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Podcast: Episode 187 – BBI Autosport at SEMA 2016

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Long time friends of the show BBI Autosport grace us with their presence in the Magnaflow booth at SEMA 2016.  Zack and Chris sit down to talk everything Porsche with BBI including; 991.1 vs 991.2, the future of the GT3, the slow migration of 911 engines forward, carbs vs EFI, and the legendary build quality of antique german steel.


Hooniverse – BBI Autosport – SEMA 2016

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Quick Spin: Getting dirty with the 2017 Audi Allroad

Here’s a quick look at the new 2017 Audi Allroad. It’s our German friends longroof answer to the crossover question.

Here for the new model year, Audi has swapped in a revised 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, which is now good for 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The ride height is slightly raised.
There’s underbody protection.
Throw in more aggressive tires and some mud flaps and we’ve got a $53,000 ($44,000 base price) trail runner.

Yes, we didn’t venture out into the deeper parts of the trail but I know that we could’ve. How? You’re going to have to wait for the video where we torture a Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to find out.

(Spoiler: It handled said “torture” just fine)

[Disclaimer: Audi tossed me the keys to the 2017 Allroad and included a tank of fuel. I had to wash the mud off the car before giving it back, while it was raining outside. I had to go wash a car… while it was raining. I still didn’t get all of the mud, sorry Audi.]

Watch a 1968 Camaro restoration… a Hot Wheels Camaro restoration

If you’re not already subscribed to the baremetalHW channel, you need to fix that immediately. The person behind this corner of the Internet is a wizard when it comes to all things Hot Wheels. Some of my favorite videos on the channel are those focusing on the restoration on various cars in the channel owners collection.

Today’s video shows baremetalHW bringing a 1968 Custom Camaro Redline back to life. The initial car is incredibly rough, but the finished product is amazing.

Your word of the day is “Maloo”

Jeff Glucker January 4, 2017 All Things Hoon

I walked past this very car when I attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016. The noise, upon startup, is very familiar. The body style is extremely Australian. The entirety of the being that we call a Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo (or Holden HSV Maloo, if you prefer) is everything that’s wonderful about automobiles in ‘Straya.

I’ll be honest… I never really cared for our own El Camino. The Ranchero makes me smile only because we race one in LeMons. For some reason, however, the Aussie ute burnout aficionado speaks to me in a brap-brap language that I can understand completely.

Podcast: Episode 186 – Transverse Layout…

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It’s the first episode of the new year, and I’m back in the podcast studio with Chris and Zack. We talk about the new Audi Allroad, my truck, Zack’s BMW M3, and Chris’ fleet of machines. We also talk about what’s in store for the rest of this year including HoonTruck upgrades, a trip to Spain to drive a BRZ, and a farewell video to the Dodge Viper.


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Jack Diamond is back to teach you how to score a deal

Jeff Glucker January 3, 2017 All Things Hoon

Jack Diamond is a man person that doesn’t play games. Jack knows how to score deals, even if it means rolling over chumps that don’t fully disclose all the details in their well-written and info-packed ad listings.

His latest mark? The seller of a rather clean Fox Body Mustang. Let’s see if Jack Diamond can acquire his prize by taking down another chump.

An old Porsche 911 returns to the track

This is part two in a two-part series that takes a look at the bonds formed between a family and a certain 1970 Porsche 911. In Part One, we explored just what the car means to father and son. Now in Part Two we’re finally seeing the old machine return to spot where it once shined; the race track.

Well, the coned-off parking lot of a race track, which is a sort of racing circuit in its own right. This is what happened when Porsche owner John Cary took his blue beast racing for the first time since his father used it that way back in the 70’s and 80’s.

[Disclaimer: I shot this for Optima, not for Hooniverse – therefore I was paid real adult money to do so. Still, I’m proud of the way the video came out and wanted to share it here.]

HCOTY 2016 Nominee: This LS3-powered Jaguar XJ8 L

LS3 Powered Jaguar XJ8 L

This is a car that, at first glance, looks like a standard old Jaguar sedan that’s been given the “gift” of a trendy wheel and tire setup. First glances, however, are often deceiving because there’s a whole lot going on under the skin of this XJ8 L.

This is a car I fell in love with when Friend of Hooniverse Matt Farah drove it during one of his One Take videos. It also received an in-depth write-up on SpeedHunters and got the A+ photo treatment from superior lensman Larry Chen. Now it’s here on Hooniverse because it’s my nomination choice for the 2016 Hooniverse Car of the Year.

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Exploring the bonds formed between family and an old Porsche 911

Jeff Glucker December 21, 2016 All Things Hoon

John Cary is a friend of Hooniverse. I drove his very blue 1970 Porsche 911 back in the spring of 2015. Now I find myself standing on the other side of the camera to capture the car on a deeper level. I wanted to tell the story about the car and John’s family history with this old machine. The folks at Optima Batteries were looking for some video content, and this is the story I picked to shoot for them.

In part one, we learn what the car means to John and his family. Part two, which I will run later this week, shows John bringing the car back to the track for its first time there in decades.

[Disclaimer: I shot this for Optima, not for Hooniverse – therefore I was paid real adult money to do so. Still, I’m proud of the way the video came out and wanted to share it here.]

Podcast: Episode 184 – Dan McNiff from Dinan (SEMA 2016)

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Another in our series of interviews from SEMA 2016. This time we’re joined by Dan McNiff from a little tuning outfit called Dinan. This episode is a little crowded with Zack Klapman, Jason Connor and Jon Klein joining me in grilling Dan about what Dinan has been up to for the last year, his views on the new M2, some slips in BMWs lineup vs. their competition, and of course the general insanity that surrounds us at SEMA.


Hooniverse – Dan McNiff from Dinan – SEMA 2016