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Photo Dump: The 34rd Historics Festival Sunday in the Park car show at Lime Rock Park

Sunday is a usually a less-than-ideal day to be hanging around Lime Rock Park. Not that it’s ever a bad day to be on LRP’s rolling, scenic grounds, but you’re S.O.L. if you’re visiting the ~1.5 mile track on a Sunday in hopes of seeing some racing. That won’t change …

VLF Automotive – State Of The Art In Boutique Manufacturing

Thirty Miles north of Detroit in a generic suburban industrial office park lies the headquarters and production facilities for the latest boutique automotive brand, VLF.  The name comes from the first letters of the three founders last names, Industrialist Gilbert Villarreal, automotive legend “Maximum Bob” Lutz and designer Henrik Fisker.  …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 130 – Put A Little Smile In Your Voice

We mentioned last week that we were going to try something new, so here it is, the first ever double-episode week. We released an almost completely Q&A episode on Tuesday, because our awesome listeners keep asking great questions and asking for more content. we have also heard from folks that …

BMW Films return with new film The Escape

Exciting news this morning that BMW will be bringing back Clive Owen’s character the Driver, in a new BMW Film. The new film, called the Escape, will again feature actor Clive Owen who will reprise his role as the Driver, on what will be the 15th Anniversary of the original BMW …

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DFL at The Lone Star LeMans: Graeme Lowdon Interview

Graeme Lowdon is a person you should know in motorsports. His work with Manor has taken him all across the racing world, and his most recent project, an LMP2 team in the WEC, competed during the recent Lone Star LeMans weekend here in Austin. Graeme and I had sat down together last year to talk about his F1 venture, and he was kind enough to sit down with me again to see what the last year has brought in terms of changing disciplines.

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Last Call: That’s No Moon Edition

Robert Emslie September 23, 2016 Last Call

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So that’s a picture of the passenger side Hella 5DV 007 760-15 HID headlight ballast on my Audi A6. Bad ballast, bad, bad, ballast. The thing of it is, I had stuck my iPhone down in the crevasse between the lamp unit and the air box in order to snap a picture of the ballast’s mounting bracket. What I came away with however is an image that looks right out of the part of Return of the Jedi when the Millennium Falcon is flying through the Death Star’s superstructure on the way to blow up its pointy thing in the middle. Come on now, tell me you don’t see that too? And may the Force be with you.

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: ©2016 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Photo Dump: The 34rd Historics Festival Sunday in the Park car show at Lime Rock Park

Ross Ballot September 23, 2016 All Things Hoon, Featured

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Sunday is a usually a less-than-ideal day to be hanging around Lime Rock Park. Not that it’s ever a bad day to be on LRP’s rolling, scenic grounds, but you’re S.O.L. if you’re visiting the ~1.5 mile track on a Sunday in hopes of seeing some racing. That won’t change anytime soon, seeing as there’s a group of locals from Salisbury and the surrounding towns who are fighting a “No Sunday Racing” battle for reasons that in some cases make no absolutely sense whatsoever, but it opens up Sundays for peace and quiet—relatively speaking, of course.

Instead Sundays are filled with other non-racing events, and one of the highlights comes during the weekend of the Historics Festival. It brings about another type of camaraderie and competition than does racing: a massive, track-filling, mind-bogglingly-diverse car show.

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Will the new Q60 be the best Infiniti coupe yet?

Ross Ballot September 23, 2016 All Things Hoon

The Q60’s bold exterior – lower and wider than predecessors – expresses a powerful elegance through its daring proportions and taut, muscular lines. Dynamic enhancements, including an all-new lightweight and sophisticated 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, together with new adaptive steering and digital suspension systems, result in a premium sports coupe designed and engineered to perform.

It just so happens that as I’m putting the finishing touches on this piece, the real automotive journalists are on their way to drive (or have just finished driving) the all-new Infiniti Q60 for the first time. It’s a stunning car, the first dazzle of excitement coming from the Japanese automaker in recent memory aside from the Q50 Red Sport. But can the new Q60 deliver on the promise of the original G35 Coupe, and simultaneously give the company the excitement kick it needs? There hasn’t been an Infiniti this promising in years, but it’s looking like the Q60 has the formula figured out just right.

