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Video: How to drive a Ford GT40

Jeff Glucker December 18, 2014 All Things Hoon
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You know that famous line… “I don’t want to belong to any club, that would have me as a member”. Well, luckily for me then, I can’t afford to be a member of the Classic Car Club of Manhattan but I really wish I could. The reason for that is, of course, quite simple as this club allows its members to jump behind the wheel of many different types of oh-so awesome machinery.

Their garage plays home to everything from a 1974 BMW 2002 powered by an E30 M3 motor and an all-black 1968 Dodge Charger up to a 2014 Porsche GT3 and a McLaren 12C. Another part of the fleet is a CAV-built 1966 Ford GT40 replica powered by a Ford Racing 302. Oh, and it wears Gulf livery… and you can cruise around in it if you’re a member of the club.

But do you actually know what to do once you have the keys? Maybe not, and that’s why the club is taking things a step further by helping to educate its membership. Exhibit A is the video above.

The Wombat: Steering Issues

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We’re back with more on The Wombat; our 1984 Mercedes-Benz HEMI wagon project car. This time it’s an update on what we have looming in front of us. This means we’re looking at steering issues, wiring, the driveshaft, cooling, and anything else that will pop up.

It’s a long list, but Mark from Scared Shiftless is confident that we’re moving ahead nicely. I may be bringing in a surprise steering expert in the near future though, so stay tuned for that!

Mercedes-Benz E350 Wagon: Long Live the Longroof!

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The wagon… It’s fallen out of favor over the course of the last few decades thanks to the rise in popularity of sport and crossover utility vehicles. That’s a shame, because the wagon is the TRUE sport utility vehicle in the market.

Case in point is this 2015 Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon. It’s powered by a 302-horsepower V8 engine, has seating for up to seven people, or it can be used to haul a whole lot of stuff. This longroof drives in a manner that’s far more enjoyable than any SUV or CUV counterpart, and it looks better as well.

Only a handful of automakers are still cranking out wagons… which means only a handful of automakers still get it. Long live the longroof!

[Disclaimer: Mercedes-Benz tossed me the keys to this wagon for a week, and included a tank of gas. I actually got oddly ill while shooting the car, which wasn’t the fault of the Benz. Can you tell I feel like crap during the video? I did love the car though.]

I Got A New Toy – OBD II Edition

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Driving the Civic the other day, my check engine light decided to supply me with some illumination. What I couldn’t be brought up to speed about, however, was why the check engine light came on. I had guesses, but without a code reader I had no real clue, especially since the car wasn’t doing anything terrible at the moment.

Most code readers run a few hundred dollars. I don’t want to spend those monies on a code reader. Instead, I found this Actron PocketScan Plus which retails for well under a single copy of Franklin’s Face.

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Project Civic Si(gh): It’s time we parted ways…

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What was once fun, is no longer so. When you lose interest in a project vehicle, it’s best to either take some time apart from it or get straight to the point and sell it. I’m at that point, and I’ve listed the car for sale. I have a few interested parties ringing me up (including our friend Rick who worked on the car), and there’s even a buyer coming to look at the car today.

Is my price crazy? Sound off below.

What’s next? Well, I’ve been scouring Craiglist for something to hold my attention until my wagon is done. I find myself being drawn to old pickup trucks, and I think I may head in that direction. I keep eyeballing this truck in particular as I wouldn’t need to change too much to get it to where I’d want it… at least at first.

So… am I right to sell the Civic now? Am I wise to test my luck on an old truck? Is there something else I should be looking to acquire? Let me know below.

HCOTY Nominee: Dodge Charger Hellcat

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This the season in which a red sleigh delivers tremendous joy. In this version of the story, I’m the fat man at the helm and my reindeer have been replaced by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. Dodge Charger Hellcat with your paint so bright, won’t you ruin some tires tonight.

Yes… yes it will, and I think it deserves a nomination for Hooniverse Car of the Year. Read on to hear why I don’t think it will actually win though… and that’s okay.

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First Drive: 2015 Nissan Murano

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Designers are an optimistic bunch. They are asked to create a vision that is then whittled down, distilled, and changed. What starts as a concept, moves to a drawing, then clay, and finally scale models before it is adjusted to fit the needs of marketing, engineering, and those sitting at the top of the automakers food chain. Occasionally, a designer gets to see his or her work stay a bit more true to an original concept, but that’s rare these days.

Today is a rare day, because this is the 2015 Nissan Murano and it is a mixture of everything Senior Designer Ken Lee envisioned when he set out to craft the brands latest flagship crossover. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up for debate…

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One of you should join HOT ROD – They’re hiring…

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One of the greatest channels on the You Tubes is, without question, the Hot Rod Garage. Hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan have announced that they are looking for a new person to join their team and deliver piping hot video awesome.

To apply, you’re going to need to make a video of your own. Once you post it to your own channel, comment on the above video with a link to your own video. The Hot Rod team will find it and whittle down some finalists with help from their viewers.

Now is your chance to put your knowledge to work for actual money… and get a leg up on what I do, for no money. Seriously, someone reading this would probably be a great fit for their team since you all know way more than the average car guy or gal.

Podcast: Episode 85 – From McQueen to Matchmaking w/ guest Spike Feresten

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Our guest this week is renowned comedy writer, car lover, and Fox talk-show all-star Spike Feresten. You may know him from his work providing the funny to shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night and The Late Show with David Letterman, and Seinfeld, as well as many other programs.

Now Spike is using his love of cars to help folks find the perfect automotive match. His show is called Car Matchmaker, and it runs on Esquire. Feresten shows folks a variety of cars that he thinks would be the ideal fit for them, and this can range from a new Mercedes-Benz GLK to a Buick Grand National.

On the latest episode of Car Matchmaker, Spike’s brother turns to him for help. Feresten gets a helping hand from Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Will Forte, and Seth Meyers in the first hour-long episode of Car Matchmaker. It’s a show that perfectly bridges the automotive gap between enthusiasts and normal folk who don’t obsess over all-things automotive.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… actually, if you cry you probably have some other issue, because you should just laugh. Hop the jump to listen in and make fun times with your ear holes.

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