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Cars You Should Know – Phoenix Hotel Parking Lot Roundup

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A couple of weeks ago I was in Phoenix to drive around on BF Goodrich tires, and be driven around on BF Goodrich tires. It was a riot of a time. During some downtime after our day at the track, I checked out a few of the cars in the hotel’s parking lot. There was a surprising amount of really cool stuff in this on lot. Everything from highly modified sports cars to a weird looking vintage Travco motor home. It was a very hoony parking lot that day, so I had to walk around with my camera. Here are the results.

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Cars You Should Know – Bulk Buy Mister Two

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Last night with nothing better to do, my wife and I decided to take an evening trip to Costco (I got like 4 pounds of trail mix in a bag the size of my torso, Big Hero 6 on DVD, and we shared a lovely hot dog and pepsi value meal). On the way out of our little shopping/wasting time excursion, I spotted this lovely little bronze beast. It’s just SOOO 80s! I set down my bags, my wife briefly rolled her eyes mockingly, and I took a few photos. I still can’t get over how clean 1980s Japanese cars can be in this neck of the woods. Aside from the interior being beat, and the front spoiler showing some wear, this thing was immaculate. I wanted to leave a note offering the person cash, but the fact that I’ve already got 5 cars and only one garage space helped me walk away. I don’t know what this car’s owner thought they’d fit from Costco, though. I’ve driven a few of these things, and they don’t offer much in the way of storage.

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Two Wheel Tuesday: Honda Bulldog

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This is the Honda Bulldog, which was shown at last week’s Osaka motorcycle show. It’s a concept bike right now, but it looks to be pretty close to production ready. It uses a frame pretty similar in concept to that of the 500 series bikes already in production, and cribs its 399cc engine from the Japanese market CB500F. It’s road ready, and I really realy want one. I’ve always liked the concept of relatively small bore utilitarian bikes, and this one fits the bill to a T.

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Craigslist: Porsche-Powered Ice Racer Karmann Ghia

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This little piece of history is so awesome, it deserves to be shared among the Hoonitariat. Back in the 1960s, someone decided it would be a good idea to make what amounts to a long-wheelbase Porsche 356 for ice racing. By using a late 1950s Karmann Ghia and dropping in a Porsche 356B Super 90 engine, then outfitting the car with the 356’s uprated larger drum brakes and wheels, this racer made something of an ice racing hot rod. With ‘enough’ power to hang the rear end out for days on end, this little #11 must have been wicked on the ice in period. Now it could be yours.

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Riding On The Track For More BFGoodrich Sampling

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As part of last week’s adventures testing BF Goodrich’s new performance all-season tire, we were treated to some on-track mega-speed action through a series of ridealongs in some truly wicked machinery. Through three different cars, we were able to feel the difference in speed between the g-force Comp 2 A/S we’d been testing all day, the standard Comp 2, their more aggressive Rival, and the out and out race-only BFG R1. After a ‘hard’ day of testing tires, it was good to let someone else do the driving and see just what these tires had in hand.

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Tire Review: BF Goodrich g-force Comp 2 A/S
A Performance All Season?

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 In the interest of full disclosure, BF Goodrich invited me to Phoenix to test some of their new round black things. They flew me there, put me up in a posh room, fed me posh food, and gave me the opportunity to meet the infamous Judge Phil (but I won’t hold that against them).

I was, and remain, skeptical of the words “performance” and “all season” being used to describe the same tire. I’ve always been a summer tire/winter tire guy, and I probably always will be. So when BF Goodrich invited me out to test their new g-force Comp 2 A/S tire, I was eager to see whether or not the grip tradeoff would be worth it for moderate cold-weather use. I was curious to see if the ‘performance’ made them garbage in the cold or rain, and I wanted to see how they fared in warm dry conditions. Being in Arizona, the chances were quite low that we’d be testing them in any snow, even a light dusting, so that was out of the question, but really that’s not the point of this tire. So what is the point of this tire? Let’s find out together.

