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HCOTY 2016: The Votes Are In

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The time has come, my friends, to declare a victor in the 2016 Hooniversal Car of the Year proceedings. And it isn’t even a car. Or running. Or finished. It may not be any of those things, but it certainly is awesome, and as voted by the fans, deserving of the victory, and by extension, the much-vaunted and highly coveted participation ribbon.

As with most votes in 2016, this one held a major upset that the vote organizers could never have predicted, and even the nominee was almost not nominated without a little cajoling from Jeff and a bit from me. Did anyone expect it to win? Not really, not even our resident Motorcycle Maven Tanshanomi. Click the jump to see more.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 161 – Rad Rick

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This week it’s Cam and Brad and Jason with special guest Rick Radcliffe. Rick is visiting at Jason’s pad and got in on the recording. If you’re not already familiar, Rick is a youth educator, so we talk about the future of the childrens and how the path laid out in front of you is not always the right path for you to take. Then we talk tires because Jason got a flat, and Brad had some tire-mounting issues when he loaded up his Mazda3 with 16 tires! Then Brad confirms his 912E diagnosis suspicions with Rick’s expertise, and then we’re out of time!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Rad Rick

This week’s second episode, as per usual, is our Question Tuesday episode. Thanks again for asking all of these great questions, we love answering the crazy questions and scenarios and market analysis missives our readers have for us!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Adorable Garbage

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Oh, and tomorrow is the last day of HCOTY, SO GO VOTE!!!

HCOTY 2016 – Vote Early, Vote Often

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2016 was a year of pessimism, doubt, fighting, and lunacy. Personally, (while time is a construct and a 365 day period simply a number ascribed meaning by humans) I’m happy to see 2016 walking out the door. Here at Hooniverse, and in our automotive sphere of influence, it’s actually been quite a good year. We love our readers, and we’re ecstatic that you all keep coming back to read our esoteric insights into the modern car landscape. Hooniverse provides a perspective you cannot find anywhere else, bringing you the best mix of news, racing, oddball podcasts, stunning videos, burnouts, inane rantings, and (hopefully) insightful editorial that we know how. We hope you’ve found some solace in 2016 by reading the pages of Hooniverse.com, and if you’re new to the site because one of your friends asked you to vote for their car, you’re welcome too, and we hope you stick around a while.

With a slight change in the rules this year, and a new HCOTY-master (that’d be me), we have another excellent crop of cars, trucks, and motorcycles vying for the HCOTY title. Our editorial staff has compiled a list of their favorite cars (conforming to the following rules) that had something to do with 2016, their choice didn’t have to be something we covered this year, and crapcan racers were ruled out, it couldn’t be something you could buy at a dealership, and it had to be at least as cool as Jeff’s Hoontruck. The rules are flexible and I’m the one who flexes them, so every nomination is eligible for voting. First we’ll do a recap of each nominated car, then we’ll have the poll at the very bottom of the post. Thanks to everyone who participates, both nominations and votes. Happy voting!

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 159 – Get Bent 2016!

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This week it’s Cam and Jason and Brad sitting around the microphone tree, talking about our car-themed non-denominational December Holiday gifts, give a quick look back at good things that happened during 2016, because it was such a bad year that we needed the reminder.

After the formalities are out of the way, we discuss our picks for the end-of-year awards we decided to pass out (metaphorically, we’re not actually giving physical awards). Anyway, the categories are:

Ugliest New Car

Worst New Car

Best New Car

Worst Rental Car

Best Cammed & Tubbed Episode

Best Non-Cammed & Tubbed Podcast

Best Cammed & Tubbed Guest

Best Journalist of the Year

Most Original Idea In The Industry

Most Improved Project Car

Longest Road Trip

Best Phrase Coining of the Year

Person of the Year


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Get Bent 2016!

And our second episode of the week is our traditional Question Tuesday Show!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Better Late Than Never

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The DFL Show: Episode 32 – Outstanding Swan Efficiency

Bradley Brownell December 29, 2016 Motorsports

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In this episode of your favorite motorsports programme, we have Brad, Stef, Pat, and Eric discussing the finer moments of the 2016 racing season. As a reflection on the year, we’re taking an episode to dole out awards for myriad accomplishments. The 2016 categories are as follows: Best Race, Best Pass, Best Series, Worst Race, Worst Pass, Worst Driver, Worst Series, Most Improved Driver, Most Improved Series, Most Disappointing Driver, Most Disappointing Series, Biggest Deal Out Of Nothing, Biggest Off-The-Track Story, Most Original Engineering Idea, Prettiest Car, Ugliest Car, and then the big ones Car, Broadcaster, Non-Racer, Team, Jabroni, and Racer of the year.

We had a grand time handing out our awards, but the real fun came when we did another DFL Mad Lib. This one is worth listening to if you’re a fan of motorsports, ranting, and childish humor. Thanks for making The DFL Show a great haven of fun in an otherwise messy and disgusting year.


