Regular Cars asks “Which Subaru is Best Subaru?”

Jeff Glucker October 9, 2018 All Things Hoon

It’s a simple question, and Mr. Regular is on site to ask it. He’s in attendance at a Subaru car show and he’s on a quest to determine which is a prime example of Fuji Heavy Industries finest. Along the way he finds some …crap. But he also finds a few gems, including the delightful Brat with its perfectly plaid seats.

So click play and ride along to find out which Subaru is best Subaru?

Hooniverse Asks: Are you curious about the 2019 Chevy Blazer?

I hadn’t been to the OC Auto Show in years. This isn’t the realm of major reveals, future product discussions, or other pertinent interests that require me shuttling off towards the land of Disney. This year, however, I was a bit curious because Chevy decided to use the OC Auto Show as the public debut space for its 2019 Blazer.

This is a revival of a fairly iconic machine for the bow-tie brand. Now thought, it’s (probably smartly) relegated to CUV status. Still, there’s an available 305-horsepower V6 engine and a not-to-shabbily styled RS trim on offer.

The better looking versions will break cover at the more important LA Auto Show this November. Though if Chevy really wanted to make news, it could’ve prepped a few SEMA specials for the end of October. That’s not likely to happen (Because no automaker has offered up their SEMA budget to Hooniverse yet), and that’s a shame. Sure, some terribleness would’ve occurred but there’s the potential for a bit of restyling magic as well.

As it sits, it’s fine on paper for the average CUV shopper. But does it do anything to tickle your interests?

Loam Wolf combines Pedals and Petrol on an Idaho adventure

Jeff Glucker October 8, 2018 Hoonivercinema

I’ll be honest… I’ve been looking for any excuse to post something related to mountain biking, but I can’t just cram in non-auto stuff on Hooniverse. Trust me, Kamil and I have both tried in the recent past. Today’s different though, because The Loam Wolf managed to wrangle up some friends and set off on a gas (and beer, we assume)-soaked adventure through Northern Idaho. It involves pedals and petrol.

This is a simple film centered on a simple idea. Grab some friends, some gear, and set off into the wild woods. For The Loam Wolf crew, that means dirtbikes, trucks, and a gaggle of mountain bikes.

From there, the footage captured is all about pure riding. The trails are tight, the action is fast, and backing music makes me feel like I’m leaning back into the chair at my barber’s shop.

How bad do you want to phone up your pals and go for a ride?

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your least favorite modern feature in new cars?

Jeff Glucker October 8, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

Head-up displays, lane keep assist, rev matching, and so much more. There are many tech features available to the modern driver and a whole lot of them are, at best, quite helpful, and, at the worst, a minor nuisance that can be toggled off. I enjoy a modern HUD on some vehicles but feel it’s unnecessary on others. With a rev-match capable car, I find it makes both slow speed maneuvering and performance driving a more enjoyable experience without removing any of that perceived “soul” of a car.

Other features can be quite annoying. An overactive lane-keep assist is something I’ll turn off every time I get in a car. I typically turn off Start/Stop in a modern car as well, as I have no love for such systems.

What modern features do you find to be the most annoying?

Learning to weld helped this owner save his BMW E30

Jeff Glucker October 5, 2018 Wrenching Tips

Peter Monshizadeh is wrenhing on all sorts of great projects on his Practical Entusiast channel. From bikes to cars, Peter has a lot of work ahead of him but all of his vehicles are interesting. Like any home wrench though, he’s run into a bit of trouble with one of the cars. Peter has a BMW E30 he recently purchased, and upon getting it home he discovered the car is in a lot worse shape than he initially thought. In fact, he’s now had to add a new skill to his wrenching resume; welding.

This 1989 BMW 325i looks like an enjoyable driver on the surface. Once the car was up in the air, however, Peter discovered plenty of rust lurking… all over the place. Rather than throw in the towel, Peter advanced his personal skill set by purchasing a welder and learning how to use it. A project like this is the perfect platform to serve as a teaching tool and now Peter has set out repairing his swiss cheese E30.

Head over to Jalopnik for an in-depth look at his process, the rest, and the repairs.

