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Speedbumps And The Modern Sports Car Enthusiast

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Question for you: What’s 3 inches tall, and pisses me off? That’s right, the answer is speed bumps.

Now, don’t get things twisted, I’m not one of those Volkswagen kids with crazy camber, zero suspension travel, and frequently cracked oil pans. I am a responsible adult that enjoys driving sporty cars. My daily driver is a Porsche Boxster with 100% stock suspension, and a 1995 Audi Ur S6 with a 1″ sport spring kit from H&R, and perhaps more importantly, a 3″ cat-back 2Bennett exhaust system. When I pulled into my apartment complex this evening, there was a temporary sign stating to take caution, as they had just installed a new speed hump. In fact, they had installed two new speed humps, increasing the number of speed bumps I need to traverse to get to my garage to a grand total of three. The one that’s been there all along is maybe 1.5 inches tall, and I’ve never had any issues driving over it. The second one is taller than the first, but still causes no issues. The third one, though, is absolutely too tall.

I hate it. It’s absolute bull, and I’m about to go on an old-man-get-offa-my-lawn-rant about it. Hit the jump to join me on this journey of salacious prose against the fools that run my neighborhood!

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An Audio Guide To The Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona

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With the 24 Hours of Daytona coming up this weekend, Eric Rood and I decided to sit down and have a recorded conversation about this absolutely stacked field of talent for this race. It worked well for our 25 Hours of Thunderhill preview last year, so why not do it again?

Every single class has depth, and aside from a few cars here and there, there really aren’t any clear favorites. We break it all down for you, and let you know our pics for the win. This is going to be good!

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V.I.S.I.T. – Identity Confused Chevzuki Swint Turbo GTi

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An eighties 1 liter 3-cylinder hot-hatch on a set of genuine panasport wheels. For personal travel around San Francisco, can it get any better than this? I recently took a weekend trip to the SF bay with my wife, little brother, and little sister, and while they spent time seeing the touristy stuff like China Town, the Fisherman’s Wharf, and some bridge somewhere, I spent most of my time carspotting. I suppose that’s what I do anywhere we go, though, so it should come as no surprise to them. This one had so much of my attention that I had to walk a block out of my way and across a busy street to see it. They didn’t understand my fascination, but you might.

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The Hooniversal Opinion: Judging The New Cars Of The Detroit Auto Show

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At the beginning of every year, the auto show I most look forward to rolls around, NAIAS. The North American International Auto Show has long been a favorite of mine, and when I lived in Michigan, I’d go every year. Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near the show this year, so I’ll be reporting from the sidelines. Equally unfortunate, Hooniverse does not have any representation at the show this year. As we’ve been doing for a couple of years now, when we don’t have anyone at the show to represent our interests here in the Hooniverse, we all pitch in with our opinions.

We have new car launches in the form of Ford’s GT, Ford’s Mustang GT350R, Ford’s new Raptor (Ford is pretty much killing it in Detroit this year!), Nissan’s new Titan diesel, Toyota’s new Tacoma, Porsche’s Targa 4GTS, Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S, Acura’s NSX, Alfa’s 4C Spider, Merc’s C450 AMG Sport, Merc’s GLE, Chevy’s new Volt, Buick’s new Opel Astra Cabriolet Cascada convertible. Jaguar also debuted their new SUV, in name only. There are also some pretty tempting concept pieces, with Buick bringing the Avenir, Infiniti dropping the Q60 Concept, and Chevy shocking everyone (not really) with the new Bolt EV.

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

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The Hooniverse Dream Car Garage: Project Spool – Supra MKIII 5SGTE

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I’m not sure what it is about old Toyotas that I like so much, but this MKIII is a project that’s been floating around in my head for about 5 years. I bought a pair of MkIII Toyota Supras for 700 dollars back then, and though my attempts were eventually foiled and one car sold and the other parked at my father’s house. Back in 2010, though, I was a wide eyed ignorant fool who was eager to part with hard-earned dollars. You see, back then, I was absolutely obsessed with the idea of making my heavyweight luxury sport coupe as light and nimble as possible. Someone on one of the Supra-based internet forums told me in no uncertain terms that ‘nobody will ever build a MKIII lighter than 2800 pounds’. There’s nothing I hate more than being told something is impossible. One day, it will be done.

