It’s Fastback Friday, which means it’s time to look at another great example of one of our favorite automotive segments – fastbacks, of course! … Continue Reading
Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This week, I’m LIVE(ish) from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show media preview bringing you the biggest stories from the show floor. Compared to the other major auto shows in America, Chicago always seems to be the most practical show of them all. There are plenty of six-figure luxury cars and carbon fiber-tubbed sports cars on display, but the actual debuts are of more modest and at least somewhat family-friendly offerings. There’s quite a bit to talk about, so let’s get to it. This week:
Happy Lincoln’s birthday everyone! Also props to Charles Darwin who was born on the same day as our sixteenth President. We’re noting the day with a very special Mystery Car contest: the Lincoln-Darwin Mystery Car! One thing I can tell you is that it’s not a Lincoln… or a Darwin.
Make and model of what it IS if you please.
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We’re back for a host-filled episode, as we’re lacking a guest this week. We had a guest lined up, but his computer asplode just a couple of hours before game time. That’s okay, though, because we had plenty to talk about among ourselves. We’ve had a bunch of really cool guests lately, but it was nice to get back to just the trio again, if only for one episode. Next week we’ll have Hooniverse News and Chicago Auto Show Attendant, Mr. Greg Kachadurian on the podcast for discussion. If you have any questions for him, please post them below.
On this week’s episode: Brad plugs his Hyundai Elantra piece, his weekly Motorsport recap posts (Mondays on Hooniverse!), and his upcoming Project Funf Zylinder series on QuattroWorld. Jason talks about filming the new CTS-V video for the Hooniverse YouTube channel, Cam bought a Dream Wheels Porsche, We discuss some Auction results from the Paris collector car auctions, and Cam helped his significant other Beth buy a new/used BMW 5-series wagon. All in all, it’s a pretty cool episode, so listen along and have fun!
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Have you ever heard of the film director Duncan Jones? He’s known for the movies Moon and Source Code. He’s also known for having a birth name that’s a little more flamboyant than Duncan Jones. You see, Duncan’s dad was David Bowie and he named his son Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. For a long time people just called him Zowie Bowie.
Names mean a lot, and while we have little control over what our parents name us—Bill Lear cruelly named one of his daughters Crystal Shanda—we do have control over where we live. Our home address speaks a lot about us, and having to address correspondence to potential employers, future in-laws, or your probation officer from someplace on Penis Street or at the corner of Inyo and Butte can perhaps reflect poorly on your prospects.
The question for today is whether or not your street name is important to you. Would you turn down a domicile if it was on a street with a stupid name?
Image: Funny Signs
It may be hard to imagine today, but Pontiac once positioned themselves as the “Bold New Car for a Bold New Generation” juxtaposing their products with, what at the time were, the trappings of the modern age: rockets, radio telescopes, and rectilinear architecture. It was a bold move.
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Image: MID-CENTURY MISKATONIC
I hope this post doesn’t get a, er, frosty reception. … Continue Reading
So a whiles back this olelongrooffan was cruising up (or is it down) the Strip here in the Music Capital of The World and spotted this ride in the parking lot of one of the literally hundreds of live music theatres along this strip. Of course I had to whip a Ueee to further check it out. While appearing to be authentic, something about this Pace Car just seemed a bit off. A cursory search of my image library failed to gather up an image of one of these similarly set up. The Z06s I have documented over the years have all been multi colored but, quite candidly, it is okay. Just the sight of it made me a bit homesick for my old stomping grounds. And the sighting of what was seen after the jump didn’t help a whole lot to diminish those feelings.
Never has a vehicle so deftly straddled the line between awesome expedition rig and sketchy homeless guy shelter on wheels. The base of this vehicle is a 1991 Dodge Ram D250 Powered by a turbo Cummins 12V Six. Atop the bed and back of the cab has been grafted the carapace of a VW camper van. Based on my wild-ass guess, it appears to be a second-generation T2 (’67-79).
At least from the outside, the graft-a-van-onto-a-truck fabrication is better than one might expect. It gives off a pretty passable giant Trekker vibe with minimally obvious seams or roof sealant overuse. The chassis is bomb-proof and now it has a lot more interior volume. Oh, but that interior…hoo-boy. Nothing screams “don’t touch” like a stained patio furniture mattress inside your custom van-like rig.
So…I actually really like this thing. You could dump most of the interior contents straight into the dumpster behind the IHOP he’s proposing to meet you at. In step two you can decide what interior finishing or racks or tie-downs (for cargo) you’d like to add. The camper tent thing is shot, but that’s a problem solved for 3-digits at GoWesty. A rear seat might be nice if you’re planning on traveling with more than one other person, as would reinstating the sliding door on the passenger side. Though, at some point you might as well just buy a Suburban or 4×4 converted van if that’s what you’re after.
The price is definitely bonkers at $5,500, but hopefully he can be brought down from there after it sits for a few months.
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 do the original Mazda Cosmo, 1991-2004 AWD Chrysler Minivans, Mitsubishi i, and the 2016 Renault Twingo all have in common?
If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you’re right! … Continue Reading