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Quick Spin: 2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i

In 2016 I drove the then new BMW X1. I liked it perhaps more than I should have. It wasn’t even until I opened the hood that I realized that this was the first Bimmer that I’ve driven with a transversely mounted engine. Earlier this year I drove the MINI …

Podcast: Episode 253 – Rick takes it to the track [Part One]

Rick Radcliffe is once again on the show. He’s stopping by to tell us a bit about his current garage situation and then we dive into what he’s doing with his new daily driver. A Subaru WRX that is being used around town but also out on the track. We …

Inheriting The Past: Reflections From A Road Trip In My Grandparents’ Oldsmobile

I’m eight years old, and my Grandpa Dave takes me for a ride in his brand-new supercharged Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. He lets me sit up front, a rare privilege that my parents wouldn’t afford, and my little fingers play endlessly with the dizzying assortment of passenger-side power seat buttons. I …

Podcast: Episode 252 – Exploring the new space

We’re in Chris’ new apartment and we’re not in full studio mode yet, but we still want to run things a bit old school while exploring the new. So for Ep252 we bring it back to the original format; The News! We kick things off by talking about the Aston …

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The News for June 22nd, 2018

Greg Kachadurian June 22, 2018 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • The 8 Series is officially back

  • Chevrolet builds new crossover, calls it the Blazer

  • Porsche invests in Rimac for future EV collabs

  • Mazda confirms new updates for 2019 MX-5

  • Ford teases one-off Mustang honoring WWII Eagle Squadrons

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski June 22, 2018 Mystery Car

This week, the summer of 2018 has officially began. This also means that most of the winter potholes have been repaired. You can now truly enjoy that top-down drive in your roadster that only comes out for a few days per year, if you have such a vehicle. Go ahead, take it up to buck-thirty like the driver of today’s Mystery Car did. Knowing what make and model of a vehicle he or she was driving is the important part for now.

Regarding last week’s Mystery Car, those who guessed Alfa Romeo were right.  But no one really got the model name right, which was really more of a guessing game than anything. Regardless, GTXcellent is The Person of the Moment!

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Quick Spin: 2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i

In 2016 I drove the then new BMW X1. I liked it perhaps more than I should have. It wasn’t even until I opened the hood that I realized that this was the first Bimmer that I’ve driven with a transversely mounted engine. Earlier this year I drove the MINI Cooper Countryman, a base version with a manual transmission. It was a surprisingly fun little ‘ute despite being kind of slow.

So when the new X2 appeared at my house I sort of knew what to expect. At least I thought I knew. … Continue Reading

Podcast: Episode 253 – Rick takes it to the track [Part One]

Rick Radcliffe is once again on the show. He’s stopping by to tell us a bit about his current garage situation and then we dive into what he’s doing with his new daily driver. A Subaru WRX that is being used around town but also out on the track.

We run a bit long so I’ve decided to break this up into two parts. Today you’ll get Part One and next week we will run Part Two. Here we also get into a bit of the news while your questions wind up in the second episode.

Hooniverse Asks: Given an unlimited budget, what’s the least expensive car you’d buy?

It’s easy to speculate about the sort of vehicles you’d acquire given a budget that knows no bounds. But forget about the fancy or powerful stuff for a moment (Yes, even you Doc), and tell us about the cheap machines you lust over.

Given a Gatesian level of cash in your bank account, what is the least expensive vehicle that you’d purchase?

Inheriting The Past: Reflections From A Road Trip In My Grandparents’ Oldsmobile

Brad Hansen June 19, 2018 Featured, Road Trip

I’m eight years old, and my Grandpa Dave takes me for a ride in his brand-new supercharged Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. He lets me sit up front, a rare privilege that my parents wouldn’t afford, and my little fingers play endlessly with the dizzying assortment of passenger-side power seat buttons. I watch as the supercharger boost gauge in the dash soars whenever he gooses the gas.

He guides the sedan to a small-town Iowa car show. A magnetizing Shelby Cobra glitters in the sun, and I’m pulled towards it.

On the way home, he parks the Bonneville at a hobby shop and buys me the very same Shelby Cobra, only in 1:24 scale. We build the Cobra model together that night. It is the first of countless car models I assemble in my youth, a hobby I use to bide my time until I’m old enough to spend endless hours and dollars on the full-size ones.

I can thank my Grandpa Dave for getting me into cars.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the dumbest way you’ve hurt a vehicle?

I love my SeaSucker bike mount. With it, I can bring my mountain bike along with me regardless of which car I happen to be driving in a given week. So far the mount is without fault. I cannot say the same about myself, however, as I just did something really dumb while using it.

After a morning ride this past weekend, I returned home ready to clean off the bike, put away the mount, and then head off for a Father’s Day lunch. The first step is removing the bike from the mount. When done correctly, you would start with the rear tire and then move to the front. I removed the through bolt for the front axle then went to the rear tire and stopped paying attention to the front end for some unknown moment. What happened next felt like it occurred in slow motion.

The bike, now free from the shackles of mounted oppression, decided to tumble dance away from me. And it did so down the side of the very lovely Lexus LC 500 you see picture above. My aggressive flat pedals bit into part of the roof rails while the rest of the bike added a few scratches into that previously perfect blue paint. My bike? It’s fine. The car? Well.. I feel pretty crappy about the whole thing.

It’s easily the dumbest incident I’ve had with a vehicle and I can’t stop thinking about how easily avoidable it was. So to help put my mind at (some level of) ease, let me know the sort of dumb incidents you’ve experience with a vehicle?

Japanese van racing and drifting is a good way to kick off your week

 

Joy. #dajiban @axlejor

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There are a number of automotive writers whose content I enjoy reading, but there are very few whose stuff I love. Generally, it’s the stories crafted by Zach Bowman, Brendan McAleer, and Sam Smith that remind me when I’ve been stationary for too long and need to head out in search of adventure. Mr Smith is currently doing just that in Japan, as he’s on assignment for Road & Track, and this particular tale looks to be one filled with larger than life characters driving oversized and unexpected track machines.

This is Japan’s race van culture, and it appears to be amazing.

Sam has been sharing his trip on his Instagram page, and I highly recommend you follow along. The video clip above is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a fantastic place to start. Did you expect to see a full-size van drifting around a corner at Ebisu to start your day? No, but it’s a great way to get up and tackle Monday head on.

These Japanese van lovers are living their best life… so how about you? 

Personally, I can’t wait to read about this adventure when it arrives in either print or web form for R&T.

The Carchive: The 1973 Vauxhall Magnum

The 2018 World Cup is now in full swing, so I’ve decided to mark it in my own special style by pretending it’s not happening. Perhaps you’ll join me?

“Magnum” is an astoundingly popular name in the automotive world. We’ve seen it before in car form with the Dodge Magnum, we’ve encountered it in articulated truck form with the Renault Magnum, and if I ever find a Rayton-Fissore brochure on eBay for cheap, we’ll meet it again as a luxury SUV. This time, though, it’s a humble British car from 45 years ago. Welcome to the Vauxhall Magnum. Welcome back to The Carchive.

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The News for June 15th, 2018

Greg Kachadurian June 15, 2018 The News!

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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ford keeps the GT350 alive with chassis tuning and more downforce

  • Aston Martin unveils new AMR-tuned Rapide in all its NA V12 glory

  • AM Vantage GT3 and GT4 make their debut, will compete next season

  • Japanese road test of ’19 Mazda MX-5 leaks power increase, other new features

  • What’s your automotive news?

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