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French Cars Living and Dying in Poland

We start this episode of cars that are living and/or dying in Poland with some bad news. Various government agencies in Poland, especially in big cities, are beginning to remove abandoned cars from the streets. Residents are complaining about these vehicles being the eyesores of their communities and that they are …

Podcast: Episode 120 – Bark at the Moon

We’re joined in the podcast studio by guest Mark Baruth. He’s an editor at TheTruthAboutCars, and he’s also the proud owner of a Ford Flex, Ford Mustang Boss 302, and Ford Fiesta ST… he likes the Blue Oval Brand. He’s also in possession of opinion on things, and that’s something …

Hooniverse Goes To The Virginia City Hillclimb

Just last week I was listening to the Smoking Tire podcast (when I’m not listening to the Hooniverse podcast or hosting the Cammed & Tubbed podcast, of course), when I heard mention that the famous Cobb Tuned Fiesta ST would be making an appearance at the Virginia City Hill Climb …

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Last Call: Eternal Fork in the Road Edition

Robert Emslie September 3, 2015 Last Call

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Don’t feel too bad for him, he’ll soon be back in black.

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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Long Shots: Elkys and Econolines

LongRoofian September 3, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Because we all love Elkys and Econolines. Last weekend this olelongrooffan traveled the back roads up to enjoy a leisurely lunch with a long time ago girlfriend, the badgecarryingblonde, and on the way home over in the neighboring burg of Walnut Shade, I spotted a car lot with these two beauties parked out front. That Elky was priced at a mere thirty five hundred bucks. Click on through to see what else was spotted that sunny late summer day here in the Ozark Mountains.

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Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track June 1958

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This morning a co-worker sold me a crate full of vintage car magazines, more than 70 issues in total, so I thought it might be nice to share some of the highlights with my favorite Hoons. This issue is chock full of amazing stuff that happened well before I was born, but I loved every page more as I flipped through. That cover art really sets the tone for a high quality, well edited, and gorgoeusly produced periodical. They just don’t do magazine art direction like they used to. This cover, featuring Citroen’s beautiful ID-19, stuck out to me as I was rifling through the case of beautifully preserved magazines. While I will likely end up re-selling many of these magazines, this particular cover is so striking that I will definitely be framing it and hanging it in my home.

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Visionary: 1994 Eagle Vision Aerie Concept in an alternative timeline

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Chrysler showcased this enhanced version of the then-fresh Eagle Vision at the 1994 Chicago Auto Show, amidst what seems like bubble wrap. The Eagle Vision Aerie Concept benefited from a pokier development of the 3.5-litre V6 under the hood: the regular, consumer-issue unit had 214 horsepower, but the one in the Aerie was said to produce as much as 274 horses. As well as the improved engine, the Aerie had fancy phone and fax capabilities with an automated emergency call system.

In any case, the Vision was short-lived in Eagle guise, even if the capable FWD platform ended up birthing the even-more-swoopy Chrysler 300M. The Vision nameplate died without siring a son, and there were no latter-day Talons to accompany Mitsubishi Eclipse sales. But looking at the concept’s front end treatment, there’s something unanswered deep inside that can only be brought to the light of day via PhotoShop.

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The Bean Machine: Coffee Vending Done Properly

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So, the Beautiful Days Festival was as much fun as the lineup (featuring House Of Pain, Dropkick Murphys and Gogol Bordello and more) suggested it might be, yet there was no escaping the fact that, if you’re as caffiene dependent as I am it would have been a torturous weekend if there was no decent coffee available.

As you’re aware I’ve made life hard for myself following my boycott of any catering issued from a Citroen “H” van, but happily there were none of those to be seen here. My quest for coffee led me to the far side of the arena, where I encountered The Bean Machine and it so overawed me that I elected it to be my sole supplier of hot drinks for the entirety of the festival.

Click the jump to see why.

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French Cars Living and Dying in Poland

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We start this episode of cars that are living and/or dying in Poland with some bad news. Various government agencies in Poland, especially in big cities, are beginning to remove abandoned cars from the streets. Residents are complaining about these vehicles being the eyesores of their communities and that they are taking up precious parking space. The first ones to go are the cars without license plates or those that have open gas caps. Furthermore, like other European cities, Warsaw is planning on restricting vehicles of certain age from city center due to environmental issues. Enjoy these images now as soon many of these cars will be recycled.

We have seen French cars that are living and dying in Poland twice now, here and here. So many of you love French cars, that we are considering adding a sadomasochism section to Hooniverse. Enjoy the below pictures and just keep in mind that those images are not reprehensive of all of Poland, which is quite beautiful, but rather of cars which look crappy wherever in the world they would be. As usual, all images come courtesy of zlomnik.pl and its readers.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie September 3, 2015 Thursday Trivia

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Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This week’s question: What iconic WWII vehicle led to the Marcos Xylon – better known as the Ugly Duckling?”

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24 Hours of Lemons There Goes The Neighborhood 2015 Wrap-up

Since our Lemons-loving friend Eric Rood has departed Hooniverse, I am taking it upon myself to provide some 24 Hours of Lemons coverage. Don’t expect anything too great from me, Mr. Root’s coverage of this race series was rather amazing and there is no way I could match it. That said, quick and dirty updates is what you’ll get. Above is the wrap-up video of the There Goes The Neighborhood race from Thompson, CT. There is some hot Buick action in the first thirty seconds, too.

 

Hooniverse Asks: What Do You Wish You Could Do to Your Car by Remote Control?

Robert Emslie September 3, 2015 Hooniverse Asks

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So yesterday we raised the question as to the value of remote starting your car and you know what, people who live where it gets PDC (pretty damn cold) love it while people who live were it never gets above nippy didn’t really see the value. I’m certainly glad we got to the bottom of that question for the ages, now let’s get to another one.

Since many of you made a strong case for remote starting, what we’d like to know today is what else you’d like your car to do when you don’t actually have to be in its immediate presence. Some cars will raise or lower their tops and windows at the press of a keyfob button, while others will – quite remarkably – activate the door locks. Those are common actions, and ones that you are no doubt taking advantage of as we speak. But what about the unrealized conveniences? What else do you wish your car could do by remote control?

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Last Call: Heads Will Roll Edition

Robert Emslie September 2, 2015 Last Call

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A truck carrying cabbages turned over on the highway outside of Rochester New York on Tuesday morning causing both extensive traffic delays and massive cole slaw.

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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