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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Abandoned Drag Strip History: Dover Drag Strip in Wingdale, New York, With Video

Dover Drag Strip operated in Wingdale, New York, from 1961-1976, and is now a ghost track with nothing but the return road still in place. The track is still remembered with a web site operated by...

The Forgotten Sports Car Decade, The 1950s

It tends to be forgotten, but the 1950s were hot with traditional sports cars. Little cars from Europe, combined with some interesting domestic models, made for a strong marketplace of cars that...

Book Review: Proving Ground – A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth Racing by Jim Schild

Chrysler’s true golden age of racing and performance came during the 1960s and early 1970s. This week’s literary selection, Proving Ground: A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth...

Monday Time Killer: Vintage Photos of Dealerships and Manufacturing Plants

There’s no accounting for automotive fascinations. Just when we thought that our tractor love was out there, we found a web site for people who just like Mopar cars built in 1970, only at the...

The Parting Shift: An 11-Second Pass in a 30,000-Mile Hemi GTX

We realize that many of you have checked out for Thanksgiving weekend, but that won’t stop us from posting our now-traditional, week-ending Parting Shift item. This time it’s from...

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Video: Parking Brake Fail

This video is direct from FailBlog.org, and it’s pretty much self-explanatory. It might play better as a talkie, but you won’t miss the plot.    

Abandoned Drag Strip History: Hot Rod Clubs and Tracks of Virginia

It seems like the awesome vintage drag racing photos and stories are pouring in from all over the place lately. Our latest find is from a web site that’s an online exhibition of the Blue Ridge...

Wreckin’ Rivalries Are Part of the NASCAR Scene

Personal rivalries in racing have been around since the dawn of the sport. NASCAR has a bunch of individual rivalries that, every once in a while, get ugly. That being said, local short track...

New Wrangling in the Jeremy Mayfield Case: Former Lawyer Seeks Almost 400K

Jeremy Mayfield’s former lawyer, Bill Diehl, has filed court paperwork seeking to recoup nearly $400,000 in unpaid legal fees. This must have been something Mayfield saw coming as he just held...

Craigslist Pick: Big Ass Motor with Big Ass Blower

We’ll admit right off the bat that this CraigsList motor for sale is not all that impressive of a horsepower maker. That sounds completely idiotic when we tell you that it makes 1,200...

Thanksgiving Day Tire Roast: Fire Burnout Video!

Mitch King is a name that should be familiar with any nitro-soaked drag racing fan. The man from Galveston, Texas, who owns a candy business, has a Fuel Altered, a couple of Top Fuel dragsters and a...

Thanksgiving Day Tire Roast: Insane Aussie Burnout with Unintentional Fire

Aussies seem to take their burnout contests seriously. We’ve shown you videos of guys rolling junk over, tires blowing to smithereens, and engines exploding during some of these competitions....

The Last Pontiac Rolls Off an American Assembly Line

Well, that’s the end of that. At 12:45 local time yesterday, the very last American-made Pontiac left an assembly line in Orion Township, Michigan. There was zero fanfare for the white, fleet...

1967 Mustang Falls to Third Place in the East African Safari Classic Rally

On the 24th we showed you the 1967 Mustang that was leading the 2009 East African Safari Classic, a rally event for cars 1974 and older. The news from yesterday (the 26th) is that the Mustang has had...