Key Lago Go Drifto (w/ Guest Carlos Lago)

Carlos Lago is a man who drives man amazing machines… but the one that is currently providing him the most thrills happens to be his own project Nissan 240SX. That’s because it has a LS3 crate motor that’s making 430 horsepower. His car is fast, and it enjoys going fast …

Dodge Charger Hellcat: Insanity Contained… Barely

707 horsepower. We’re not talking about some ultra-exotic hypercar made by hand in some shop in a country you’ve never been visited. This is a four-door, five-passenger sedan from Dodge. This is the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, and it might be the most insane vehicle on the planet simply for …

West German cars living and dying in Poland – Part 2

The world has recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I cannot think of any single more striking difference between Western Bloc and Eastern Bloc countries than cars. Cars are something everyone sees everyday, they tell of our tastes and finances more than any jewelry, clothing, or …

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: Aggressive Aural Angular Anger

The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is ridiculous. It’s ridiculously expensive, ridiculously powerful, ridiculously designed… and it’s perfect it in its ridiculous world. Is it perfect to drive? Of course not, but the fury and the noise help keep a smile on your face the entire time you’re driving one. Unless you …

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Weekend Edition: 2014 Turkey Rod Run Road Trip: And Out Of Naples

IMG_2644 So one of the perks of my new gig, one that was unknown to this olelongrooffan, is that after six months employment, I was awarded two weeks paid vacation. The caveat is that those days of vacation needed to be used by the end of the calendar year. As I run the customer service division of my company for the new home communities we have in the southwest part of the Sunshine State and the snow birds having been fleeing the northern part of this great country in droves to my part of this world, my skinny white butt has been spread pretty thin. However, last week during my performance evaluation (four exceptional and four outstanding, thank you very much) I was chatting it up with the British monarchy I work for (Charles, Diana and Henry) about my workload for Thanksgiving week and they all agreed that my taking off for this coming week would be a great idea and to have fun. Well as I had planning on spending Thanksgiving weekend at the Turkey Rod Run at the Daytona International Speedway, this olelongrooffan thought I would road trip it up there trying to avoid Eisenhower’s Interstate System. If my fellow Hoons are so inclined, click on through to ride along with me and see some of the sights I saw on Saturday. … Continue Reading

Last Call- Beauty and the Beast Edition

Robert Emslie November 21, 2014 Last Call


We’re going to leave you this week with this shot from the Los Angeles Auto Show. I liked the way the model’s dress matched the Jag in both color and allure. I think all auto show front-liners should, in some way, visually match the cars with which they are paired. That would go a long way towards making the world a better place.

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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Craigslist: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 with Chevy Power

d90 350

It’s Friday afternoon of a really busy/long week. I decided to take a mental break from the world by opened up Craig’s List with the hopes of finding a decently priced something, anything. I typed “land” into the search and viola, another over-priced Land Rover Defender 90 poped up. I’m reading the description and I’m like “Oh, ‘a Chevrolet 350 (5.7L) Vortec has been installed and mated to a NV4500 5 speed transmission’, the hoons need to see this!”

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The Street Rod Show: An Image Dump


Now my fellow Hoons know this olelongrooffan tends to run on with my posts and get all wordy. That ain’t the case this time. I am getting ready to head out on a road trip all around the Sunshine State culminating at the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona Beach next weekend. I just checked my email and it was determined a post was needed for this time slot. Well, this one was in draft form since April and this olelongrooffan determined it was good to go. So click through as see the rest of the stuff I saw while walking around with TheKenMan and Goldie that spring day.

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Fantasy Finds Friday: This one has a strong pull, man

Jeff Glucker November 21, 2014 All Things Hoon

FFF Benz 600

It’s no secret that I love me some Mercedes-Benz machine goodness. My own project car is an old W123 wagon, after all. Still, I’ve always been rather attracted to the old Benz sedans. The most notable of all of them, of course, is the Mercedes-Benz 600.

Let’s class up the Fantasy Friday garage shall we?

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The News for November 21st, 2014

The All-new Shelby GT350 Mustang

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry – which this week came entirely from LA – without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. There’s a lot this week:

  • The Shelby GT350 returns better than ever, or anything

  • Cadillac gives the ATS the V treatment

  • Mazda goes practical but tasteful with the CX-3

  • Volkswagen shows off Golf R wagon, but not for us

  • Jaguar F-Type now available with a manual

  • Honda HR-V wants to be your tall hatchback

  • Audi shows off their future with the Prologue Concept

  • Plus YOUR automotive news!

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie November 21, 2014 Mystery Car


So, are you feeling the fall in the air? Perhaps you’re enjoying the seasonal colors as they wash from green to golds and browns. If you happen to live where fall is a little less colorful then perhaps you will appreciate the hue of this week’s Mystery Car as it’s fall fantastic.

While you’re enjoying the seasonal colors, you can also take the opportunity to identify the make, model, likely engine and year-range of our fall classic.

Image: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Kickin’ Tires and takin’ photos with the Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs

Eric Rood November 21, 2014 Motorsports


Earlier this week, I mentioned my friend Mike Palmer, a former racer in USAC Midgets who later graduated from the Panoz Racing School at Road Atlanta and ran a couple of races in the short-lived, single-make Panoz Racing Series (whose GT-WC cars you can still find for sale a decade later). For the last couple of years, I’ve had an outstanding offer to help him crew at any local Chicago club races he might attend and he took me up on that a few weeks ago in early October with the chance to flog his purpose-built Porsche 944 racecar around Autobahn Country Club near Chicago with the Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC) for a day of high-speed autocross.

I brought along my camera and found the MCSCC sported a wide variety of entrants and even if it became a tough day for Mike, any day at a racetrack is better than any day without, we both agreed. Follow the jump for a bit of story and a lot of photos.

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Hooniverse Asks- What Car-Related Questions do YOU Want to Ask?

Robert Emslie November 21, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


We’re once again dusting off a special Hooniverse Asks edition, one in which I’m not asking you a question, but where instead I’m asking you for questions. That’s right, it’s like reaching Nirvana without all that fussy mountain climbing.

Here’s how it works: you can ask any automotive question that’s been gnawing at your psyche like a rat on a raisin, and we’ll see if your fellow Hoons can come up with an answer. Of course, we don’t guarantee that it’ll be the right answer.

There is a depth of automotive knowledge present in here, just waiting to be unleashed. If you’ve got a question - is double clutching the same thing as dutch treating? – you can be assured that one of your fellow Hoons will have the answer.  So since it’s Friday, and you’ve probably already checked out for the weekend even though you may not even be yet at work, let’s see if we can get another impromptu Q&A going and see where it goes.

Image: AllThingsD

Last Call- Tight Nuts Edition

Robert Emslie November 20, 2014 Last Call

Tight Nuts

While the “WD” in WD 40 stands for Water Displacement, the venerable spray has a multitude of uses, everything from quieting squeaky hinges to removing crayon from a slew of different surfaces. Add to that a sense of corporate humor as evidenced by this 1964 promotional piece, and there’s no reason not to always keep a can handy. Of course despite all that, there’s always this problem.

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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