With all of this talk of stuffing bike engines in cars and car engines in bikes and who knows what else, I recalled a fellow from long ago who gained some notoriety doing drag strip exhibitions, E.J.Potter. What most people remember of him is his Chevy powered bike, the “Widow Maker,” doing smoke filled quarter miles. It was pretty neat. He had a small block Chevy sideways in the frame with a direct chain drive. Setting the rear wheel up off of the ground, he would start up the engine, rev it up, rear wheel spinning kick out the stand and off he would go in a cloud of smoke. It made quite the exciting show. Later he had a jet powered trike. (scroll to the bottom of the link)
His book, The Michigan Madman, is out of print but I think you may be able to order it directly from E.J. himself. I found this link (that no longer works) of a review by a shop teacher who uses the book in his classes, which is a pretty cool idea, too.
UPDATE: E.J Potter R.I.P.