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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Got Aero? This Video Shows Off The NASA Ames Research Wind Tunnel – World’s Largest

Having just spent the better part of a week on the Bonneville salt flats looking at race cars, listening to engineers and race car builders, and considering the role of aerodynamics on everything...

This Colorful Glimpse At Bonneville Racing In The 1950s Is A Window Into The Evolution Of Speed

There are many elements of SCTA Bonneville Speed Week that really cannot be described as much as they can be experienced. The size and scope of the salt flats is one but the “size” of the...

Video: Some Guy In China Made A Bus/Motorcycle Thing Out Of A Log – Not Kidding

(By Greg Rourke) – Here’s one for the WTF? files. A diesel powered log motorcycle/bus thingie. The video opens with a pirate (note the eye patch) yelling something. Apparently it’s...

Summit Stands With KB: Summit Racing Equipment Signs New Multi-Year Sponsorship With KB Racing

(Photo by Auto Imagery) – There’s nothing more vital to the operation of professional racing teams than lasting, mutually beneficial sponsorship agreements. In the case of NHRA pro...

This 1972 Vintage 417 Donovan Hemi Is A Thumping, Running Monster That’s Never Been Blown Up

Back in the early 1970s, Ed Donovan changed drag racing forever when he introduced his then revolutionary Donovan 417 engine block. This was drag racing’s first dedicated aftermarket block and...

SCTA Bonneville Speed Week 2018: More Monday Action From Nitrous Ferraris To Impound Thrash

(Photos by the Author) – There are varying levels of intensity at Bonneville. There are the high intensity moments on the starting line when teams fire up their cars of motorcycles and prepare...

This 1935 Pennzoil Film Features Bonneville, Cool Planes, and Awesome Historical Vehicles

There’s awesome history at the Bonneville Salt Flats as we all know and that history effectively began back in 1914 when a Blitzen Benz flew over the salt at 141-mph and changed the...

Yes, There Was A Drag Strip In Wendover About 5 Miles From The Salt Flats – Video Proof!

Wendover is an interesting place. The little city has existed in various forms for a long time but it saw its greatest population when the United States decided to center many of the operations...

Ride Along With Danny Thompson On His Historic 450mph Run At Bonneville Speed Week! Lock To Lock Steering!

While Danny Thompson’s awesome 450mph run in the Challenger 2 has been relegated to third fastest at this year’s 2018 SCTA Bonneville Speed Week, for many it will be a lifetime highlight...

SCTA Bonneville Speed Week 2018: Monday Photos From The Salt – Record Runs, Hot Rods, Engines, More!

(Photos by the author) – A funny thing happens at SCTA Speed Week on Monday. The vast majority of the spectators have left, some of the racers who have blown their stuff up or achieved their...

Blown Away: Turbinator Lands Massive 470mph Blow In Battle For Bonneville Speed Week Top Time Trophy

In hockey, there’s a rule about being the “third man in” when two other guys are fighting. That “third man in” rule gets you in hot water with officials and you...

The Baddest Buick: We Found An Amazingly Rare 1970 Buick GS Stage 2 Hiding In A Suburban Garage

(By Greg Rourke) – One never knows what might be lurking in an average suburban garage. Case in point: One ultra rare Buick GS Stage 2. Most of us are aware of the Stage 1 Gran Sports. Some...

SCTA Bonneville Speed Week 2018: More Pit Thrashing, Impound Area Photos, and More

(Photos by the author) – We’re going to keep your Bonneville interest piqued as long as we can this week with photos and stories in and around the event. One of the things you will...

Wreckage Video: This Massive Formula 5000 Wreck From St. Jovite In 1969 Was Unintentionally Captured By A Documentary Team

The Circuit Mont-Tremblant race track in St. Jovite, Canada has been the scene of many memorable road racing moments but in 1969 the place gained some infamy for being home to a pair of massive...