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Night School: Episode 1 – Welcome to Team Valvoline

We’re bringing you to Night School. Well, not real school plus we know nights are reserved for drinking (so are days too, I guess). Regardless, it’s time to go to Night School… but this one involves wrenches, an old truck, and two idiots who attempt to cram way too much …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 189 – Not The One From Friends

On this week’s episode of C&T we’re joined by Hooniverse contributor and project car nut Ross Ballot. He was recently at the New York International Auto Show, so of course we discuss that event and the insanity of the Dodge Demon. Brad is planning a terribly dumb road trip, and …

2017 Volkswagen Atlas: The Pure Gold Review

Volkswagen’s new muscular three-row seven-seater SUV “Atlas” is an appropriately German reaction to the desires of the US family car buying market. It makes sense for Volkswagen to build this, but considering it shares lineup space with a full-size SUV that seats five (Touareg), a compact SUV that seats both …

Podcast: Episode 199 – Cheap Car Challenge with Tavarish & B is for Build

Chris from B is for Build and Freddy Tavarish Hernandez stop by to talk about cheap cars, YouTube, and anything else we can think of… which is usually inane and random, when you leave it up to us. Chris is entering the challenge with his Mad Maxian Infiniti G35 that …

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Last Call: Multitasking Edition

Robert Emslie April 21, 2017 Last Call

The things you see while driving down the road. I can’t tell if this woman is out for an extreme workout jog, some fresh air time for her tot, or partner in a budget lawn care service business. Of course it could be all three. I was just drawn to the image because that looks like my lawnmower. Maybe I should go out to the garage and make sure it’s still 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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Capturing the madness at Formula Drift Long Beach

Last week I shot for my first full scale motorsports event. It was the Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach event. Here are some things someone looking to do the same should know beforehand.

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The Carchive: The 2007 Japanese Motor Vehicle Guidebook

Among the several documents that make up The Carchive, the Japanese Domestic Market volumes are among those that I revisit the most often. It all comes down to the ‘forbidden fruit’ nature of so many Far Eastern cars – just like even the most prosaic of North American cars, you just don’t see them on British roads.

I took myself out to Japan a decade ago for the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and, needless to say, ended up comfortably exceeding my Cathay Pacific baggage allowance on the way home, having amassed a handsome assortment of JDM brochures. In addition to those, I invested ¥1,200 on this, the 420-page 2007 Japanese Motor Vehicles Guidebook, and it’s one of my favourite publications of all time.

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The News for April 21st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian April 21, 2017 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:

  • BMW introduces M4 CS, a faster M4 that doesn’t sacrifice practicality

  • Lotus Exige Cup 380 is a true race car for the street… for real

  • GM Venezuela manufacturing plant is illegally seized by authorities

  • Hyundai launches Ioniq Unlimited+ subscription service for new EV

  • Mercedes-Benz previews future design language again with new concept

  • Genesis prices out the updated G80 models

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Night School: Episode 1 – Welcome to Team Valvoline

We’re bringing you to Night School. Well, not real school plus we know nights are reserved for drinking (so are days too, I guess). Regardless, it’s time to go to Night School… but this one involves wrenches, an old truck, and two idiots who attempt to cram way too much of a work list into way too short an amount of time.

This is episode one in a five part series we created for Valvoline. It’s an effort to support the growing content side of their marketing efforts, which are filled with plenty of cool bits of automotive information and entertainment. We’re joining that fray, and the #HoonTruck is the guinea pig for it all.

Our plan over the course of this series?

Tim is going to show me how to wrench of parts of my truck that I’ve feared to touch. This includes:

  • Swapping in a new clutch (Thanks to Centerforce for the excellent hardware there)
  • Plopping on some fresh valve seals (or… any valve seals, as you’ll see)
  • Upgrading the cam
  • Getting more sound by way of a Magnaflow builder’s kit exhaust system

Any of those jobs on their own isn’t terribly crazy. All of those jobs over the course of a weekend? That’s ambitious. Or stupid. Or both.

Thankfully, I have a Tim…

[Disclaimer: This content is very clearly brought to you by Valvoline, hell it even lives on their site. It was created for them. But it’s also rather awesome content, if we do say so ourselves. So we hope you come along on this five-part journey through the Team Valvoline Night School. Also, go sign up for the site.]

