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Summer Holiday Souvenirs – 1977 Zastava 101 on the Nürburgring

Let’s say you go for a vacation on an island in the Adriatic sea. What would you bring back home from there? A suntan? Some handicraft? Two of my friends went for something with a local flavour, and went halves on a 1977 Zastava 101. You could do worse. Beni, …

Hooniverse goes to NASCAR at Sonoma Raceway

A few weeks ago, I buttoned up two parts of a trip to Northern California that included a visit to Flowmaster’s West Sacramento factory and a trip to Calistoga Speedway’s half-mile dirt oval for the Kings of the West Series sprint car races. That trip also included a visit at Flowmaster’s …

Convertible Comparo: Aston Martin DB7 Vantage vs Jaguar F-Type

At a recent car meet I happened upon a new Jaguar F-Type that was parked smack-dab next door to an older relation, Aston Martin’s DB7 Vantage. The Jag represents that marque post-Ford, while the Aston is from the days when FoMoCo owned both AM and Jaguar. I thought it might …

2015 Subaru WRX is a mature middle child

Earlier in the year, we got to sample the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI. It’s the wild child of the Impreza family, and it might actually prove to be a bit much for the average person when it comes time to pick a daily driver. Enter the 2015 Subaru WRX. …

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Last Call- It’s a Jungle Out There Edition

Robert Emslie September 2, 2014 Last Call

Jungle Jim

To be a top racer you need to be larger than life. In the late sixties and early seventies, one of the largest lives was inhabited by “Jungle Jim” Liberman, a major presence on the drag circuit and a racer known for crowd-pleasing smoky burnouts. He was also known for his back-up girl, Pam Hardy, whose looks and track antics were as much part of the show as was the race. Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam offered the kind of over-the-top showmanship that made drag racing great during its heyday. Sadly Jim died in 1977 in an off-track car accident, but Pam continues to keep his memory alive to this day, as well as show her appreciation for her fans’ continued support.

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AmericanMuscle Car Show: 2,600 Mustangs and a pall of tiresmoke

Eric Rood September 2, 2014 Car Shows

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Our Ford Mustang-tuning friends over at AmericanMuscle racked up a number of superlatives with its sixth annual AmericanMuscle Car Show, in what likely the lumpiest collective idle sound in the entire univeres. More than 2,600 Mustangs entered the show that drew more than 10,000 people to Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. The show featured all of the trailer queens you might expect, but some tuner specials took part in drag races, burnout competitions, and dyno pulls to see whose pulleys ‘n’ flows pulled and/or flowed best.

Mustang celebrities like drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and hot rodder Chip Foose dropped by with Foose announcing the winner of AmericanMuscle’s MMD Mustang giveaway contest that we highlighted here in April. If you’re a Mustang aficionado, wander on over to AmericanMuscle’s page to check out the AmericanMuscle Car Show page with highlights and tons of photos showcasing everything from crowd-shrouding tiresmoke to pristine classic Mustang-ness (Mustangity?). Make the jump for the teaser trailer from the event.

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The Carchive:- The Mk2 Volkswagen Scirocco

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I’ve been away over the weekend, sitting in a field in intermittent sunshine along with several thousand other revellers. And halfway through De La Soul’s headline set on Saturday night, I suddenly realized I was suffering from automotive withdrawal syndrome. Literally as soon as I got home I booked myself into The Carchive to get my fix.

And here it is. Today we’re looking at VW’s 2nd generation Scirocco. Concerns about my not covering the Mk1 will hopefully soon blow over; finding that brochure in The Carchive should be a breeze.

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Twin-Turbo T-Bucket Tuesday!

Tim Odell September 2, 2014 eBay Insanity, For Sale

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Bereft of any unique eBay finds from my usual searches, I waded into the “Other Makes” listings for a laugh. Among the endless fake Cobras and a wildly optimistic GTO-cum-Veryon job, I found this T-bucket. While it’s a typical ’80s-’90s fiberglass body with a 9″ rear and Mustang II front suspension, it’s sporting a semi-unique twin-turbo 4.3L V6. Essentially he’s swapped two cylinders from a 350 for two hair dryers. The setup’s not particularly exotic, as it’s just breathing through a carb in a box. There’s no mention of how the ignition compensates for boost, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.

But those tires, man. Holy crap, those tires. The rears have got to be about 33×16″ and the fronts are…from a motorcycle? (Note that one’s mounted backwards).

Anyway, he’s asking $12,000 for it, which seems a little steep for a slapped together kit, but probably fair if it’s sorted and dialed in.

“1923″ Ford T-bucket Roadster – eBay Motors

Two-Car Garage- Same Color, Same Era, Two Very Different Cars

Robert Emslie September 2, 2014 Car Shows

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Let’s say you have, like many of us, a two-car garage and need to fill it with a pair of cars that would be your only automotive entertainment. Today we’re kicking off an occasional series that seeks to help fill that two-car garage.

Sometimes when I go to car shows I luck out and find two or more cars parked in a row that are of an interesting contrast. Last week we had the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage and Jaguar F-Type to compare in depth, and this week we have what might make one of the coolest two-car garages in town – a 1972 Ferrari 365 GC/4 and a 1972 Datsun 510/Bluebird. Parked slot to slot, these two cars share model year and arresting color, but are otherwise examples from the opposite ends of the automotive scale. What do you think, would these two make for a great pair? If not, with what would you pair each for the ultimate two-car garage?

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Bikes You Should Know: Ducati Monster M900

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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.


