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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Montoya Picks NASCAR Over F1. Really.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Formula One driver turned NASCAR left-turner, told the media that he had been offered Formula One rides and turned them all down. He was immediately whisked away to be drug tested...

Jim Wangers’ Big 3 Performance GTO…What Else?

Jim Wangers was the marketing guy behind the Pontiac GTO. We know he’s good at marketing because he’s managed to make a living off that fact for like 40 years. And the hits just keep on...

6.38 Quarter, Naturally Aspirated!

Back when we were living at the old apartment we reported on Sonny Leonard’s newest and baddest ass engine. It was (and is) an 892ci monster that made 2,000 naturally aspirated horsepower on...

Billet Mechanical Fuel Pumps from Holley

Recently on our message board a couple discussions have centered around fuel pumps. Mechanical versus electric, in-tank or inline, manufacturer-versus-manufacturer type of stuff abounds regularly...

Von Smith Goes to Bahrain to Win a Pro Mod race

Von Smith probably has the best driving gig in all of drag racing. As the pilot of the Al-Anabi racing blown ’57 Chevy Pro Mod, he has the best possible car with the best possible pieces, with...

Vintage Racer of the Week: Briggs Cunningham’s Le Monstre

For this first installment of the Vintage Race Car of the week we wanted to show you something you may have never seen or heard about before. First off, this thing is actually a ’50 Cadillac....

ZEX Nitrous for New Challengers

Someone chucked a brick through our window with a press release banded to it announcing that ZEX is the first to market with a nitrous system tailored to the new Dodge Challengers. Designed as a...

Video Review: Lions, The Greatest Drag Strip

The third and final installment of Don Gillespie’s highly acclaimed video series, “Lions: The Greatest Dragstrip” is out and available for purchase and is a must-have for any...

Barnstormin’: Why the Nurburgring Kinda Sucks

One of the things we decided to do at FreiburgersJunkyard.com is to have regular opinion columns in the blog. It looks like I get to go first. I’m Brian Lohnes, and my column is called...

Bubble-Roof Counter Attack!

Sure, Freibuger posted photos of the zooty Thunder Flite and its all well crafted and engineered and all. There’s a problem though. We’re not the well crafted, well engineered types. He...

Ex-NHRA Pro Stock Racer Scribner Held in California Shooting Death

Harry Scribner, a near 30-year competitor in the ranks for NHRA Pro Stock, has been arrested and is being held in the Ventura County Jail after a shooting at his home in Simi Valley, California....

Why Drag Boats Are Scary…With Ultimate Photos!

You may have seen the video that has been circulating through the news media showing the massive wreck at the drag boat finals in Arizona last weekend. In short, James Ray, the driver of a Top Fuel...

Bonus Monday Time-Killer! SPEED Performance Awards: Fan Voting Ends Today

SPEED TV’s Performance Awards are kind of like Oscars for racing. They have several categories in which fan votes determine the winners. Stuff like best wreck, biggest upset, and biggest...

Miller Cup Expands to 10 Races Next Season

We were wondering what was going to become of the Miller Cup Mustang Challenge series, the road-racing circuit for the factory built Ford Mustang FR500S. Our lucky pal Rob Kinnan from Hot Rod...