46 episodes

The Dork-O-Motive Podcast hosted by Brian Lohnes is a research driven, story fueled, mechanically stoked look at the machines, people, and history that make up the modern mechanical world. Whether it's the stories of the men and women who have done amazing things in racing, the machines that roar around tracks and shape the Earth, or some bizarre mechanized history, Dork-O-Motive is here to bring you the story in a fun, well-researched, and informative way!

The Dork-O-Motive Podcast Brian Lohnes

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The Dork-O-Motive Podcast hosted by Brian Lohnes is a research driven, story fueled, mechanically stoked look at the machines, people, and history that make up the modern mechanical world. Whether it's the stories of the men and women who have done amazing things in racing, the machines that roar around tracks and shape the Earth, or some bizarre mechanized history, Dork-O-Motive is here to bring you the story in a fun, well-researched, and informative way!

    4.3 The Greatest Race You've Never Heard Of: A History of Bahamas Speed Week 1954-1966

    4.3 The Greatest Race You've Never Heard Of: A History of Bahamas Speed Week 1954-1966

    Every winter for 13 years between 1954 and 1966 the greatest sports cars as well as the greatest sports car drivers in the world would gather in the Bahamas for what may well have been the coolest racing event in history. 
    10 days of partying, racing, hanging out on the beach, and enjoying life with some of the world's greatest stars is just as awesome as you think it is. Racers like Stirling Moss, AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Phil Hill, Masten Gregory, Roger Penske, Carrol Shelby and others showed up year in and year out to battle for the money and glory in the world's coolest cars. 
    The first ever 427 Cobra race car debuted at this event, Duntov brought the Gran Sport Corvettes, Ferrari, Porsche, and on and on it goes. 
    The history is interesting, led by a tyrant named Red Crise the event was his idea and with a unique combo of an iron fist on one side and a velvet gloved Baronet's hand on the other, he made magic. 
    This is the fantastic story of Bahamas Speed Week. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    4.2 The Wild History Of INDOOR Drag Racing In Chicago During The 1960s!

    4.2 The Wild History Of INDOOR Drag Racing In Chicago During The 1960s!

    During three winters in the 1960s, hot rodders in Chicago had the unique opportunity to do something no one has been able to do before or since. They went drag racing indoors. The didn't just do it once or twice, they did it weekly. How? Where? Why? Who put it together? 
    The story actually begins in the 1930s and the indoor drag strip followed go kart racing, midget car racing, even a road course indoors! The promoter, a man named Bill Schade is a story in and unto himself. 
     
    This is a story of the city of Chicago, a brilliant promoter, and a hot rodding culture starved for action in the winter. Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    4.1 Drag Racing's Darkest Day: The 1969 Yellow River Drag Strip Disaster

    4.1 Drag Racing's Darkest Day: The 1969 Yellow River Drag Strip Disaster

    In early March of 1969, the single worst disaster in the history of American motorsports took place at a small, virtually unknown drag strip in rural Georgia. Yellow River Drag Strip was the scene of horror as a funny car flew off the racing surface and into the unprotected crowd. A dozen people died and scores were injured. 
     
    In this episode of the Dork-O-Motive podcast, we tell the story in every way possible. The history of the track, the history of the poeple involved, the immediate aftermath of the incident, how it changed motorsports in America, and so much more. 
     
    This is a bleak day for racing and one that carried with it very, very significant consequences. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    3.7 Origin Story: How Stock Car Racing Was Born In Los Angeles Circa 1934!

    3.7 Origin Story: How Stock Car Racing Was Born In Los Angeles Circa 1934!

    You think you know, but you have no idea. Stock car racing in the United States was born in the south, but not the south you are think of. On this episode of the Dork-O-Motive podcast, host Brian Lohnes tells the story of the first true stock car race as we know it in America, the 1934 Mines Field Gilmore Cup race. 
    The greatest stars of racing were gathered to compete against one another in "stock" automobiles. There was cheating, there was a wild promoter, and there was more star power in one place than the racing world had ever seen. 
    Learn the full story of how this race changed American motorsports and understand how deadly, daring, and downright dangerous auto racing was in this era. Loads of research, period materials, and information was gathered for this exhaustive look at a race that truly changed the world. 

    • 1 hr 32 min
    3.6: Consumed: The First Ferris Wheel and How It Ruined The Life Of George Washington Ferris

    3.6: Consumed: The First Ferris Wheel and How It Ruined The Life Of George Washington Ferris

    What if I told you that the first Ferris wheel, built in 1893 was 265ft tall, powered by a 1,000hp steam engine, and carried 2,160 people at the same time! George Washington Gale Ferris is the man who engineered this marvel and the man who's name is synonymous with this ever-present attraction at fairs and amusement parks.
     
    What if I told you that the machine simultaneously made Ferris a world-wide celebrity while destroying his life. This is a story with so many twists and turns you'll hardly believe it. 
    It is a fascinating look at the way engineering and the American spirit converged in the late 1800s to help the fledgling country arrive on the world stage and how anyone, even someone as smart as Ferris can become obsessed to the point of destruction in their personal and professional pursuits. 
     
    Did Ferris steal the idea? Where did it come from, anyway? How was it HIM that got the glory? All those questions and the amazing size of the machine are all covered here!

    • 2 hr 50 min
    3.5: Cold War Crushers: The Awesome History of The Air Force Heavy Press Program

    3.5: Cold War Crushers: The Awesome History of The Air Force Heavy Press Program

    The US Air Force Heavy Press program, executed between 1950 and 1957 is one of the most incredible industrial achievements in history. After identifying a huge technology gap at the end of WWII, the government worked with private industry to create the world’s most extensive network of heavy press capability.

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
358 Ratings

358 Ratings

Bonn7142 ,

Additave

Really interesting, great presentation, keep them coming.

Apostolic4Life ,

Excellent material!

Just finished the show about the Ferris wheel, fascinating! I have learned so much listening to these well-researched podcasts.

88starquest5.0 ,

Unmatched!

This is soul food for your ears. Brian has a way of bringing you along for the ride as he tells some of the most interesting stories in history. Thank you for this, long time fan, can’t wait for more.

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