED TV. You’ve read my technical and feature stories in HOT ROD, CAR CRAFT and MUSCLE CAR REVIEW magazines (and many others). You’ve seen my books; “How-To Build Altered Wheelbase Cars”, “Rusted Muscle; A Collection of Derelict Dream Machines” and “Steve Magnante’s 1,001 Muscle Car Trivia Facts” (which comes out in June, 2013). I am an automotive journalist, automotive historian, drag racer, car builder and TV host with over 20 years in the business.

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