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Forgotten Racetrack: Lake Garnett in Garnett, Kansas

Fifty miles south of Lawrence, Kansas, lies a small city called Garnett. Aside from being the birthplace of American writer Edgar Lee Masters, Garnett hardly stands out from other county seats in the state’s flat expanse. Visitors will find a dine-in Pizza Hut, a turn-of-the-century courthouse, a main street lined with signless …

Podcast: Episode 77 – Come join me on my couch…

Rather than take a week off, I decided to fire up the podcast-er-ator machine, plop on my couch, open a beer, and start rambling. This week I run the show solo. The topics range from my recent drive of the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster to the weekend …

Under the Hood: Valvoline explores the world of DIY mechanics
and starts off with our own Tim Odell

Here in the Hooniverse, we love dirty hands, tools that are actually used, and project vehicles that are both a point of pride and a point of frustration. Yes, even I like getting my hands occasionally dirty… but it’s best when I have adult supervision. If you’ve been hanging around …

Thunder on the Rock: 1971 GMC longbox takes on the Targa Newfoundland

On the East coast of Canada, the weather is cold and the people are warm. It’s a place like nowhere else on earth: Maritimers have their own language, expressions, traditions, and values. It’s a series of close-knit communities here on the Rock, a tightly-woven band of cheery folks anchored against …

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Forgotten Racetrack: Lake Garnett in Garnett, Kansas

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Fifty miles south of Lawrence, Kansas, lies a small city called Garnett. Aside from being the birthplace of American writer Edgar Lee Masters, Garnett hardly stands out from other county seats in the state’s flat expanse. Visitors will find a dine-in Pizza Hut, a turn-of-the-century courthouse, a main street lined with signless brick buildings, and—just within the city’s northern border—the 300-acre North Lake Park around small Lake Garnett.

Though you’d likely never know it driving through the city, from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, the road that ringed Lake Garnett made up a challenging road course with a surprising amount of elevation change and a foreboding sense of danger. The site of the Lake Garnett Grand Prix would host one of American sports car racing’s major turning points and thousands of club racers would compete there during the event’s 15 years. Those races eventually disappeared more than 40 years ago, but the temporary circuit has enjoyed renewed interest and enthusiasm.

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Podcast: Episode 77 – Come join me on my couch…

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Rather than take a week off, I decided to fire up the podcast-er-ator machine, plop on my couch, open a beer, and start rambling. This week I run the show solo. The topics range from my recent drive of the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster to the weekend I just spent with a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. Additionally, I talk about the recent Car and Driver Lightning Lap results while prattling away about all that I see that’s good about the Subaru Legacy 3.6R that I’m driving this week.

Click on through… to the other side (yeah).

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Under the Hood: Valvoline explores the world of DIY mechanics
and starts off with our own Tim Odell

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Here in the Hooniverse, we love dirty hands, tools that are actually used, and project vehicles that are both a point of pride and a point of frustration. Yes, even I like getting my hands occasionally dirty… but it’s best when I have adult supervision. If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you know that the main man behind our own set of wrenches is Mr. Mad Science, AKA Tim Odell.

The folks at Valvoline have been paying attention, because they recently sent a small film crew over to Tim’s house to capture a quick glimpse into his world. This is the first part of a new series called Under the Hood: The Spirit of DIY. So come along as we take a look at Tim’s cars, his young kids, and what he does that gets his hands so damn dirty.

[Disclaimer: Valvoline gave Tim a few bucks to be a part of this series. He has already spent that money on beer.]

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. 

What’s your favorite kind of music? What’s that you say, Vee-Dub-step? Yep, that’s what I thought. Last week we got down and got funky with a slew of oddball Volkswagens, and man, was our dance card full. We’ll see which VW was the weirdest in a sec, but first, this week’s quarry.

Fall is in the air, and for many of us that means pumpkin patches and hay rides. Since both of those benefit from a big truck, that’s just what we want to find this week. Let’s be on the lookout for the coolest stake-bed trucks we can find for sale. You give us the way, and we’ll provide the hay!

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get weird.

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The continuing saga of Speedycop: Autocrossing the ‘Spirit of LeMons’

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When 24 Hours of LeMons madman Jeff Bloch—better known as Speedycop to most Hoons—created a twisted mashup from a derelict Cessna 310 and a Toyota R-Series/Ace/Space Cruiser van and took the newly christened Spirit of LeMons racing at Carolina Motorsports Park in March 2013, he won the coveted Index of Effluency trophy and secured the plane a spot as the co-Hooniversal Car of the Year. The amalgamation took hundreds of hours of work from Bloch and his Gang of Outlaws crew and Speedycop now seems intent on getting the most of his crew’s painstaking work. It’s been to the drag strip, it’s been to New York for the Blipshift’s Apex Everything party, and it’s traveled to North Carolina for the Charlotte Auto Fair.

