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Summer Holiday Souvenirs – 1977 Zastava 101 on the Nürburgring

Let’s say you go for a vacation on an island in the Adriatic sea. What would you bring back home from there? A suntan? Some handicraft? Two of my friends went for something with a local flavour, and went halves on a 1977 Zastava 101. You could do worse. Beni, …

Hooniverse goes to NASCAR at Sonoma Raceway

A few weeks ago, I buttoned up two parts of a trip to Northern California that included a visit to Flowmaster’s West Sacramento factory and a trip to Calistoga Speedway’s half-mile dirt oval for the Kings of the West Series sprint car races. That trip also included a visit at Flowmaster’s …

Convertible Comparo: Aston Martin DB7 Vantage vs Jaguar F-Type

At a recent car meet I happened upon a new Jaguar F-Type that was parked smack-dab next door to an older relation, Aston Martin’s DB7 Vantage. The Jag represents that marque post-Ford, while the Aston is from the days when FoMoCo owned both AM and Jaguar. I thought it might …

2015 Subaru WRX is a mature middle child

Earlier in the year, we got to sample the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI. It’s the wild child of the Impreza family, and it might actually prove to be a bit much for the average person when it comes time to pick a daily driver. Enter the 2015 Subaru WRX. …

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The News for August 29th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian August 29, 2014 The News!

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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:

  • 2015 Volvo XC90 is finally here and ready to dominate the SUV market

  • Renault revives its racing passion with the RS 01

  • Toyota to re-release the beloved Land Cruiser 70

  • 2015 Ford Mustang enters production

  • Aston Martin Lagonda partially unveiled again

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie August 29, 2014 Mystery Car

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Today is Charles Franklin Kettering’s birthday. The inventor of the automobile electric starter was born on this date in 1876 which would make him today… very, very, old. To celebrate this momentous occasion we’re offering up this week’s Mystery Car contest. That’s because we couldn’t do pin the bumper on the Cadillac since we’re all out of blindfolds.

Remember to include in your answer below the makemodelyear-range, and likely engine under the hood. Kettering would have wanted it that way, and after all it’s his day.

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

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 2003-06 Lincoln LS V-8

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the definition of what a muscle car is, and to see if a Modern Luxury Car can ever be classified as a Muscle Car… With this series, I have tried to convince you that a Luxury Car can and should be classified as an Obscure Muscle Car, and for the most part, you have agreed with me. Notable examples include the Imperial from 1969 to 1973, the Lincoln Mark VII LSC, and the Chrysler 300-H From 1970. Well, here is a much later model from the Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company that shared much of its DNA with the Jaguar S-Type of the same time period, including a stonking Jaguar V-8. Let’s find out if it’s worthy of entry into the Obscure Muscle Car Garage…

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Hooniverse Asks- Have You Had a Recent “Oh Yeah” Car?

Robert Emslie August 29, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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The other day I was working my way across beautiful downtown Burbank, taking in the sights. This is no mean feat as Burbank California is perhaps the most inscrutably laid-out city in the nation, with rail lines and two major freeways bisecting it. Anyway, the round-about requirements for navigating the city’s streets, along with the unbelievably long traffic signal cycles, gave me lots of time to see those sights and one of those was a Volkswagen EOS. That caused me to utter out loud an, oh yeah, I’d totally forgotten about those.

If you’ve also totally forgotten, then let’s have a quick refresher. The EOS was Volkswagen’s Golf-based hardtop convertible and it came with a particularly clever top that could go full-convertible, while still offering an opening glass moonroof. It was amazing, while the rest of the car was so forgettable that I totally forgot they even existed.

That seems to be the case these days, as there are so many cars available and so many that just seem to blend together as one. Have you had a recent sighting that also made you say, oh yeah? If so, what was the mythical beast that elicited that reaction? What is your most recent oh yeah car?

Image: Autoblog Canada

Last Call- Old School Kool Edition

Robert Emslie August 28, 2014 Last Call

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I love old service stations, and the Shorpy Historical Archive has a swell collection of them. This one in particular caught my eye, and not just for the admonition to eat 9 slices of white bread a day but for the awesome name of this gas brand. Snapped in 1937 in Cleveland Ohio, this corner KOOLMOTOR station’s neon sign looms impressively over the four pumps and two bays of its downtown automotive oasis. I’ll bet it must have looked amazing at night. Also, sidewalks back then were so wide !

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: Shorpy

Movie Preview: $500 For Glory – A Lemons Story

Scott Ith August 28, 2014 24 Hours of Lemons

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Pushroot Films is putting together a team, a race car, and a documentary for the upcoming 24 Hours of LeMons race at High Plains Raceway.  Inside is the newly released teaser trailer for the film.  If the documentary is half as good as the trailer, it will be well worth the watch.

The film will focus primarily on the Pushroot Films (not sure of the actual team name) team, but will also include interviews from other teams, including team Volatile RAM, which is responsible for the FX32 and the MRolla.  Best of luck to this new team at the BFE GP!

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Craigslist: 1991 Ford F-150 is Ready to Take You Back in Time

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For your Truck Thursday enjoyment, I present to you what might be the coolest truck on the internet today.

1991 was a good year for Ford trucks – it was the final year of the 8th-generation F-Series, and with a full range of trim levels on offer, Ford was determined to send it out with a bang. This truck is one of the nicest examples of a top-of-the-line XLT Lariat that I have seen in a long time. Take the jump below and see if you don’t agree.

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The Carchive: The DeTomaso / Qvale Mangusta

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Welcome to the second of this week’s visits to The Carchive, where we dissect and discuss whatever forgotten artefacts of motoring history happen to flutter past among the fallen leaves and discarded Subway wrappings.

We’re looking at the Post-Pantera era of DeTomaso’s existence, and started off by unearthing the ultra-low volume Guara of the mid-90′s. Today we’re going to look at the last vehicle to be developed under DeTomaso’s wings , and which recycles a name from the past. It’s the Mangusta.

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Truck Thursday: Two Classic Jeeps – ’51 Willys and ’75 CJ-5

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I recently attended a local media event where Jeep showed off the new 2015 Renegade. The presentation was very nice, and as decor Jeep provided two classic models from a local enthusiast/collector. The silver-gray one is a 1951 Willys and the red one is a 1975 CJ-5. They are not 100% original, few things are these days, but both have been built and/or restored by their passionate owner.

Check out the pics after the jump.

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Three-Wheel Thursday: New 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3

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Back around the middle of the month, some camo’d spy shots showed up on the Internet, showing what appeared to be a new Sypder model from Can-Am. Then on the 18th, some crisp, non-camouflaged photos surfaced that clearly showed Can-Am and Spyder logos on the bodywork. Two days later, (assuredly because of the news leaks), Can-Am hastily announced that the new machine is, indeed, headed to production as the Spyder F3, and should show up in dealers around October as a 2015 model. Other than releasing a single official photo (the lede image above) with the tagline “New muscular design. Our boldest ride yet,” Can-Am is otherwise still holding their cards close to the chest. While details on the new machine are still sketchy, we do know it will have the same 3-cylinder inline engine and six-speed transmission that debuted in the 2014 Spyder RT.

The new machine is definitely a different direction for Can-Am.

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