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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

F1 Pay Cut: Send Fernando Alonso a Few Bucks

Brother, can you spare a dime for team Renault F1 driver Fernando Alonso? His pay was cut by 33% recently and instead of making a modest $17.5 million dollars a year, he will be forced to scrape by...

BangShift Chad Will Be On Site at Goodguys Pleasanton and Del Mar

The real old Barris Batmobile is going to be on display at the Goodguys All-American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California, this weekend. They obviously didn’t know that our own BangShift Chad...

Lohnes Pic of the Week: Dude, Your ‘Chute is Hanging Out

One of the more embarrassing things that can happen to the pilot of a high-powered drag car is premature parachute ejection. If the condition persists for more than four hours consult a crew chief....

Site of the Week: Internet Car Movie Database

Most people know about the Internet Movie Database. It’s a massive site that has info on just about every movie and television show ever made. A lot of people though, have no idea that there is...

Yates No. 28 Travis Kvapil NASCAR Team Shuts Down

Don’t go looking for the number 28 on the track this weekend. ESPN and NASCAR.com are reporting that Yates Racing has suspended all operations of the team and sent most of the crew people to...

Milan Dragway Dropped by IHRA, Now Sanctioned by NHRA

Milan Dragway, which was jettisoned last week by the IHRA for as yet undisclosed reasons, has signed a sanctioning agreement with the NHRA and will now abide by its rules and regulations. If you are...

Scorpion Performance May Buy Crane Cams

Thanks to BigBlockRanger on our message boards, it’s been brought to our attention that News-JournalOnline.com is reporting that Scorpion Performance is negotiating to buy the remnants of Crane...

Check It Out: ClunkBucket.com

Mike Bumbeck is our friend. More importantly though, Mike Bumbeck is a crazy person with a new website we want you to check out. Bumbeck is a talented writer, lover of the nostalgia drags, freelancer...

Book Review: John Force: The Straight Story of Drag Racing’s 300-MPH Superstar

When we first cracked the cover of this book, John Force: The Straight Story of Drag Racing’s 300-mph Superstar by Erik Arneson, we admittedly had low expectations because frankly, John Force...

Tata Nano: Tiny $2,000 Car to See Indian Roads by July

The little Tata Nano, a new car that will retail for less than $2,000 brand new, is set to cruise Indian roads in July according to a story by Reuters. Parent company Tata has been struggling as of...

The Lohnes Wreck Files: Attention in the Pits!

Attention in the pits! Drag Racing Hall of Fame announcer (and BangShift.com forum member) Jon Lundberg is credited with making that phrase standard operating procedure for every drag racing...

Barnstormin’: Smog Motors in the Mist

I and the “intrepid companion,” my two year old son Tom, have had a couple well documented adventures since he’s been able to walk around and make noises resembling words. Car...

Some Impact! Brand Driving Suits No Longer NHRA Approved

There has been an announcement made by the NHRA that it will no longer accept certain Impact Racing Products drivers suits due to safety concerns. Apparently the suits in question do not meet the...

eBay Pick of the Week: 1972 Pantera

DeTomaso Panteras hold a cool spot in the gearhead pantheon of coolness. They are a great marriage of sleek Italian styling and good old American brute force. There are several of them currently for...