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Podcast: Episode 72 – Peak McQueen

Zach Bowman is in town ahead of the Monterey Car Week… which took place last week. These podcasts aren’t live, so, you know. Blake Z. Rong runs the show alongside producer Chris Hayes as they, along with guest Bow Man, chat about reaching Peak McQueen, British vehicles, and a whole …

The Bi-Annual Tour of New England to see the family
…this time in an appliance, with upgrades

The Northeast corner of this country is comprised of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Collectively, the six states are known as New England. It’s also a corner of the country that I call home, even though I haven’t lived there in 12 years. That’s where my …

Soviet Cars Living and Dying in Poland

World War II started on September 1st, 1939 with the German invasion of Poland, everyone remembers that from their high school World History class. What many may not remember is that in addition to the attack from the west, Poland was also invaded by the Soviet Union, under the direction …

Podcast: Episode 71 – On the road again: Scotland…

It’s for another special On The Road Again episode of The Hooniverse podcast. …alright, this is the one I’ve mentioned a few times, and the one people have been asking to hear on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, by carrier pigeon, and smoke signal. So here you go, this is the Scotland …

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Last Call- Parking Plague Edition

Robert Emslie August 20, 2014 Last Call

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Consider the Bermuda Triangle, the Black Hole of Calcutta, and the parking lot at Tennessee home furnishings retailer Smart Furniture as doors to another dimension. In the case of the last one, that’s apparently a door full of mysterious clowns. That’s reason enough NOT to park there and consider doing all your business with the company online.

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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Intervals examines the 24 Hours of Nürburgring

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Slow motion and motorsports go together quite well. They compliment each other in a manner that makes for easy and repeated viewing. Nitto Tire knows this, and it recently produced a video for a YouTube channel called Driving Line.

The video is called Intervals, and it’s worth a watch if you’re a fan of good things. You are a fan of good things, right? So stop hemming, hawwing, and start wasting time at work!

Hooniverse Goes To Concours D’LeMons West

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Monterey car week has come and gone, and in that whirlwind half-dozen days, some of the worlds coolest cars assembled on the Californian peninsula for all to enjoy. Car guys came from all over the world to experience practically every corner of car culture for one week, and it was glorious. From the millions of dollars brought up to bid at the major auctions to the exhilarating vintage races out at Laguna Seca, there is literally something for everyone. Even if your budgets are a bit lower, and your dream car a bit more attainable, there’s one little car show for you that isn’t so little anymore. It’s called Concours D’LeMons, and it’s fantastic.

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Podcast: Episode 72 – Peak McQueen

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Zach Bowman is in town ahead of the Monterey Car Week… which took place last week. These podcasts aren’t live, so, you know. Blake Z. Rong runs the show alongside producer Chris Hayes as they, along with guest Bow Man, chat about reaching Peak McQueen, British vehicles, and a whole host of other random crap.

Jump past the break and listen in to the Ginger Fox spin his tales…

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

You’re probably familiar with the concept of the ‘black sheep’ of the family. That’s the ne’er-do-well member of the tribe that always ruins things for the rest of the family. Heck, for all I know, you could be the black sheep in your family. If so, way to go! Last week we looked for the automotive equivalents of that creepy uncle who’s only spoken about in hushed voices lest he show up and make it uncomfortable for everyone else. We’ll get to the most disreputable relation in just a minute, but first, this week’s quest.

You know, I’m feeling indecisive this week, and as such I can’t decide if I want to find coupes or convertibles. You know what, let’s split the difference and see what we can find in the way of coupe-convertibles in the form of T-tops and targas. I don’t want to include those hardtop convertibles because there’s just too many of those out there and I don’t think that even half of those are in any way interesting.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

If you’re good with that, let’s get on with the bad.

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Silverstone Classic: Oddballs and Rarities

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Hopefully, you have not yet grown weary of our ongoing coverage of the Silverstone Classic. If you have, perhaps this final installment will rekindle your interest. We’ve saved the best (or at least the hoony-est) for last. This post will be a photo dump of some of the odd and rare vehicles that turned up for one of the greatest vintage racing events in the world. The VW Transporter pictured above was certainly not the rarest, but it seems an obvious choice for the lede image with its sweet track graphics.

Come one, come all, and click through for the odd, the ridiculous, and the amazing!

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the World’s Most Iconic OHV Straight Six?

Robert Emslie August 20, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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If I were to ask you to name the world’s most well-known and emblematic V8, your most likely response would be: Tatra’s aluminum 2,545-cc T603F. I mean, duh! Actually, there’s but a select few of us who would make such a claim, and that’s why I love you guys so much. No, the truth be told, the most iconic V8 is likely Chevrolet’s ubiquitous 350, almost universally known as the Small-Block-Chevy.

Ask the same question about OHC straight sixes and you’d no doubt hear the most votes go for BMW’s M50, or perhaps a strong contingent pulling for Jag’s long-lived XK mill. When it comes to inline sixes that keep their cams in their heads, there’s a lively debate to be had. When it comes however, to the engines with the same number of pots in the same orientation, but with a single cam residing in the block, well then things can get a little hazy.

Actually, the Overhead Valve straight six represents one of automotive history’s most enduring formats, and one that – in many cases – has proven to be Michael Myers-esque in their resilience. An OHV straight six powered the first Corvettes, and any number of ‘economy’ cars of the sixties. Chrysler liked to slant theirs, while Ford made them by the thousands so that even timid people could share in the enjoyment of a Mustang. Whether one of those or another, what do you think has become the world’s most iconic OHV straight six?

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Last Call- Hardly-Har-Har Edition

Robert Emslie August 19, 2014 Last Call

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If you’re going to go slow, you might as well have a good time when doing so. Truth be told, Harley (not Hardly) Davidson once produced a series of step-through Scooters- the Topper line in the sixties.  Those weren’t exactly In the Wind material, as they offered only a 165-cc 2-stroke engine with a recoil rope starter. Still, they were hardly the worst out there.

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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Hooniverse Asks Bonus Edition: For What Should I Be Looking?

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So this weekend up at my old stomping grounds, more commonly known at the Daytona International Speedway, the France family is hosting the inaugural Red Bull Rally Cross race at that venue. It is a two day event, (Friday and Saturday) and this olelongrooffan will be attending on Friday. Yes my fellow Hoons, you read that correctly, Friday. The dude that signs my paycheck has granted me a rare day off to attend my virginal rally cross event. Why not Saturday you may ask? I have been honored to spend a couple days with my oldest brother Bob hanging by his pool and enjoying a cold beverage or two.

My attendance at the former event is what leads to this Bonus Edition of Hooniverse Asks. As this is my first time at a stadium style event of this nature, what is the cool sh*t this olelongrooffan should check out? If any of my fellow Hoons have a suggestion or two, please leave them in the comment section. I’ll be checking in regularly. Thanks in advance Hoons.

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Silverstone Classic: The Italians

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What would a classic auto racing event be without representation from Italy? It would sorely lacking, that’s what. The Silverstone Classic certainly was not lacking. From Fiats to Ferraris, the sexy styling and bright colors proudly proclaimed, “Guardate noi!”

Click through for the photo dump.

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