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[Hooniverse reader Smokeyburnout trucked up to Maine in the bitter cold last month to attend this event and wrote up the experience for us gracious Hoons. -Ed.]
If you’ve been online or watched TV anytime in the past few months, you’ve probably already heard about this, but winter sucks most of the time. It gets really cold outside and you have to keep going out there to un-bury all of your stuff. I spend most of my winters enviously watching videos from events like Tropheé Andros and winter stage rallies, but then in the middle of last year I found out I was missing out on a winter race within reasonable driving distance: Red Bull Frozen Rush.
It’s that time of the week again when I have the excuse to make our study and much of the upstairs landing horribly untidy as I hurl car brochures all over the place in the search for something to chronicle in our weekly trip down memory lane. And while we’re at it we can decide whether our subject matter deserves remembrance or is better forgotten. Welcome back to The Carchive.
Last week we made a trip back in time and space to England in the early ‘sixties where we took a look at the frumpy yet ahead-of-its-time Austin 1100. This time around we’re going for a bit more glamour. We’re being sent to Coventry to look at the brand new Jaguar XJS.
The problem with owning a race car is that race cars are not street legal and need to be transported to the race track. But if you’re serious about racing you will want to transport more than just your race car. For each race you will need tools, jack and stands, spare parts, and extra wheels. Then you have to deal with logistics stuff; food, drinks, water, clothes, possibly camping equipment. Anyway you look at it, it’s a lot of crap to haul to weekend race and clearly you will need a truck.
Have you seen current truck prices? You need fifty grand for a decent heavy duty pickup truck. You can save some money by buying a used and abused one, but it still isn’t cheap. Then you will need a trailer. Open trailers are cheaper and lighter but then you have to pile everything into the truck. Enclosed trailers are a cool option but that price creeps up quickly and you’ll definitely need a bigger truck.
But now there is this, and any serious budget focused team should take a long hard look at it:
It was a frigid 62-degree morning in San Diego, and I found myself on the cusp of being late for a 7am meeting. Normally I’d pray before trying to turn the key, but my MR2 had been unusually well behaved lately, and I left my holy water/glycol mix upstairs. True to its newfound form, it started promptly, and was soon zipping (ok, puttering) down the road to the office, all 112 of Toyota’s finest horsepower present and correct.
The AW11 MR2 had long been a bucket list car of mine, and after returning to San Diego from a disastrous stint with a NASCAR team, I searched high and low for a suitable example. I wanted a car close to daily-driver status, but with enough foibles to be cheap and keep me busy on weekends when I wasn’t racing. It took several weeks and four or five dead ends before I found my car, a cocaine-white 1987 model with 300,000 miles, 30 degrees of free play in the steering, and a distinctive three-cylinder warble. The seller had priced it optimistically, but he consumed an entire six-pack while I was inspecting the car, so I forked over 60% of the asking price and bolted before he changed his mind and/or found his shotgun.
Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!
This week’s question: What American car company experimented with a Porsche engine in the back of an existing front-engine model?
If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are right.
At some point I want to pick up a dreadfully cheap 928, SEL 6.9, or 8-series to revive just to see how bad it’ll be. I love simplicity, but when someone describes a vehicle as hopeless or not worth saving, I just can’t back away from the challenge. This 1987 Mercedes Benz Cosworth 190e 2.3-16V scares even me away, even as a fantasy project with a fantasy garage and fantasy time to work on it.
Approaching it in a fenced lot behind a New Jersey warehouse, we notice the lousy tint and over-sized, newer AMG monoblock wheels, typical of the suspiciously cheap aged luxury vehicle. Alas, under the hood, we’re treated to a quartet of exposed, rusted cylinder bores. Apparently the motor dropped a valve and this block isn’t salvageable. But wait! There’s still hope: the cylinder head was rebuilt and there’s a “good” block included with sale. Except that good block has surface rust and should probably be gone through by a shop. Honestly, I’d just as soon drop an Ecoboost crate motor in and call it a day.
