Hooniverse Asks: What’s the most overrated wagon?

You love wagons. I love wagons. We’re truly sane automotive enthusiasts, and it’s the rest of the world that’s gone crazy. That said, there have to be a handful of wagon models that we perhaps hold in too high a level of esteem?

Is the W123 wagon (S123) a holy grail machine? Actually, with a diesel engine under the hood, it’s a gutless wonder. As much as I love the look and classic styling of any Benz from this era, there’s a reason why I’m stuffing a V8 into my own example.

What about vintage muscle wagons? Some might argue that you have even more metal for which rust can find a home. Those who love modern wagons often have to turn to a German luxury brand to find an example, and that could lead to finicky repairs and a high cost of ownership.

Surely the Swedes have it right with the new V60 and V90? Good luck with that twin-charged engine.

There may be a few lovely longroof examples that we, as enthusiasts, have overstated “the goods”. What’s your prime example of an overrated wagon?

And don’t worry, no matter what your answer, we all know that deep down inside you still love it. You’re safe here.

Hooniverse Asks: Did you go to Radwood Philly?

Jeff Glucker October 16, 2018 All Things Hoon

Radwood Philadelphia took place this past weekend. Did you make it out to soak in the glory of the 1980s and 1990s? Regular Cars did and the resulting video is… RCR Pop Art. It’s filled with a number of familiar faces, some pretty cool time capsule cars, and a backing tune that will make you think Stranger Things 3 is ready to air.

Also… Radwood needs to collaborate with Stranger Things somehow.

Anyway, did you go to the show? If so, what did you see and what was your favorite vehicle there?

Super Vision: Watch this vintage F100 turned Trophy Truck blast around the desert

Jeff Glucker October 15, 2018 Hoonivercinema

I love trophy trucks. These are super simple machines that are also very technically marvelous at the same time. Chris Isenhouer has built what might be the best one of the bunch. That’s beacauze it combines old-school-cool style with modern go-fast bits. This is a 1969 Ford F100 with a Chevy LS crate motor heart and all of the travel.

Isenhouer showed off his truck for a new series called Super Vision. It’s created by Heat Wave Visual and does a wonderful job blending standard shots with amazing drone footage.

This is one hell of a subject upon which to kick off this intriguing series. A handful of folks are building up vintage trucks with this sort of ability, yet Isenhouer likely has the beefiest one of them all. My own F100 was dubbed HoonTruck… but this is the real deal.

Regular Car Reviews rambles on in a ragtop 1969 Cadillac DeVille

Jeff Glucker October 15, 2018 Hoonivercinema

A monster lurks under the hood. A monster could be hidden in the trunk. A team of monsters could fit in the seating area. The 1969 Cadillac DeVille is a large car. It’s 30 inches longer than a modern Toyota Land Cruiser. And the 7.7-liter engine cranks out …enough horsepower to get the job. Regular Car Reviews managed some seat time with one, and discovered that this is the sort of car for the sort of person that orders “HAM PLEASE”.

Matt Farah is auctioning off his 1988 Fox Body Mustang

Matt Farah has built himself one hell of a Fox Body Mustang. In fact, I’d go as far to say that this is one of the best builds in the Fox Body space. A vehicle that started life as a Special Service Package coupe has been transformed into a special package indeed. And now Farah is set to say goodbye to the car, because he’s listed it on Bring-A-Trailer and 50% of the proceeds of the sale will go to charity.

Initially used by the California Highway Patrol until 1994, Farah acquired the car in 2014. He then set out having a handful of shops turn it into the Fox of his dreams. That meant wider fenders, a complete reworking of the suspension (including an IRS), and cleaning up of the Ford Racing 302 crate motor.

Once sorted, the car was transformed style wise as well. It now sits on 18″ HRE Wheels wearing brand new Michelin rubber. In preparation of the sale, Matt has gone ahead and serviced the car so it has fresh fluids, new brake pads, and those aforementioned tires.

Driving Matt Farah’s #MillionMileLexus

This Mustang, since its completion, has since been featured in Car Craft Magazine, on Speedhunters, in Automobile, and on the Hoonigan YouTube channel.

Head over to Bring-A-Trailer to lear more about it, and check out the excellent photography of the car. At the time of this post, there are seven days left to bid… and the car is already at $65,000.

Both a charity and a Mustang fan are going to be very happy when this is over.

[Source: BAT]

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite thing that you wish other people watched or listened?

Jeff Glucker October 15, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

First off, yes; any excuse to post that gif. We’ve been using it since 2009 and we’re not going to stop anytime soon.

My question this morning is all about your favorite forms of automotive entertainment. What are you watching or listening to that you wish the rest of us knew about? Tell us about the underrated hidden gems existing on the World Wide Web.

My previous answer would’ve been Project Binky, but you all know about that one by now. So spill the beans and share your favorite video series or podcast so that we may all enjoy. The days are growing shorter, the nights colder, and thus we shall warm ourselves by the fire of a flickering screen.

The Ford Transit is a plus-size sports car

I promise this isn’t clickbait. You’re about to be shocked by the full-size Ford Transit Van. That’s because you can equip it with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Is this the potential return of Supervan? With some light modification, it just might be.

[Disclaimer: Ford tossed us the keys to the Transit and included a tank of fuel. I tried to do a brake stand but it wouldn’t let me…]

“Proving Grounds” is a new car show with actual, good hosts

Jeff Glucker October 12, 2018 All Things Hoon

It’s not a build show. It’s not a portal to manufactured drama. It’s three lovers of cars getting together to wring the necks of a whole range of machinery. Automotive journalist Sam Smith saddles up to the track alongside race car drivers Parker Kligerman and Leh Keen. The show is called Proving Grounds, and it looks like it could be a good bit of fun.

Speed Reads: Desert Hooning with Sam Smith

Yes, the format of “Three men bullshit about cars while doing sideways driving” is tried and true. No, I don’t understand what the 1980’s text, music, and graphics have to do with the show (per the team, it’s where the show’s inspiration is derived; think countless hours spent watching Airwolf and American Gladiators). Regardless, I do know that these three folks are genuine enthusiasts, who also happen to be funny, witty people. All three of them can drive rather well on top of that.

So couple that with some slick footage and we have the potential for an entertaining 30 minutes of automotive television. You be the judge on October 21st. The show premieres that day at 7:30pm EST, right after a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on NBC Sports.

Hooniverse Asks: Does Hydrogen have a future in the automotive realm?

Jeff Glucker October 11, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

This morning, I’m in Hollywood to drive a pair of new models from Hyundai. Each one represents a different path on the way clean running cars. One is the Kona EV while the other is called Nexo. It’s the former that has me questioning, quite simply, why?

Nexo is a crossover. That part makes tons of (dollars) and sense. The other bit I’m stuck on, however, is that the Nexo is a fuel-cell powered vehicle. Hyundai learned a lot with its Tuscon FCEV and the Nexo reportedly improves upon the older car.

Still, why hydrogen? I understand its benefits but the infrastructure just is not there. While here in Hollywood, I’m going to try and figure out why Hyundai wants to spotlight fuel-cell vehicles.

Do you see a future automotive landscape where hydrogen vehicles hum alongside pure electrics?

Podcast: Episode 267 – Jason Connor and Chris Hayes

Jeff Glucker October 10, 2018 Hooniverse Podcast

Jason Connor takes my spot on this episode and chats with Chris Hayes about, well, cars, duh.

Jason recently bought a C6 Z06 and the pair also wax poetic about all things carbon build up.