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The Real Ultimate Driving Machine

I harp on BMW a lot. Too much, in fact. The automaker still builds machines that provide a truly engaging driving experience. The problem is though, that the lineup has less and less of that. Still, cars like the new M3 and M4 prove that BMW can still create ultimate driving …

Shipping Cars to Central Asia and Beyond

Used cars are shipped to other countries. We hold this truth to be self-evident. We all know this happens on a daily basis, but what are the cars being exported, where are they going, and what is the process like? The good people at West Coast Shipping near the Port of …

Drive Report – The 2014 Ram C/V; A surprising and versatile small cargo van…

  The small van category is a growing one, at least here in the States. Ford took a gamble, and introduced the Ford Transit Connect during the 2010 model year, and it was a rousing success. Here was a product, introduced at the right time to an eager buying public, …

Podcast: Episode 67 – The boys are back in town

For the first time in a long time, the whole crew is back together. Hosts Jeff Glucker and Blake Z. Rong are joined by both producers, Chris Hayes and Zack Klapman. This means they dive right into what everyone has been up to, which means a wide range of car …

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Last Call- Tractor Pull Me In Edition

Robert Emslie July 22, 2014 Last Call


You’ve seen hot rods, and rat rods, and hot rats, and whatnot, but have you ever seen a hot-rodded tractor? This is possibly the most amazing Ford tractor I’ve ever seen, and I’ll bet that after seeing it, there’s no way they’re going to keep you down on the farm.

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V.I.S.I.T.: Two Wheel Tuesday: A Lovely Cafe Racer


Now, this olelongrooffan does not hesitate to admit that I know nearly nothing about motorcycles, although I am learning more every week thanks to a certain Hoon contributor who is providing that knowledge to all of we Hoons. But, having said that, I do recognize something special when I see a certain two wheeled ride. And this was one of those times.

I don’t have a lot to offer on the specifics of this except that is a Honda and another image seen after the jump.

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The Carchive – The DeTomaso Pantera L


Some time in the late ’90s, I wrote to the exotic sports car manufacturer DeTomaso and asked for a Pantera brochure. I wanted to get something as a present for my brother, as in those days I did do some Haininging myself, and as a result there’s a few brochures taking up Expedit space in my apartment even today. Back then, I was very fond of the Pantera and the ’90s DeTomaso products that were slowly churned out really caught my attention.

Weeks or months later, the brochure arrived in the mail. Surprise! It was an older brochure from the early ’70s, when the Pantera initially came out under the watchful eye of the Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the first batches, after being introduced in the 1970 New York Motor Show. My 15 years of not-too-careful admiring have torn the four-page leaflet in two, but it’s definitely scannable – and that’s what I did to hi-jack the Carchive slot for today.

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Review: 2014 Seat Ibiza FR 140; Poetry in Auto Emoción?


Appearing at Millbrook where I spent a day at,
Was this little red hatchback manufactured by SEAT,
This motoring journalist lark that I play at,
Was an excuse to take it for a spin.

From it’s antecedent some thirty years back,
The Ibiza’s evolved to a meal from a snack.
Let us check its development, is it on the right track?
Take the jump, there are more words within.

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The GM Firebird III- An Experiment For Yester-Year

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Considering that at present the company can’t seem to even get something as simple as an ignition switch right, it’s hard to fathom that General Motors was once a hotbed of advanced technological study and innovative design. This GM film from 1958 highlights this fact in describing both the design and feature set of the Firebird III show car. This was the last of the Motorama cars to carry the Firebird name – which GM would reuse just shy of a decade later on a production Pontiac – and as you will see is a tour de force of advanced design and a test bed for a number of forward-thinking automotive concepts. The film also highlights why auto company execs are perhaps not the best on-camera talent.

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Bikes You Should Know: 1987 Yamaha FZR1000


Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.

If you want to know where the modern sport bike era started, it was 1987, with the bike on which you are currently gazing. Period.