Fine, the powertrain’s dubious, but hopefully the interior’s serviceable, right? Well, the visible 40% of the seating surfaces look pretty good, but the denuded C-pillar and missing gauge cluster leave an extra tinge of “fnck it” about the whole thing. Exterior? Rust bubbles, missing trim, oxidized paint, the usual. Oh, and those 18″ Monoblocks aren’t included, the factory wheels are and they’ve been spray painted black.
This thing checks all the “string of crappy owners in way over their heads” boxes, and just when you think the seller couldn’t do any better, he signs off with
Looking for Porsche 951. Also interested in E36 M3’s, Alfa GTV6 or similar cars.
Of course he is. Oh yeah, the price: opening at $2800, Buy-it-now of $4500. I apologize in advance for the drink you just spewed on your keyboard.
I like to think that I take good care of my cars. After all, I’ve got a bunch of them and they do represent a pretty big investment. I’m also sure that you all do the same. After all you’re here aren’t you, and that shows evidence of an interest in both cars and their upkeep. That being said, I’m sure that you, like me, have on occasion put off one or the other regular maintenance task longer than you should have. That’s just part and parcel with our busy lives.
I think the one task that I dreaded the most owing to its pain in the ass-ness was changing the spark plugs on my FWD V6 daily driver. They were supposed to go at 100K but I dragged it out an extra 10K because I didn’t look forward to pulling the intake and all the crazy vacuum hoses required to reach the back three plugs. Oh, I eventually did the deed and it all turned out okay, but it wasn’t what I’d call fun.
There are other tasks that I dread; transmission flushes, renewing brake fluid on an ABS-equipped car, and apparently cleaning all the Home Depot receipts out of my trunk being among the most hated. What about you, is there a particular maintenance task that you put off or perhaps even overlook? When was the last time you changed your car’s fuel filter? How about adjusted your headlights? Do people still adjust headlights? What do you think its often the most overlooked auto maintenance task?
Snapped outside of Memphis Tennessee in 1960, this trailer lot sign with its disembodied arm denoting the man responsible for your new trailer-including lifestyle is the kind of roadside wonder that we just don’t get to enjoy these days. Instead we’re served up brown or white vans and men in shorts delivering goods ordered over the Internet. It’s convenient, but it sure isn’t as much fun.
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Image: Vintage Everyday
The San Marino Grand Prix of 1994 is known as one of the worst weekends in all of motorsport – certainly within Formula 1. That weekend (April 29 – May 1, 1994) earned its reputation with three horrific on-track accidents that claimed the lives of two drivers and nearly claimed a third. Rubens Barrichello miraculously survived his crash on Friday, but Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna – a promising driver in his first F1 season and a legend looking for his fourth championship, respectively – did not survive theirs on Saturday and Sunday.
But that’s history we’re all very [painfully] familiar with. For now, let’s rewind a bit back to March of 1994. It’s a full day of Formula 1 testing at Imola, which in about two months will host the San Marino Grand Prix. Most teams and drivers are in attendance and they didn’t go all the way there to drive easy. And it’s all caught on glorious 90’s VHS by Georg Metz, one of many spectators who were there to soak it all in.
The video quality is obviously bad by today’s standards, but the sounds are still captured clearly and you can see well enough to pick out Barrichello, Ratzenberger, and Senna. Towards the beginning of the film, you can even see Ratzenberger and Senna driving together – through the corner where Ratzenberger was killed, no less.
For pure Formula 1 action and the heavenly sounds of a Ferrari 412T1 dive bombing into Tosa, you’re going to want to set aside eight minutes to watch this. It’s hauntingly beautiful.
[Source: Georg Metz, YouTube]
What on Earth drove me to buy this model? What possible reason could I have for wanting to dilute my otherwise spectacular and wisely chosen collection of 1:18s with a model of a vehicle that I, well, kind of hate?
I’m still struggling for an answer to this conundrum, but I’m glad I do have an Escalade EXT in my miniature garage because I can honestly say that the Good, the Bad and the Ugly are all fairly represented.