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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Caterpillar Rolls Out Hybrid ‘Dozer To Dealers After a Year of Testing

Irony. It’s all around us every day. We’d say that a hybrid bulldozer would fall under the ironic category. Calling it a “green” bulldozer would be downright oxymoronic, but...

Video: Fun With Backfires

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of dumb fun around here. The guys in this video are as well. They have a 1995 Caprice that is backfiring through the exhaust. The guys...

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Your Car is Safer, It Just Seems More Dangerous

It can be stated as fact that the new cars hitting American roads are the safest ones ever built. Crash test results are often touted by manufacturers in advertisements and the vaunted “five...

Wednesday at Drag Week 2009 by Jay Brown at FordFE.com

We’ve been following Drag Week with the diary of racer Jay Brown in his SOHC-motored 1964 Galaxie. If you don’t know the car we’re talking about, see the video of a 9.53 pass here....

Art Arfons’ Green Monster on eBay

One of the most significant cars in the history of American motorsports is currently for sale on eBay. The “Green Monster” of Art Arfons, a vehicle that was one half of the greatest LSR...

Hot Rod Drag Week 2009 Day 3 Results Are In

The results of Day 3 of Hot Rod Drag Week at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, have been posted here at the Hot Rod Magazine web site. Go there to download the pdf, which is getting too large...

SideJobPhotos Great Shots from Drag Week 2009

While you’re awaiting tonight’s BangShift.com coverage of Day 3 at Hot Rod Drag Week 2009, go check out the SideJobPhotos web site to see some very cool shots of many of the competitors....

Video: Jay Brown’s 1964 SOHC Galaxie Running 9.53 at 140 MPH During Drag Week

Jay Brown is the racer who we have been following on Hot Rod Drag Week 2009 through his diaries at FordFE.com. As of Tuesday, he was the leader in the Modified Naturally Aspirated class with a best...

Drag Week Breaking News: Jeff Lutz’s 1957 Chevy is Out!

BangShift Chad just called from Norwalk, Ohio, with the news that Unlimited racer Jeff Lutz and his bad, 7-second 1957 Chevy are out of the competition at Hot Rod Drag Week. It seems that a broken...

600 Horsepower, 12.33-Second E.T. for Vortech 2010 Camaro, Says Edmunds

What do you get when you cross a brand new, six-speed-automatic Camaro SS and a V-3 Si-Trim Vortech supercharger? How about 603 hp and 518 lb/ft of torque? That’ll ruffle your toupee for sure....

Survey Says Americans Crave Turbos

If a company that manufactures turbochargers administered a survey asking Americans about their view of turbochargers, what do you think the results would be? If you guessed overwhelmingly positive,...

New Car Sales Slump After Cash for Clunkers Ends

In news that took us totally by surprise, it seems that new car sales are slumping hard now that the government’s Cash for Clunkers program has ended. It’s not like a bunch of demand was...

Larry Larson Runs Hot Rod Drag Week’s Fastest Pass Ever! 7.25 at 199 MPH

BangShift Chad is on site at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio for Day 3 of racing at Hot Rod Drag Week 2009. He just called in to report that Larry Larson’s 1966 Chevy II just ran the...

The King & Marshall AA/FD Comes Home to Rhode Island

With the explosion in popularity of nostalgia drag racing and historic drag racing machinery in recent years, it is no surprise that some of the greatest cars from the past have been brought back to...