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Australian motorsports organization bans Robbie Gordon from competing Down Under

Jeff Glucker June 19, 2017 Motorsports

Robbie Gordon recently put on a bit of a show for patrons outside of a bar in Darwin, Australia. The stunt didn’t win him the affection of the local police, as they’re a bit harsh with the anti-hoon laws in that neck of the woods. It was clearly a reckless thing to do on a public road, so it’s no surprise it captured the attention of the local law-bringers.

According to NESN, the Darwin donuts wound up costing Gordon 4,150 AUD which works out to a bit over $3,000 US. Additionally, his Super Stadium truck was ordered impounded for up to 48 hours time.

Now comes word of a bit more imposing stuff for Gordon and his adventures in Oz. The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) has decided to come down hard on Gordon, and as such have opted to deny Robbie a competition license for an indefinite period.

A statement from CAMS reads as follows:

“With CAMS actively engaging more than ever with local communities, government, and corporate Australia to grow and promote our sport, so-called ‘hoon’ behaviour on public roads is not reflective of our values, nor our member base, and will not be tolerated.”

Now, we have no doubt that Robbie knows how to control his beastly machine, but it’s a bit insane to rip these donuts out in front of a bar while folks look on from the sidewalk. Seeing how Australian authorities have reacted to other such bits of Hoon-ery in the past, we’re not totally surprised at the reaction here.

Is this is another case of someone who should’ve saved it for the track or a locked-down area or has CAMS overreacted? Sound off below.

Also, hop past the jump for the full statement from CAMS…

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Take in the Nürburging 24 Hour Race from the perspective of a racer

An endurance race is an extreme test of a car, drivers, and a team as a whole. One of the toughest is the Nürburging 24-Hour Race, as it pits all sorts of vehicles against each other but also against a circuit often called The Green Hell. The N24 is a bucket-list-level event for drives and spectators alike, and one person who was formerly a spectator has now become a competitor.

Jethro Bovingdon, aside from having a tremendously British name, is a motoring journalist in the United Kingdom. He’s on the Drivetribe team and he’s putting out some seriously excellent videos on their YouTube channel.

The most recent of which follows Bovingdon as he takes in the N24 from the driver’s seat of the brand-new BMW M4 GT4 race car. Shared with three other drivers, Jethro and this team take a fresh race car from start to finish over the course of 24 hours, shifting weather, through faster and slower bits of traffic, and through the dreaded dark that descends when day turns to night.

It always turns back to day though, and the light shines on the twisting bit of sinewy road we all call The Ring. The car, the drivers, and the team all make it through with only a few battle scars but one great story to share.

Quick Shift: My 1974 Mercedes-Benz gets #Hella fresh

My 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 is getting a quick upgrade. It’s a small one, but I think it does a nice job on supplying an extra dash of style. I’ve purchased a set of Hella Lamin-X lens covers to give my fog lights that yellow look.

Against the blue paint work, the yellow fog lights pop rather nicely. It’s a quick change that enhances the overall look of the car.

They were easy to install, but I’m getting a little bit of lift on the edges. It’s not picking up off the lens, there’s just a few spots of bubbling. I’m going to get a strong rubberband and wrap one around each lens to try and put a consistent pressure around the outside. I think that will finish this off and get this looking perfect.

What do you think?

Podcast: Episode 206 – A Manuel Transmission

We’re all in the studio and joined by guest Manuel Carrillo III. He’s an automotive content machine doling out great pieces (both written and video-based) for a plethora of Internet Brands outlets. He’s also a friend of Hooniverse. 

We brought Manuel in because we wanted to hear about his latest endeavor; restoring his father’s old 1977 Porsche 911. This is a car that has been sitting for some time, but it’s also the very car that brought a baby MC3 home from the hospital. He’s invested in the outcome, and we want to learn more about it all.


Hooniverse – A Manuel Transmission

A beautiful hot rod does angry things at the Hoonigan Donut Garage

The Hoonigan Daily Transmission series opens a window into the goings-on at the company’s Long Beach headquarters. This is where you’ll find all sorts of machines doing all sorts of vehicular shenanigans. Most often it’s some manner of drift car, but that is certainly not always the case. There are plenty of European sports cars, muscle cars, and even trophy trucks that have stopped by to engage in their given brand of fun.

The latest car to stop by might just be the best one of all. It started life as a standard 1933 Plymouth complete with an inline six-cylinder engine. Since it’s from ’33, that means it’s just five years younger than the company which brought it to life. It’s been given new life, however, at the hands of TJ Russell.

He’s the man behind Russell Built Fabrication and he’s also a self-described Mopar fan. That’s why he didn’t go with some old Ford or Chevy. This Plymouth has been treated to a Chrysler Marine engine, tons of custom front-end bits, and a bit of actual self restraint as well. The body hasn’t been sliced, chopped, diced, or hacked up. The chassis has been reworked to fit the body, and the result is damn near perfect.

