24 Hours of Lemons: Buick is the Rainmaster, Wins Judge’s Choice!

Rain. The forecast called for lots of it. A major storm, they called it. It rained the night before and it was suppose to rain all day Saturday. Certainly not great for racing. My hopes of anything exciting happening on Saturday were slim.  I was wrong. Very wrong.  The race started …

Podcast: Episode 203 – Meeting of the Triumvarite

Chris, Zack, and myself are all in the studio for the first time in what feels like a long time… even though it’s only been a few weeks. We talk about Zack getting to check out Jay Leno’s Garage and his trip to Icon for a Casino Charity evening. I …

McLaren 570GT – The everyday supercar

McLaren makes an entry-level car, and it goes by the name 570GT. Now, entry level to McLaren means you’ll still need to remove over $200,000 from your bank account to come and play… but in these insane times, that actually makes it relatively affordable compared to the competition. What you …

Quick Shift 2: Fixing the fuel lines on the Benz

My 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan is leaking fuel. So I’m going to try to fix it, and I go for a swim in fuel along the way. Two t-shirts gave their lives during the making of this episode of Quick Shift.

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Last Call: Choose Wisely Edition

Robert Emslie May 22, 2017 Last Call

Most Millennials won’t get this joke.

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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What’s the most special special edition?

‘Special edition’ can mean many, many things, and just how special they are tends to depend on whether we’re looking at a supercar or a shopping car. The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse SE, for example, was conceived to give the ultra rich a reason to buy another Veyron that’s somehow more special than the bog-standard version they already have tucked away in the hangar. A little more down to earth, the Mercedes CLS Final Edition is just that – kindly folk would call it a last hurrah, while cynical types would say it’s a last ditch attempt to drum up interest in an obsolescent model.

There are certain special editions that become all-time classics, though, and my favourite comes from just briefly before I was born. Celebrating – or cashing in – on the 1980 Olympics, I bring you the Ford Granada Chasseur.

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850hp Group B Audi Quattro enjoys devouring tarmac

The Group B cars remain legendary machines to this day. You don’t see them in action like you used to, but there are places where they remain the active fire-breathing monsters that we all remember. One of those places is on a hillclimb course, and that’s where we find this amazing specimen.

According to the video description, this one is making 850 horsepower and driver Keith Edwards is basically suggesting courses of action for the nose as it makes its way up to the finish line.

Hooniverse Reviews: Assetto Corsa “Ready to Race” Pack

A new DLC pack for Assetto Corsa just dropped on Steam with a healthy dose of race car goodness. The “Ready to Race” car pack includes ten cars – only one of which is road legal – to fill in some of the gaps in their existing car lineup and finally bring in some fan favorites.

Prototypes, GT1, GT3, spec-racing cup cars, hyper cars, and even rally are represented in this pack to make it one of the most diverse content updates the game has received to date. A car pack made mostly of race cars for a game that does race cars extremely well sounds like a winning combination… and it is. Click past the jump for some quick (I promise) details and impressions.

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What makes it go… and don’t say ask a mechanic

That is the opening line to the 1973 film What’s Under Your Hood?. For some, the space under the hood of a car is a mystery zone where all you know is that air and fuel turn into fire and then your wheels turn. Actually, if you know that little bit there, you’re probably in better shape than a fair amount of the driving public. Want to know a bit more? Then this is a great video to watch.

Yes, it’s a bit old but it’s presenting the very basic parts of an engine in an easy to understand format. It’s all explained in that great way from all videos of the era. There’s no fluff, just information.

You’re going to learn about the engine, transmission, driveshaft, and rear axle. And you’re going to learn about all of that in just ten minutes. Hit play and let your brain soak it all in.

Because it’s Monday: Let’s Gear Up

The reason I’m comfortable with having Hagerty as an insurer is because they really seem to get what the whole old car experience is all about. (Full disclosure: I insure my old cars through Hagerty, but they don’t pay me shit to link to their videos, I just think they’re stinkin’ cool.)
Here we have one of their amazing Redline Rebuild time lapse repair videos; the dismantling and rebuilding of a Ford-O-Matic transmission out of a Bullet Bird. The Ford-O-Matic was a Borg Warner design originally introduced in 1951 and serving with updates for decades after. This one appears to be a medium-length case which, according to Hemmings, makes it more commonly referred to as a Merc-O-Matic. Whatever the moniker, it sure is complicated. That matters little to us since we’re not doing the work. So, sit back and enjoy a little old school automatic innards on a Monday morning.

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Cars from Smokey and the Bandit reimagined for 40th anniversary

It’s been forty years since the original Smokey and the Bandit premiered. That seems like a crazy long amount of time, longer than many of us have been around. This is why for so many of us Smokey and the Bandit, possibly Cannonball too, may just have been the movie that made kiddo us fall in love with cars. I know it was for me. 

Decades ago pundits assumed that after year 2000 we all would have a flying hydrogen-powered cars and that the world would be out of oil. Fortunately the world today has a Challenger SRT Demon with a supercharged V8 that screams Fuck Yea louder than any 1970s Pontiac ever could (sorry, fact). While Pontiac is no longer around, we still have an equally awesome Camaro and many police departments still drive big sedans with V8 engines that send their power to the rear wheels. 

Big rigs, despite the above image, have not changed much either. They still have 18 wheels and huge turbo-diesel engines with transmissions that many of us couldn’t shift. The biggest difference might be in the fact that the flat-nosed cab-over truck are just about gone from our roads. 

Carspring.co.uk reimagined what some of the character cars from the movie might look like today. Except for the rig, they seem pretty much spot-on. Check out their site for a few more Bandit options. We have asked before what the Bandit would drive today, but those comments were unfortunately lost. 

Most importantly, we can get Coors beer in just about every store. 

Hooniverse Asks: What Ad Campaign Made its Marque?

Let’s think a minute about advertisements. You remember those, they’re the things you’re using an ad blocker not to have to look at on Web sites right now. At one point in time, ad campaigns for cars established or enhanced the personality of that marque, sometimes it even rejuvenated it.
Today we want your opinion on what car model, or perhaps entire brand, was made more popular by an advertising campaign. What ads really made their marque?

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Last Call: The Last Whimsy Edition

Robert Emslie May 19, 2017 Last Call

While he did assume a controlling interest in the extremely lucrative candy enterprise, Charlie ultimately had to turn down Willy Wonka’s offer to move to the factory grounds as the CEO’s house had but only a one car garage, and Charlie was planning to use his new-found fortune to amass a huge collection of epic whips.

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The Carchive: 1975 Ford Pinto

What could be more fun than perusing a forty-two year-old brochure for a really excellent, broadly celebrated automobile of class and distinction? Why, reading a forty-two year-old brochure for a car that’s widely panned as an example of automotive mediocrity from the least lamented era of all time, of course.

It’s the Ford Pinto. This is a car that I probably wouldn’t have ever known about were it not for a trip to Florida in 1993, where many, many examples were listed in the Kissimmee Auto Trader for barely any dollars. Twelve-year old me wondered “my, what it this curious Ford of which I have never heard before”? I’ve always had a soft spot for it, in particular because it often joins my beloved Rover 800 in lazily researched lists of ‘the worst cars ever’

And I’ve often wondered whether it really deserved the rep it acquired, what, with the whole bursting into flames thing and that. Hey ho…

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