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1970 Porsche 911: Understanding the Love Affair

I didn’t completely understand the unadulterated love plied upon the Porsche 911. I know that it’s a supposed to be a pure driving machine. I know that it’s a precise instrument for a skilled enthusiast. I know that I still didn’t fully “get it”. Now it’s time for me to …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 56 – So Very Sickened

Jason was off seeking fortune and fame on the regular old Hooniverse podcast, so Cam and Brad had to carry the torch without him. It’s still a good episode though. We don’t need him… This episode’s topics include: The three Ds (drinks, desk, and driving music), we discuss /Drive+, the …

Driver on Driver: Episode 1 – Chris Forsberg

Presenting the first episode of Driver on Driver. Hosted by our friend Sam Nalven (aka Drift Idiot). Sam will interview different drivers each week as the 2015 Formula Drift Season rolls along. Up first? Machete owner and 2014 FD Champion Chris Forsberg

Mmm-Mmm Good? The BMW M4

BMW has been on an… interesting path the last few years. They still occasionally toss out that “Ultimate Driving Machine” but their lineup suggests they should consider going with something else. Still, there are a few models that pop up and seem poised to stir the soul. The M4 is …

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Last Call: Hooniversal Joint Edition

Robert Emslie May 29, 2015 Last Call

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Universal joints are mesmerizing in action, but as you can see from the animation above, they are no constant velocity joint!

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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The Carchive: The 1992 Dodge Collection

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It’s time once again to dive head first into the automotive kitchen dustbin of the past, rummage through the vegetable peelings of time and uncover another lost mouldy potato of history. Welcome back to The Carchive

Last time we pondered on the almost unimaginable grandeur and luxury enjoyed by the owner of a Vanden-Plas 1500. Today we head forward in time to only twenty-three years ago to have a look at what Dodge could offer us in 1992.

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Outsider’s Perspective: The Gearhead consumer paradox

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I feel your pain in the Hooniverse, I too shed a tear when Nissan went ahead and confirmed that the Nissan IDx was dead. Not just dead dead but “dead as a disco-music-loving vampire who got staked through the heart in 1980” dead. Deader than “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”. Deader than any chance of a sequel to L.A Noire that addresses all the plot holes. That dead.

But if we’re honest, even if it had been greenlit, we wouldn’t have bought it.

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The Awesome Rides of M2 Incorporated

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M2 Incorporated was created as a subsidiary of Mazda in an effort to create some nice enthusiast models.  The “CobraSter” concept was the biggest departure from the base Miata of the time but the models that actually got produced and sold were interesting in their own right.  The 3 models that made it to the showroom offered a mixture of performance upgrades and appearance improvements which make them highly sought after in Japan.  Many of these models will soon hit the 25 year mark so we might start seeing them on our shores as well.

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The News for May 29th, 2015

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept proves BMW can’t do retro

  • Ford Shelby GT350 pricing guides leaked, are mostly accurate

  • Nissan’s third 24 Hours of Le Mans entry will feature iconic 80’s livery

  • Lamborghini confirms production of a new SUV

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

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They used to say that April showers bring May flowers, but I don’t know about that as here we are almost at the end of May and it’s still raining every now and then, and nobody’s brought me any flowers.

We won’t rain on your parade should you correctly discern the identity of this week’s Mystery Car candidate. That’s of course if you give us both the make and model. Otherwise, you’re just all wet.

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1970 Porsche 911: Understanding the Love Affair

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I didn’t completely understand the unadulterated love plied upon the Porsche 911. I know that it’s a supposed to be a pure driving machine. I know that it’s a precise instrument for a skilled enthusiast. I know that I still didn’t fully “get it”.

Now it’s time for me to understand, and I’m not getting my Porsche 911 education by way of the latest and greatest that Stuttgart has to offer. Instead, we’re taking the harder route with a 1970 Porsche 911.

This harder route takes us to the always wonderful Angeles Crest Highway, and to a place where Porsche discovery can happen.

It turns out the harder route is actually the quickest way to make me understand why everyone loves the Porsche 911.

[Many thanks to John the owner for supplying us with the car, and also for snagging the oh-so-sweet drone shots.]

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 56 – So Very Sickened

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Jason was off seeking fortune and fame on the regular old Hooniverse podcast, so Cam and Brad had to carry the torch without him. It’s still a good episode though. We don’t need him…

This episode’s topics include: The three Ds (drinks, desk, and driving music), we discuss /Drive+, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Mustang GT350 pricing, the Indy 500, Cam’s ex-boss going to jail, and more. Next week, Brad will be in Cleveland celebrating his impending betrothal, and will be podcasting from Cam’s house. Jason should join us with discussion of the recent Motor Press Guild event, so if you have any questions about that, post them below, and we’ll try to get them answered for you.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – So Very Sickened


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Hooniverse Asks: What Production Car was the Most Ahead of its Time?

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When he went back in time Marty McFly had the benefit of knowledge that no one else did. His foresight came from an unlikely source, a time machine. Other people have lacked such a performance enhancer, but still seemed to envision the future with great accuracy. Some of those people even put their visions into automotive form.

Most cars can be easily identified as being ‘ of their era.’ Wether its Fifties fins, Sixties muscle, or Seventies sadness, the automobiles made in each era – for the most part – exemplify their individual age. That’s not always the case and on occasion a car or truck arrives that defies both convention and stereotype. The prescience shown by their designers, and those who gave them loose rein proves to be astounding, and the results are often models for standards years down the road.

Today we want to know which cars and trucks you think most accurately fit this bill. What are the cars that were so ahead of their time that they either set the standard, or perhaps proved to be far out of fashion for the age.

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Last Call: Ma-Hot-Ma Gandhi Edition

Robert Emslie May 28, 2015 Last Call

India

A killer heat wave has been baking much of India with temperatures reaching as high as 118° in some areas. Not only that, but you can bet it’s not a dry heat. So far the weather has been blamed for more than 1,300 deaths. It’s also taking its toll on the infrastructure as it’s hot enough to cause the roads to soften under the load of traffic as evidenced by this intersection near Delhi.

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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