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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Sitting Inside The Sun: Video From The Day The X-15 Rocket Plane Exploded On The Ground And Hurt No One

The X-series of rocket planes were some of the most important research craft ever built for scientific and military testing. As mentioned, there were several of them with the mightiest and most...

BangShift Daily Tune Up: Wheel Man – The Super Stocks (1963)

It has been intermittent these days on the BangShift Daily Tune-Up front, let’s fix that. I’m commandeering the musical end of the ship today and we’re going right back to my...

Watch This Mighty Cement Mixer Hook Up To The Pulling Sled And Put All Of Its Torque To Work

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside….BAM….cement mixer with the wheels up, hooked to the pulling sled. Who hasn’t thought about the grunt force trauma a rig like this...

This 380hp, 190ci Naturally Aspirated Corvair Engine At 9,000 RPM Is The Angriest Thing You Will Hear Today (Dyno Video)

In the realm of cool dyno videos, this one hits on the top end of the “good stuff” meter. We’re not sure that we have ever run a Corvair engine dyno video before but if we have,...

A Monster of Malaise: The 1974 Cougar XR7 Had A 460, Suspension Made Of Jello, and Body Roll For Days

The 1975 Cougar XR7 was not a good car. This big block powered behemoth did not accelerate well, did not turn well, did not stop well, and the interior looked like it was stolen from a cheap whore...

This Video Showing How Rolls Royce Merlin Engines Were Built Is Amazing

As much as we love our mighty Allison engines around here, the real hero power plant of WWII was the Rolls Royce Merlin. With tremendous horsepower and reliability, it was the Merlin that made the...

KABOOM! Watch This Demolition Derby Driver Bail Quick When His Has A Flaming Transmission Explosion

In many parts of the country demolition derby competition goes far beyond just something that happens at a county fair. There are huge money derbies out there and as such there is an industry that...

This Video From The Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Rules – Oldest Motorsport Event In The World Held On Same Track

It is steep, it is narrow, it is very fast, and it is the oldest continuously running motorsports event (aside from war pause) contested on the same course in the world. The first running of the...

Ever Wonder How A Lenco Transmission Goes Together? This Video Of One Being Rebuilt Is Cool

The Lenco Transmission has been a staple in the brutal world of motorsports since the 1970s. The design has been refined some over the years but the basic mechanical principle remains the same. A...

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...

Rough Video: Watch This Oliver Tractor Break In Half During A Pull!

Well this was a bad day at the pulling office! Check out what happens to this Oliver Tractor when the driver hooks to the sled and bounces his way down the course. The thing literally breaks in half....

International Redneck Action: Watch Two Mack Trucks Pull A Car In Half…In Ireland

There are certain things that transcend geography and culture and apparently one of those things is watching two huge trucks rip a car in half. Long a staple of monster truck exhibitions and other...

Dyno Video: Watch A 410ci Sprint Car Engine Get Repeatedly Pulled To 8500 RPM — Brutality!

If you like your dyno video action filled with high RPM wailing fury, than this video could be the best thing you have ever seen. The footage shows a 410ci sprint car engine being run on a dyno up to...

Watch This B-17 Skim The Surface Of The Earth Multiple Times – Decades Before CGI, This Is Flying Skill

What you are going to watch is a few clipped together pieces of footage from the early 1960s movie “The War Lover”. Steve McQueen was in it along with several other big names of the day...