Banger Racing on the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a place that everyone should visit at least once. You have to go during the TT, and you have to take in all of the insanity surrounding the event. The people on the island don’t just love pushing around fast bikes though, as we discovered. …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 66 – Up In The Hooniverse Hills

Jason’s back from his birthday hiatus (and his stint on the hoonicast and TST), and he’s joined as usual by Cam and Tub. Cam’s still recording with his cellular telephone, hopefully for the last time. We really had fun with this hour, and we hope you enjoy it. This episode’s …

Podcast: Episode 114 – A Huracan’s A Blowin’

I’m back in the studio after an unexpected absence last week. Joining me is Producer Chris Hayes as we kick it a bit old school and run down some new car news before diving into what we’ve been driving and what’s going on with our own cars. What’s the new car news? Well, a …

24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet 24 Hours’ liveblog

It’s a typically muggy Saturday in the Midwest and Hooniverse is live from Autobahn Country Club this weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ race. While last year’s summer race at Autobahn was 14 straight hours (unlike the usual 14-1/2 hours over two days), this year’s is the series’ first …

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Last Call: Piece of Cake Edition

Robert Emslie August 3, 2015 Last Call


The air cleaner housing on this Essex hot rod (yes, Essex hot rod) is an inverted aluminum bundt cake pan. That’s pretty cool, but do you know what is the function of the small wooden box wired to the center of the pan?

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Long Shots: A One-Time USMC Jeep Replacement?

LongRoofian August 3, 2015 All Things Hoon


So my fellow Hoons, this olelongrooffan almost cannot believe how much my life has changed up, for the better, over the past few months. And I can’t believe it was ten weeks ago that thehorsefarmer, thebarngoddess and this olelongrooffan headed out to check out a, then local, flea market down there in the Sunshine State. While thebarngoddess was out checking out a sweet golf themed piece of art work for their home in the golf course community they live in, we boys were checking out everything that could be seen with wheels attached. And when we stumbled upon this jeep type thingamajig, even thehorsefarmer was stumped as to what it was.

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Diecast Delights: A Range Rover P38A in 1:18 Scale


The Range Rover has probably never had a higher profile than it  enjoys today. Far from being just a very accomplished SUV the current generation is seen as among the very upper echelon of super-prestige cars. Its the best of the best, the flashiest of the flash. For confirmation just turn to MTV Base and see how long it takes before you see one packed full of homies sipping on Henessey and rocking mad ice. Or something.

So far has it progressed that it can be easy to forget where the RR came from. The first of the breed, current from ’70 to ’94 was a true legend. The MKIII, heavy on BMW input, redefined the Range Rover and set it on the course it’s on now. And between 1994 and 2002 the P38 happened…. which is perhaps not quite so deserving of our adulation. However, for whatever reason it’s this generation which lives on in 1:18th scale in my collection. So here it is.

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2016 Honda Civic Type R spotted at Mid-Ohio

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At this year’s New York Auto Show, Honda showed off the Civic Type R concept. In Honda speak, that means that the U.S. will see its second Type R badged car ever, which looks much like the concept, but without some of its jewelry. Hooniverse was probably one of very few American publications to actually drive the new Euro-spec Civic Type R part 1 part 2 and Chris liked it a lot.

My friend Jay, who owns a super-rare silver Integra Type R sedan, happened to be at the Mid-Ohio race track this weekend where the new Civic Type R was casually sitting in front of the Honda Employee tent.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doin’ Time in Joliet 24 Hours’ recap


A bit more than a week ago, I brought Hooniverse some live blogging from the 24 Hours of LeMons at Autobahn Country Club near Chicago. It was a full 24-hour race and I managed to make it to the end on something like 2-1/2 hours of sleep and a couple of lengthy breaks. As it turns out 24-hour races beat you the hell up and aren’t really as much fun as the usual two-session races, but it does provide a lot of stories and drama and the chance for a team or two to finally pass tech inspection at 3 a.m. I’ve collected a number of teams’ stories in brief after the jump, so make that leap to get the rundown on the longest race I’ve ever covered.

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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In the 2014 film John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ titular character loses his beloved wife to illness but takes solace in a gift she has arranged to arrive after her death – a beagle puppy named Daisy. That, and taunting death, are the only things that the retired hitman has going for him. Of course, if that were the end of the story you’d probably be pretty satisfied, because who doesn’t enjoy Keanu Reeves and puppies?

