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The Real Ultimate Driving Machine

I harp on BMW a lot. Too much, in fact. The automaker still builds machines that provide a truly engaging driving experience. The problem is though, that the lineup has less and less of that. Still, cars like the new M3 and M4 prove that BMW can still create ultimate driving …

Shipping Cars to Central Asia and Beyond

Used cars are shipped to other countries. We hold this truth to be self-evident. We all know this happens on a daily basis, but what are the cars being exported, where are they going, and what is the process like? The good people at West Coast Shipping near the Port of …

Drive Report – The 2014 Ram C/V; A surprising and versatile small cargo van…

  The small van category is a growing one, at least here in the States. Ford took a gamble, and introduced the Ford Transit Connect during the 2010 model year, and it was a rousing success. Here was a product, introduced at the right time to an eager buying public, …

Podcast: Episode 67 – The boys are back in town

For the first time in a long time, the whole crew is back together. Hosts Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong are joined by both producers, Chris Hayes and Zack Klapman. This means they dive right into what everyone has been up to, which means a wide range of car …

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Last Call- How Can I Miss Detroit Edition

Robert Emslie July 23, 2014 Last Call

Miss Detroit

The American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup is the oldest running trophy in motor sport. In 1918 the Cup was won by legendary racer, Garfield (Gar) Wood in the Curtiss V-12 powered “Miss Detroit III.” That was fitting as the race that year was held at Detroit. Wood had won the previous year in the single step hydroplane, Miss Detroit II, and would go on to win three more following his 1918 victory. All in boats made out of wood, and of spectacular beauty.

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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Craigslist Find: 1986 Volkswagen Golf

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There’s just something about a small German hatchback that makes me happy. It  could be the clean, straight lines that epitomize the 80′s econobox, or the simple, honest fun of driving an underpowered car to its limits and beyond. Around here, we call it slow car fast, and as we all know, slow car fast is fun to da max. Let’s take a look at this example, shall we? … Continue Reading

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. 

(Rob’s Note: Due to the Project Car Update Orgy, CC was preempted last week.)

Do you remember disco? No? What’s that you say, you weren’t even born when that dance craze had its heyday? Well, last time we met we looked at what kind of two-seaters had survived since the seventies, and boy, a lot have! For those of you with short memories, no memories, or suppressed memories, our chosen disco due posti is so seventies that it’ll flare your trousers, perm your hair, and crave some white lines just by looking at it. It probably needs a parental advisory notice. Before we do the time warp, let’s get this week’s quest out of the way.

Who doesn’t love a deal? Back when Saturn was a thing, someone undertook a survey to see if the brand’s buyers liked the no-hassle pricing that the brand offered. Amazingly, while the respondents praised the buying experience for its reduced stress, they mostly felt that they didn’t get a bargain due to their paying the list price and not negotiating something – anything – off the sticker. You freakin’ can’t win! Saturn is long gone, but we’re still interested in getting a bargain when buying a car and this week that’s just what I want y’all to find - the best seeming bargains the classifieds have to offer. We’re not looking for any make or model in particular, just cars and trucks that seem to be screamin’ deals.

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.

If you’re down with that, let’s go look at what the ’70s looked like… in car form!

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ preview

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[Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.]

The 24 Hours of LeMons has been in its “experimental college student” phase this year, it seems, testing out the waters of sprint racing and visiting new circuits. This weekend, the crapcan series rolls into prestigious Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, but the race format brings a twist: Rather than run a 24-hour race or a two-session race, LeMons will run a non-stop 14-hour race—”Doing Time in Joliet“—Saturday with the checkered flag at midnight. Additionally, Autobahn’s setup includes a North, South, and Full Course layout. The last four races at Autobahn have run the South Course. This race will run the same, except at the race’s halfway point (5 p.m. local), track workers will reconfigure the circuit to add on the 3.56-mile Full Course. LeMons at Autobahn has experienced pretty much a 50/50 split in terms of having foul weather and early-week forecasts call for a 30 percent chance of rain over the weekend.

