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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Gearhead Destination: Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, California

The SoCal guys are rolling their eyes, but face it boys, this place and the weekly Friday cruise night it holds are something special. It’s a gathering spot for great cars, media types,...

Video of the Week: The Corsica Q-Ship

Most call cars like this lowly looking Chevy Corsica a sleeper. We like the older school Q-Ship terminology. Q-Ships were essentially decoy ships used by the British and US Navies during WWI and...

Carnage of the Week: Nastiest Engine Explosion Video Ever

This new addition to our regular weekly blog items will highlight, as its title denotes, stuff going horribly wrong. Wrecks, explosions, rods exiting the block, blowers banging, you name it, it will...

Lohnes’ Pic of the Week: Blown V8 Drag Bike, With a Powerglide!

I first ran across Mike Charlton and his insane creation, Quasi-Moto, at the 2002 Gasser Reunion at Thompson Drag Raceway in Thompson, Ohio. It’s quite obviously not a typical motorcycle. In...

Hajek Motorsports Shooting for Mustang Closed-Course Speed Record

Fresh from yesterday’s news item about a Hajek Motorsports Cobra Jet Mustang drag car, we got news that Brent Hajek and his band of cronies aim to set the “closed course speed record for...

Site of the Week: Roy Brizio Street Rods

Roy Brizio has been building killer, high-end hot rods for decades. He regularly gets contracted by celebrities of all genres to construct their dream hot rods. Hell, Jeff Beck has even written music...

SEMA Not Happy with Recent Progress of Cash For Clunkers

As it seems we are creeping toward a national “cash for clunkers” program here, SEMA has ramped up its efforts to work the legislation into something that makes a lick of sense and may...

New Mustang Cobra Jet Flies With AOD Trans

We got dropped a note from the boys at FB Performance Transmissions letting us know that Brent Hajek decided to bolt in one of their Ford AO3 Stage-2 Transmissions in place of the venerable C-4 that...

Cole Coonce Talks About His New Book, Live Online Tonight

Fans of drag racing journo Cole Coonce know his book, Infinity Over Zero, as a tribute to land speed racing, but now he has a new project in print called Top Fuel Wormhole: The Cole Coonce Drag Strip...

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...