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Sean Haggai
Sean Haggai

Sean Haggai

Group Editor

Email: sean.haggai@sorc.com
I'm a firm believer that you're a product of your environment. Growing up, learning, and deciphering the street-code is truly part of the hot rodding spirit. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I've had the opportunity to chop it up with a truly eclectic band of folks from all different walks of life. Be it old, young, rich, poor...arrogant or stuck up, I've met them all. In this game, it's all about street smarts and the hot rodders have it, no doubt. As a student to the street it becomes your teacher. Although, I doubt anyone truly becomes a Scholar of them. There's always something new to learn, something new to develop. It's almost never ending. It's no wonder growing up, I found myself hanging out at local speed shops, elbow-deep in grease. It's probably the reason I got into cars and hot rodding to begin with. Hot rodding is more than just driving a fresh whip. It's style, too. Unfortunately, there's no book to refer to. You just suck it up, and spin the wheel; hope for the best. The great thing about hot rodding? It's completely what you make of it. This industry is rich with custom builders who don't own a ton of the newest equipment, nor do they excel in any one trade. Most builds, albeit unseen or featured, come from the hands of builders in their own garages. This is my journey...
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  • 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD Gale Banks Big Hoss Bundle Package Install
    2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD Gale Banks Big Hoss Bundle Package Install
    Big Hoss Handled It! Gale Banks Engineering Gives the Kitchen-Sink Treatment to our Duramax
    By Sean Haggai
    , Photography by Sean Haggai

    We were back at the Gale Banks Engineering facility to take full advantage of the Water-Methanol Injection system by increasing airflow and fuel demand overall.


  • Speed Stop - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    Speed Stop - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    By Anthony Soos, Jeremy Cook
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    The Speed Stop Challenge was the second event of the day, also offering three attempts to each competitor, using the same starting point as the Slalom.

  • Slalom - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    Slalom - Truckin Throwdown 2014, Presented by EBC Brakes
    Response Testing
    By Anthony Soos, Jeremy Cook
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    The first event of the long, competitive day was the Slalom. From a standing start, each truck travels 480 feet from timer to timer between eight cones at 60-foot intervals.



  • Top 5 Coolest Lifted and Lowered Classic Chevy Trucks
    Top 5 Coolest Lifted and Lowered Classic Chevy Trucks
    We put together a list of the baddest built, 50s-60s trucks Truckin Magazine has ever featured
    By Sean Haggai
    , Photography by Truckin Staff

    We put together a list of the baddest built, 50s-60s trucks Truckin Magazine has ever featured

  • 1968 Chevrolet C-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1968 Chevrolet C-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Marcel Venable -- Fullerton, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    We love built old-school trucks, and they don’t get much more built than Marcel Venable’s 1968 Chevrolet C-10.

  • 1959 Chevrolet Apache - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1959 Chevrolet Apache - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Wes Drelleshak -- Vista, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    This 1959 Chevrolet Apache is definitely the senior citizen of this group, but just because it’s a little older doesn’t mean grandpa can’t dance.

  • 1994 Chevrolet S-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1994 Chevrolet S-10 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Bill Speed -- Santa Barbara, CA
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    If light weight and a lot of power are a recipe for performance, then Bill Speed’s 1994 Chevrolet S-10 is one tasty treat, with a stripped down S-10 chassis packing more than 400 horses.

  • 2007 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2007 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Jesus Mora -- Anaheim, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Alex Esparza and Jesus Mora’s 2007 GMC Sierra regular cab isn’t the most radical truck at this year’s competition, but we think it’s one of the more handsome ones, in a low-key way.

  • 2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Alex Cortez, South Bay, CA
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    This 2006 Chevrolet Silverado SS may not have the same street cred as its predecessor, but that didn’t stop Alex Cortez from building up his 2006 with a 410ci LS stroker engine with 9.5:1 forged pistons.

  • 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Nass Hassan – Pomona, CA
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Among the army of Ford Lightnings that came out to represent at this year's Throwdown is Nass Hassan's 2004 Ford F-150 Lightning model.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2014 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Luis “Beto” Rodriguez – Anaheim, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    A lot of the trucks at this year's competition could be considered "sleepers," but Luis "Beto" Rodriguez's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will make you think twice before taking this truck on.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Magnuson Superchargers -- Ventura, California
    By Anthony Soos, Edward A. Sanchez
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Magnuson Supercharger's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado might not be the most wildly built truck at this year's competition.

  • 2008 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2008 GMC Sierra - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Rick Lopez -- Wasco, California
    By Edward A. Sanchez, Anthony Soos
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Rick Lopez' 2008 GMC Sierraa is a wolf in sheep's clothing with yet another regular-cab 6.0L swap.

  • 1968 GMC Custom Pickup Truck - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    1968 GMC Custom Pickup Truck - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Neil Tomyn -- Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
    By Edward A. Sanchez, Anthony Soos
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Neil Tomyn’s 1968 GMC Custom certainly falls in that category, with a built 434ci engine with F.A.S.T. fuel injection, AFR heads, a Scat rotating assembly a Comp Cams drivetrain, and 11.8:1 pistons.

  • 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: George Dias – Oakdale, California
    By Edward A. Sanchez, Anthony Soos
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    George Dias’ 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning is no stranger to performance competition, having competed in numerous autocross events, including Good Guys, the American Auto-X series, and SCCA.

  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Javier Hernandez -- Anaheim, California
    By Edward A. Sanchez, Anthony Soos
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    The small truck, big engine combo proved to be a popular one at this year’s Throwdown, with Javier Hernandez brought a 6.0L-powered short-bed 2004 Chevrolet Silverado to the competition.

  • 2003 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2003 Chevrolet Silverado - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Roger Pineda -- Santa Ana, California
    By Edward A. Sanchez, Anthony Soos
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    Roger Pineda has a sweet regular-cab 6.0L Silverado. Wait a second, you say…Chevy never offered a factory 6.0L regular-cab 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

  • 2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - 2014 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
    Owner: Jesus Delgado -- Ontario, California
    By Edward A. Sanchez, Anthony Soos
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    What better truck to represent at a performance truck competition than the definitive performance truck – the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning?

  • Truckin Throwdown 2014 - Presented By EBC Brakes
    Truckin Throwdown 2014 - Presented By EBC Brakes
    Part One: Vehicle Spotlight
    By Jeremy Cook
    , Photography by Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Sean Haggai

    More than a dozen truck owners from all over the USA and Canada trekked to California Speedway in a quest to destroy their tires at our 2014 Truckin Throwdown presented by EBC Brakes.

  • How To Remove Factory Badges and Decals In Ten Easy Steps
    How To Remove Factory Badges and Decals In Ten Easy Steps
    We remove the badges off of a 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD for a clean and simplified look
    By Sean Haggai
    , Photography by Sean Haggai

    We show you how to remove the badges and decals to allow the factory body lines to shine more aggressively and cost us absolutely nothing other than an afternoon in the garage.