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Banger Racing on the Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man is a place that everyone should visit at least once. You have to go during the TT, and you have to take in all of the insanity surrounding the event. The people on the island don’t just love pushing around fast bikes though, as we discovered.

There is a small oval circuit on the Isle of Man, and it packs a substantial local crowd. The folks gather to watch their friends or family, and the racing action is excellent. We’re talking about Banger Racing, and it’s best viewed with a fresh plate of fish and chips and a cold brew from Okells in your hand.

Hit play, sit back, and take in the majesty that is Banger Racing on the Isle of Man.

(Also, we need to find a way to get some Hooniverse stickers on Hendo’s Lexus…)

Podcast: Episode 114 – A Huracan’s A Blowin’

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I’m back in the studio after an unexpected absence last week. Joining me is Producer Chris Hayes as we kick it a bit old school and run down some new car news before diving into what we’ve been driving and what’s going on with our own cars. What’s the new car news? Well, a couple in Texas bought their 78th and 79th Dodge Vipers, and we think that’s kind of dumb. A Tesla Model S owner lapped the ‘Ring in 9:08 and we think that’s kind of awesome.

In the motorsports world, there was a big win at the 24hrs of Spa for the MarcVDS racing team. We want to congratulate our friend Francois on the victory.

In our own personal news, I tells the story of my weekend with the Lamborghini Huracan… and how one day turned from a standard video shoot into something so much more important.


Hooniverse – A Huracan’s A Blowin’

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Clarion Builds Program Sets Worn-Out Acura NSX In Its Sights

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Clarion is a creator and seller of automotive audio and navigation systems, amongst other things. Clarion is also a company that clearly loves cars, because it recently completed a build of a BMW 2002. The new program is called Clarion Builds, and it’s taking older vehicles and injecting new life into them. The first car in the program turned out rather wonderful, and now Clarion has its sights set on something new to tackle.

Say hello to this 1991 Acura NSX, which is in need of some love and attention.

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Watch Truck yeah dive into its ’64 Scout Project

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Andrew Collins is the man behind Jalopnik’s Truck Yeah. His dream truck is an old Scout, and he recently found an example from 1964. That sounds great, right? What’s not so great is the actual condition of the Scout that Andrew acquired.

His plan is to bring the Scout back to life, and he’s going to need some help. Take a look as he dives into the engine for the first time, and discovers the road ahead is going to be a long one.

A Story of Urgency and the Lamborghini Huracan

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Keep your phone handy, I may need to reach you today” were the words left hanging in my head as I walked out the door. The clock in the bedroom I’d recently left was glowing bright with disappointing numbers that seemed to float in the dash of light provided by the misty morning that comes with the coast. I had a job to do today, and it involved waking up early. It also involved opening my garage door to rouse a bright orange bull from its slumber.

My phone was tucked into a handy place in my pocket as I opened the door to the Lamborghini Huracan. Sliding behind the wheel and into the firm suede-covered bucket seat is as close as most will get to closing the canopy on a vehicle that requires call signs. The start button beckons, and with a quick press from my thumb, ten cylinders crackle to life. It’s loud. Too loud for this time of the morning, but the car soon quiets a bit into a smoother, lower idle point that I can clearly see on the perfectly crisp screen behind the steering wheel.

It’s time to close the door, grab the paddle on the right to put the car into first gear, and head off into the hills for “work”.

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Driver on Driver: Episode 4 – Ryan Tuerck

Host Sam Nalven sits down with livery-thief Ryan Tuerck. He learns about doing the least amount necessary to win, the importance of proper mic checks, and how to eat a tuercky sandwich at 100 miles per hour… while sideways.

If you missed it, here’s:

Episode 1 with guest Chris Forsberg

Episode 2 with Fredric Aasbø

and Episode 3 with Pat Goodin

Nissan GT-R Nismo: Do you love the latest & greatest?

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The Nissan GT-R has been a bit of a polarizing machine since it’s arrived years ago. Some love it while others feel it can be a bit soulless.

Regardless, there’s no denying its potent performance. Additionally, the car has only gotten faster, better, and more potent year after year. The latest and greatest version has spent time with the capable hands from the Nissan Motorsports division; otherwise known as NISMO.

The GT-R Nismo ups the crazy speed. It ups the crazy levels of grip, acceleration, stopping performance, and overall track-focused insanity.

Maybe it finally ups the number of people who love it for the absolutely focused machine that it is…

[Disclaimer: Nissan tossed us the keys to the GT-R Nismo for a few days. Our heart and brain thank them… our back has different feelings.]

This “Fake” Ferrari Might Be Better Than The Real Thing

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The purist Ferrari lovers out there will no doubt look down their noses at the owner and builder of this car. They shouldn’t though, because Peter Giacobbi’s Ferrari 250 TR recreation is truly a work of art… and it’s one that actually gets driven, and driven often.

Petrolicious knocks this video out of the park. It’s beautifully shot (especially the driving sequences), and the subject matter is excellent. This is more than worthy of your time on this Friday afternoon.

Grab a beer, turn up the speakers, and fall in love with this unpainted Ferrari beauty.

Podcast: Episode 112 – Ramblin’, Podcastin’, and Peein’
An On-the-Road Episode

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On this episode of the podcast, you’re getting a shorter On the Road bit. I’m in Minnesota to drive new Hyundai product, and I decided to fire up the microphone while he was sitting in my hotel room.

The chatter this time around ranges from what I’ve been driving to thoughts of getting old…


Hooniverse – On the Road: Ramblin’, Podcastin’, and Peein’

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Podcast: Episode 111 – The Stars At Night…
[w/ guest Michael Banovsky]

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This is the one where we say goodbye to co-host Blake Z. Rong. He’s packing up his LA life and relocating to Austin, Texas. We’re joined by guest Michael Banovksy, who is Managing Editor of Petrolicious. Additional, he’s the auther of the book Weird Cars. Our chatter revolves around his own car history, how he got “into cars”, and we dabble a bit in the world of Petrloicious.

After that, I talk a bit about his Isle of Man TT experience before we all dive back to talk about some of our favorite episodes over the last 110 episode run.

Fair thee well Blake Z. Rong… we will keep your chair warm.

(with farts)


Hooniverse – The Stars At Night…

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