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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

The Lohnes Wreck Files: Norwegian Drag Racers and Rain Don’t Mix

This one qualified as an actual nightmare unfolding right before my very eyes. It was one of those nights at the drag strip that just wasn’t going all that great from the git-go and this...

Barnstormin’: Were the Big Three Really That Good?

While the current crop of auto executives are getting flayed at every turn, us “car guys” look back lovingly at the famous leaders and executives from the past. The problem of course is...

eBay Pick Counter-Attack: 4.3-Mile IROC Camaro!

While Chad is betting Daphne’s jewelry and his kid’s piggy bank account for that hill-climbing Mopar, I’m going the classy route and throwing my bank at an IROC. But it’s an...

Crane Cams May Be Reopening Soon

Autoweek.com is reporting that Crane Cams will be reopened after restructuring as early as next week, but most likely the plant will be open in a month. Although all 280 company employees have been...

Unbelievable Wrecked 1969 Mustang Mach 1

Man, we had to share this with you. It’s from our pals over at CarDomain.com and their blog. Believe it or not, these photos were actually once a very sweet Mustang fastback. No, it was not at...

It Came from the Fab Shop: The Project Wagoneer

(By Loren Krussow) – The common Jeep Wagoneer, as produced from 1963 to 1991, could quite possibly be one of the homeliest vehicles on the road (or sitting in backyards, or lined up in the...

Motorized Freak of the Week: The Buffalo Bomb-Proof Truck

The military has some of the most purpose-driven vehicles in the world. Whether they are fighting vehicles or support trucks, every one has a role that it’s destined to fill. The Buffalo,...

CraigsList Pick of the Week: Soap-Box Derby Domination

Ever build your kid’s science project? Chat with Chad about that because he did last week. This is the racing equivalent of that. These are a couple of soap box derby racers apparently built by...

Video of the Week: 1990 Pikes Peak In-Car Action!

We’re not sure that we’ll ever be able to top this one. This is footage, both in car and out, is of Ari Vatanen driving a seriously hot rodded Peugeot 405 in the 1990 Pikes Peak Hill...

Lohnes’ Pic of the Week: Top Comedy from Lime Rock

Here’s some more fun from Lime Rock. This GT1 racer began his race with a hard top and ended with a roadster, much to his chagrin. On talking to the driver, we learned that he was involved in...

Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell’s 1935 Bluebird

If you want to talk about the intersection of blunt force trauma and stylized design, then no conversation on the topic would be complete with out bringing up the Bluebird of Sir Malcom Campbell,...

Roadside Find: A Trio of Old Navy 1950 Chevys

Since the snow has been melting around here in Massachusetts and the glaciers are receding, old cars and trucks are now seeing daylight after being literally buried for months. We saw this neat group...

Video Review: 7-Second Love Affair

The golden era of Top Fuel racing during the ‘60s is heavily romanticized. Stories from those days just seem too good to be true and even reading period racing newspapers conveys the feeling...

FreiburgersJunkyard.com is Becoming BangShift.com!

It’s pretty well known that the founder of this site, David Freiburger, has moved on to more well-paying pastures as the Editor In Chief of Hot Rod magazine, and has handed this web asylum over...