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HCOTY Nominee: The Wagon Wednesday Edition


So one of the things the Hooniverse Overlords demand of we mere contributors to this wonderful website is that we nominate a Hooniworthy vehicle as the Hooniversal Car Of The Year. In years past, this olelongrooffan has had an easy time based on what I had seen out and about around whatever parts of the Sunshine State I live in. This year living, once again, down in what I call FantasyLand that is Naples, Florida, my choices have been rather slim and I have, until today, been undecided as to what would be nominated.

Yeah round these here parts, the sighting of a Diablo, Maserati, Bentley, Ferrari (I have a client who owns two), Rolls, McLaren Mercedes, you name it they are all here and seen on a daily basis. Thus far we have had some great nominations, but to this olelongrooffan, New Cars, Schmoo Cars, I mean who needs a 700HP sedan when the fastest you can go, unless you are MadScience (there is a link somewhere), is 80+ mph and nearly get away with it, and race trucks-my fellow Hoons, racing trucks have been around since my 2014 nomination was on the showroom floor.

So without further ado, hit the jump and see why this nomination must be your selection for the Hooniveral Car Of The Year choice.


Yes, my fellow Hoons, it is a daily driven 1988 Buick Sky Hawk Station Wagon, a longroof if you will. And the best part, other than the tires and maintenance bits, it is all original. As this olelongrooffan was gathering these images, I didn’t realize the owner of this longroof was enjoying a bite to eat in the driver’s seat of this rare ride. After I gathered a couple images of it, I strolled by the not quite closed driver’s side door and he was sitting in the pilot’s seat of it. I queried of him how the damage to the rear door on his side occurred? Now the editorial guidelines of this wholesome website do not allow this olelongrooffan to share exactly what the owner had to say about how that occurred, but know he is looking to find a parts car to assist in that endeavor. I suggested he check in here.


So as this olelongrooffan was chatting it up with the owner, I gathered an image or two of the aspects of this late 80’s GM product and the troubles that seem to affect every GM offered variety from this M0nza Cavalier based Buick Sky Hawk longroof to the esteemed Caddy ElDo.


And in typical longrooffan fashion, I got to chatting it up with that burger eating dude. Turns out he is a greeter at my local grocery store and was taking a much needed break that day. Yeah, a grocery store greeter driving a grocery getter, how ironic. At first he was a bit standoffish and was questioning why I was interested in his longroof? “It’s cool ass old car!” After that he quickly warmed up to this olelongrooffan. Anyways, when I inquired how long he had owned it, he commented “I drove it off the dealer’s lot back in the fall of ’87.” Mileage? “61,387 and I put every one of them on it my own damn self.”


And, as theKid would say, “Pressed tight.” Yes, my fellow Hoons, this is the Hooniversal Car Of The Year, without a doubt. Rare, longroof, still around, daily driver and although the paint is thinning and it suffers a little body damage, it is just like we Hoons.


Plus, Roof Rack FTW.

Remember to vote early and vote often.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2014/longrooffan

  • 66Mustanger

    OLRF, you've got me cravin' a road trip! My lovely lady and I have lived in beautiful and All-American South Carolina, and our oldest was born in Miami, FLA when we lived there. We both own vehicles well into the autumn of their lives. It would be a great excuse to get back down there to shop for "new" wheels. I have fond memories of seeing some fantastic classics being daily driven around the Charleston area.
    I am not delusional enough to think that every car is a cherry. Just because you don't have to worry so much about Rust Belt Cancer doesn't mean every candidate is an immediate winner. Accidents, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes leave some serious consideration to any purchase.
    But I'm gettin' the itch just the same!

  • onrails

    As the former (semi) proud owner of a REAL Monza based SkyHawk, I have to correct you. This is the FWD J-Car version, based off of the original Cavalier. The Monza (SkyHawk, Firenza, Sunbird) versions were H-Car based, RWD.

    And to save you the trouble of asking – believe it or not, that knowledge never helped me pick up women at the bar…

    However, just to see the proud SkyHawk name still with a heartbeat somewhere warms the soul. Thanks for posting it!

    • longrooffan

      Fixed it. Thanks.

  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    I played water polo with a guy who drove the Oldsmobile of this. The Firenza Cruiser.

    <img src="http://www.carsfotodb.com/uploads/oldsmobile/oldsmobile-firenza-cruiser/oldsmobile-firenza-cruiser-09.jpg&quot; width=600>

    When we drove to tournaments, I imagine it struck fear in the hearts of the teams we faced to have 4 decently strong guys pile out of such a ferocious vehicle.

    • "The Firenza Cruiser" sounds like a gay superhero.

      • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        What are you saying?

        • Sjalabais

          Water polo?

          • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

            It's a great sport, provided you're not a horse.

            • Sjalabais

              That's true of so many sports!, says the cyclist.

              Totally OT, but do you get to practice still?

              • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

                No, I swim only occasionally these days, between kids and work and getting 10+ other people together to take over a pool, it's just not easy.

                Also, sports like water polo aren't as much fun when you have to see the guys again every time you want to play. It's a violent and rule-bending sport, so it would be like street basketball with a very limited group of participants. And though i was good and one of the higher scorers in High School, I got away with a lot that wouldn't be tolerated in a gentleman's league.

                I'm on my bike for 120+ miles a week though, and when I can't ride I run.

                One of these days I may consider a triathlon, but I enjoy each separately too much to start combining them, haha.

      • I_Borgward

        And his sidekick, Dart Swinger.

    • Bus Plunge

      Yeah, the Firenza Cruiser…. can you imagine such a vehicle pull up to the water polo tournament and four decently strong guys pile out, dressed in speedos!

      oh my!

  • Sjalabais

    You've got a great way to come in touch with people who stick out carwise. Great!

  • Preludacris

    One of my good friends in college had this exact car, in the same shade of blue, minus the nose job and frills. Its name was Betty, the Reliable Cavalier Wagon, and while there was nothing special about it, it went everywhere it needed to. Its owner was a sweet Midwest farm girl, quiet but strong, hardworking and trustworthy. That's why today my view of the Cavalier wagon is a bit more rosy than it probably should be.

    To me this car represents hard work. Bought with cash or maybe a personal check. Smells of manure, has a headlight broken from a deer strike, and the clearcoat is long gone, but it keeps on making the trip to town for groceries.

    It's probably a creaking pile of junk, but since it's associated with a good person, I'll always smile when I see one. Here's to you, Betty!

  • zetep

    Nice, I never even realized they made a longroof Skyhawk. I owned a normal sedan version somewhere in the early nineties, and it was maybe the worst car I ever owned…..

    • peugeotdude505

      I had the 2-door coupe version, an 86 and yes it was horrible. Amazing bad.

    • Vairship

      It's better to be a SkyHawk than a RoadHawk 😉