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Installing the 3M Paint Defender Spray
on Jason Connor’s Mountune Focus ST

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Hooniverse Associate Editor Jason Connor has a pretty rad machine in the form of his mountune Ford Focus ST. He has been taking it to the track, and hitting the canyons, while also using the car to serve as the occasional Hooniverse camera car. That means he’s getting some paint chips on the nose of his beloved vehicle.

We’ve turned to 3M for some help. They produce the Paint Defender System, which is essentially a spray-on paint protection film. It’s affordable, easy to install, and also easy to remove down the road when you need to replace it.

Take a look as Jason installs the film on his car.

For more information, head to http://www.3Mauto.com and be sure to ask them any questions you have on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/3MAutoUSA)

[Disclaimer: 3M provided the system for free. Also, they want us to give away some kits... I just need to think of a contest.]

Podcast: Episode 75 – Whir: The best impression that Blake has ever done

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Chris, Blake, and myself are all back in the same room for the first time in weeks. Blake has been off checking out the new ND Miata, and I was running wild down in Baja to test a brand-new BFGoodrich KO2 tire. We’re back now though, and Blake has shown up at the podcast palace riding the Zero SR electric motorcycle. My ride isn’t as cool as that (Elantra GT) but I did just spend a weekend with the 2014 Dodge Viper.

Hop the jump to hear more about all of that…

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Eyesore Racing attempts to turn 24 Hours of LeMons into plane racing

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This past weekend saw the 24 Hours of LeMons head off to Northern California. The racing circuit of choice this time around? Thunderhill. In fact, it was one of the first races utilizing the new full length course at Thunderhill, which clocks in somewhere around five miles. That’s a whole lot of track, which means a lot of crappy cars are competing for many corners.

One of the best known teams in the sport is Eyesore Racing, and they apparently had an interesting weekend, as you can see above. The driver was fine but the car needed a bit of mending due to some cracked up suspension bits.

Head into the LeMons forums for the full story…

Modern Art Monday: HRE Wheels brings back some classics

Jeff Glucker September 15, 2014 Modern Art Monday

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HRE Wheels has been banging out some of the best wheels in the business since 1978. Over the course of those three decades, it’s no secret that wheels have evolved. From the construction to the styling and available sizes, wheel makers have to respond and move with the greater automotive enthusiast industry. HRE Wheels has certainly done that, but the California company also knows when it’s time to revisit some classics.

I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Vintage Series of wheels, specifically the oh-so-gorgeous 501. Now though, the Vintage lineup is joined by the Classic Series, which is clearly aimed at some 1990’s iron. Hop the jump to see a few more samples from the latest set of high quality rollers.

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Fantasy Finds Friday: I’ve got a bug to go off-road

Jeff Glucker September 12, 2014 Fantasy Finds Friday

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I want to race in the Baja 500.

Yes, that sounds insane, and it’s a thought that has arrived seemingly out of nowhere. It hasn’t though, as I’ve recently returned from Mexico where I was testing a brand-new BFGoodrich tire. The tire is called the KO2, and it was fitted to both Ford Raptor trucks and the BC buggies used by the Wide Open Baja crew. My time spent in those Baja Challenge cars has officially transformed my brain. I need to get dirty, I need to push a car harder than I ever thought I would, and I need to get back to Mexico sooner rather than later.

So, it should come as no surprise then that my Fantasy Find for this Friday is a vehicle capable of getting me back to Baja. It’s a buggy chassis that’s fully built and ready to go… and it’s currently sitting with a$10,000 bid price and no reserve.

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Podcast: Episode 74 – On the Road Again: NY and Virginia…

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I’m on the road again, and I’m reporting in after spending some time in NY and Virginia. I’ve traveled up to NY to sample the all-new Lexus RC F, and then hopped on a plane to Virginia to sample some Volkswagen goodness.

This is a special shorty episode, as it’s an On The Road Again episode.

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First Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F

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Lexus is looking to join the big leagues of the sport luxury segment. That’s a hefty road to climb considering it’s currently filled with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, BMW M4, and the Audi RS5, amongst other machines.

Lexus has an answer to those vehicles, however, and it’s called the RC F. Hooniverse.com Executive Editor Jeff Glucker heads to the Monticello Motor Club in New York to see if it can compete with the rest of the segment.

[Disclaimer: Lexus flew me to New York and put me up in a hotel. I ditched the after-track after-dinner drink-a-thon to hang out with my buddy Matt... we had our own drink-a-thon. I was tired the next day.]

Fantasy Finds Friday: The F**king Catalina Wine Mixer

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Ah the 1960s… it was a grand time for American automobiles. The cars were larger, the engines were large, and the people were, well probably smaller than average MURICAN roaming around today. No matter, those old cars still exist and they’re offered up with a wide range of shapes, styles, engine sizes, and in varying conditions.

Since it’s Friday, I get to choose one for my Fantasy garage, which means it’s going to be in great shape.

The car above is a 1962 Pontiac Catalina. It’s no ordinary Catalina, however, as it’s actually a factory super duty lightweight version. Those fenders? Aluminum. The hood? Aluminum. The bumpers, read deck lid, headers, radiator support, and exhaust manifolds? All aluminum!

This is a big car that’s been given an Al diet… and I want it.

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Truck Thursday… Dragster?

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Yes.

The engine is from a semi-truck.

Also, since we love alliteration here (h)at the Hooniverse… This thing has a triple turbo setup. I’m currently trying to figure out how to turn the noise it creates into my new ringtone.

[Source: Reddit]

Say hello to the all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata

Jeff Glucker September 3, 2014 All Things Hoon

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The all-new ND-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata was just revealed. This screen grab was taken from the live online reveal, since Hooniverse wasn’t invited to the actual event. We assume our invitation was lost in the mail.

Stay tuned for more on Friday when Greg fills you in on all the details in the weekly news. For now though, take in the refined KODO skin of the newest version of many an enthusiasts favorite machine.

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