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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

The Red Ball Express: How To Get a Junker Cross-Country For Free In 8 Easy Steps

By now most of you regulars know the wacky story of Freiburger trying to give away his dirt-track racer Javelin and how, on a dime, I became the recipient of this fine piece of machinery. The caveat...

Neat Gearhead Open House and Chassis Training Seminar

If we lived closer to Missouri, we’d totally be at Andy McCoy race Cars on February 21st to check out the shop and learn the ins and outs of chassis certifications. It would sure beat the hell...

New Stainless Pipes for New Challengers

We like to complain about the weight of the new Challenger, but there’s another area that the well sculpted car lacks, and that’s sound. Obviously, OEM manufacturers can’t be...

Moroso Motorsports Park Conundrum

We’ve been following with some interest the revitalization of Florida’s former Moroso Motorsports Park since it was purchased by an ownership group last year. The new guys really went to...

Vintage Race Car of the Week: Audi’s Group B Quattro S1

To fans of rally racing, Group B rally cars hold the same reverence that vintage Fuel Altereds do for drag racing fans. Something along the lines of, “That actually happened?!” Like the...

Book Review: Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972

This book can qualify as a time killer all on its own, with just about every inch of the legendary Trans-Am Series being covered in amazing photographic detail with first hand accounts backing them...

Barnstormin’: Proud to be a Cockroach

On Sunday I happened to find myself on the phone with a drag racing friend. He’s a fairly big wheel racer, and if you watch the NHRA on ESPN you’d be familiar with him. We were discussing...

NASCAR Teams are Right-Sizing

Bob Nardelli keeps using that term, “right sizing,” as a masking agent for layoffs and job losses at Chrysler. We hate it because it sanitizes the truth, which we as a society apparently...

NASA to Team With HANS to Protect Astronauts

Proving once again that the world of motorsports is an environment where new technology is born and tested each day, NASA (like, the space-walk people) are getting together with the folks at HANS to...

Goodguys’ Fuel Altered Match-Race Series

The Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Series came out with an announcement the other day informing the world that it will host a match-race series between Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” AA/FA...

Friday Excuse to Go Home Early and Drink: A Federal Push for Old-Car Scrappage

Talk about the thing that wouldn’t die. After recently beating down one effort to push a government “Cash for Clunkers” program, SEMA is now up against it again fighting a program...

Motorized Freak of the Week: Morgan Three-Wheelers

We bagged on the Frenchies last week with their crazy Helicron propeller-mobile, but the Brits have had a couple of freaks, too. Take the Morgan three-wheelers for example. These little weirdos were...

Craigslist Pick of the Week: $4,000 Vintage Wheels!

Apparently this seller missed the memo about the tanking economy and shrinking consumer spending. But, joking aside, these wheels are probably worth something near what he’s asking....

VP Cuts the Price of Nitro!

Make no mistake about it, nitromethane is still stupid expensive, but it is now far less so after the announcement that VP Racing Fuels, the major supplier of nitro to the NHRA, has brought the price...