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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Lohnes’ Pic of the Week: The Demo Derby Car That Wasn’t

The Caprice wagon you see in this rather poor photo from about ten years ago was my first attempt at a demo derby car. The good news for the Caprice is that it never saw a demo derby. The whole thing...

John Fitch: An American Hero Under Attack

John Fitch, automobile safety advocate, 1950s auto racing star, World War II aviator, and POW camp survivor is being hounded to bankruptcy by the state of Connecticut’s Department of...

Site of the Week: US Lawn Mower Racing Association

Admit it, you’ve been mowing your grass, buzzing along in fourth gear on your lawn tractor and clipping apexes around your house. If you’re like us, you don’t have a drink holder on...

Despite Financial Woes, Mopar Sticks with NHRA Contingency

A Mopar press release hit our desks today and despite the fact that the company is suffering economic losses it is sticking with its contingency drag racing sponsorship. We applaud Mopar for keeping...

Hot Rod Drag Week 2009 Rules Are Here

Hot Rod.com has released the 2009 Drag Week schedule of events and rules for competitors. The event is sponsored by Gear Vendors this year. From our quick read of the rules, they seem to be unchanged...

Book Review: Chevy Small-Block V-8 Interchange Manual

Sometimes the right book hits the shelf at the right time. Such is the case with the Chevy Small-Block V-8 Interchange Manual 2nd Edition by David Lewis. With the economy in shambles and hot rodders...

Budweiser Drops Bernstein at the End of 2009

We were hoping this announcement was not actually coming, but here it is. It was announced yesterday that Budweiser will no longer sponsor the Kenny Bernstein Racing operation after the end of 2009....

The Lohnes Wreck Files: Wheelstander Fail

I honestly love wheelstanders. They are my absolute favorite type of exhibition vehicle and put on a great show when everything goes right. Of course, everything does not always go right. One of the...

Barnstormin’: Shrinkage

With the recent news about Crane Cams going under and the general malaise that’s set in with regard to the economic situation of the world, I think it’s safe to say the world of hot...

Two NASCAR-Involved Billionaires are Now Former Billionaires

This is just a quick note regarding the sad state of affairs for a couple of NASCAR’s big names. Bruton Smith and Roger Penske are no longer considered billionaires. They are not on the Forbes...

eBay Pick of the Week: 1938 V8 Sprint Car

Here’s something you don’t run into every day. It’s a pre-war flathead-V8—powered Sprint Car that was campaigned on the West Coast by a guy named Johnny McDowell. The car has...

Bob Tasca Wins Funny Car at the Gatornationals

We wanted to drop a quick note of congratulations to Bob Tasca III, the winner of  Funny Car at the GatorNationals last weekend. The Tasca family has been an institution in drag racing for the...

Spectacular Action Photos from the 2009 March Meet!

Last year we brought you a link to the crazy top-end action photos from photographer Mark Rebilas, and now the man has done it again. Clink the link here to see some wicked photos and animated action...

Friday Excuse to Go Home Early and Drink: Cash For Clunkers is Coming Again in California

Talk about the thing that wouldn’t die. The recurring nightmare known unofficially as the “Cash for Clunkers” program to get old cars off the road is going to be reintroduced by...