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Enthusiast’s Guide: The FIA World Endurance Championship

This weekend, the FIA will be launching their 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship in Jolly Old at the historic and heralded Silverstone circuit. The 2014 season has a lot of changes in store for the series, including new engine regs, the retirement of a legend in the form …

Review: Morgan 3 Wheeler
A love of driving… Distilled

Four wheels can be fun, and two wheels seem adventurous. Somewhere in the middle lies the Morgan 3 Wheeler. It’s essentially a bathtub connected to an X-Wedge S&S motor and a triumvirate of wheels. Inside the cockpit is a pair of quilted leather seats, a wooden steering wheel, a gear …

The Drift Chronicles: The Other Side… Rivalries

It’s a new season of Formula Drift, which means it’s a new season of… The Drift Chronicles! This time we’ve teamed up more closely with our friend The Drift Idiot (AKA Sam) to bring you a look at the other side of drifting. Last season ended with Michael Essa taking …

Podcast: Episode 55 – We’re Talking About Racing with Justin Wilson

IndyCar and Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson joins Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong in the podcast palace. The chatter dives right into the world of motorsports, of which Justin is a prominent figure. He’s won at nearly every level in which he’s competed, and he’s now gunning for …

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis’ BS Inspection

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We’re in Southwest Michigan this Easter weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ “Cure for Gingervitis” at Gingerman Raceway. In a change from the blustery conditions predicted in Hooniverse’s weekend preview, this weekend should instead find pleasant temperatures and perhaps even a weekend free of precipitation. Today, Friday, found 50 cars underwent the rigors of technical and BS inspections to place them in classes. Despite the relatively small field, the entries were full of plenty of interesting beasts. The full entry list with classes can be found here and it should provide plenty of solid racing in all three classes.

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Last Call- Out of Charge Edition

Robert Emslie April 18, 2014 Last Call

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The New York International Auto Show saw a number if significant debuts this week, including the latest iteration of Dodge’s retro-four door rocker, the Charger. The media kit shows that the car still  has a ton of retro styling cues and if that wan’t enough, they also show the infotainment system with some retro rock on the screen. I don’t know if Kick Start My Heart off of Motley Crüe’s Greatest Hits album says fresh new design or not, but I guess it could have been worse. What do you think would be some other appropriate songs for the other show debuts?

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: 1951 Henry J 4×4

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What do you get when you cross a poorly designed and marketed car with a poorly designed and marketed truck? You get one awesome car that appeals to everyone and no one at the same time. Take a look at this 1951 Henry J, with a lift kit. … Continue Reading

Enthusiast’s Guide: The FIA World Endurance Championship

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This weekend, the FIA will be launching their 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship in Jolly Old at the historic and heralded Silverstone circuit. The 2014 season has a lot of changes in store for the series, including new engine regs, the retirement of a legend in the form of Allan McNish, the return of Porsche to top-tier of international motor racing, and a bit of shuffling in the lower ranks. As the season opener is coming up in just a few day’s time, we will continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we have covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hourFormula 1, the Pirelli World Challenge, and IndyCar. This time, we’re here to discuss my personal favorite form of international racing, the FIA WEC!

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Fantasy Finds Friday: 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible
When in Texas, you best go big…

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I’m sitting at the airport in Houston at the moment, during a layover in my trip home from the New York Auto Show. Since I have a bit of time, I figure it can’t hurt to browse the local vehicles for sale on the lists of Craig and Bays of e. Since this is Texas I’m talking about, I figured I should keep my eye out for a grand vehicle in honor of Fantasy Finds Friday.

I found the one…

It’s a 1966 Lincoln Convertible, and it’s listed on eBay for sale right here in Houston. Go big or get the hell out of this state… isn’t that the saying?

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The News for April 18th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian April 18, 2014 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News - North American International Auto Show Edition (I know it says New York in the lead image)! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry which comes primarily from New York this week. No fluff, no bull, and only the cars that make the cut, which is my attention span when writing about it. This week:   

  • Aston Martin shows America love with two awesome new special editions

  • Dodge reveals updated Charger and Challenger, uses a compact as inspiration

  • Chevrolet goes wild with the C7 Z06 Convertible

  • Ford celebrates 50 years of the Mustang with a cool limited edition model

  • And more!

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 18, 2014 Mystery Car

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This week was tax week here in the U.S., meaning that many of us were scrambling to get to the post office on Tuesday evening to get our returns postmarked before the deadline. Not me however, I had my tithing completed months ago. If you’re still feeling the pain of the annual act of giving, then maybe this week’s Mystery Car contest will take your mind off of the financial loss. 

Of course, just like the IRS, we have our rules – just not quite so many of them – and so if you want to fill out your 1040MC (for Mystery Car) please remember to put the correct entries on the lines marked make, model, year-range, and likely engine. That way you won’t get a Mystery Car audit hitting you down the road.

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

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1963-65 Buick Riviera

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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 learn about different cars while doing so. Buick has been known as the car that many people bought if they wanted the luxury of a Cadillac without the ostentation. It was the consummate “Doctor’s Car,” if you will. Something happened to Buick during the late 50′s and early 60′s though–it took on a car that Cadillac rejected as being too radical for the brand, and created a new category. Let’s take a look at the beautiful 1963-65 Buick Riviera, and see if it can be classified as Muscle…

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s Your Favorite NYIAS Debut?

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Today kicks off the public days for the New York International Auto Show and for the first time that I can remember the show floor at the Jacob Javits Center has become awash with both domestic and international debuts. I mean NY typically had a few in the past, but this is plain nuts.

By now you’ve no doubt seen most of these as the orgy of press days has resulted in most of the major car blogs  - and us – posting endless shots paired with breathless descriptions pulled straight from corporate press releases. You can see our show coverage here, and maybe a little bit here. Matt & the team over at my other home, Jalopnik have had some excellent coverage, as too did the crew at AutoBlog. If your predilections lean toward the obscure, NY has something for you. Or, if you roll more mainstream, then the show’s right up your alley too. It’s a show for everyone, just like the city in which it is being held.

A new Dodge Charger, refreshed Challenger, the U.S. debut of the McLaren 650s, a new Hyundai Sonata, Kia Minivan, and – fistpumpfistpumpfistpump – a freakin’ new Camry, it’s hard to keep up with all the cool stuff on the floor there. Oh but keep up we must, and keeping with the exciting nature of this week’s events and today’s public opening, I want to know which one of these new automotive arrivals most piques your interest. Which do you think is your favorite NYIAS debut? 

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Last Call- Woulda’ – Shoulda’ – Cuda Edition

Robert Emslie April 17, 2014 Last Call

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The ’70s iteration of the Plymouth Barracuda, colloquially known as the ‘Cuda, is a car that it’s generally considered you don’t mess with. Some people never listen however, and as such I present to you, reverent Hoons one and all, this modded Cuda that’s gone so far down the accessorize aisle that there’s probably no going back. What do you think about this yellow fellow? 

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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