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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Barnstormin’: When “Spec” Doesn’t Suck

Most racing fans (myself included) like to complain about the seemingly endless creep of “spec” cars into the upper echelon of just about every racing series on Earth. It’s the Car...

Blowfish Coming to a Small Screen Near You

We’re normally too busy hunting for news, moving our project cars, or scoping sweet deals on Craigslist to watch the television, but every once in a while we get wind of something neat and tune...

WJ and KJ Dropped by GM?

DragRacingOnline.com is reporting that General Motors has withdrawn its sponsorship of Warren and Kurt Johnson’s NHRA Pro Stock operation. This is a virtual death blow for Warren...

Chad vs. Brian: 1,320 or 1,000 Feet?

Interestingly, both Chad and Brian handed in news items this week regarding the fact that the IHRA is going to hold the line at 1,320 feet for the Fuel cars while NHRA has whacked the track to 1,000...

SEMA Stands Up Against Scrappage Plans

The federal government and hot rodding are never two things we want to hear much about in the same sentence because it’s bound to make us lose our lunch. Thank God for SEMA. There’s a...

New Competition Series Instruments from Auto Meter

Remember when shift lights were a big deal? It was a major advancement and we wondered how things could get any better in the world of instrumentation and gauges for our junk. Over time, of course,...

Roadside Find: ’68 Dodge Power Wagon

We’re suckers for olive drab, so when we saw this military truck tucked into the rear of a neighborhood backyard, we decided to investigate. Here are the basics on this mean looking workhorse....

Friday Excuse to Go Home Early and Drink: Nardelli Hands it Off to Congress

Chrysler boss Bob Nardelli (shown) was in front of Congress on Thursday testifying about the poor health of the company he runs. During that testimony he basically told the government that he’d...

This Weekend: John Force Holiday Car Show

On December 7th from 10am-4pm, John Force Racing will be holding its annual holiday car show. This is a great chance to get over to the Yorba Linda HQ of the winningest  professional drag racer...

IHRA Sticking With 1,320 Feet; NHRA Not

The IHRA is not going to follow the NHRA’s lead when it comes to the length of competition runs at its national events. The sanctioning body sent out a release Tuesday stating that its series...

Gearhead Destination: The Henry Ford

Dearborn, Michigan is home to The Henry Ford, billed as the most significant collection of the American Experience. Although we’d not call it a museum specifically aimed at the traditional...

Vintage Racer of the Week: Swamp Rat 14

There are few if any other singular race cars on the planet, in any form of racing that were the catalyst for as much change as Don Gartlits’ Swamp Rat 14, his first rear-engine dragster. On...

Book Review: Against Death and Time

Against Death and Time is an interesting look at the 1955 racing season on an international scale. For starters, 1955 was not a good year for racing. James Dean was killed (in a non-racing accident),...

Viper V10 in a Mustang

Every once in a while even we get dope-slapped with something. This Mustang is one of those somethings. Long story short, Scott Vanderschoor of NiteMare Motorsports in Des Moines, Iowa is more than...