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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

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...

Trick New In-Tank Fuel System from Aeromotive

We’re not sure but we don’t think that Steve Matusek and the staff at Aeromotive sleep much. It seems every time we turn around those guys are announcing innovative new products. Well,...

Comp Cams for 3-Valve Fords

Comp Cams has announced a new more aggressive line of cams for Ford 4.6L and 5.4L three-valve engines. The XFI VSR (Valve Springs Required) cams represent a stout step up from the NSR (No Springs...

IHRA Changes Sportsman Championship Chase Format

Here they go again. The plucky IHRA has once again tree’d their big brother, the NHRA, in taking steps to ensure that racers can continue to compete for a national championship while not...

Jocko Johnson is Dead

One of the most mystifying characters in the annals of drag racing history died last week at the age of 65. His name was Robert “Jocko” Johnson and he made his name porting cylinder heads...

Edelbrock Rereleases the Classic Singshot Intake

Admittedly, a large part of this whole hot rodding thing is aesthetic. The way stuff looks can, at certain times, be just as important as the way it runs. We find this to be especially true of old,...

Lid, Can & Libel: As the March Meet Looms, Top Fuel%u2019s Bobby Nitro Clears the Pipes

In 1966, 102 Top-Fuel dragsters entered the US Fuel and Gas Championships (nee “the March Meet”) at Bakersfield. Because of the energy, drama and sheer amount of nitro consumption, many...

Muscle Tractor: This John Deere 5020 Got A Detroit Diesel V8 Swap And Became A Plow Pulling Bruiser

Back in the middle 1960s, John Deere released the 5020 tractor. It was a mighty beast and at the time the big fellah about as tough a customer as farmer with lots of land could get his hands on. When...

Pomona Swap Meet Coverage: More Cool Cars and Trucks That YOU Could Have Bought!

Like many things in life, seeing swap meet stuff after the fact may actually be more fun than seeing it in person. How? For starters you stand zero risk of buying something that would end your...