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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 125 – Pebble Batch

Cam, Brad, and Jason are joined by multi-time guest Manuel for an excellent hour of discussion and revelry. Three of the four were recently in Monterey for Car Week, and met up at the infamous Pebble Beach Concours. This particular episode is a lot of fun, as the events were …

Podcast: Episode 166 – The Outlander is better than dying…

I’m on my own this week because Zack and Chris are both off and working. I just got back from a quick personal trip back east, where I wound up driving the Mitsubishi Outlander… and I almost drowned, but not in the Mitsubishi. After getting back to the west coast, I hopped into the Cadillac CT6 …

False Neutral #26: Bold New Graphics! Part 2

In the conclusion of our discussion about color schemes, graphics, and racing team liveries, we look at Italian bikes and cruisers, before things go further afield (as usual). The merits of gold paint, Buells and mauve racebikes are pondered. Eric goes down a disturbing Japanese Internet rabbit hole, and Garrett …

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 124 – New Vinyl

This week Jason comes back, but we make it a short one, as we all have a bunch of stuff to do this week. Jason and Brad are both recovering from Monterey Pre-Reunion weekend, and preparing for the full swing of Monterey Car Week. Jason talks a bit about his …

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Monterey Car Week through the eyes of DWA’s iPhone

Jeff Glucker August 29, 2016 All Things Hoon

Someday I plan to head up to Monterey Car week, camp out, and do it right. I’ve never been. This video from our friends at Driving While Awesome gives me a taste at what it might be like to head on up. You’ll recognize a familiar Audi too.

This video is essentially what your brain would remember if you camped out at Mazda Raceway, then went into Monterey proper to experience a bit of the action. Give it a watch.

Because it’s Monday: Let’s Watch a Flatty Get Spiffed Up

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Ford’s V8 may not have been the automotive epiphany that the Model T represented, but by bringing an affordable V8 powerplant to the masses it served nearly the same market. Its stoutness, simplicity and expandability also gave rise to a generation of hot rodders and a cottage industry of go-faster parts for Ford’s “Flatty.”

That was decades ago, and since then the L-head V8 has been supplanted in hot rodders hearts by the more modern OHV V8, most notably the ubiquitous “Small Block Chevy.” That doesn’t mean however, that the Flat Head doesn’t have a place in modern throwbacks and they continue to this day to have their advocates. You can count among those the good folks at Hagerty who have provided this mesmerizing time-lapse video of a 24-stud Flatty getting its restoration on before coming back to life under the hood of a ’46 pickup. The actual rebuild took just 100 hours but you can watch it in just a little over 6 minutes. Then you’ll get to hear just how sweet a Flatty can sound. … Continue Reading

Classic Captions – 1979 Ford Van Edition

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You can count on Classic Captions to bring the retro. Today we risk overdosing on it, with a gale-force assault of ’70s cliches: multicolored tape stripes, porthole windows, white spoke wheels shod with Goodyear Polyglas tires, and that’s just the vehicle! To that, add such tastefully period touches such as the Honda XL dirtbike, a white cowl-neck knit top, wicker platform wedges, plus a director’s chair and a folding web lawn chair. Stare long enough and you can almost hear strains of England Dan and John Ford Coley emanating from an unseen cassette player. The only question is whether it’s a Sanyo or a Panasonic. If you can’t come up with a clever witticism in response to this, your creative juices have turned to powder inside you, like the blood of those victims in The Andromeda Strain. Or perhaps you’re just young enough to have no idea who England Dan and John Ford Coley are. Um…were.
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Hooniverse Asks: What’s “America’s Race Track?”

Robert Emslie August 29, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

 

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, practices for the Sprint Cup Series Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Auto racing is an international sport, much like Football. Unlike that latter one however, which we Americans call soccer, auto racing tends to take on a regional flair. Series’ like Formula One do tend to cross borders without much translation, but there are others that are generally particular to one nation, like the U.S.A.’s NASCAR.

Having a home-grown racing series naturally means having tracks to support it, and we in the U.S. are lucky have a number of venerated regional venues. Some of those have gained international fame both as a track and as host to what’s typically considered an American race event. The question for today is: which of those tracks should be rightfully considered “America’s Race Track?”

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Last Call: Connect Four Edition

Robert Emslie August 26, 2016 Last Call

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Can you find a favorite?

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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The Carchive: The 1973 Citroen Ami range

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It’s Friday afternoon, and coming pretty close to time for downing tools. Let’s take the scenic route home, maybe try the overgrown lane of curiosity, perhaps pausing at the lake of history. Then have a rummage amongst the driftwood on the shoreline of discovery, see you find. Welcome to The Carchive.

The last trip we took into obscurity wasn’t actually in the least bit obscure – we took a fond gawp at the now 21-year old Dodge Avenger. Well, now for something completely different. We’re moving a long way away both geographically and temporally, to France in 1973. It’s the Citroen Ami.

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BaT is selling a straight-up dream machine, and I want it
Old Land Rover content ahead

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If you’ve been reading Hooniverse for awhile, you know that I have a painful aching to own an old Land Rover. This is certainly a terrible idea, as I can barely wrench on my own old Ford. Turning wrenches on an old British farm tool would no doubt result in all of my hair falling out, my brain bleeding, and my eyes falling out of my head.

None of that bothers me (ok, the hair part does a bit) and I want an old Land Rover… and of course I’ve found the perfect one for me on Bring A Trailer. Hell, it’s their own damn vehicle and they’re putting it up for auction.

This is a 1962 Land Rover Series IIA. It’s been restored and the green paint looks great. Most importantly, however, is the 4.8-liter Vortec V8 mounted under the hood. This is very nearly what I’d want to do with an old Landie anyway. Find a clean one, swap in a V8, and have myself a budget version of that Twisted Defender I can’t afford.

The problem is that I can’t afford this one either. It’s already sitting with a bid of $33,000 and there are still five days to go. If my truck were worth it, I wouldn’t even hesitate to swap it straight up for this Rover. I love my truck dearly… but this is one of my dream cars.

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Spend a gorgeous night with the Clarion Builds Acura NSX

Friend of Hooniverse Andrew Maness recently spent time with our new favorite Acura NSX. It’s the Clarion Builds car, and it’s a stunner. Andrew could’ve went the standard automotive video review route (which, admittedly we’re going to do our own version of here soon), but he didn’t. He teamed up with amazing videographer and set off in the middle of the night.

You don’t hear any specs, stats, figures, or random automotive cliches. Instead, you just get a man enjoying a machine during the portion of the day when you’re supposed to be asleep and dreaming. Andrew wasn’t dreaming though… he was living out his dreams behind the wheel of a properly modified NSX.

The News for August 26th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian August 26, 2016 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:

  • Aston Martin drops the top on the Vanquish Zagato because they could

  • Tesla reveals Model S P100D with more range and power

  • Mazda has reportedly approved the RX-9 for production

  • Ford offering a free* driving academy for Focus RS buyers

  • EPA is considering a higher octane mandate

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie August 26, 2016 Mystery Car

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It was on this date in 1959 that the BMC Mini debuted. Priced at only $800 the original Mini featured one of the most innovative designs in automotive history and, I’d like to think, paved the way for the mini… skirt.

No matter who you like to dress there’s no escaping the fact that today is also notable fro hosting the weekly Mystery Car contest. I mean could it get any better? Oh yeah it could, it’s Friday too! Make and model if you please.

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