I’m no hot rod guy. I can appreciate the work that goes into some of them, but the aesthetic isn’t my thing. This hot rod, however, is damn near perfect.

First Drive: 2018 Audi S5 Sportback

There’s compromise in the automotive world. Some of it is bad, but some of it is the good sort of compromise. The 2018 Audi S5 Sportback is that good kind. Yes, we’re hopelessly dreaming of a day when wagons will return in large numbers to roam the roads. That day isn’t today, so that’s why we have a vehicle like the S5 Sportback.

It’s a sedan, that is kind of shaped like a coupe, and has some of the utility of a hatchback. It’s also packing a 354-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine, an available sport rear differential, and adaptive suspension. So yes, the S6 Avant would be our real dream machine in this space. But that doesn’t exist.

We can choose from a bunch of other cars that dance around the fact that America doesn’t want a wagon… thankfully, most of them are good and the S5 Sportback is no exception.

[Disclaimer: Audi flew me up to Seattle, put me up in a hotel, and gave me food and booze. They did not take me seriously, however, no matter how many times I said to reduce model count to just coupes, sedans, wagons, and real SUVs.]

Car Bros brings us… The Final Race

The Car Bros are back with a new video, and this one goes deep. It’s a peek at street racing battle between a Ford Mustang and a Subaru WRX STI. There’s clear tension between the two drivers. Yet there is also respect… and lots of shifting.

Power shifting. Slap shifting. The ole automatic back and forth. The manual gearbox caress. The two-handed mega shift. It’s all in here, and more. So many shifts you’re going to need to get a big notebook and fill its pages with new names for shifts you’ve only dreamed one could pull off.

It’s not a happy ending though, as in racing there is always a winner and a loser. Maybe there all losers, but they’re winning because of it. The world will never know. All we do know is that you have to click play and take in… The Final Race.

Clarion built a better OG Acura NSX

The original Acura NSX is something special. It’s a real driver’s car that managed to stun the world, not with tremendous power but instead by providing a truly world-class driving experience. Still, there’s room for improvement with any car and Clarion has plucked an old NSX out from the crowd and turned into a stunner.

Check off another excellent build for the folks at the Clarion Builds program. The audio company is cranking out excellent project machines, letting folks get to sample them for a bit, and then auctioning them off for charity.

This NSX is following that same path, and its ultimate owner is going to wind up with a supercharged delight. Behind the cabin sits a 3.2-liter engine that is paired with a supercharger. It’s not putting out somewhere in the neighborhood of 465 horsepower.

Clarion had the suspension swapped out for KW units. Stoptech provides the braking force. Rays wheels look excellent wrapped in sticky tires, and the whole package brings the car to another level. Oh there’s also the one-off exhaust and carbon fiber airbox provided by AEM.

For a different type of sound, you of course have the full audio system provided by Clarion, and it sounds almost as wicked as the exhaust note.

Ride along at Le Mans with Townsend Bell …on a CXC simulator

Townsend Bell can drive a wide range of vehicles, and he can do so very quickly. Like most top-tier racers, Bell started with karts before moving to more powerful open-wheel racing series. He’s tested for Formula One teams, as well. Additionally, he’s finished as high as 4th in the Indy 500 and led the race for a handful of laps back in 2016.

You can watch Bell doling out his knowledge of motorsports for NBC Sports when he’s not behind the wheel. Right now thought you can watch him display some serious knowledge about one particular track that will have all eyes focused on it come this weekend.

Townsend Bell jumped into the seat of a CXC Simulator rig to take a Ferrari 488 GTLM around the Circuit de le Sarthe. That would be the racing circuit where the 24 Hours of Le Mans is held. Last year, Bell and teammates Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler took the top spot in the GTE Am class. 

They’re looking to do it again this year. Before that happens, Bell shows us around the circuit and drops some great knowledge of the track while doing so.

These 9 steps will help you tune the SR20 engine

Nissan produced a wonderful powerplant when it gave the world the SR family of engines. The SR20ET, specifically, is an excellent engine that you’d find under the hood of S13, S14, and S15 Silvias. The power output, depending on the application ranges from around 201 horsepower on up to 250 horsepower.

It is, however, quite open to tuning. Our friends at Drifted.com have a guide to walk you through the steps of taking this engine and turning into something greater. You’re going to go down the standard walk of swapping items like the intake, injectors, and engine tuning.

There’s a bit more detail to dive into here. Head on over to Drifted to see what they believe you should do if you want to bump up the juice on the SR20.

Also, yes… that is a Lada shown above. And yes, it is packing SR20DET power under the hood.





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