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Review: 3M Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit

If you have a car or truck with plastic headlamp covers then you know that their inevitable yellowing with age is both an aesthetic and a safety issue. You could spend hundreds having a dealer or bodyshop gouge you with their “headlight rejuvenation service,” or with a product like the 3M …

False Neutral #47: Geeking Out on Two-Strokes

Despite the lede image, we only say a couple of words about the Alpha BMW …but it was too cool a shot not to include!   Mark Atkinson is back as our guest this week, at his suggestion. We delve into the dying star that is the two-stroke motorcycle world, …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 174 – Heavy Petting W/ Matt Adair

This week on C&T, Jason is off enjoying Valentines day with his wife while Cam and Brad hang out with Matt Adair. Matt is a fully accomplished car dude with experience in LeMons racing, off road crazy stuff like King of Hammers, and recently completed a lengthy road trip in …

Podcast: Episode 191 – Muy Bueno!

Friends of the show Jonathon Klein and Jason Connor join Chris and myself in the studio. We talk about the recent DWA Coastal Range Rally, which Connor attended with his Ford Focus ST. Klein tells us about driving the Scarbo F1 replica car, which sounds amazing. Additionally, there’s some news …

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Hooniverse Goes to a Fundraiser with BMW Race Cars, Axe-Throwing, and Flat Bill Riley

If you’ve never been to a 24 Hours of LeMons race, you might not know that most race’s have a charity associated with the event. The charity occasionally affords teams the ability to donate to the charity to get themselves out of an unfortunate penalty while doing some good. It was through one of these races that I met Jill Swanson Peltier, a cancer survivor who founded Lemons of Love to give out care packages to patients undergoing chemotherapy. When LOL held its annual fundraiser—featuring a number of BMW race cars and outdoorsy activities like axe-throwing—last weekend, I decided to check it out and give some money to a good cause.

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Review: 3M Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit

If you have a car or truck with plastic headlamp covers then you know that their inevitable yellowing with age is both an aesthetic and a safety issue. You could spend hundreds having a dealer or bodyshop gouge you with their “headlight rejuvenation service,” or with a product like the 3M Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit you could easily and quickly do it yourself, at a fraction of the cost.

Full disclosure: 3M wanted me to test their Headlight Restoration Kit so much that they sent me a sample. I just so happened to have a car that was in need.

The question is however, could a DIY kit do an acceptable job, or is it just a hold-off of the inevitable big money outlay? Let’s have a look at the job it does, and what it entails, after the jump. … Continue Reading

Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie February 23, 2017 Thursday Trivia

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 brand had the best selling station wagon in the U.S. in 1948?

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The DFL Show: Episode 41 – Your Neighbors Already Hated You

It’s Eric, Stef, and Joel around to talk shop this week. Brad’s sick, so you get an Eric Host. There isn’t a whole lot of news to talk about, but a bit of Daytona stuff and some racing news elsewhere with new driver signings and other drivers retiring. Then there are a couple rounds of Twenty Questions, a few awards, and we’re out of here. 


The DFL Show – Your Neighbors Already Hated You

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Hooniverse Asks: What Boring Car Had the Coolest Wheels?

Robert Emslie February 23, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

In the culinary world catsup can cover a multitude of flavoring sins. When it comes to cars, sometimes it’s hard to get excited, and in a day and age when performance mods are either illegal or highly expensive, sometimes you need a little catsup of your own. That’s where wheels come in. One of the most easily alterable parts of a car—owing to their literal bolt-on nature—wheels have gone a long way in sprucing up what otherwise could be construed as a boring car.

They don’t have to be aftermarket wheels either. In fact, what some call “rims” are one of the primary ways that manufacturers have gotten us all to ignore other aspects of tepid cars. What we want to know today is your opinion on which of those tepid cars had the coolest wheels. Also, ignore that man behind the curtain!

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Last Call: There’s no “i” in Tire Edition

Robert Emslie February 22, 2017 Last Call

I have come to the realization that my knowledge of tire brands and models is sorely lacking. It’s also dawned on me that the idea of other companies jumping on the Apple i-something bandwagon is getting seriously tiring. Bring those two disparate elements together and you have my confusion/resignation at the sight of iMove® tires on a Tahoe sitting next to me at that gas station. It turns out that iMove® tires are actually a recently introduced model of tire from the Ironman® brand—which I’ve also never heard of—from Hercules Tires, which… yep you guessed it, is also new to me. Luckily, now iKnow.

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 Crapshoot

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

Last week we went looking for the oldest new cars the classifieds can offer. Just like fish and guests some cars stay around stinking up a dealership since nobody else seems to want them. We’ll see what’s old news in just a sec, but first this week’s challenge.

This being Presidents Week and there being no cars named for Washington, what we want are the best deals in Lincolns you can find. I know the marque has been on the ropes for some time, but boy did they build some wonderful iron in the past. Let’s see which measures up to Honest Abe’s standards.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

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Hooniverse Asks: Have You Ever Gotten Into The Wrong Car Thinking It Was Yours?

Robert Emslie February 22, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Okay, so this happened to a work friend of my wife’s years ago when she was cashiering at a grocery store. Her friend walked out to his car after having finished his shift. It was dark by then and he was a bit beat from having put in his daily eight. He got in his Mazda RX7 and as he was preparing to buckle the seat belt he noticed belongings in the passenger seat that weren’t there when he left the car that morning. Checking out the rest of the car he started noticing other discrepancies—a tape in the cassette deck that he didn’t use, a parking sticker on the windscreen, etc.—and realized this wasn’t his car.

He got out and looked around. To his surprise, he discovered that his car was in fact parked directly behind the car he had just been in, and that miraculously they were virtual twins. The wildest part of this story? The cars were both locked and, owing the wear on the locks, his key fit them both.

So, has anything like that ever happened to you?

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Last Call: Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Edition

Robert Emslie February 21, 2017 Last Call

Two wheeling with a best friend is great, doing so with a best friend that can engage attacking enemy biplanes is even better.

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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Aston Martin Shows F1 Pride with Red Bull Racing Edition Vantage

Greg Kachadurian February 21, 2017 All Things Hoon

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have been enjoying an “innovation partnership” for the last few years, and quite frankly, so have we. While the once dominant F1 team isn’t racing with V12s and British Racing Green paint in competition (though it would be cool), their best minds did come together to create the AM-RB 001 which is still under development.

Today though, Aston Martin revealed the Red Bull Racing Edition V8 and V12 Vantage S to help cheer on their BFFs ahead of the 2017 F1 season. If you’re the kind of F1 fan that does a shoey every time Ricciardo wins, here’s your Aston.

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