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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

BangShift Reader Brawl: What’s The Most Harsh, Hardcore, And Awesome Amateur Automotive Competition On Earth?

People love to do things to test themselves. From hitting the local drag strip to building a race car that turns hard around cones, we have devised a seemingly endless number of competitions designed...

Fun Big Rig Video: Jamming Gears in an Ultra Rare 1973 Dodge 900 Big Rig

Not many people remember that Detroit’s Big Three were heavily involved with the Big Rig business in the 1970s. Dodge was in the mix along with Ford and Chevy/GMC. In some sense, they were out...

High Speed-Low Drag: This Video From Goodwood Shows Off Low Drag LeMans Specials

Now THIS is the type of stuff that makes us love the internet. You are about to watch a video from Goodwood that shows off a special race that they had packed with historic low-drag LeMans specials....

Late 1970s Car Ad Video Bonanza: Dodge Trucks, Ford Trucks, Mercedes Station Wagons, and Even Some Buick Opel Love

Here’s a fun cross section of the automotive advertising world circa the late 1970s and into the very early 1980s. We always love comparing some of the things that the manufacturers were doing...

Absolutely Crazy Video: Unexpected Top End Engine Explosion Is Violent And Shocking

This is a legitimately shocking video. We saw it on Drag Week gasser hero Dan Chisolm’s Facebook page and figured that we had to share it here. The video captures a Chevy big block top end...

The American Powertrain Parting Shift: Make A Roaring 10-Second Run In A 4-Speed 1955 Chevrolet!

In the era of clutchless transmissions, turbocharged engines that make 3,000hp on alcohol, chassis designs that look straight out of the Terminator movie franchise, and advanced control systems that...

Watch Second Generation Rally Racer Max Vatanen Scare His Legendary Dad Ari Half To Death In A Rally Car

When your dad is one of the greatest rally drivers who ever lived and you have chosen to ply the same trade, you’ve got some immensely large shoes to fill. Such is the case with Max Vatanen the...

Vigorous Test: This Look At The 1992 Acura Vigor Shows Why German Car Companies Were On The Run In The Early 1990s

When the Japanese car companies launched their upscale brands in the late 1980s and early 1990s the German manufacturers were not only the benchmarks, they were the intended victims. Lexus, Infinity,...

This Vintage AMC Commercial Is Fun – See The AMX Concept and More – 1960s Camp!

This is one of those perfectly campy and goofy 1960s car commercials that we love looking back on and watching. The ad here has some humor, a gloriously wacky concept, and one of the most beautiful...

Doorslammer Time Machine Video: Watch Awesome IHRA Pro Mod Action From Bristol 1993!

Every drag racing fan has “their era”. The older guys were around to see the transition and evolution of funny cars, the birth and perfection of the rear engine dragster, and other things...

ABS On Tractors? This Video Demonstration Proves How Necessary It Actually Is!

There are certain things that the average person does not think about during the average day. We’d venture to say that one of them is the potential effectiveness of ABS on tractors. Here in...

New In ’92: Check Out This Review Of The 1992 Audi S4 – A Performance Sedan A Cool Sleeper

To this day, I really like the Audi S4. Not this one in particular, but the model. I think it’s a more subtle, cool, and interesting German sport sedan than any of the other guys make. Back in...

Video: For A Brief Shining Moment In 1994 Rhode Island Had A Drag Strip Again

Rhode Island is no stranger to the sport of drag racing. Between competitors like Bob Tasca and the high performance legacy of his family and the history of places like Charlestown Dragway in the...

Ever See A Mining Haul Truck Bounce? If You Watch This Loading Fail Video You Will

Working on the docks loading ships is pretty dangerous work. Between the massive equipment and cranes involved to the awkward stuff that needs to be brought over the sides of these ships, you never...