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An Audio Guide To The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring

Bradley Brownell March 19, 2015 Motorsports

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Endurance racing is great. The current state of sports car racing is better than I’ve ever remembered it. The drivers are great, the cars are competitive, and the racing is practically non-stop. There used to be a time when there was an off-season, but it seems like that doesn’t happen anymore. Sebring is this weekend, and you absolutely have to watch it, this one is going to be good. Four classes of spectacular racing for twelve non-stop hours, what could be better? To bring you up to speed, Eric Rood and I made this audio guide that will tell you all you need to know about the front runners for each class, and we give our own predictions on who might take the win.

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Kijiji: The Renault In The Crawlspace

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This advertisement from Alberta, Canada creates far more questions than it answers. First of all, how on earth did most of a Renault Dauphine (Wren Oh, dough-fan?) find itself buried in the crawlspace of a house? Was this car stolen at some point and chopped up and hidden away? Did some poor sap have an angry wife tell him to get rid of the car, and he simply hid it from her in the one place he knew she’d never go? The crawlspace (nor the house, for that matter) look very clean or absent of dankness, so how did the body panels survive without rotting away? Why doesn’t anyone on the internet know how to use the correct form of ‘your/you’re/yore’? What exactly is a Kijiji? Why is Canada so weird? Why the flip do they like poutine? (poo-teen?)

This Dauphine, sometimes informally referred to as the 5CV (Sink Shove Oh?) looks like it isn’t much more than a pile of parts. There is no actual chassis to bolt all of these parts to. Everything else, though, looks like it’s there. The engine, the glass, the bumpers, most of the sheetmetal, and a bunch of indistinguishable cables and metal bits. The seller doesn’t list a price, but it would be interesting to see this thing rebuilt. If you do it, please don’t restore the parts, please install them in crawlspace condition. Consider it patina.

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Mystery Car: Something On A Trailer

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Okay, so lets start by getting the “It’s a 914″ comments out of the way. It’s a gorgeous Willow Green 1972 Porsche 914 four cylinder with extremely rare chrome four-lug wheels. This car looks to have been originally delivered in North America, but the person who posted this picture to Facebook lives in the Netherlands, boasting about the arrival of his recent acquisition.

The thing I’m asking about is the red thing with gold and black wheels that can be seen at the top of the photograph. I haven’t got the foggiest idea what this thing is, or where it came from. Rather than waste any more of my time on it, I figured it’d be quicker to throw it to the Hoony collective, because you lot will certainly come up with the answer faster than if I were to research for hours on end. Heck, one of you probably owns a copy of whatever that thing is. It looks to me like some kind of low-slung sports car, but I know of nothing with 8-lug modular wheels like that. Maybe it’s something hand built in a shed somewhere and we’ll never know?

Photo: A Nederlander named Marc

Edit: Marc has shown a picture of what the thing on top is, but I’m not telling. I think it’ll still be fun for you to guess. Good luck.

The Hooniversal Opinion: A Conventional Geneva 2015

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Geneva is an interesting auto show. There is always something really important launching there, and this year is no different. For some reason, it always seems like the major European sports car manufacturers choose Geneva to display their ‘exciting’ offerings. Unfortunately, none of the elegant scribes from our hallowed halls will be in attendance of the Geneva show, so we’ll be reporting from the sidelines. I’ll set up the pins, and the rest of our faultless crew will knock them down with unstoppable bowling ball of opinionated journalism.

We have new car launches in the form of Mercedes’ AMG GT3 racer, Audi’s R8, Porsche’s Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS, Lamborghini’s Aventador Superveloce, Morgan’s Aero 8, Jeep’s Renegade ‘Hard Steel’, Range Rover’s Evoque Cabriolet, McLaren’s 675LT and P1 GTR, Brabus’ Rocket 900, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ SCG 003, Koenigsegg’s Agera RS and Regera, and Aston Martin’s Vulcan and V12 Vantage GT3. There are also some pretty tempting concept pieces, with Infiniti dropping the small QX30 Concept, Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6, Volkswagen’s Sport Coupe GTE, Lexus’ LF-SA, and Magna Steyr’s MILA.

Photographs are either manufacturer supplied, or politely swiped from the hands of our friends at Autoblog and Autoweek.

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