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Podcast: Episode 84 – Colossus Blazer Action (w/ guest Daniel Cudmore)

Our guest today is Daniel Cudmore. He’s a rather tall actor who hails from Canadia, and you’ve seen him recently as Colossus in three of the past X-Men films. Cudmore also happens to love cars, which means he’s ONE OF US. His automotive past includes a handful of Subarus, two …

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R: An enthusiast becomes a family man

Getting older means making changes in your life. You marry the person you love, you start a family, and you have to make changes. One of those changes might mean selling your beloved car for something a bit more practical. There are a handful of automakers that understand that this …

Key Lago Go Drifto (w/ Guest Carlos Lago)

Carlos Lago is a man who drives man amazing machines… but the one that is currently providing him the most thrills happens to be his own project Nissan 240SX. That’s because it has a LS3 crate motor that’s making 430 horsepower. His car is fast, and it enjoys going fast …

Dodge Charger Hellcat: Insanity Contained… Barely

707 horsepower. We’re not talking about some ultra-exotic hypercar made by hand in some shop in a country you’ve never been visited. This is a four-door, five-passenger sedan from Dodge. This is the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, and it might be the most insane vehicle on the planet simply for …

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Last Call- DUB and DUBBER Edition

Robert Emslie November 28, 2014 Last Call

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Have to say that not everything we saw at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show was drop-dead gorgeous. Point in fact, this Aston Martin Rapide, which was placed front and center in the DUB Garage corral, had a face only a mother could love. It’s hard to say how one could mess up what is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful cars, but well, there you have it.

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. 

Image: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Beaterland in Deutschland – Turning 30 in a BMW E30

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As an individual born in late November, 1984, I turned 30 last week. Fanfares, accolades, confetti, all of them successfully softened the blow of reaching my fourth decade. It even gets quite cold and dark here in Finland around this time, so the only hasty choice I could do was to turn back the advancement of autumn just a touch, and book tickets to Germany, as it’s just a touch warmer there. As it happens, they also have legendary racetracks and cheap(er) cars there, along with seriously cheap beer, so it didn’t take a long time for me to jump on the Boeing and make my way to Düsseldorf.

To look at cars, one needs a car. This was the bottom line for my friend Joe, who picked me up in the titular BMW; he’s planning to buy a cheap, frugal runabout or a project Datsun Z or something in between. It’s not clear yet what he’ll be getting, but the actual going-to-look-at-cars will happen in this slightly patinated 1988 BMW 318i saloon. It was loaned to him by the excellent fellow who bought the pea soup coloured Zastava, and as he had also recently bought a gold Subaru wagon the BMW was free to be lent on.

So, there I was, luggage dumped into the steel blue BMW’s trunk, the top of my head touching the headliner of the sunroof-equipped car. This was to be a pretty decent weekend.

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On The Road With This olelongrooffan: Let’s Cruise The Loop, Shall We?

LongRoofian November 28, 2014 All Things Hoon

IMG_2684 So after having spent the last few days roadtripping it around the upper parts of the Sunshine State, this day this olelongrooffan hung around the Birthplace of Speed to see what could be seen. While there are a trailer loads of cool ass cars in town for the Turkey Rod Run, and already hanging out at BelAire Plaza, I wasn’t quite ready to immerse myself in that experience just yet, after all it is a long weekend ahead. No, this olelongrooffan just cruised around and, in my typical fashion, stumbled upon this pretty sweet longroof over on the always cool Carswell Avenue down in Daytona Beach. Click on through to see what that has to do with the Cruising The Loop. … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers: Aftermarket Fender Flares

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My name is Scott and it is on these pages that I wage my lonely battle. The battle, that is, against aftermarket fender flares. Sadly, this may not be a popular opinion, but lets take a look at a couple of examples of vehicles that look better as-produced than they do with random stuff screwed to their sides. (By the way, all vehicles fall into this category.)

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie November 28, 2014 Mystery Car

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Today is known as Black Friday, the traditional day-after Thanksgiving shopping frenzy that is the unofficial start of the Holiday shopping season. That’s of course for everybody who is not otherwise occupied by football or tryptophan-induced food comas.

I’m assuming that, if you’re reading this right now, then you’re not shopping until you’re dropping. Good for you. This is far more fun and at least as rewarding. All you need to do is identify the above ride, including its make, model, year-range, and likely engine. Then let the unbridling consumerism begin!

