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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Return Of The Monster Trucks – This 1986 Movie Shaped Many Gearhead Lives!

Well here’s a blast from my childhood! Return of the Monster Trucks was one of the most important videos I ever watched because it has a lasting impression on the rest of my life. Seriously. If...

BangShift Question of the Day: What’s Been The Dumbest Automotive Idea Of The Last 25 Years?

While driving yesterday I saw a Nissan Murano convertible drive by. I had seen photos of this contraption in magazines and online and yes, I had seen a scant few over the years but it had been a good...

Diesel Power Challenge 2017: Sled Pulling At Bandimere And Champions Crowned!

I have been a part of the Diesel Power Challenge for a few years now. I have also been a freelancer for the magazine since it went into print more years ago than that. I really love the event and I...

Engine Video: Watch These 10 Awesome Radial Engines And All Of Their Glorious Specs

Radial engines may have had their day in the sun before turbines came into the picture and kind of took over the world of aviation but we still love them. Even the small ones are pretty big and boy...

Building A Tour Engine And Need A Tough Cam? COMP Cams Has You Covered With GM Sportsman Tool Steel Camshafts

Today’s world of hot rodding is unlike any time that has come before it. Enthusiasts and racers are building engines that no one even 20 years ago dreamed possible and in doing so, making the...

Historic Road Racing Video: This Period Film From The 1963 12 Hours of Sebring Rules – Corvettes, Cobras, Ferraris, More

Now this is the kind of vintage racing footage we love. Made by Gulf Oil, this cool film featuring the 1963 12 hours of Sebring has all the elements that every BangShifter could ever want. For...

Sacrilege Or Supremely Cool? This 1972 Dodge Challenger 4×4 Is Gold To Some And Gory To Others

Well this should bring some reactions. What you are looking at is a 1972 Challenger that has been placed on a M1009 military truck (Blazer) chassis. The power plant and drivetrain are all GM. The...

Diesel Power Challenge 2017 Video: The Trailer Towing Obstacle Course Proved To Be A House Of Horrors For Some

If there was one part of the 2017 Diesel Power Challenge that provided the best all-around test of man and machine it was the trailer towing obstacle course. Using the same 10,500lb trailer that is...

Hankerin’ To Own A 1970s Show Rod? The George Barris Lil’ Stinker Manure Spreader Is For Sale

If you have ever dreamed of owing a weird, 1970s show rod now’s your chance! Yes, the George Barris Lil’ Stinker Manure Spreader could be yours! The asking price for the non-running and...

Innovation In Action Video: How Dodge Stepped Up And Produced The Sperry Gyro-Compass During WWII

The stories of innovation, engineering, and manufacturing heroism during WWII are legend and will be until the end of time. From Ford producing airplanes by the gripload to GM cranking out trucks and...

Video Bonanza: 1970s Dodge Truck Commercials Featuring 1970s Celebrities!

Ahhhh yes, the 1970s. As we have said before, while Detroit royally screwed up their car lineups in the 70s they did not mess up trucks too badly. Sure they were down on power, but the pickups of the...

BangShift Question of the Day: What’s the Biggest Underdog Engine?

There are a slew of engines that have come and gone over the years that were good runners, yet largely underappreciated by the masses. In today’s world hot rodders have an insane number of...

Anderson Speedway Insanity: Watch A Guy Drive His Car Onto Another Racer’s, A Tasing, and Arrests

Well this is one of the most insane videos we have ever seen and none of it is any good. Shot at the hardscrabble Anderson Speedway in Indiana during a Figure 8 race, it shows two guys throwing the...

Hydraulic Press Channel Craziness: Crushing A Portable Charging Pack Is The Most Spectacular Thing Ever

Well this is something interesting. Our man at the Hydraulic Press Channel has a twofer for us in this video. For starters he takes a standard cruising model tablet and gives it the business on his...