It doesn’t end there – well, it does for the dog – and for the next 80 minutes it’s Reeves playing the bad-ass. Coming out of retirement, he seeks to extract revenge on the Russian mobster whose son – played by Lilly Allen’s brother Alfie – who took his wife’s gift away from him, along with his cherry 1969 Ford Mustang. While not a car movie per se, John Wick has a lot of cool metal throughout. Along with the ‘Stang, Reeves drives a ’70 Chevelle SS and a 2011 Dodge Charger. Oh, and his wife’s RX350 still sits in the garage indicating that it might have been boredom that caused her demise.

The movie was tag-team directed by former stunt coordinator and second unit directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, who treat the viewer to a homage of Hong Kong crime films mixed with graphic novel angles and hues. It’s stylish, well-paced, and features crazy staccato action sequences throughout. It also has a bunch of recognizable faces in supporting roles, including Willem Dafoe as another assassin, Ian McShane as a confidant, and Adrianne Palicki (Rowr-Rowr) as a woman on a contract. The trailer gives you the first two acts encapsulated in just three minutes, but you’ll want to stay for the ending if you haven’t seen the whole shootin’ match. Check in out after the jump. … Continue Reading

Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Oughts Cars That Have Appreciated In Value

EH-NADA-appreciatedWe’d all like to make money on the cars we buy. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “things that get used, get used up.” Automotive depreciation is a fact of life for most vehicles we spend money on. But there are those special vehicles that become worth more used than they were new. Of course, if you wait long enough, nearly any car will appreciate in value simply due to the combination of monetary inflation and the general rarity of antique cars over a certain age. I’m talking cars that appreciate in value fairly rapidly—say, a decade old, give or take five years. Therefore, today’s Hoonatic task is to list cars from the Oughts* that are worth more now than they were new.

*Just to be clear, the Oughts encompass the 2000–2009 model years, fer all you young whippersnappers!

BUT WAIT! I am sure you’re aware that there are always caveats, and today’s is a real doozy! Since any discussion of car values is likely to be rife with subjective opinion and groundless speculation, and the Encyclopedia is about objective lists, we must nail things down with hard, impartial, third-party data. Therefore, today’s assignment is to go the National Automobile Dealers Association used car price guide [NADAguides.com], find a MY 2000–09 vehicle whose current AVERAGE RETAIL value is greater than the listed ORIGINAL MSRP value, and then post a link to that page in the comments below. Of course, including a photo is worth extra cred points and always much appreciated, but the important thing today is the NADA values.

Difficulty: As hard as finding a kitten in a thunderstorm. (Yeah, I’ve never known what the heck that means, either.)

How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates. Bonus points for adding photos. Remember, you can simply paste in the raw image URL now, thanks to the magic of Disqus.

Image Source: Screenshot from NADAguides.com …duh.

Hooniverse Asks: Why Isn’t The Hachi-Roku More Popular?


How many small, sporty rear-wheel drive coupes are there out there? I know, right, you can count them on your fingers even if you’ve lost a couple in an unfortunate iceskating accident. That’s why I can’t figure out why the Toyota/Subaru 86 twins aren’t more popular. They’re each pretty decent cars for the money, and, with the exception of ultimate horsepower, push pretty much all the right buttons. And yet, no one is beating down dealer doors to get either.

Revelatory cars typically do become wildly popular. When Datsun introduced the 240Z in late 1969 its combination of excellent performance, drop-dead good looks, and reasonable price not only caught the attention of competing sports car builders, but the buying public as well. They lined up for a chance to own one, which led Datsun dealers to jack up the price and make a killing. Supply and demand, folks. A similar thing happened when Mazda first released the MX5.

That didn’t seem to happen with the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ, twin sons of different mothers and separated not so much by their styling as by handling. Each is a great car in its own light, and they both have received positive reviews from those in the know. And yet, there are no crowds outside of Scion dealers, nor lines down the block at Subaru shops. The cars have been modestly successful in sales – but nothing great. That seems strange because there is nothing else quite like the twins on the market at present – the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Nissan 370Z generally running with a larger, more expensive crowd.  You’d think, seeing as they are what we car nuts usually consider to be automotive nirvana – RWD, sporty engine, good-looking coupe body, excellent handling – that they would be selling in droves, or at least put on a pedestal as the second coming. Why do you think they have not?

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Last Call: Pug Life Edition

Robert Emslie July 31, 2015 Last Call


Jumped In The Co’ Hit The Juice On Ma Ride – I Got Front Back, And Side To Side – Then I Let The Alpine Play (Play) – Pumpin New Shit By ASPCA…

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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Fastback Friday – 1972 Mercury Montego


For your Fastback Friday enjoyment, I give you the 1972Mercury Montego GT. Big, brown, and beautiful, this high-performance luxury machine brings back memories of better, bygone days, with billowing big hair and blue blazers.

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