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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Champion Speed Shop Dragster Hauls the Mail at Dragfest

The Rod and Kulture Dragfest, held last weekend at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California, combined a hot rod event with some hot match races on the dragstrip. It sounds like a good time was had...

Vintage Race Car of the Week: Ford’s Lotus Cortina

Here in the USA, the factory race cars that got the big headlines back in the 1960s were mostly the drag-package cars. Relatively stripped down and bolstered with equipment to aid in straight-line...

Video: A Brilliant Take on Domestic vs Import Buying Habits

This one comes to us from Rob over at CarDomain. He found and posted this video that’s a takeoff on the classic 1980s “I learned it from you dad!” anti-drug commercial. This is just...

Book Review: GTO, Pontiac’s Great One

Timing is everything in life and the upcoming release of GTO: Pontiac’s Great One by Darwin Holmstrom by Darwin Holstrom with photos by David Newhardt, could not have come at a better time for...

1971 Mustang With 619,000 Miles On It! Clean One Owner.

Thanks to Blazerteam on the BangShift.com forums, we were alerted to this New York Times online story about an inventor who bought a 1971 Mustang brand new and has subsequently put over 619,000 miles...

Video: A Bus Made From 50 Smashed cars

Our gearhead minds totally missed the point of this anti-car marketing scheme and focused simply on how cool it is that these guys built a model of a bus out of 50 smashed Swedish cars that we really...

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Mopar Hemi Challenge to be Contested at National Hot Rod Reunion

Word comes from the Wally Parks Museum that one of the three legs of the Mopar HEMI Challenge, a heads-up shootout for the peeved Pachyderm powered SS/AH 1968 Darts and Barracudas, will be run at the...

The Lohnes Wreck Files: Two-Time Monster Truck Crash

Lightning can strike twice in the same place, even a year apart. Lightning in this case was a 15,000-pound monster truck called Backdraft. I’m blanking on the year, but I know the event was...

Barstormin’: The One Favorite Car

After hearing about the death of Pontiac and drawing a heavy breath, I, like lots of us car guys took a few minutes to think about my experiences with the fabled and now doomed brand. My thoughts...

eBay Pick of the Week: Magazine Cars

For this week’s eBay surfing, we decided to just search cars and trucks that had been in magazines. Usually that turns up an insider or two looking to flip a car and make a buck, but this time...

Monday Time Killer: Arizona Racing History

If you’re even a little bit like us, then you get really turned on by old racing images and history, even if the cars and the stories are not from your local area. That’s why we loved the...

Friday Excuse to Go Home Early and Drink: Is There a Reason NOT To?

This “Friday Excuse to Go Home Early and Drink” was the one weekly blog item we dreamed up and we thought that it may be a bit of a stretch to make it work. Luckily for us, the automotive...

Motorized Freak of the Week: The F2Y Sea Dart

Looking at some strange Russian and German vehicles had us thinking that we needed to highlight some good old American creative thinking and our thoughts rushed to a strange plane that never made it...

Event Coverage: The NEATTA Antique Tractor Show and Pull

I love old tractors. I really have no idea why but I have just as much love for a 1948 Ford 8N as I do a 1970 LS6 Chevelle. Luckily, show season is getting cranked up here in New England and we...