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False Neutral #18: I Don’t FEEL Tardy…

This week’s episode was devoted to catching up. I had just returned from nine days in Alaska, and Garrett had also been traveling, so we hadn’t spoken in a while. Eric and Garrett each caught up on project bike maintenance. I had to catch up on the conversation after dropping …

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: Taking A Visceral Trip

So, what makes an Aston Martin? Well, it needs to be powerful, of course. Something like a V12 with 554hp would be great. Ideally, if it’s still possible it should be normally aspirated. You should be able to hear the engine gasping in big lungfuls of air and the throttle …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 116 – The Frants And The Furious

James Mackintosh of the Top Dead Centered podcast joins us to chat about stuff for a while. James is a mechanic by trade, and brings an interesting perspective to the podcast, sadly we don’t really let him talk much this week. Brad and Jason have rants, and Cam is a …

Podcast: Episode 157 – Race Recap 4

It’s time we return with another Race Recap. Duncan Ende joins me in the podcast studio and we briefly cover the races we’ve missed, and then dive into the ones we’ve just watched. The topics at hand include, most notably, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Put on your helmet, …

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Anonymity is a precious commodity in today’s interconnected, warrantless wiretapping, kiss-cam world, but that doesn’t mean it’s unobtainable. Just last week in fact we went looking for cars that would let us blend in—the most anonymous rides the classifieds had to offer. We’ll disappear into the faceless crowd in just a sec, but first, this week’s ultra-patriotic Independence Day-themed quest.

We’re closing in on the long July 4th holiday and that means barbecues, parades and red, white, and blue bikinis. It also means a little celebration for a place I like to call home, the United States of America! Let’s give it up for Uncle Sam, freedom, and two-dollar a gallon gas. While we’re at it, let’s find something to burn that cheap fuel in, and in fact let’s see if we can’t find some examples of what in your opinion is the most american car or truck there is for sale.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, Now, let’s get anonymous.

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Goodwood 2016: Lamborghini, Art, Design and Popular Culture

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Lamborghini has never been a brand to conform to convention. There has never been a Raging Bull that followed the herd. Here, in a corner of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, we find a small assembly of some of Sant’Agata’s wildest creations.

Can a car define its era, or does its era define IT? I always feel that Ferarris are styled after artistic ideals, whereas a Lamborghini is designed out of sheer passion. If a Ferrari is the work of an impressionist, a Lambo is more like cubism. Art borne out of mood. I thought it might be fun to try and work out what was in the minds of the creators when this little lot were first drawn up.

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Hooniverse Asks: Are Modern Headlights Too Damn Expensive?

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As I noted in my introduction of our family’s new/old Audi, one of the first things I did upon taking ownership of the car was to polish up the covers on those handsome composite headlights. No such action was needed on our old Volvo. It still has crystal clear headlamps seeing as they’re made out of glass. The lights on the Audi however, which is one-year newer, looked like underwear you’ve finally given up on. A half an hour of elbow grease per side and they were good as new.

The thing of it is, that’s just a fact of life with the current crop of aerodynamic headlamps. And that’s just one aspect of them. If one of the bulbs burns out the replacements can be pricy, especially if there’s some fancy element in their name. Back in the day, before these lights were made common here in the U.S., you could pick up a sealed beam just about anywhere for anywhere from eight to twelve bucks. Now if you are unfortunate enough to have a lens broken by road debris or a spiteful ex then expect to shell out ten times that at the least.

That kind of sucks and maybe it’s gotten a little too out of hand. What do you think, are headlamps today too expensive and if so, what could be done to counter that?

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Last Call: Per Lo Scooter Edition

Robert Emslie June 28, 2016 Last Call

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If you ask me, vintage ads for scooter tires are the best ads.

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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Goodwood 2016: BMW and Mini- the conceptual stretching of brands?

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There didn’t seem to be as many concept cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year as there usually are, but those which did appear are worth a bit of discussion.

The two I present to you here are both from the fevered imagination of BMW, one being displayed in a courtyard of Goodwood House, amidst the German marque’s centenary celebrations, the other on show centrally in the MINI pavilion elsewhere on site.

I know that neither of them are new, but it’s the first time I’ve seen them in the flesh and both concepts gave me mixed emotions. But what do you think?

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V.I.S.I.T. California Vacation Edition

Recently my wife and I travelled to California for a vacation. On the way from North to South, I captured cars through my lens along the way. Whether they were in traffic, parked on a roof, or in museums, I sought out the interesting, the old, the rare, and the obscure vehicles to share.  … Continue Reading

Track Tuesday: Name That Track

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s kind of a dewlap. Good luck!

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A Focus ST and a test drive gone awry (UPDATE: NOW WITH THE WHOLE STORY)

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You’re not supposed to be parked on the side of a residential street in a car you don’t own, and especially not so on a drive for which you’re supposed to be pitched reasons why you should buy exact said car. But there we were, the salesman and me, on our hands and knees looking beneath a brand-new, just-off-the-truck 2016 Focus ST. If you only get one first impression it’s a sure good thing the first few minutes of my drive went smoothly, because I really wanted to like the FoST. But there we were… on our hands and knees.

[We had a little technical snafu yesterday; click through for the whole thing – Ed]

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False Neutral #18: I Don’t FEEL Tardy…

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This week’s episode was devoted to catching up. I had just returned from nine days in Alaska, and Garrett had also been traveling, so we hadn’t spoken in a while. Eric and Garrett each caught up on project bike maintenance. I had to catch up on the conversation after dropping into the conversation about ten minutes late (after staying late at work to, you guessed it, catch up on office tasks). I showed up just as Garrett was wanting to taunt me about the FZ-10. And my leathers. (Yes, again.) We went on to catch up on lots of other topics we’ve discussed in the past, including the deadly happenings at this year’s Isle of Man TT. We did manage to talk about some new stuff: how VW’s woes might affect Ducati and a couple of new motorcycle models we had not discussed previously.


False Neutral – I Don’t FEEL Tardy…

LINKS MENTIONED:
Aprilia RS250 Banshee 465 (ebay.co.uk)
The 10 Best Buys in Motorcycles for 2016 (popularmechanics.com)

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Hooniverse Asks: Would You Pay $500 For an Aftermarket Back Up Camera?

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The Department of Transportation has mandated that starting in 2018 all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds sold in the U.S. will need to be equipped with a back up camera. That’ll be all well and good for the Richie Riches of the nation who can afford things like new cars and clothes that fit, but what about us poor schlubs who for no fault of our own drive around in older cars?

Thankfully there’s the aftermarket and in that marché of all things after there do exist a number of add-on rear-view cameras. To be honest with you, most of those are pretty terrible. One that’s supposed to be not-terrible comes from a new start up, founded by a bunch of ex-Apple employees, called Pearl. They have developed a license plate frame back up camera that gets its power from batteries charged by the sun and that sends its images to your smartphone via an included OBDII port connector.

The two-camera RearVision frame offers a 180° view and can turn on and off as the car is moved into and out of reverse. It offers audible obstacle warnings and can switch to a map view when moving forward. It also has a planned cost of $500. People say that hindsight is 20/20, but that’s a lot of Benjamins just to see where you’ve been. What do you think, would you pay that much for a back up camera, no matter how fancy?

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