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Blazing through Baja
Testing the new BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tire

The names covering the walls clue me in to the fact that I’m somewhere special. My off-road naivety has me in the dark as to the placement of the actual dot on map that is my location. Still, the names… I recognize them. Walker Evans, Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, and …

Podcast: Episode 80 – Diesel Driving Death March

Myself and Blake Z. Rong head into the Podcast Business Office to prattle on about cars. The main topic of the evening is Rong’s recent participation in the Audi A3 TDI Mileage Challenge. He was tasked with driving from Albuquerque, New Mexico to San Diego… on one tank of diesel fuel. …

Dodge Viper: More charm needed for this snake?

The Dodge Viper returned to the world in 2013 and everyone… kind of went, huh. That’s a bit of a surprise considering the styling is excellent, the V10 makes amazing noise, and the performance capability of the car is higher than that of most drivers that will climb behind the …

2014 MPG Track Day: Driving Impressions

Occasionally, we here at Hooniverse have the privilege of access to some fantastic automobiles. Any time where I am invited to attend an actual track day, and when my real job wife will let me dedicate the time to go, I am all for it. Being the new member to the Hooniverse …

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Last Call- Candid Camera Edition

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Last Call

Stewart

Both race drivers and helmet cams have come a long way since the ’60s. Here’s the Wee Scot himself, Jackie Stewart wearing what looks to be the most uncomfortable and bungie cord-ist helmet camera and counterweight ever. Regardless, does he look stoic or what?

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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Redbull Racing Australia brings back the Panel van with a twist

Joel Strickland October 24, 2014 All Things Hoon

Australia loves the Panel Wagon, they always have, since Holden & Ford started selling them in the 50’s. The best known was the Holden Sandman from the 70’s.

Well, the RedBull Racing Australia V8 Supercars team have created the ultimate tribute to the famous Sandman. Introducing the Triple Eight: Project Sandman Tribute Edition…

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Craiglist Find: A Very Important Plymouth Fury

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I spotted this furious-looking Fury a few days ago while browsing for F-150’s in the FSBO section of Craiglist. Call me crazy… but do you spot something unusual? Something rare perhaps?

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The News for October 24th, 2014

Greg Kachadurian October 24, 2014 The News!

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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:

  • McLaren releases more P1 GTR images for our viewing pleasure

  • BMW honors DTM championship with special edition M4

  • Dodge prices the insane Charger Hellcat

  • What was your automotive news for the week?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1911 Orville Wright rode the brothers’ glider over North Carolina’s Kill Devil Hills for an amazing 9 minutes and 45 seconds. This was a record flight, and one that would stand for fully 10 years.

You’ll be flying high when you solve today’s Mystery Car. Of course to get into the record books you’ll need to identify the make, model, likely engine and year-range too. We won’t even mind if you ask your brother to help.

Image ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1991-95 Mercedes-Benz 500E (E 500)

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to see if we can squeeze in another performance German Sedan. This is the third Mercedes Benz über-sedan that I have profiled in this series, and like the other two, it was seriously understated in its overall appearance. The difference this time is it took Porsche to develop and perform some of the assembly to this high performance German Sedan. So, let’s see what happens when you take a Bank Vault of a Sedan, and have one of the premiere sports car makers inject some serious horsepower under the hood. Introducing the Mercedes Benz 500E (or E 500 as the last ones were known as…).

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Best Bit of Automotive Knowledge That’s Totally Unneeded Today?

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

Vintage Garage

Hey, do you know how to de-coke an engine? How about how to unlock car bumpers that have become entangled? These were both valuable skills, 60 years ago. Today they are both anachronisms, and soon to join them will be things like points adjustment, brake pulsing, and double clutching a non-synchromesh transmission.

The automotive world marches on, and as it does certain aptitudes and activities get left by the roadside. Some of them, like the ability to successfully synchronize multiple independent carburetors, still seem a laudable skill. Others, such as remembering to include the spare when you rotate your tires are woefully out of date, but are still a cool way to make the kids feel inadequate.

I’ll bet that most of you are too young to have actually experienced such out of date automotive knowledge, but I’m sure – being car nuts – that you have over time become aware of its existence, and have formulated an opinion as to which is cool and which is lame. Today, I’d like you to share what totally useless piece of automotive knowledge is still totally cool today.

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Last Call- Tre Posti Problems Edition

Robert Emslie October 23, 2014 Last Call

Tre Posti

Ferrari never built a tre posti (three seater) for general consumption, but did design such a layout for the 1966 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. As expressed in this classic cartoon by Road & Track artist Russell Brockbank, the problems with the layout – especially for stereotypically lusty Italians – are obvious.

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. 

Image: Road & Track via Car and Driver

 

Experience the Lameness of First Wave Hybrids with this Canadian Artifact

Tim Odell October 23, 2014 For Sale

1979 Marathon Electric Hyrbid Prototype

Electric vehicles aren’t coming; they’re here. While Tesla gets all the press, there’s no shortage of EV or PHEVs from major OEMs. I’d put the technology on-par with early 90s cell phones: expensive and limited, but no longer outlandish. However, a couple gas crises, increasingly lame OEM cars and an uptick in under-occupied engineers during the 70s-80s caused small-run EV conversions and series hybrids to bloom like toxic algae. On paper, the potential is there: take something light, drop in a forklift motor and pile of batteries and you’re no longer dependent on Big oil! Man! Alas, every EV prior to GM’s EV1 suuuuuuuucked. Detractors claim the Model S’s battery technology still limits the practicality of the car, but it’s as though they’ve forgotten how lame these things were: sub-sub compact, 50mph top speed and maybe 50 mile range.

That said, we don’t mock the atlatl for being a crappy crossbow, we appreciate its place in history. Same with this early Marathon Electric hybrid prototype. Based on the Briggs and Stratton motor, and diagram in the article from the listing, this appears to be a series-hybrid setup. Somewhat cleverly, the rear of the vehicle is actually a trailer chassis (for holding the battery weight) while the front has some kind of FWD drivetrain of unknown origin. Rest assured, this thing serves no practical purpose that a golf cart or UTV couldn’t best it at, but I’m still a little curious what kind of range and performance it could get with a new set of high-capacity polymer batteries (they’re not included, of course) and a more modern generator. Might also big a cool instructional demo vehicle for a high school or college physics class. Not sure it’s $5,000 worth of cool instructional vehicle, though.

Seriously, though, check out article from The Montreal Gazette from 1980. It’s deliciously anachronistic, but eerily similar to today.

1979 Marathon Electric Hyrbid Prototype – eBay Motors

 

The Carchive:- The Mk1 VW Golf (1980)

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We’ve not done this for a while now, so lets don the requisite safety clothing, connect up our breathing apparatus and ready ourselves to descend into the swirling vortex that is The Carchive.

The last volume that bobbed to the surface in this series was for the Alfa Romeo Arna, but prior to that it was the turn of the VW Corrado. Today we’re going a bit further back in that car’s lineage to the Wolsburg machine which turned out to be Genesis for a long line of celebrated ‘dubs. It’s the Mk 1 Golf.

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