Most importantly for our readers, this LeMons correspondent will spend Friday and Saturday in BS Inspection and the Penalty Box, respectively, as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court. With the (Dis)Honorable Murilee Martin manning the gavel  at his 100th race (!) and judicial newcomer/radial-engine-Toyota-MR2 (above) builder Marc Labranche co-judging, this should allow me to post live updates to Hooniverse again as the race unfolds. Intriguing setup for a great LeMons race? Almost certainly. Read on after the jump for the details.

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Hooniverse Asks- What Car or Truck do you Hate to Admit is Really Okay?

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Do you have a brother in law, you know, the guy who is boning your sister? Do you ever stop and think that, when you think about it,  he’s not really that bad a guy, even though he’s defiling your sibling – his wife- on a regular basis? That’s the kind of introspection I’m looking for today.

Cars are like brothers-in-law. Some are cool and you don’t mind including them at the table at family gatherings. Others are… well, let’s not beat around the bush here, Satan’s spawn. Of course when it comes to cars and trucks you don’t have to break bread with the ones you don’t like, you just formulate negative opinions of their drivers when you see them on the road.

Sometimes however, we misjudge both relations by marriage, and cars. Those are the ones that we’re interested in today – not the relations, we all know they still suck – but the cars that perhaps didn’t make the best first impression. What are those cars or trucks that you hate to admit you don’t like, but are really okay?

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Last Call- Tractor Pull Me In Edition

Robert Emslie July 22, 2014 Last Call

Tractor

You’ve seen hot rods, and rat rods, and hot rats, and whatnot, but have you ever seen a hot-rodded tractor? This is possibly the most amazing Ford tractor I’ve ever seen, and I’ll bet that after seeing it, there’s no way they’re going to keep you down on the farm.

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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V.I.S.I.T.: Two Wheel Tuesday: A Lovely Cafe Racer

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Now, this olelongrooffan does not hesitate to admit that I know nearly nothing about motorcycles, although I am learning more every week thanks to a certain Hoon contributor who is providing that knowledge to all of we Hoons. But, having said that, I do recognize something special when I see a certain two wheeled ride. And this was one of those times.

I don’t have a lot to offer on the specifics of this except that is a Honda and another image seen after the jump.

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The Carchive – The DeTomaso Pantera L

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Some time in the late ’90s, I wrote to the exotic sports car manufacturer DeTomaso and asked for a Pantera brochure. I wanted to get something as a present for my brother, as in those days I did do some Haininging myself, and as a result there’s a few brochures taking up Expedit space in my apartment even today. Back then, I was very fond of the Pantera and the ’90s DeTomaso products that were slowly churned out really caught my attention.

Weeks or months later, the brochure arrived in the mail. Surprise! It was an older brochure from the early ’70s, when the Pantera initially came out under the watchful eye of the Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the first batches, after being introduced in the 1970 New York Motor Show. My 15 years of not-too-careful admiring have torn the four-page leaflet in two, but it’s definitely scannable – and that’s what I did to hi-jack the Carchive slot for today.

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Review: 2014 Seat Ibiza FR 140; Poetry in Auto Emoción?

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Appearing at Millbrook where I spent a day at,
Was this little red hatchback manufactured by SEAT,
This motoring journalist lark that I play at,
Was an excuse to take it for a spin.

From it’s antecedent some thirty years back,
The Ibiza’s evolved to a meal from a snack.
Let us check its development, is it on the right track?
Take the jump, there are more words within.

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The GM Firebird III- An Experiment For Yester-Year

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Considering that at present the company can’t seem to even get something as simple as an ignition switch right, it’s hard to fathom that General Motors was once a hotbed of advanced technological study and innovative design. This GM film from 1958 highlights this fact in describing both the design and feature set of the Firebird III show car. This was the last of the Motorama cars to carry the Firebird name – which GM would reuse just shy of a decade later on a production Pontiac – and as you will see is a tour de force of advanced design and a test bed for a number of forward-thinking automotive concepts. The film also highlights why auto company execs are perhaps not the best on-camera talent.

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