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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Interesting History: The Iconic Mercedes 300SL Was A Pile Of Compromises That Never Should Have Worked

We look at certain cars as if they are works of art. They appear to be beautiful things born from the best thoughts of beautiful minds. The Mercedes 300SL is one of those cars. They sell for huge...

Crazy Historic Video: Crashing Planes On Purpose To Study Fire With The NACA Research Council

NACA is known to most hot rodders because of the “NACA duct” that was adopted and used by many race cars over the years for various purposes. NACA itself was the National Advisory Council...

Furious Charge: Watch Tom Kristensen Go From 18th To 3rd In Five Laps Driving A GT40 At Goodwood

Yeah, some of you will say, “Of course he went from 18th to third in five laps, he is a retired professional race driver, it’s what he is supposed to do!” and you are probably...

Heavy History: This 1950s Clark-Michigan Wheel Dozer Video Is Awesome And Showed A New Breed Of Muscle Machine

I think my love of heavy equipment mirrors my love of drag racing because both genres of machines were developed with pretty well reasoned purposes. Of course on the drag strip it is getting to the...

Nitrous Chainsaw Video: This Thing Is Called The Hulk And It Cuts Logs Like Butter

There is a vast world of chainsaw enthusiasts out there. Not just enthusiasts but guys and girls who compete with chainsaws at logging/lumberjack contests on the local, regional, and national level....

Video: Put A 5 or 6 Speed Stick In Your GMT400 1988-1998 GM Truck NOW With An American Powertrain Kit

We know that the 1988-1998 GM truck market is set to explode pretty quick. In fact, we’re all watching it happen real time on the internet. The trucks that are kind cheap now are going to be...

Spy Photos and Speculation: The 2023 Mustang Has Been Spotted All Dressed Up

(By Tom Lohnes – Photo Credit: Motor1.com) – The all-new 2023 model year Ford Mustang has been spotted for the first time with its production body on, and from what we can see, it looks...

So Good: 1320Video Gets Into The Pits With Clay Millican And Teaches You Top Fuel Like No One Ever Has

This is one of the neatest NHRA drag racing videos we have ever seen. Kyle and the 1320Video crew shot loads of stuff at Pomona and the first release was an overview of the event with some neat...

Wildly Accurate: The 1987 Pontiac Pursuit Was A Future Car That Actually Got It Right (for better or worse)

Many older “future cars” fall under the loose category of “Xanadu: Home of The Future”. They were filled with wacky ideas that just never panned out but seemed like a sure bet...

Big On Big: This Video Featuring Seven Iconic Moments Involving Dave “Big Mac” McClelland and Big Daddy Don Garlits Is Fun

One of the most fun things about my work with NHRA is the access I have in the company’s digital archive, which continues to grow and more and more races are digitized. Anyway, as Don...

Killer 1960s Ad: This 1966 Sinclair Gasoline Commercial Features A Lightweight Coronet And A Young Drag Racing Leader In The Making

Here’s a real gem of a TV commercial that was shot in early 1966 at the then brand new Palm Beach International Raceway. The commercial “stars” Jack Thomas a young, up and coming...

The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter: This Period Video Shows How Red Adair Extinguished A 700ft Tall Natural Gas Fire – American Legend

Red Adair is one of the most interesting guys you will ever read about. He was one of the most famous guys in the world for a long time and that was because he was one of the smartest, ballsiest, and...

The Boss: Watch This Massive 1966 Hayes Logging Truck With A 16V-71 Detroit Diesel Engine Rumble Onto The Trailer !

Hayes trucks were basically born to be loggers and this one is the king logger. You are looking at a monster 1966 Hayes logging truck with an equally mighty 16V-71 Detroit Diesel engine. The fully...

Clevite Clinic Is An Awesome 1950s Film About Bearings and Engines – It’s Old But Awesomely Informative!

Internal combustion engines have evolved a lot since the 1950s but there are certain things that are still the same. The fact that every engine going down the road has main bearings, and rod bearings...