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 21, 2017 Mystery Car

It was 84 years ago this week—tomorrow to be exact—that Frederick Henry Royce passed away at the age of 70. Royce, a British engineer, gained fame for having founded, along with Claude Johnson and Charles Rolls, the marque that would carry his name and eventually become the standard for the world, Rolls Royce.

In honor of the anniversary of Royce’s passing we will be observing a moment of silence tomorrow at 3:27 PM, as he was coincidentally born on March 27, in the year 1863. If you’re looking for something to do until then, we offer the weekly Mystery Car contest as a modest diversion. Make and model if you please. And no, it’s not a Rolls.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 189 – Not The One From Friends

On this week’s episode of C&T we’re joined by Hooniverse contributor and project car nut Ross Ballot. He was recently at the New York International Auto Show, so of course we discuss that event and the insanity of the Dodge Demon. Brad is planning a terribly dumb road trip, and there’s some new updates on Radwood. 

This week’s episode is brought to you by Hunziker Design. Check out their awesome products at nicolashunziker.com.

Also, if you want to bring a race car (or street car) to a really cool 80s and 90s automotive festival, check out Radwood.co.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Not the One From Friends

Our second episode of the week is a new one where we asked listeners for topics to discuss instead of questions to answer. Brad doesn’t know anything about making music, to comical effect.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – The Floor One

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Hooniverse Asks: What was History’s Most Ill-Proportioned 2+2?

In case you hadn’t heard, Jaguar is planning on offering for sale 10 fully restored to new-car-smell fresh E-Types. When the company first made this known I was a little worried over just which E-Types they’d choose to restore. So far it seems they did the right thing and chose to rejuvenate only two-seater Series 1 cars. Those are quite possibly one of the most beautiful automobiles the world has ever seen, and a far better choice than the star of my nightmare scenario, the 2+2 coupe. Holy cow but that’s a silk purse to sow’s ear transformation. 

As a matter of fact, most two-seater coupes that are extended to include occasional back seats end up looking funky as a result. Consider if you will the Mercedes SL and its more capacious brother the SLC, which one would you date?

Today we’re looking for the most undatable of 2+2s, the cars that were unfortunate recipients of an unsuccessful transformation to car pool duty. Which do you think is the world’s most ungainly 2+2?

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Last Call: Shopping Trolley Terror Edition

Robert Emslie April 20, 2017 Last Call

Fortunately there were no injuries. 

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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Race, Daily, Restore: 4-Door Rotaries


When we think of Wankel rotary engines, usually what comes to mind are sporty coupes, compact econoboxes, (or perhaps mini-pickups, if you’re particular twisted). But there was a time that the Torqueless Wonder was considered a viable means of propelling a crew of four or more, with vier Türen or shi doa. Today, your trilemma is to sort through how you’d employ three such cars.

  • 1967 NSU Ro80 – From the earliest adopter and first champion of the Wankel engine, the Ro80 has timeless elegance, disc brakes and independent suspension all around, and a funky auto-clutch. And probably a trio of worn-out apex seals.
  • 1982 Mazda Cosmo Turbo – Long after NSU went belly-up and Audi had given up on rotaries, Mazda kept the Holy Church of the Wobbling Triangle alive. Stuffing a turbocharged 12A good for 163 horsepower under the hood of an HB Cosmo/929 sedan was a remarkable sign of their passion, to say the least.
  • 2009 Mazda RX8 – This one is really a sports coupe, but it barely slides into 4-door territory thanks to its two rear slave doors. People either love or hate the RX8, but proves that a Wankel engine really can work well in a modern car. Until it doesn’t.

You say you prefer POCKITA-POCKITA to HMMMMMM and two doors versus four? Too bad, those aren’t your choices today. You are restricted to these three. Which would you choose to:

  • RACE – build into some sort of dedicated racing machine (not street legal) for your choice of competition — any legitimate, sanctioned form of motorsport: road course, rally, drag, LSR, Baja, etc.;
  • DAILY – have as your sole street-registered car, for all your commuting and general transportation needs.
  • RESTORE – do a museum-quality, factory-correct, frame-off restoration, then add to your collection, but not register to drive on the street.

Your choices should be accompanied by your persuasive justification, or at the very least which choice you felt most strongly about. As always, more caveats (there are always caveats) appear after the jump.
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