The DFL Show – Outstanding Swan Efficiency

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HCOTY 2016 Nominee: Porsche’s First Le Mans Winner

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You didn’t think we’d make it through the 2016 HCOTY nomination process without seeing a Porsche represented by your resident Porsche nerd, did you? While my initial idea (Leh Keen’s Safari 911) was stolen by my Cammed & Tubbed co-host, Mister Jason See-Oh-Double-Enn Connor, I came up with a second, even better, Porsche to nominate. Feast your eyes upon the very first factory-entered Porsche to ever win its class at Le Mans, way back in 1951. The vintage racer turned Pebble Beach honoree, 1949 Porsche 356SL. It shouldn’t surprise any of you that I’m nominating this car, I am absolutely enamored with the details of this car, and the stellar restoration that was committed over the last 36 months or so. Rod Emory did a fabulous job restoring this car, and it deserves your votes. Read on for more.

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Weekend Viewing: Build Yourself A Maxton Rollerskate For Christmas

Bradley Brownell December 24, 2016 Hoonivercinema

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If you haven’t been following MotorWeek’s YouTube channel, you’re really missing out. Aside from the modern car reviews and news, they’re digging through their decades of archives to pull out some gems for our viewing pleasure. Some of the vintage reviews are brilliant, I’ve been a fan from the start. Over the last week, however, they’ve posted this series in five parts, a how-to video on Pat Goss putting together a Maxton Rollerskate “component car”. It’s really a great way to spend an afternoon watching this mini-series, and then searching ebay for a complete car, or even an incomplete kit. I’ve always wanted a Maxton, and this video series doesn’t help that desire. Maxton quoted a full build time for someone with ordinary tools to take just 50 hours. For the purposes of this build, they’ve boiled it down to just half an hour. Check all five parts out after the jump.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 157 – Imperial Shuttle Buyer’s Guide

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This week we’ve got Cam, Brad, and Jason sitting around the microphones reminiscing as 2016 winds to a close. We’ve got one more week of shows for the year, and we’re ready to say goodbye to a year that has been interesting to say the least. We kick off the episode by bringing back The Three D’s for a one-off appearance as Brad has something on his desk, Jason is drinking a beer, and Cam had some music he liked this week.

Beyond that we discuss Rogue One (an excellent film, no spoilers), Jason recounts what it’s like to drive a C1 Corvette, our ideal tree-hauler, and a “custom” Porsche 356 that Justin Bieber built. This was a fun episode, and hope to close out 2016 with a bang next week! Thanks for listening!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Imperial Shuttle Buyer’s Guide

In our second episode of the week, Question Tuesday, it starts out as the three of us all on the call, but Cam drops out a few minutes in with internet issues. He’s getting a T1 line installed in his new house so he can *hack into the mainframe* every week, so hopefully this will never happen again. That said, Brad and Jason had a ton of fun answering your questions. Thank you for being great listeners, and thanks for asking the questions every week!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Lights Out For Cam

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Miata Clubman Amalgam Makes Perfect Sense

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One ambitious custom car builder decided to mix a Clubman shell with a running but grotty Miata to build a monster that somehow actually does work quite well. It’s a little low for my tastes, but giant flares on a tiny body are never a bad thing. With a cutting wheel and a welder, industrious young enthusiasts can build pretty much anything in their garages, and this car just proves what can be done if you’ve got time, money, knowledge, space, and ambition in equal measures. I always seem to be lacking at least one of those at any given moment, and would never be able to finish a project like this. Click through to see some more photos of this awesome.

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The DFL Show: Episode 31 – NASCAR or Adult Film Star?

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This week on the DFL show we have Brad, Pat, Stef, Eric, and Joel, which makes for some excellent conversation. We have a ton to talk about, even though the racing season is pretty much over. Don’t worry, though, because we’re only a couple of weeks away from IMSA’s pre-season test, and a couple weeks after that is the Daytona 24, so we won’t have much downtime. The only race of any note this weekend was the Gulf 12 Hours, and Eric has a quick report from that event.

After that, we have some Audi LMP1 news, a bit of F1, some NASCAR title sponsor news, Indycar, WEC’s new regulations, IMSA’s new regulations, DTM schedule clash with Le Mans, And some Aussie Supercars news. Pat says if the Merc seat doesn’t go to Bottas, he’ll eat Stef’s old jar of Vegemite (fingers crossed they hire Wehrlein)! We actually have a few listener questions, plus a listener-submitted game we’re lovingly calling “NASCAR or Porn Star” (thanks Bill!), then we give away only one award this week, and leave to celebrate Christmas. Enjoy!


The DFL Show – NASCAR Or Adult Film Star?

We also have a special recording from Joel, who interviewed a couple drivers you may have heard of, who will be competing in the 12 hours of Bathurst in a BMW M6 (pictured above). Go check that out if you have a moment!


The DFL Show – DFL Quick Hits – Interviews With Steven Richards & Mark Winterbottom

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[Photo: Joel]