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The Hooniverse Dream Racing Series: Bring Back Showroom Stock!

Bradley Brownell January 9, 2015 Motorsports

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Gone are the days of run-what-you-brung win-on-Sunday-sell-on-Monday racing. Where did they go, and why did they go? Personally, I think some great showroom racing series have died horrible deaths because the sanctioning bodies allowed them to. The classes got too complicated, too difficult to police, and they didn’t crack down enough on cheating, or didn’t care. Everyone romanticizes the halcyon days of TransAm racing in the late 1960s, but that series died because rules expansion made the cars too expensive for privateers to build, and the series too reliant on fickle manufacturer support to live. What used to be the SCCA Escort Endurance series for basically stock cars has evolved into the full-boat FIA GT3 spec Pirelli World Challenge (which is a great series, but it’s far from its roots). Even the SCCA’s “Showroom Stock” classes allow too much to be changed from stock (shock absorbers, for example).

Usually when I think up dream car stuff, it’s a highly modified car that I’ve always wanted in my garage, usually based on something I own or something I have owned, or something I would like to own. This time, I’m going to do something a little different, and think about a racing series that I’d like to see built. I was having a conversation with Mr. Eric Rood the other day about defunct series and what we’d like to see. Well, my answer was a resurgence of a true showroom stock racing series. I love showroom stock racing, and I want to see more of it.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Scouting Out An International Scout II

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Every now and again a quick trip to the grocery store turns into a great opportunity to ogle some vintage metal. This beautifully restored/modified International Scout caught my eye, and I just had to park next to it (You can see my Mazda in the background of some of the photos after the jump). Here in Nevada, the majority of vintage trucks like this seemingly have four foot lifts, tires taller than any my cars, and Monster Energy decals all over them. Not to mention the fact that half of those are beat to hell and back from rocks, dirt, and a complete lack of care. The “it’s just a damned old truck” mentality runs thick here, and it’s hard to find good ones. This seems to be one of the good ones.

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Everything I Drove In 2014

Bradley Brownell December 26, 2014 Reviews

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As someone who types out words that other people occasionally want to read, I am afforded some pretty awesome opportunities at times. People and on occasion manufacturers will occasionally allow me to drive their cars. As the year is winding down, this post allows me to aggregate all of those cars together in one place for you to read about, but it also allows me to thank the owners of the cars for their generosity in letting me behind the wheel. I don’t get the opportunity to drive ‘not mine’ cars as often as some (most) around here, but I am 100% thankful that the great readers of this site still read what I have to say, and that there are those out there willing to let me flog their beautiful cars in order to facilitate me writing about it. Thanks for helping make 2014 a great year, each and every one of you! Now, here’s the definitive list of all of the cars I got to drive this year.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Fairlady In The Streets

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A few weeks ago, my wife and I were walking around town cruising from bar to bar on our own little fall afternoon bar crawl, only we were going from craft brewery to craft brewery sampling the finest this town has to offer. It was quite fun, and we had some really good brews. As we were cutting through a residential neighborhood to get to the next stop, we saw this nasty old Datsun on the side of the road, and I just had to stop to admire it. It’s rough in all the right places, and it doesn’t have damage or rot, it has ‘patina’. This design has always been a favorite of mine, and I’d certainly love the opportunity to drive one around, but I’m afraid I might not fit. I snapped a few photos here with my potato-phone camera, and here I’ll offer my ‘expert’ analysis of the car after the jump.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Vintage JEEP Forward Control Icebox Keepin’ It Cool

Bradley Brownell December 10, 2014 All Things Hoon

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It should come as no surprise that I like cars with their engines in weird places, I am a Porsche fanatic, after all. This JEEP Forward Control delivery truck has its engine under the seat, and that intrigues me. It doesn’t put its engine under the driver for handling prowess, it does so because that’s where it fits. I could be wrong, because I wasn’t carrying a measuring tape at the time, but this appears to me to be a very early short-wheelbase model built on JEEP’s CJ5 chassis platform. I was out for a stroll with my folks over the Thanksgiving weekend, and we stopped in to a local bar for a quick bite to eat when I saw this vision in the parking lot. There was a sign for the bar in what would be the passenger’s seat, and the truck’s bed has been jettisoned in favor of a strange plug-in cooler box. If it does, in fact, belong to the bar, I am going to start going to that bar a lot more often.

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