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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Gearhead Destination: Pikes Peak Highway

This week’s Gearhead Destination is Pikes Peak in Colorado. We’re sending you here not just for the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, but also for the actual drive...

GM Puts Hold on Small Diesel V8

In a sign of the times, General Motors announced on March 10th that it was suspending the launch of the new 4.5L diesel engine destined for half-ton pickup trucks. This motor is widely recognized as...

AMC Collection to be Auctioned at Lowe’s Motor Speedway April 3

We were tipped off to an AMC auction going down at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in early April as part of a larger weekend automotive auction. This is the collection of a man named Steve Green. The...

It’s Coming and You Can’t Stop It: Bizarro Pro Mod Competes at IHRA Baton Rouge Event

It’s going to scare old ladies and convince hard line Pro Mod traditionalists that the IHRA has lost its mind, but Harold Martin has been given the “all clear” by the IHRA and ran...

Gearhead Guys You Should Know: Bob Bondurant

Say the name Bob Bondurant and the first thing that pops into your head is that he owns and operates a high-performance driving school in Arizona. Most people assume he was some type of racing driver...

Lohnes’ Pic of the Week: Funny Car on a Pole

Lebanon Valley Dragway is a great dragstrip in eastern New York State. It’s got a great history as a track that all the great touring professional racers hit during their barnstorming trips...

Gary Anderson, Founder of Soffseal Inc, Passes

We were hit with more bad news today with the announcement that Gary Anderson, the founder of Soffseal Inc., has passed away. If you are a drag racing fan you can’t help but think back to the...

Vintage Race Car of the Week: 1960-1965 Birdcage Maseratis

Some cars, like the Gurney Eagle that was profiled last week are just cosmically right from the moment of conception. The Birdcage Maseratis were born of a company that had tried and largely failed...

Book Review: How to Keep Your Muscle Car Alive

How to Keep Your Muscle Car Alive by Harvey White Jr. is a brand new release from Motorbooks and is part of the Motorbooks Workshop series of technical titles. This book is a neat reference material...

The Lohnes Wreck Files: The End of Leo Santucci’s 1950 Chevy

For fans of GM straight-six performance, the name Leo Santucci is household. He has been a recognized authority on these engines for some time and his history racing them on the dragstrip is quite...

Barnstormin’: That Guy

As I was finally starting work on the Javelin the other day, I was sitting inside the car, hammering steel that had been serious defiled in the car’s previous live as a dirt-track stock car. As...

Top 11 Reasons Why We’re Thankful Spring is Coming!

Here in New England we’ve just managed to string two days together with temperatures above 50 degrees. This is a sure sign that we are headed for decent weather and we’ll be able to play...

eBay Pick of the Week: 1LE Camaro Road Racer

We’ve a bit of a checkered road racing past around here. Chad has been through driving school and competed wheel-to-wheel at the 24 Hours of Lemons and I spent a couple years up to my eyeballs...

Monday Time Killer: Vintage Drag Racing Photos

While Chad is out at the March Meet working his beard off, we’re feeding the unrelenting appetite of the blog. We’re throwing a counter punch to Chad’s weekend full of retro-drag...