The FZR1000 was the first machine to possess all the basic pieces of the modern sportbike architecture we still see on showroom floors today. Motor vehicle development is evolutionary, and most parts of the configuration had been tried here and there, but the big FZR was the first to assemble them all and hang them on a truly modern motorcycle frame. Oh, what a mighty, gorgeous, remarkable frame.

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Classic Captions – The 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. Here we have a young couple doing a little House Hunting, but we will get to that in a moment…


Last time, we had an image of a Toy DeSoto, and the response level was dreadful, and I really don’t quite know why… However, let’s see how good the captions were. The runner up caption was actually my favorite this week, and it was by mkep819, and it was perfect for the time period: “Unfortunately for Johnny, Betsy knew that he forgot to check off the “Cootie Protection Package” option, when ordering his new ride.” Ah yes, I remember the term “Cootie” when I was a lot younger than I am today, but there was one that you guys seemed to like better…

And the winning comment was from Number_Six, but there was a small mistake buried within the caption: “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.” – A young George Lucas gains 40 years of material in just one outing with his pedal-powered DeSoto. Um, Number_Six, this car was actually powered by a small Briggs & Stratton Engine, but the caption was still funny, so congradulations on winning the classic caption contest this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I’m going back to standard Automotive Advertising Images because you guys seem to respond to them better. This particular picture is part of an advertising page for the 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible, with a bright young couple looking into a house that sports a simple “For Sale” sign. The House itself looks rather ramshackle, but you never know what treasures you might find inside. The ad copy is rather interesting, and goes like this: “Find secret places… In the adventurous new Buick Skylark. Powerful Aluminum V-8 engine, choice of 3 silk-smooth transmissions. Dashing bucket seat interior. Despite its modest price, a “limited edition” car, every inch a quality Buick”. What the hell were the ad-men thinking when they came up with this drivel? What is a Modestly Priced, Limited Edition quality Buick anyway? And is this really a way of selling a car during this time period? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (The couple almost look like they are trying to break in…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this dog-gone image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Asks- What is the Motorcycle’s Greatest Era?


The other day I was watching a video of the building of a replica of a 1909 Torpedo V4 and it struck me that there are simply so many motorcycles that have come and gone over the years that my meager grey matter simply can’t catalog them all. For me, motorcycles tend to start just before WWII and end sometime in the ’80s. That’s my penchant for British bikes talking, and I know that there have been great rides both before and after that time, I’m just mostly ignorant of those that came before, and ignoring most that have come after.

Perhaps more so than the automotive age, the motorcycle age has seen a multitude of distinct eras. Most of them have been focused on going fast, but the method to the madness in each case has always been unique. From bicycle-based, to café racer, chopper, disco bike and beyond, which do you think has been the motorcycle’s greatest era?

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Last Call- The Gulf That Unifies Us Edition

Robert Emslie July 21, 2014 Last Call


I usually find instances where a racer’s pit bike matches their car to be a bit too twee. In the case of this Gulf livery-wearing Porsche and Honda however, I think I can make an exception. I’m sure you will agree.

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Long Shots: 1963 Rover 3 Litre Automatic


So it was a whiles back this olelongrooffan  was out and about seeing what could be seen. One of the things I spotted was that 1969 BMW parts car wannabe. Yeah only someone here in the Hooniverse would recommend talking the guy down to 66% of his asking price and snagging that ride for potential use as a donor car at some point in the future. Yeah, I love it here.

Anyways, after checking out that rusty ride, the owner mentioned this olelongrooffan may just be interest in what he had out back. And I was. With the rising sun reflection on the front windscreen, I couldn’t help but think that in 1963 the European export market was seeing another type rising sun reflecting upon it. And that rising sun was coming from the other side of the Pacific Ocean in the form of the soon to be burgeoning Japanese car export market.

But in the meantime, let’s take a look at something from Rusty’s neck o-the-woods.

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