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Podcast: Episode 75 – Whir: The best impression that Blake has ever done

Chris, Blake, and myself are all back in the same room for the first time in weeks. Blake has been off checking out the new ND Miata, and I was running wild down in Baja to test a brand-new BFGoodrich KO2 tire. We’re back now though, and Blake has shown …

Stop the pressers: a Hoonicopia of Automotive Excellence. And a Hyundai Pony too.

Nearly everyone in this business remembers their first presser with fondness, be it ever so humble. A Fit, a Corolla, a Dodge Neon with crank windows – it doesn’t matter what it was, just that you finally had the opportunity to write something useful or incisive or interesting. Mine was …

Enthusiast’s Guide To FIA Formula E

Remember how excited people got about the Audi R10 TDi racers when they debuted? They were something completely new and different. They were the pinnacle of technology, they were fast, they were quiet, and they wiped the floor with their competition. Starting this weekend, the FIA is trying to capitalize …

Podcast: Episode 74 – On the Road Again: NY and Virginia…

I’m on the road again, and I’m reporting in after spending some time in NY and Virginia. I’ve traveled up to NY to sample the all-new Lexus RC F, and then hopped on a plane to Virginia to sample some Volkswagen goodness. This is a special shorty episode, as it’s an On The …

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Your dose of Malaise for the Weekend; A 1977 Mercury Cougar XR7

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You know it wouldn’t be a Hooniverse Weekend without at least one feature that included a Detroit Boat made during the Malaise Era, and why not showcase one from a dead nameplate? This is a 1977 Mercury Cougar XR7 that shared a great deal with the Ford Thunderbird and Torino at that time. This had every excess 70’s styling cliche of the period… And that’s what makes it so damn desirable (at least it does for me…).

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – This was once a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am…

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On the Weekend I usually look at quite a few Facebook Feeds to see if there is anything out there that I can bring to your attention, and look what appeared on the Future $500 race cars! Even if the owner doesn’t know it yet Facebook Page. This thing was once a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am, but I am not sure what the Kit Car Make is… The only thing about this car I know is this: It’s a Hot Mess….

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Rescue this 1969 Saab 96, because you can do it…

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Once in a while, there is a serious Craigslist listing that seems to take the form of hero worship. This is one of those listings. Here we have a seller of a vehicle that he personally rescued from sitting in a pasture for a few years, but knows his limitations, and wants to see it go to a good home. Make the jump to read the entire listing…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1985 Mazda 626 LX Diesel Stick, with a Parts Car thrown in…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I think I will start out with this mind blower… This is a 1985 Mazda 626 LX Diesel, a model that is very rare in the first place, but this seller actually has a part car to throw into the mix. So, raise your hand if you knew that Mazda once sold a 626 Diesel here in North America… To be honest, I had no idea this car existed…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – An Original 1983 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible; Can you believe this has been driven over 100,000 miles?

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I have kind of a confession to make, and it is one you have probably read about in some of my past postings. I look on eBay and Craigslist for all things Chrysler. I know, it is a sign of weakness, but I search for Newports, Furies, Polaras, Monacos, and quite often, LeBarons. This one cropped up, and I’m surprised that the car has as many miles on it as it does. So, what do you think it’s worth?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – What about a functioning 1988 Isuzu I-Mark Turbo found on Craigslist?

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Here on the Weekends I try and find some of the most wretched vehicles ever to grace the showroom floor, and to gauge your reaction to those vehicles. To many, Isuzu was said to be Japan’s Fiat, producing some interesting cars that were not completely engineered properly. They had a reputation of being designed well (Italy’s Giugiaro was most prevalent), and with the help of Lotus Engineering, they handled well. But the cars themselves have always been less than what they could have been. So, does that make this 1988 I-Mark Turbo any less desirable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – An Aggressive Looking 1976 BMW 2002 on Craigslist…

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This is the Hooniverse Weekend Edition and it looks like it is another weekend of Quick Hits from around the web. Let’s start out with this marvelous 1976 BMW 2002 decked out to be a timed rally contender. Anytime there is a 2002 that is in relatively decent shape, you guys seem to go all GaGa, and we are not talking about no Lady…

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Last Call- Quite the SAAB Story Edition

Robert Emslie September 19, 2014 Last Call

Saab 12-strokes

This is a SAAB 93, which as we all know was available with a 750-cc two stroke, an engine that proved its mettle on the rallying circuit. Attempting to go that one better – or perhaps two better as the case were – was the  93 ‘Monster’ which featured two such engines, mounted transversely and driving through a central power takeoff. That’s 1,496-ccs and two strokes times six which made for a claimed 138-bhp and a 122-mph top end for the lightened car. At that speed, the 93’s nominally aerodynamic body would tend to lift and attempt to say how you doin’? to passing aircraft, thus ending the experiment.

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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Hoonitales: Tangentally Related To Horsepower and A Chevy

LongRoofian September 19, 2014 All Things Hoon

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A few years ago while this olelongrooffan was still living up in the Birthplace of Speed, thejeepjunkie clandestinely stopped by my Taj Mahal beachside on his way to pick up the Kid from basketball practice.

We shared a couple of those beverages emanating from the city with the Arch and got to looking at some old photos that were leaving my possession and being turned over to their proper owners on an epic Road Trip previously shared with my fellow Hoons.

Now this olelongrooffan has shared the fact I spent some of my formative years growing up on a farm just off Route 66 near Halltown, Missouri. Actually, just a country mile from some of fellow Hoon Marcal’s kinfolk.

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Weekend at Beaulieu:- 4 Sale:- T’Bird? Word.

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£23,750. It all comes down to context, really. In my world, where my daily driver is worth probably a hundredth of that, that’s a whole hill of cash. In vehicular retail terms, though, twenty-four grand doesn’t yet see you out of KIA territory. You’re talking real low-end BMW and Mercedes fare for that kind of figure. For out-and-out look-at-me new-car credibility, £23,750 doesn’t earn you a whole bunch of bragging rights.

So why not spend your 24 kiloquid on this? Parked amid the “for sale” area at the World Famous International Autojumble at Beaulieu this year, to say that this ’63 Thunderbird stood out is an understatement akin to the 1986 mutterings of Chenobyl safety officers that “we might be in a spot of bother here.”

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