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The Drift Chronicles: The Other Side… Rivalries

It’s a new season of Formula Drift, which means it’s a new season of… The Drift Chronicles! This time we’ve teamed up more closely with our friend The Drift Idiot (AKA Sam) to bring you a look at the other side of drifting. Last season ended with Michael Essa taking …

Podcast: Episode 55 – We’re Talking About Racing with Justin Wilson

IndyCar and Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson joins Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong in the podcast palace. The chatter dives right into the world of motorsports, of which Justin is a prominent figure. He’s won at nearly every level in which he’s competed, and he’s now gunning for …

Review: 2014 Chevrolet SS
A last dash for Aussie gold

We look upon the Australian automotive offerings with jealous delight. There are coupes, wagons, and sedans that we’d love to put in our own garages. Don’t even get me started on Utes… It’s not often that a bit of Oz awesomeness makes it Stateside though, and that’s because the idea …

Review: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E
Supercharged and Turbocharged

Remember the 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R? Of course, how could anyone not. The boxy performance sedan had just enough appearance cues to be ignored by the masses and adored by its fans. With 243hp it ran 0-60mph sprint in mid-five second range and it pulled almost 0.90g on the skidpad, its performance surpassed those …

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Last Call- Sorry Perhaps, But Ahead of You, Edition

Robert Emslie April 16, 2014 Last Call

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The Redditor who snapped  the above pic claimed that the sticker on this – what is that, a Jeep Liberty? – made him feel like an A-hole for driving close enough to read it. I applaud its creativity and say that should you put diatribes on the back of your car you run the risk of getting pinged in traffic from avid readers.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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2014 NYIAS: Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW M3, and other sports cars

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show is… kind of a snoozer. There really isn’t anything that we haven’t seen before, nothing earth shattering, nothing amazing. Or perhaps we’re just jaded, I’m not sure. This is the reason why we’re going to look at some sporty vehicles which we’ve seen before, but that are worth a second look. 

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘The Cure for Gingervitis’ preview

Eric Rood April 16, 2014 All Things Hoon

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After nearly a month off, the 24 Hours of LeMons returns for an Easter weekend soirée—”The Cure for Gingervitis“—at Gingerman Raceway near South Haven, Michigan. Gingerman has hosted LeMons more a half-dozen times and the story from each race, more often than not, is the weather. April races regularly dwell in the pretty-dang-close-to-freezing temperature range and snow has fallen  least twice. Early week weather forecasts predict high temperatures in the 40s and 50s, which would seem balmy if rain wasn’t also expected.

Regardless, this faithful scribe attend as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court and will post live updates on this very site throughout the weekend much as I did at Road America. This is, of course, contingent on the ability to connect to Internet in rural Southwest Michigan, so if that goes awry, look for updates via Twitter and Facebook with a summary post here each evening. The full unofficial entry list can be found here, but let’s get down to the racers.

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Thread the Needle!

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

Throwback Thursday is tomorrow, but try telling that to the Bonneville’s salt flats racers. They live in a never ending #tbt, a consistent, era-less state of motorsport. That’s hardly a bad thing. If you’ve been paying attention the last few weeks, you’d of already noticed that I don’t play good and bad. For me, quality is shades of grey, no not those shades of grey, get your mind out of the gutter, this is highbrow automotive journalism. Well, it was last week. This week we’re going low-brow, we’re going to talk about “retro”.

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The Drift Chronicles: The Other Side… Rivalries

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It’s a new season of Formula Drift, which means it’s a new season of… The Drift Chronicles! This time we’ve teamed up more closely with our friend The Drift Idiot (AKA Sam) to bring you a look at the other side of drifting. Last season ended with Michael Essa taking the overall win… with some controversy, and it’s setup the new season to see some rivalry drama unfold.

In this episode of The Drift Chronicles, we examine rivalries between Chris Forsberg and Michael Essa, Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin Jr., and also the rivalry between the drivers… and the walls.

Click on down past the jump to take in an all-new season of The Drift Chronicles.

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Podcast: Episode 55 – We’re Talking About Racing with Justin Wilson

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IndyCar and Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson joins Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong in the podcast palace. The chatter dives right into the world of motorsports, of which Justin is a prominent figure. He’s won at nearly every level in which he’s competed, and he’s now gunning for a strong showing in the 2014 Indy season.

Eventually we talk about some non racing bits, including the NSX, which Jeff can’t stop talking about. 

If you’re a fan of motorsports, this will be our greatest podcast episode ever. If you’re not, it’s still pretty damn awesome.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Surf’s up, and so were the surfers’ rides last week. We’ll catch that wave in a minute, but first, this week’s quest.

Do you have an aspirational marque? You know, one that you say once you reach a certain level of financial attainment you will own no matter what? Has that goal had to be re-set as other finical responsibilities intruded upon your dreams? That’s usually how people end up with what we’re looking for today, which is the world’s least-desirable exotics. That’s right, this week let’s find all the Maserati BiTurbos, Chrysler TCs, Ferrari Mondials and automatic-equipped 400s we can. Is there a Porsche or Mercedes model that you think just never seemed at home in their respective family? Let’s see those too.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. Make the jump to see the coolest board buggy.

NYIAS 2014: All The Mazda Miatas!

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Mazda, for some reason, thinks that auto journos like Miatas, so they have brought to the New York Auto Show almost every significant Miata they have ever made. From the original stripped out 1990 model with steel wheels to race cars, tuner cars, and concept cars. 

All pictures after the jump, including one of Jeff being a little too happy. My favorite is still the coupe concept from the mid-90s. There is no sign of the all-new ND Miata, which is disappointing. 

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Wagon Wednesday: Volkswagen Passat W8 Wagon

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I was out perusing Craigslist again (when will I learn?), and stumbled upon quite the rarity: a manual-transmission-equipped Passat W8 wagon. For the longest time, I was convinced that these were a myth, a Teutonic creature created to strike awe and fear into our hearts. Well, my heart may not fear it, but my wallet sure does. 

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Hooniverse asks- What do you Think is the World’s Most Famous Car?

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I’ve never wanted to be rich and famous, I’d rather be rich and anonymous. Truth be told, I have so many ne’er-do-well relations that any financial windfall would be followed by a tsunami of requests for loans never to be repaid, much like the situation faced by Bruce Dern’s character in the movie Nebraska. Sometimes however, fame – or perhaps in those instances it’s just plain notoriety – is offered without the asking, and there’s not much that can be done about that.

In the automotive world there have been more famous cars and marques than your can shake a dipstick at, although their growth in number seems to have slowed in the past couple of decades or so. Still, even today, a full century and change after the birth of the automobile, cars like the Tesla continue to make a name for themselves.

Which of those – across all the decades of the automobile’s venerated days – do you think is the world’s most famous? Is is Ford’s Model T, which put America behind the, albeit spindly, wheel? Or maybe it’s the Volkswagen Type 1, engineered by Ferdinand Porsche and intended to do for Germany what the Ford did for the U.S.? Yesterday we wanted your take on the world’s most famous motorcycle, and as logic would have it, today we want your take on the same question involving four-wheeled transport. What do you think is the world’s most famous car?

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