Last weekend—after another successful Index of Effluency campaign with a perfect Family Truckster replica (now up for sale)—Speedycop took the Spirit of LeMons out for a day of cone-dodging with the Capital Driving Club at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. With a curb weight of 2,600 pounds and about 100 horsepower, it was never going to set any records (aside from almost certainly the first airplane to set an autocross time), but the Cessna also did not  finish dead last.  Follow the jump for a short video of the Spirit of LeMons in action.

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Hooniverse Asks- What Car or Truck From Twenty Year Ago Could Easily Be Sold Today?

Robert Emslie October 1, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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Nineteen ninety four was an amazing year. We were in-between Iraq wars, free AOL CDs littered the nation, and Mazda blessed us with both the Miata AND the RX7. I tell, you, those were giddy times. Consider if you will, all the cars and trucks that were available in 1994. Porsches were still air-cooled, Toyota’s Camry fought neck and neck with the Honda Accord for sales supremacy, and Ferrari sold a car that had both 12-cylinders and a mid-mounted engine.

Twenty years ago Toyota also made a mid-engine car, while Lotus’ long-in-the-tooth mid-mounter, the Esprit, was still two years away from gaining a V8. Geez, in 1994, Pontiac and Oldsmobile were both still in business. Ford was busy too, milking the decades-old chassis of the Mustang for all it was worth, and trying to make Lincoln something people would actually want to drive rather than be chauffeured in.

Looking back on all these rides from two decades past, can you think of any – perhaps that 964 Porsche – that could conceivably be sold today with little or no change? What do you think, are there any cars or trucks from 1994 that could do the time warp again?

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Last Call- Nineteen Fifty Six Edition

Robert Emslie September 30, 2014 Last Call

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For one year, a certain manufacturer decided to place the model year in script on the dashboard. That year was – as you can see above – nineteen fifty six, but what was the car?

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: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

The Best Guy on Craigslist: Packards, Hudsons, Lincolns and a Trio of Fieros

A couple weeks back I started what was supposed to be a trio of posts about The Best Guy on Craigslist with a quartet of Imperials and a pile of big-engine Caddies, but before the third post could run all of his ads disappeared. Now that they’re back, I figured I’ll highlight everything this guy has to offer, rather than rope you along. In totality, this guy’s collection/accumulation/hoard/junkyard is in pretty sorry shape (as many of you noted on the previous posts). However, if you look past the dirt and grime, there are a number of great powertrains to be donated or LeMons/low-budget builds to be made. Hit the jump for a collection of (what used to be) classy, heavy hitters

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Weekend at Beaulieu Finale; The Motherlode

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My coverage of the Beaulieu Autojumble left me with so many millions of hastily shit shot images that filleting them into sensible portions for visual consumption has been a major, and long winded undertaking.

Well, this is it. The end, finally. Click over the jump for a final outsplurge featuring some of the notables that I’m simply never going to get around to writing about, or that are of such extreme minority interest that it wouldn’t be worth it anyway.

Spoiler: There’s a Rover 825 Coupé in there, you lucky, lucky people

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Crowdfunding A Mid-Life Crisis Cross-Country Scooter Trip

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So you’re turning the big Four-Oh, and you’re itching to go on an adventure. Cross country road trips are adventures, right? Minimalist cross country road trips are surely worth double points. What if your road trip takes you from Daytona Beach to Long Beach? How do you get back across the United States? Do the Forest Gump, and turn right back around and head back the way you came. In order to complicate things even further, why not do this whole thing on two wheels? Screw it, step your game up and make it happen on a 125cc Yamaha Zuma scooter. Grab life by the cojones and hit the open road. Show the world that Forty isn’t boring!

This is exactly the plan that Mr. Thomas Heath has in mind. To make matters even better, he’s planning to document the whole trip in beautiful high-definition photography and literary prose, planning to publish a book on the trip as soon as he gets back. That’s where you come in, dear reader. Mr. Heath can’t make this massive undertaking on his own, so he is asking anyone who can to provide funding, resources, or support for the cause. If you check out his Indiegogo page, you’ll see there are a number of perks included in exchange for your support. Buy the guy lunch, give him a place to stay, or pay for some fuel costs, and you could grab yourself a copy of that book as soon as it is published. Heath is planning to get this road on the show as early as October, and assuming funding comes through, he says his book will be ready to publish as early as January of next year. That’s a pretty quick turnaround, and I’m sure interested in the outcome!

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