[Source: Jalopnik]

Superformance and Magnaflow team up for Future Forty MkI GT40 inspired by current GT

This one is… interesting. On one hand, I love the work done by both Superformance and Magnaflow. We’ve driven a number of great Superformance continuation cars and fitted Magnaflow exhaust to our own project vehicles. On the other hand, a classically cool MkI GT40 doesn’t need a modern wing and oversized wheels to help it’s style. But that’s what Superformance and Magnaflow are set to unveil at SEMA this year.

The livery homage. That part is kind of cool, since it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford’s Le Mans win while also celebrating the modern Ford GT race cars at the same time. 

The Superformance Corvette Grand Sport is Modern History

I have no doubt it will sound amazing. Even with the EcoBoost power popped in place of the massive V8 that should be back there. I just think the car could ditch that oversized park bench on the tail and sort some proper wheels. Keep the livery. Keep the engine and exhaust. And then we might have a winner on our hands.

This 1999 Chevy Camaro has been transformed by its Heidts Suspension

Heidts Suspension, based in Lake Zurich, Illinois, builds every suspension and steering bit you need if you drive any sort of hot rod or muscle car, be it old or a bit less old. To prove that point, the Heidts crew built an autocross weapon using a 1999 Chevy Camaro as the starting point… and it kicks a fair bit of ass.

No, this one doesn’t have the original LS1 under the hood anymore. There’s now a 525-horsepower LSX coupled to a T56 manual gearbox. That’s not the major story here though, even if it is truly awesome.

It’s the suspension work that’s gone and made this a proper track machine. Out back, the Heidt’s Pro-G IRS suspension pairs with front and rear sway bars, Ridetech adjustable shocks, and upgraded upper and lower control arms.

Oh, and the tires are 315s at all four corners.

Listen to the sound of Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated V12 Valkyrie

Jeff Glucker October 3, 2018 Aural Pleasure

It sounds like it’s sitting in a room on a dyno. It also sounds amazing. There’s something wonderful about naturally aspirated engines, and it comes down to the aural adventure such a mill provides. This one is no exception and in fact this one is incredibly special.

In a world of forced induction and hybridization, it’s refreshing to find an automaker forgoing such technological advancements for the sake of delivering an awe-inspiring driving experience. 

Here we have a 6.5-liter V12 that’s been designed by Cosworth. Early reports suggest that it’s based on a V-8 used by the Williams F1 team back in 2010 through 2013. This twelve-cylinder beast should rev to over 11,000 rpm and it’s going to make modern F1 drivers wistfully recall the cars of years gone by.

A Range Rover is no match for the humble VW Vanagon Syncro

Jeff Glucker October 3, 2018 All Things Hoon

A Range Rover can go anywhere. Except when the person behind the wheel doesn’t know how to use the Terrain Response system. A Volkswagen Syncro driver likely understands every bit of their machine, and this is proof of that.

While the Range Rover driver sits making mud angels, the Syncro van rolls up this muddy field right past the languid Landie.

This, my friends, is beautiful automotive poetry.

[Source: Facebook]

Crap… Has Land Rover wrecked the Defender?

Jeff Glucker October 3, 2018 All Things Hoon


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Disguised Land Rover Defender. Was just having the conversation a few days ago where we discussed how “people are worried” that Gerry McGovern doesn’t have the chops to pull off a proper Defender. He can do Velars and Range Rovers—all wonderfully pretty—but he screwed up the new Discovery by removing all outward signs of grit. The old Defender was made from 90% grit, 10% piss and vinegar. It can’t look soft. If this vehicle is any indication, rough seas ahead. Looks like they ironed out an LR4. Over square, to put it mildly. But perhaps the camp is obscuring the shape? What do you think? #landrover #defender @landrover 🇬🇧🤔🤔🤔🇬🇧 #best4x4xfar

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Our old pal Jonny Lieberman posted camo-clad photos of a Land Rover Defender development car. It was likely trotting around the Gaydon roads as it’s being put through its paces before a final upcoming reveal. This is a big vehicle for Land Rover, as the Defender has been an iconic symbol of the brand for decades. While we’re fine with the stylistic direction applied to the Land Rover and warmed up to the looks of the Discovery, I’m not sure a “softer” Defender will work.

The latest Land Rover Discovery summed up in less than five minutes

In fact, I’m pretty sure of it.

Mercedes-Benz knew it couldn’t cut off the edges of its G-Class. The German automaker made it better, but it never lost sight of the original appeal of that particular Military-bred machine. The same should be true of the Defender, but now I fear that won’t be the case.

And that’s a damn shame.