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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Cool Car, Old Video: This 1976 Honda Has A Blown 331 Hemi For Power And Is Seared Into My Brain

This semi-blurry, obviously converted from tape video from Lebanon Valley Dragway sometime in the 1990s or early 2000s hit me like a ton of bricks because it features what is probably my all time...

Happy Cadillac 331 and Chrysler 331 Hemi Day! Let’s Check Out These Cool, Old Mills

Today is a great date because while most of the world sees it as March 31st, us gearheads know it as Cadillac 331 and Chrysler 331 hemi day. These two engines were both developed just past WWII and...

Cynthiana Rod Run Coverage: Cars, Classic Trucks, Muscle, And Even Cool Bg Rigs! Photos Galore

(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – Square-bodies, Mopars, and really big trucks.  See what happens when you move in closer to the city’s center.  This is getting into the premium spots to...

NHRA Insider Podcast: Bob Frey and Jon Lundberg Talk About Their Lives and Careers In Drag Racing – Dave Mac Tribute As Well!

This is a pretty special episode of the NHRA Insider Podcast. Why? The guests are Bob Frey and Jon Lundberg two of drag racing’s greatest announcers. The guys talk about their lives in the...

Is There Such A Thing As A Cool Crossover? In Europe, Yes – In The USA? We Get The Short End Of The Stick

(Words by Tom Lohnes – Photos by the manufacturers) – America seems to get gypped when it comes to cool cars, sometimes. All of our wagons have been replaced with slow, numb crossovers...

QuarantinePiece Theater: Monster Truck and Pulling Show From Indianapolis Circa 1989 – Truck Pull Drag Racing!

This is greatness. You are going to see a really well produced video from a 1989 Monster Truck and pulling show that was held in Indianapolis circa 1989. Indy is a motorsports obsessed city that...

Watch An 88-Year Old Man Drive A 1926 Dodge Brothers Touring Car He Bought When He Was 16 For The First Time Since The 1950s!

Everything about this video is awesome and exactly what we all need as we’re stuck inside waiting this virus deal out. Why? Well we have good people in the form of the Fat Fender Garage guys....

Battle Of The Big Boys: This 1993 V8 Sedan Shootout Is Pretty Awesome – Depreciation Made The Cheap Quick

“We’ve heard rumors that the V8 luxury sedan is an endangered species,” said John Davis in 1993. While the luxury sedan is still around today (in ever shrinking numbers) the V8 part...

Hot Rod Your Duramax: COMP Offering New Camshafts, Valvetrain Upgrades For Your Diesel V8!

We all know how hot diesel performance is these days. From drag racing to truck pulling and other activities, guys are getting the most power they can out of their factory engines. Understanding that...

Today Is 3/30 And It’s A Great Day For Engines Old and New – Olds, DeSoto, and Ford

Good old 3/30, a fine day to be chatting about engines, wouldn’t you say? Other than the big block displacement days (oh, they are coming!) there are not that many days with multiple engines...

American Powertrain Parting Shift: Watch Ayrton Senna Attack Monaco In 1990 – Fast. Loud, and Violent

When you see a Formula One car working on the track at full speed, there’s a certain grace and composure that comes along with it, right? They do not bounce, heave, or look untoward when they...

Someone Peeked At Toyota’s Two-Year Product Plan – What’s Coming? Something Fast And Cool It Seems

(Words by Tom Lohnes) – Toyota being one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world constantly has to keep their lineup fresh. Lately they’ve kind of been slacking off with the...

Cynthiana Rod Run Show Coverage: Fun BangShifty Cars and Trucks From The Awesome Show In Kentucky

(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) –  Square-bodies, Mopars, and really big trucks.  See what happens when you move in closer to the city’s center.  This is getting into the premium spots...

This Film Featuring Late 1950s Drag Racing At Sanford, Maine Is Spectacular – Horsepower Time Travel

In these weird times we’re all kind of looking for something simpler, right? Well it got no simpler than drag racing in the late 1950s. Car Clubs would get together on the weekends,...