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Ethereal Express: Driving The Citroën XM

There are countless phenomenons out there which defy description. To know that something exists, having this fact backed up by the reports of others, even seeing it documented on TV still can’t hold a candle to experiencing it first hand. I found this to be true when I visited Iceland …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 112 – Put The Bike Down

  Jason has returned this week after being replaced last week. Cam was late to the recording and got cranky about it for reasons that will become obvious. Brad took a long road trip down to get some beer in Southern California, in his Porsche, with the top down the …

Podcast: Episode 154 – YouTube Comments Part II

Grab a beer. Sit back. Enjoy yourself… as we once again dive headfirst into the world that is the YouTube comment section. It’s time to walk through the minds of folks who should probably step back from their computers and take a breather. Hooniverse – YouTube Comments – Part II …

False Neutral #13: Manx Dreams

This week we focus first on visionary motorcycle designer and racer Michael Czysz, who passed away earlier this month. We then move on to discuss the legendary Manx TT. Many of Czysz’s achievements came on the island’s Snaefell Mountain Course on the Isle of Man. The 37.75 mile road course …

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“Whatcha Doin’ Brother?”

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Author’s Note: So this weekend is Memorial Day weekend here in the good ole USA. Uncle Sam gives us this Monday off in remembrance of fallen members of the US Armed Services. While I am lucky that all three of my older brothers served and lived through it, there are many who did not. So while we are enjoying this day of leisure, remember the reason for this holiday. Thanks to all who served and serve to protect the right to enjoy the many things I do as I Celebrate Life.

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Every week in Greg K’s Hooniverse News column, he winds up said column up with “What is your automotive news? Well as this olelongrooffan doesn’t wrench on my stuff much these days, I usually don’t have a lot to comment about in the comments section of those posts. However, that was changed up a couple weeks ago.

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Last Call: Just a Peek Edition

Robert Emslie May 27, 2016 Last Call

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It’s a testament to the designer when just a sliver of a car can elicit a visceral gasp from those who see it. The Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta SWB is just such a car, one that doesn’t have a misplaced line or extraneous detail. And, that’s why it’s taking us into the weekend. Buckle up, everybody!

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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Ethereal Express: Driving The Citroën XM

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There are countless phenomenons out there which defy description. To know that something exists, having this fact backed up by the reports of others, even seeing it documented on TV still can’t hold a candle to experiencing it first hand.

I found this to be true when I visited Iceland in April and was lucky enough to witness Aurora Borealis live and outrageous in the late winter sky. It was everything I had dreamt of and more besides, at one point exploding from the restful ribbon of bright green that boogied in the darkness into a sudden Pink Floyd laser spectacular- pinks and blues and whites swirling in an unimaginable vortex like Nature’s Own LSD. Probably.

And if that celestial showcase wasn’t enough, on Thursday 26th May 2016, I got to drive a Citroën XM.

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V.I.S.I.T. – After the Show Edition

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The coolest finds are always the ones you don’t expect, and that is certainly the case with this edition of V.I.S.I.T. Check out this 1970 Buick Skylark. … Continue Reading

Roadside Attractions – Junkyard of Dreams

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Last month, my dad decided to buy a pickup from a guy up in Lebanon. For those of you not familiar with Lebanon (which is nearly all of you), it’s a medium sized town here in the Ozarks, known for its boat manufacturing and walnut bowls (there is a big factory in town that makes all kinds of wooden products). It happens to be my hometown as well, and a place I always enjoy visiting. We picked up my brother and jumped on the interstate on a sunny Saturday morning. … Continue Reading

The News for May 27th, 2016

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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:

  • 2017 GT-R NISMO – new face, same 600 horsepower bite

  • 2017 Subaru BRZ channels the STI concept for a face lift

  • BMW design study pays tribute to the original 2002 Turbo

  • Cosworth is setting up an engine shop near Detroit

  • The first Acura NSX rolls off the assembly line in Ohio

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie May 27, 2016 Mystery Car

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It was on this day in 1647 that Alse Young of Windsor Connecticut was put to death by the fine people of that town on account of their accusation that she was a witch. That was the first documented witch execution in the Americas.

We’ve come a long way from Alse Young to Harry Potter but we still don’t take kindly to the use of witchcraft in the solving of the weekly Mystery Car contest, it just wouldn’t be fair. Because of that, witches will just have to sit on their wands for this. Make and model if you please.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 112 – Put The Bike Down

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Jason has returned this week after being replaced last week. Cam was late to the recording and got cranky about it for reasons that will become obvious. Brad took a long road trip down to get some beer in Southern California, in his Porsche, with the top down the whole 1200 miles. It was nice to get the crew back together and each of us have fun things to talk about this week. Jason’s trip to Droptops & Dirt sounded like a lot of fun, and I know I enjoyed my trip. Cam’s trip was just as eventful, but perhaps not as enjoyable.

This episode’s topics include: A couple D’s, motorcycle shenanigans, R Gruppe Treffen, Road Trippin’, Droptops & Dirt with the Motor Press Guild, and a few listener questions. Nothing fancy this week, just updates on what the crew is up to.


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Put The Bike Down

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Hooniverse Asks: Are You Pulling for Alfa Romeo?

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Few manufacturers of what realistically might be considered affordable cars have the following that Alfa Romeo enjoys. Fewer still reward that loyalty and fealty with as much frustration. Hell, Jeremy Clarkson even equivocated that you couldn’t be a true auto enthusiast until you’d owned one of Alfa’s cars. Pfft.

Until recently here in the States the objects of that brand affection have been limited to the marque’s used wares as the company pulled up stakes and went home more than two decades ago. Since then they’ve sent us little more than vapid missives of their desire to return, but it wasn’t until a couple of years back that any concerted effort to do so was earnestly put forth.

The result was the loony-toon 4C, a car that’s both totally amazing and completely ridiculous all at the same time. Obviously the two-seat carbon-fiber chassis sports car has limited appeal and so the company’s second salvo across the pond, the Giulia, is a mainstream sedan with BMW’s 5-series locked in its sights. The thing of it is, the Giulia has had a really difficult birthing process, to the point where you have to wonder, can Alfa really make it here?

Sure, the new cars are as engaging, frustrating and viscerally exciting as the Alfas of old, but perhaps the world has moved on? What do you think, will the Italian company get their act together here? More importantly, do you even care any more if they do?

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Last Call: Saint Bernard Edition

Robert Emslie May 26, 2016 Last Call

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Yo dawg, I ain’t cleaning that up. By the way, what car is that?

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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