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Care To Take A Cruise With This olelongrooffan, My Fellow Hoons?

Although the byline on this post is not longroofian, it is actually by this olelongrooffan. Can’t figure out why a friend of The Chief Blooger got credit for it, although all is good. Based on his online presence, he seems to be a pretty cool dude.

Well, it’s been seven months since this olelongrooffan has generated anything for my fellow Hoons here in the Hooniverse. And I have missed it. But since it’s been seven years since the Hooniverse Overlords granted me a key to the vault that is Hooniverse, maybe that is appropriate. Anyway…

If my fellow Hoons happened to catch the comments in the esteemed Mr. Emslie’s Hooniverse Asks post last Friday, you would have noticed this olelongrooffan responded to his question as to our Memorial Day Weekend plans. Among other things, one of the activities included in that response was the need to get the above shown 1/25 scale diecast Type II to my brother Bus_Plunge to add to his significant collection of diecasts.

Should any of my fellow Hoons be inclined to read a longwinded, kind of all over the place rambling, feel free to make the jump to see what else this olelongrooffan did the Friday before this past holiday weekend.

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Thread the Needle – Mopart

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

To make good art, you typically need to be either completely self-aware, or completely oblivious. Being somewhere in between tends to confuse your audience. Sometimes the middle ground works, but usually only for conceptual artists who are more interested in raising questions than they are in answering them; think Andy Warhol or Andy Kauffman. Dodge doesn’t ask questions, it sells answers. Big answers. Hemispherical answers. At least, it wishes it did.

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Thread the Needle! – Killer Grafix

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

I don’t even know where to start with this one.  I mean, I’m sure if I asked nicely someone at the AMA would let me dig through boxes of yellowing Modern Cycle issues until I found out exactly what happened at Kensworthy’s Motocross park that summer, but I’m a busy man…at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

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Thread the Needle!

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

Throwback Thursday is tomorrow, but try telling that to the Bonneville’s salt flats racers. They live in a never ending #tbt, a consistent, era-less state of motorsport. That’s hardly a bad thing. If you’ve been paying attention the last few weeks, you’d of already noticed that I don’t play good and bad. For me, quality is shades of grey, no not those shades of grey, get your mind out of the gutter, this is highbrow automotive journalism. Well, it was last week. This week we’re going low-brow, we’re going to talk about “retro”.

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Thread the Needle!

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

Oh yeah, now we’re getting to the good stuff. The European stuff. No more sweating in line for a beer at Indianapolis or praying to your higher power that the Port-A-Potties at Knoxville haven’t become a vector for some new species of ringworm. No sir, we’ve gone positively continental: fine art, crippling taxes, and MotoGP.

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Thread the Needle!

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

It’s hard for me to call drag racing exciting. Getting behind the wheel is one thing, Ghidora knows I’ve paid my twenty dollars and gotten smoked by a “stock” Honda Civic more than once. Watching can be a bit of a snooze though, which is why the NHRA has gone to such great lengths to make the crowd feel like part of the action. No 10k licenses here, if your car runs the quarter in less than ten seconds $75 is your annual license fee. Running a 10,000hp Top Fuel dragster? No problem, same price. Honestly, all you really need to be considered a part of the show is a subscription to National Dragster, which is why the NHRA is able to claim that 95% of all members are amateur drivers.

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Thread the Needle!

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

Let’s talk about sprint cars. No, not the Sprint Cup, we dealt with that last week. I’m talking about the be-winged weirdos who hang it out on short tracks across the country. The sport combines the best elements of oval racing and drifting but lacks the prestige of NASCAR and the novelty of Formula D. World of Outlaws Indeed. Still, the lack of glamour hasn’t stopped legions of dedicated fans from congregating in Knoxville, Iowa since 1961 for the premier sprint car event.

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Thread the Needle!

Welcome to “Thread The Needle!” A weekly column that explores the rich history of motorsports by way of the thrift store t-shirt.

For years, Mark Martin has borne the universal sporting booby(shut up)-prize title of “Best Driver Never to Win a Championship”. I’m not so sure about that. Mark “Mr. Consistency” Martin has plenty of titles under his belt. No, he’s never been a Sprint Cup champ, but since when was that the only title? Someone explain to me how his five IROC and four ASA National titles over three decades don’t count.

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