Ducati motorcycles were always known as uncompromising roadracing motorcycles that just happened to be street legal. They were widely considered be expensive, fussy thoroughbreds that were wonderfully adept at going fast around corners but had few other positive attributes. That reputation was both a strength and a weakness. When Ducati did try to break out of that mold, the attempts mostly failed. (The Ducati Indiana is definitely a Bike You Should NOT Know. Eye bleach is only so strong.)

Well, this was the case up until 1993, when an iconoclastic new Ducati showed up that remixed mostly familiar Ducati components in a new way. Il Mostro (The Monster) managed to give up very little of Ducati’s legendary handling prowess while being more accessible, comfortable, versatile. Its unique style attracted a new demographic to Ducati and in the process brought Ducati the mass-market sales success that had eluded them previously. Oh, and it totally changed the motorcycle scene as well.

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Classic Captions – The 1987 Kawasaki 250 Ninja Edition (For Two-Wheel Tuesday)

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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, truck, or in this case, the motorcycle 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. This week I decided to feature an advertising image for a bike after much prodding from our very own Tanshanomi, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Ford Ranchero within an Archery Range, and the participation rate was a little better, but I know our fans could step it up a notch… The runner up caption belonged to our very own Queen of the captions, $kaycog, and her caption went like this: “Peggy began to quiver in anticipation of driving her new Ranchero.” This was spot on and tied in very well with the ad image, but our readers liked one caption just a bit more…

And the winning comment was from smalleyxb122 (yes, two weeks in a row…), and his caption went like poetry: “A Ranchero’s a truck of a sort
And arch’ry’s Bill’s fav’rite sport
But I’ve heard it was said
When it came to the bed
Both of them came up too short.”
I can understand why this caption was the top vote getter this time, so congratulations smalleyxb122 on winning this edition of the Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest…

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I receied this image from Tanshanomi with the following strongly worded recommendation: “I think it’s time that Jim did a bike ad… I would like to see you combine Two Wheel Tuesday with Classic Captions, just one time…” Consider it done, but just for this one time… This is a 1987 Kawasaki 250 Ninja, and it seems to be parked with other bikes at a place called “Rock Store”. So does anyone know what the hell a Rock Store is suppose to be? Do they sell Rocks, or is it a place to buy and listen to Rock Music? This image seems to be crafted like most vehicle advertising images of this time period, with one beautiful woman at the center of the shot, surrounded by various men of different ages, mostly admiring the bike (except for that one blonde headed dude who has better looking hair than she does…) So, what does this image really have to do with selling a mid 80′s small displacement bike? And really, what the hell is everyone looking at anyway? (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 (I’m still stuck at what a Rock Store is…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this image for Two-Wheel Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Our own Tanshanomi

Hooniverse Asks- What Car has the Coolest Oh S#%t handle?

Robert Emslie September 2, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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There’s this song by Toby Keith that’s entitled Get In, Sit Down, Shut up, and Hang On. I’m pretty sure it’s taken from a sticker I once saw on the dashboard of a Mustang, owned by a buddy of mine back in high school. Regardless of the identity of Keith’s creative muse, it’s still damn-good advice, and a lot of car makers are thoughtful enough to oblige the sentiment by providing something solid onto which a passenger may secure themselves.

The Oh S#%t handle as it’s officially known, has a long and storied history, which sadly we don’t have time to go into here. In fact what we’re interested in is which handle really has a handle on doing its job as a handle, and looking absolutely awesome while doing so.

Many an Oh S#%t handle is mounted on the dash. The ’58-’62 Corvette had one built-in to the passenger-side dashboard eyebrow. Other cars place it somewhere in the vicinity of the center console, but I don’t think that’s the best place as flailing hands can get in the way of shifting or grabbing the e-brake for impromptu Rockford moves. A-pillars and doors also serve as locations of choice for some cars.

What do you think is the best location for the Oh S#%t handle? More importantly, what car do you think has the coolest one?

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Last Call- Labor of Love Edition

Robert Emslie September 1, 2014 Last Call

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Today being Labor Day here in the States, I thought we’d wrap things up with a picture of a job we could all get behind- the building of Ford’s original Mustang. This remarkable perspective shot is from Ford’s San Jose assembly plant in Milpitas, Calif where Mustang production was added in mid-1964, with the first car rolling off the line on July 10th of that year. Here they’re being checked prior to getting an anti-corrosion bath.

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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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

Speed Zone

You might think that after The Cannonball Run, the Gumball Rally, and a slew of other cross-country mad dash movies, that by the late ’80s the genre would have been played out. You would be only half right in that assessment. There will always be an opportunity for celebrity-studded car chase movies, and there are a slew of B-celebs to fill them once all the top-talent has already had a turn behind the wheel.

Released in 1989, Speed Zone is one of those crazy car race movies – perhaps the last one to date – and it is notable for a number of reasons. First off, it stars not has-beens or wannabes, but a good part of Canada’s SCTV cast, including John freakin’ Candy! It also has Donna Dixon and Brooke Shields if you’re into ’80s actresses or big hair.  Finally, it features Jamie Farr (Klinger from the TV show, M.A.S.H.) as an Arab former racer, making Farr notable for appearing in all three of the titans of this genre. As far as cars go, Speed Zone – which was later renamed Cannonball Fever  - features a fake Countach, a Jag XJS, E32 BMW 7 Series, and a jet aircraft that has trouble with an overpass.

Siskel & Ebert gave the film two thumbs down with Siskel calling it “so venal it doesn’t even try to be good.” You can judge for yourself by watching the trailer right after the jump.

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