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Podcast: Episode 150 – See Section

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Chris and I are joined in the studio by The Smoking Tire’s own Zack Klapman. We talk about the new Clarion Builds Acura NSX, driving the latest Camaro SS, and that Zack and I are going back to Drift School.

Also, my wife and I bought a new car. Tune in, listen up, and find out what that is on this episode of the Hooniverse Podcast


Hooniverse – See Section

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Superformance and the Daytona Coupe

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If you asked me: what’s your favorite car you’ve ever driven? I’d have a number of different answers to give you. On that list, without question though, is the Daytona Coupe. It’s raw. It’s loud. It’s gorgeous. And it’s done oh so right by the great team at Superformance in Irvine, California.

For years, cars like this were stuck in that kit car realm which meant you had to buy it in pieces and then figure out how to get that engine and transmission bolted in place. Times have changed, and so have the laws surrounding these machines. Now you can show up and plunk down your cash and then walk away with a fire-breathing bit of American motorsports history that’s all your own.

No, you’ll never own an original Daytona coupe. They made six of them. None are currently for sale, and if one was it would be worth tens of millions of dollars. For a small fraction of that, you can put one that’s more comfortable and probably more capable in your garage…

Let’s Find Out: Can you brake stand the new Chevy Colorado diesel?

Jeff Glucker April 22, 2016 All Things Hoon
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It’s time to answer a question that 12, maybe 21 of you tops, have been asking! Can the Chevrolet Colorado fitted with a diesel engine be used to do brake stands?

The answer… is an oil-burning yes.

Goodwood gives 5 reasons why they love James Hunt

Jeff Glucker April 22, 2016 All Things Hoon
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Goodwood plans to celebrate James Hunt’s F1 championship title, which he earned 40 years ago. Before it does, the ode to all things amazing and automotive has compiled a quick video highlighting five things that it loves about Hunt the Shunt.

It’s a quick watch but, just like the man himself, it’s quite entertaining.

Podcast: Episode 149 – Race Recap 2

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Duncan and I are back for the second episode of the Race Recap. There was lots to cover as the prior weekend saw plenty of racing action. Formula 1 was in China and Rosberg continues to kick ass. Long Beach played host to IMSA, IndyCar, and the Pirelli World Challenge. Each race had its highlights and its lowlights, and we dive into all of it on this fresh Race Recap.


Hooniverse – Race Recap 2

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First Look: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Jeff Glucker April 20, 2016 All Things Hoon
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The answer… is it always really Miata? If you don’t love convertibles, then no it’s not. Now though, that is all set to change thanks to the pending arrival of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF.

The RF stands for Retractable Fastback. This is a Miata with a retractable coupe roof that turns into a targa-topped MX-5. It’s very nearly the best of both worlds, and it’s set to hit dealers sometime in the spring of 2017.

Design and weight were important here. From the side, you can’t see the shutlines of the top. It looks seamless. The top adds 100 pounds to the curb weight, which is less than adding your fat friend into the passenger seat… and it’s more balanced.

Overall, the RF should prove to be a smooth looking slow-car-fast favorite for all climates. Folks drive their Miatas in all types of weather, but now they can do so with more style and a minimal weight gain.

Be so satisfied in your Rocket 69

Jeff Glucker April 14, 2016 All Things Hoon
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I love Fallout. When I first played Fallout 3, it was clear that I missed out massively the first time that game came around. It made me dig deeper into the brand’s past and find out more about 1, 2, and New Vegas. I’ve played them all, and I’m currently many hours deep into my play through of Fallout 4.

Wandering the wastes of Boston, you see all manner of wrecked and discarded pre-fallout vehicles. One of them is the Chryslus Rocket 69. It’s a sleek, be-finned beauty that gets its power from a micro fusion setup. It’s got one gear, a joystick for control, and is capable of hitting 200 miles per hour.

Also, it’s not drivable in Forza. Turn10 Studios and Bethesda have teamed up to offer the Rocket 69 has a bit of free extra content. If you own either game, you’ll get a code for a free download of the car. Now, of course, you’ll need to have Forza already to be able to use the car but if you like video games and Hooniverse, there’s a decent chance you already have the game.

I love it when cars and my favorite videos games collide. War never changes, but Forza and Fallout get better with each new bit of downloadable content made available.

Podcast: Episode 148 – Drifting through the conversation

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Aaron Gold returns on the show and we’re also joined by Zack Klapman and Harrison Berdan. Talk in the news revolves around the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Audi RS3, and then turns to the recent Formula Drift event in Long Beach.

That turns into Zack and I talking about their Drift 101 experience, and how they’re going back for more


Hooniverse – Drifting through the conversation

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Formula E: Humming along towards the future of motorsports

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Formula E came buzzing into Long Beach this past weekend. As a fan of all-things motorsports, I was extremely curious to examine this all-electric racing series. There are a number of manufacturers already involved and more are on the sidelines getting ready to jump in. Volkswagen is one such automaker that has taking a dive into this sport for its second season. The timing for the VW move is, as you can imagine, quite smart. The company was shuttling folks around town with its eGolf. Volkswagen should’ve kept the GTE plug-in hybrid around for a bit longer as well, as that is a vehicle that should make its way Stateside. Enough about road cars though, let’s dive into this racing series and the nearly silent machines competing for the podium spots.

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Podcast: Episode 147 – Ladyballs
w/guests Aaron Gold and Miles Branman

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Chris and I are joined in the studio by guests Aaron Gold (About.com) and Miles Branman (Digital Trends). The topics include some new car news:

  • Tesla Model 3
  • Mazda patents a rotary engine
  • Porsche makes a …chair.
  • BMW offering an incredible two-day driving school.

After that, we get into how our guests got into the world of automotive journalism. Aaron got his start as an intern in the UK and Miles fell in with the Fast Lane Daily team. After that we meander through listener questions before a few updates on the truck and other things we’ve driven.


Hooniverse – Ladyballs w/guests Aaron Gold & Miles Branman

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