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Last Call: Chequered Flag Edition

Robert Emslie February 16, 2017 Last Call 16 Comments

Just in case you ever wondered what a chequered flag does after a race, he goes home on public transit, just like the rest of us.

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  • spotarama

    the stig’s finnish brother ?
    see what I did there….

    • Lokki

      Finnish? I figured he was Czech.

  • Lokki

    Here’s a car I found while wandering through Craigslist:

    A 1957 supercharged-from-the-factory Packard Clipper station wagon.

    https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/5950838252.html https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d16ef1f3c0b2b88471f93968c371dd88e8dfbaae0665b601a171b2e0273c63c2.jpg

    It is far far beyond my capacity, but I wish somebody would rescue and restore it…

    • dukeisduke

      It may be in dry storage now, but judging by how rusted the plates, it sat outside for a long time before that. I wonder why it’s in Shreveport, La.? A project that someone lost interest in? I also wonder who printed that “order sheet”? The Packard Club? It looks new, and there’s the computer paper company’s name with a phone number, and area code (area codes didn’t exist in 1957)

  • Marto

    A long while ago on this site someone wrote a feature article on hooning an unhoonable car. It was a dark blue Toyota Echo or Yaris coupe. Thing is, I have just bought a mint 12-year-old Echo 3-door for peanuts and would dearly love to read that article again. Ever since Commentgate (if you remember that) old articles are really hard to find for me. Any ideas? Anyone remember the story I am talking about?

    • CraigSu
      • Atomic Toast

        450,000 miles on that little car,how cool is that?

      • Marto

        Yess! That’s exactly it. Thank you. I couldn’t find it. Also, the guy featured, Harvey Duncan, has a brilliant Youtube channel all about it. First thing I notice: while the platform is the same, North American Echoes are a different beasts from the ones we get. Trim, equipment, engines, gauges, styling, etc – all different. We never got the Echo coupe, and it sounds like you never got the 3-door hatch (it only weighs 1900lbs!). Anyway, I am going to paint my Bridgestones white in homage to Harvey Duncan’s mega-mileage ‘Phoebe’.


        • Rover 1

          I believe that is now the compleat racecar

        • Marto

          Project report on painting tyres: the online tutorials are total garbage. I got to BRID- before the paint pen stopped working. I’m going to try to finish it off with pot and brush.

          • Marto

            Pot and brush didn’t work either as the auto shop recommended paint the consistency of pasta water.

  • Sjalabais

    As a cost-conscious “last owner” of crappy cars, I used to draw the checkered flag on them usually when the biannual tech inspection was up. Now I suddenly find myself having driven a car for 50k kms:
    (32mpg, 19ct/mile fuel cost)

    The thing is: I am soooo itching to get something new. But there’s virtually no real reason to replace the Honda. It has some weird sounds and last month it developed a wee tiny oil leak somewhere that I haven’t checked yet, cough. But apart from that it marches on and looks its part. I have no idea what to replace it with either, as the seven seats, no SUV, no diesel, no automatic rule excludes a lot of cars. Luxury issues? We sort of agreed to drive it until it falls apart, or the kids outgrow it. That might easily be 5 more years / 80k kms.

    • Lokki

      Ahem: that wee tiny oil leak that’s impossible to find is a potential safety hazard, sir. Why it might leak oil on a tire, causing you to slip and slide endangering you and your children! Besides, the engine’s making weird sounds, and you know what that means or worse: you don’t know what that means. The smart thing to do is sell the car now before something expensive© happens, and the car becomes worthless.

      Sincerely, a friend who worries about you your children.

      • Sjalabais

        Haha, exactly! You have a point though. It drips one drop of oil after it is parked, and I really need to get under it to check where that’s coming from. The noise sounds as if I need to grease the brake calipers, but it’s only there when reversing – transmission might be on its last leg? It might be a last owner vehicle after all.

  • CraigSu

    Archive photo of the original 3rd member of Daft Punk?