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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

NHRA versus ADRL on Nitro Pro Mods

Proudly, we were one of the first news sources to bring you the inside story on the ADRL allowing injected, nitro-powered Pro Mods at their races. When the story broke and news came that cars were...

Former NASCAR Racer Busted for Making Moonshine

Nope, this is not a repeat of some headline from the ’40s or ’50s. This is a headline from 3/4/2009. The racer Carl Dean Combs, who made 24 Winston Cup starts from 1981-1984, got busted...

Bathtub Car is not Dead, Should Be

We spotted the infamous Bathtub car of Bob Reisner this summer and it’s looking like, well, that would be too easy. We don’t get the show rod scene and frankly we’re happy that...

Harold Martin Unveils Bizzaro Pro Mod

Harold Martin is a well known Pro Modified racer. He’s been the champion of nitrous and electronic fuel injection for many years and is widely recognized as one of the smartest racers in the...

Cancel Your Vacation: Abu Dhabi F1 Theme Park on Hold

So we guess it’s not a good time to be building half-billion-dollar theme parks these days anywhere on Earth, even in the formerly cash rich Middle East. We’re not exactly surprised to...

Book Review: Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan

We thought of Super Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan, by Larry Davis, when we heard the news of the John Calvert driving a new Cobra Jet Mustang to the win Stock Eliminator at the 2009 NHRA...

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...