Image: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1990-96 Infiniti Q45

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to show that obscure muscle cars can come from the land of the rising sun. The Japanese Automakers were exploring the possibility of introducing flagship models to North America for years. Their attempts with up-scale models within their model range was met with tepid sales. Cars like the Toyota Crown and Cressida, and the Datsun (Nissan) 810 Maxima were never though of as true competitors to the European Luxury Cars of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar. All that was about to change in the 1987 model year when Honda introduced their flagship models under an entirely new brand called Acura, and the Legend would lead the charge. Toyota soon entered the Luxury Market with their return salvo in the form of Lexus, and their flagship – the LS400 – that went on sale in the States on September of 1989. Nissan was not to be left out of this arena, and made ready a version of their home market President for North American consumption. They also went for a new upscale name to market the new Luxury Performance sedan. Introducing the Infiniti Q45, and it’s the subject of this installment of the Obscure Muscle Car Garage.
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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Best Mini Off-roader?

Robert Emslie November 28, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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With only 22-hp available from its minuscule 499-cc Fiat 500 mill and rear-wheel drive only, the ’60s Ferves Ranger isn’t really a viable off-roader, but it’s just so dang cute, that it really should have been. Today here in the States at least we’re denied the little off-roaders we once had in numbers. In fact, most of the companies that produced them have packed up and gone home. That doesn’t mean however that they didn’t leave a bunch of fun trail tramps in the wake of their leaving.

When new the Suzuki Samurai was seen as either a bit of a joke – owing to its size, or a danger – owing to its intrinsic handling properties. Neither of those considerations played much in buyers minds apparently as the Samurai initially sold in pretty solid numbers. Well enough at least for Daihatsu to take a stab at the U.S. market with their very similar Rocky. Suzuki followed the Samurai with the larger and more refined Sidekick which ended up also being sold as a Geo and Chevy of the course of its life here.

Today, used Samurai can command pretty substantial prices, and while the Rocky doesn’t seem to be as popular it’s still intriguing when one comes on the market. As does the larger but also somewhat diminutive Isuzu Rodeo two-door. Do you think these little off and on-roaders are as cool as I do? If so, what do you think would be the best one to pick up?

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Last Call – Thankful for all things automotive…

Jeff Glucker November 27, 2014 All Things Hoon

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I’m thankful this week. I’m thankful that I’m driving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon for review (video coming in a month or so). I’m thankful that my own 1984 Benz wagon is inching closer to the road. I checked on it yesterday, and the floor and trans tunnel are welded back into place with the engine and trans bolted into the car.

I’m thankful that the Internet exists as a medium for folks who love cars to share their passion. Take the above image for instance. I found it while browsing Reddit. It’s a drawing done by a Redditor named Draws_Your_Car and I think it’s excellent.

I’m thankful that I have this site to share my own love of cars with all of you. I’m thankful I also have the podcast and our growing YouTube channel as well.

Finally… I’m thankful that the mashed potatoes I’m watching boil on the stove are almost done. That means my wife and I can go to our friends house in Costa Mesa, start drinking and eating like insane people, and then jump in his pool, because it’s 75 degrees here in Orange County today.

Thanks to all of you for reading today.

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A Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkey – 2014 Opel Astra ecoFLEX Wagon

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My forays into the world of brand new cars do not come often. I was awaken from my beater status quo by the realization that the current J-generation Opel Astra doesn’t have a long shelf life any more, as it is scheduled to be replaced in 2016-ish.

Right now, the dealers offer attractive deals on already affordable cars: 1,9% financing and even “Bring your road legal penalty box and we’ll value it at 3000 eur” kind of trades, via some networks. Adaptive headlights, 17″ wheels and punchier 140hp engine come into play, with the end price hovering somewhere around 21 000 eur for a five-door version. Since I don’t instantly retreat into the woods when Opel is casually mentioned, I decided to trot over to the local dealer and try out a BROWN MANUAL WAGON. Did I shout that out loud?

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A Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkey – The LearAvia Lear Fan 2100 Executive Aircraft (aka: The Flying DeLorean)

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Here at the Hooniverse we write about many diverse forms of transportation, from Motorcycles, to Heavy Duty Trucks. However, I think this is the first time that we have discussed a passenger plane (except for the occasional Last Call Feature), and this particular aircraft is one that was both advanced and yet troubled at the same time. This is the story of the innovative LearAvia Lear Fan 2100 Executive Aircraft, and how this particular venture shares a great deal with another early 80’s innovative venture, the DeLorean. So sit back and relax, and let me tell you about a true Thanksgiving Turkey in the form of an advanced aircraft, and how the British Government was duped into funding this project…

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