The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 77 – Renn Away

Cam, Brad, and Jason welcome John Cary to the podcast. He’s the guy that owns the blue Porsche you may remember from Jeff’s video on it (if not, go watch now). He also works for an RC car company, so he and Cam nerd out about that for a while. …

Some Heroes Are Worth Meeting

“Someone just asked us to take their grandfather’s ashes around the track. We’ll have to figure out how to strap that in,” says Andrew “H” Smith. No one calls him Andrew. Or Andy. Or Smith. Just H. And In that one moment, he’s shown the core of Robertson Racing. They don’t have …

Hooniverse Goes To: Hot Import Nights San Pedro

Hot Import Nights has been around for a number of years now. I’ll be honest though, I hadn’t heard of a HIN event anytime recently. One of the largest dates on the HIN calendar happens a few towns over from me so I had to experience it for myself. Our …

On The Topic Of Potential
Or Hauling Her Home From The Hospital In A Hellcat

I’m not going to start this off in that cliche manner by citing Webster’s definition of the word. Instead I’ll define “potential” in my own way. It’s the concept that something is existing in possibility. What that something is, exactly, is part of the excitement of discovering what it all …

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Moskvitch Weekend Edition: The 1964-1975 Moskvitch 412/Elite


Above the Moskvitch 408 line, there was the 412, to which I referred in earlier posts. It was positioned as a more premium choice on the repertoire, as it was plusher and featured a larger engine.

It’s also worth mentioning that the bulk of the photographs on this piece have been taken by the Finnish importer, Konela Auto. Those black plates really shine on the brand-new Elites, as the 412 was called on the export market.

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Moskvitch Weekend Edition: The 1964-1975 Moskvitch 408


With yesterday’s posts, we focused on the 1970s prototypes that centred on replacing the 408 and 412 series cars of the 1960s and 1970s. It makes sense to give some space to the earlier cars, as they are really rather beautiful in a narrow, upright sense. The promotional images dedicated to them are also worth taking a look at, as the colours are bright and everything is tip-top.

The first car, the black one is actually a pre-production example from 1961. Keeping in mind it took until mid-1980s for the lineage to be replaced, the base car that started its life as the 408, survived a handsome quarter of a decade – to some turbulent times.

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Moskvitch Weekend Edition: The Moskvitch Prototypes Part III


After the mid-1970s design prototypes, the basis for the new five-door Moskvitch 2141 was confirmed. The process was simplified greatly: out of the contemporary offerings in the Western market, the Car of the Year 1976, the Simca 1307 was chosen as the base. It must have been a tough decision from the designers’ perspective, as the preceding work was wiped clean, and they were told to follow in the footsteps of what Chrysler Europe had been doing.

But still, work was started over again and prototypes were again produced.

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Moskvitch Weekend Edition: The Moskvitch Prototypes Part II


After discarding the 412 as a basis for the forthcoming prototypes, Moskvitch’s design started to get really interesting. Although the source material doesn’t explicitly address this, the Saab influence in the first prototype, denoted C-1, is more than obvious in several respects.

Another amusing thing is that the 1975 C-1 prototype, due to its striking green colour, ended up being named after the children’s programme character Crocodile Gena. There are worse comparisons, I guess.

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Moskvitch Weekend Edition: The Moskvitch Prototypes Part I


This weekend, it’ll be 25 years from the German Reunification. The East and the West started a process that made Eastern Europe what it is today: countries full of well-used 1990s Volkswagen Passats and some really lovely towns to spend time in, having a hearty meal with a good beer alongside.

Hooniverse has had its share of Lada photos and the occasional Samara content, and we’re not averse to Trabants, but Moskvitches haven’t been too common on this site. That’s why I’m lending a little light to The Other Russian Car Maker, the one that isn’t VAZ.

Remember Aleko? You will, after the first posts this weekend.

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Last Call: Ain’t It The Life Edition

Robert Emslie October 2, 2015 Last Call

The '50s

A Grumman G-73 Mallard Seaplane, Mercury Woodie wagon, and mens’ slacks up to here – this image has it all. It’s just further proof that the 1950s truly was a magical time.

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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The Carchive:- JDM (C31) Nissan Laurel


It’s a quarter to nine in the evening in the UK right now. I’ve got good strong coffee and chardonnay on ice, Waynes World is on DVD because there’s absolutely nothing on TV, and I have a Japanese language car brochure on my lap. Welcome to The Carchive.

The last couple of times we’ve looked at a brochure from the orient it has been by way of video. This time around we’re doing it the old fashioned way with hopeless lighting and not-quite-high-enough-resolution images. Just the way we like it.

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Hoonivercinema: Kamaz T4 Dakar Truck at the Goodwood FOS

Jason Connor October 2, 2015 Hoonivercinema
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I cannot express how much this makes me smile. Seeing this truck run against the brick wall at Goodwood is truly amazing. And this truck is seriously quick up the hill climb, which is astonishing considering it weighs about 20,000 pounds and has a leaf-spring suspension front and rear.

How does a 16-speed ZF gearbox and a 730-horsepower V8 engine drinking diesel fuel sound? Like this…

The News for October 2nd, 2015

Greg Kachadurian October 2, 2015 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. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Tesla Model X is finally ready for production… looks almost exactly as we thought it would

  • Porsche builds a limited-run 911 GTS for the Rennsport Reunion

  • BMW builds the high performance X4 we’ve been… expecting

  • Mazda teases new concept sports car and it looks legit

  • There’s a new Mitsubishi Lancer….

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie October 2, 2015 Mystery Car


It’s October, which has traditionally been a big month in the automotive industry, it being the height of the fall new model introductions. In fact, on this very date in 1959 Chevrolet introduced, not just a new model but a whole new idea, the import-fighting Corvair. Car makers no longer hold off introducing new or improved models until the fall, dropping them as they see fit with no seeming concern for the calendar.

Since that makes for a far less exciting October, maybe you can find solace in the weekly Mystery Car contest. That’s almost as good as a new Corvair, right? Make and model, if you please.

Image: 2015 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved


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