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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

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...

The Top 11 Things We Never Thought We’d Hear Ourselves Say

Times have changed. We have changed. Our families have grown. Standing back and looking at the state of the hobby and of our near homelessness and of our shift to the Web, we had to sum it all up in...

Moran: Quickest and Fastest in the World With Turbos!

For years we’ve been wondering and waiting for someone, anyone, to figure out how to properly harness the power of a turbocharged Pro Mod and throw some numbers up. Andy Jensen has been doing...

Monday Time Killer: Horsepower Guesser

Monday morning universally sucks unless you are at the US Nationals and are still racing. Other than that, it blows. Luckily, we here at FreiburgersJunkyard.com will provide you with something to...

Barnstormin’: In Praise of Open Trailers