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VLF Automotive – State Of The Art In Boutique Manufacturing

Eric Trytko September 23, 2016 All Things Hoon, Featured

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Thirty Miles north of Detroit in a generic suburban industrial office park lies the headquarters and production facilities for the latest boutique automotive brand, VLF.  The name comes from the first letters of the three founders last names, Industrialist Gilbert Villarreal, automotive legend “Maximum Bob” Lutz and designer Henrik Fisker.  This triumvirate believes they have cracked the code for the leanest of lean manufacturing in the automotive world, which will allow a boutique brand to sell under 2,000 cars a year, yet be very profitable.

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The News for September 23rd, 2016

Greg Kachadurian September 23, 2016 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. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Mercedes gives us the all-terrain E-Class Estate some people maybe asked for

  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso T drops the V12, adds turbos, and goes RWD

  • Chevrolet’s all-new Equinox is finally here

  • Bentley adds triple-charged diesel power to the Bentayga

  • Mini adds new JCW performance package to the Clubman

  • Saleen will maybe build the S7 super car again

  • Lexus teases holographic interior of the future

  • Toyota drops prices on a Mirai lease because we don’t love it enough

  • Because I had to talk about it, Apple is maybe investing in McLaren

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie September 23, 2016 Mystery Car

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Another week, another Mystery Car challenge. That’s right, it’s time for our Friday fun, which is trying to identify a car from a picture that has been cropped in hopefully just such a way to make doing so a modest challenge. Of course, you’re all up to the test. Make and model while you’re at it.

Image: ©2016 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 130 – Put A Little Smile In Your Voice

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We mentioned last week that we were going to try something new, so here it is, the first ever double-episode week. We released an almost completely Q&A episode on Tuesday, because our awesome listeners keep asking great questions and asking for more content. we have also heard from folks that they want shorter episodes. We’ve listened to both groups and have moved to a shorter episode model with twice as many episodes. That’s more content for you if you want it, and shorter episodes for those who lead busy lives.

In episode 129, we have a few listener questions from Facebook, then we answer a few of the questions that were on the Hooniverse Facebook page, in effect *stealing* them. As usual, we go off on a few tangents and rants and you might like it. Give it a try.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Been Caught Stealin’

In episode 130, we have our traditional format Friday episode with Cam, Jason, and Brad going through their Three Ds, some oddball trivia, discuss #ConfiguratorFun for the first time in months, Jason went shopping for a Porsche, and has been inspired, Brad was in Texas driving the new 718 Boxster and Cayman.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Put a Little Smile in Your Voice

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s History’s Coolest Fighter Plane?

Robert Emslie September 23, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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A little later this morning I will be taking a trip by air, to Indianapolis and later by car to Chicago if you must know. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I hate to travel. I don’t mind flying, I just hate all the hassle involved in getting in the air. I also find that I don’t like getting crammed in a plane for hours so I tend to try and find out what I’ll be flying on beforehand so I’ll be prepared for what to expect.

Sadly, I’ll be on a Boeing 737-800 for the trip. Not that Boeing’s workhorse is a bad plane mind you, it’s just a little tight for my tastes. Give my a wide body 787 any day and I’m happy. Thinking about the airplanes I like and the ones I don’t (sorry Airbus) also got my thinking about the fighter planes I like because I’m at heart a 12-year old boy.

What I then started thinking about was what has been history’s greatest fighter plane—the one that best served its function in its particular era—and that got me thinking that you all might just have an opinion about that. If you do, please share it. What do you think is history’s coolest fighter plane?

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Last Call: Kombi Caravan Edition

Robert Emslie September 22, 2016 Last Call

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Isn’t that always the case; you’re out for a pleasant drive when all of a sudden you’re stuck behind some slowpoke in an old, underpowered VW Bus!

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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