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Anthony Bourdain explores the world of Hazan Motorworks

Jeff Glucker October 10, 2017 Two-Wheel Tuesday

A custom built motorcycle can easily be considered a bit of rolling art. Such are the pieces created by Max Hazan out of his Hazan Motorworks shop in Los Angeles. The frames spring forth to cradle the heart that is the engine while the wheels and tires stand strong like a pair of shoulders firm in a resolution of weight holding. Sure these won’t be for everyone, but the bare, basic nature of a Hazan bike is a definite conversation piece.

It’s that want of a conversation that drew Anthony Bourdain into the Hazdan work space to see how Max creates. Bourdain is hosting a web series called Raw Craft, which is a sponsor piece for Balvenie scotch.

Bringing Bourdain, good scotch, and a great topic together is enough for us to pay attention. Now we need to have the show find a great car builder to talk with as well.

Hooniverse Asks: What new automotive technology has your attention?

Jeff Glucker October 10, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

We love old cars. There’s no denying the fact that driving a machine predating our own year of birth is a joy many of us relish. Still, there are aspects of old car ownership that can be tiresome at times. It’s all worth putting up with, but occasionally you see a bit of the newer tech offered in brand new cars and it captures your attention.

We’re on the cusp of higher levels of semi-autonomous driving. Bluetooth everything is offered on the most entry level vehicles. Heated front seats are nearly standard equipment on all but the cheapest of new rides. What bit of recent or near-future technology has your ears perked, eyes open, and brain spinning? Is there anything you’ve experienced that you can’t live without after getting a taste? Is there something coming down the pipe that has you itching to give it a go?

What bit of modern automotive technology, if anything, has you most interested?

Watch Bill Caswell drink beer and talk about his life

Bill Caswell is a human person that is basically automotive enthusiasm distilled to its purest essence. He gave up a career that paid him well to do insane things with cars. From his $500 BMW entry in WRC Mexico to his continuing adventures today, Caswell is a man with many stories.

He’s a friend of Hooniverse as well. So to see him spill the beans on many aspects of his crazy life makes for a fun watch. Click play and enjoy.

Podcast: Episode 220 – Solo on the mic

Solo once again, and I’m here to answer your questions. Before that, I have a brief bit of info on what I’m driving now and later in the week.

Also, I just put out a new Shift Happens video focusing on restoring the paint on my ’74 Benz. Then it’s question time and like always, you all deliver wonderfully.


Hooniverse – Solo on the mic

Restoring the paint on my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280

Strap in because this one is a long one… I’ve come to the good people at Meguiar’s to see if they could help me breathe some life back into my old Benz. It’s faded, oxidized, and fairly jacked up in general. Can it be helped? Yes, of course it can. And the results are amazing.

The blue is deeper and more rich. There’s an actual reflection you can see in the body panels. It feels like a different car when you stare at it. Now, the paint still isn’t perfect but that’s to be expected. There are a few dents, plenty of scratches, and a bit of lame attempted bodywork by a previous owner. I won’t plan on fixing all of that, but the final result here as my itching to take this paint even further. Some paint-less dent repair and addressing some of the larger scratches will happen down the road.

Also, sorry for the out-of-focus bits… we were having trouble with the lens initially, but it was sorted out later in the video.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s your favorite non-sporting car to drive in anger?

Jeff Glucker October 4, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Slow-car fast. It’s a mantra we can all stand by here in the Hooniverse. You take a car that isn’t very quick, and you push it to its limits. Those limits arrive far more quickly than in a high-performance machine, so you’ll often find rewarding driving is closer than it seems in a car like this.

Which one is your favorite though? I remember absolutely falling in love with a Mazda2 years ago. It has to be one with a manual gearbox, mind you. From there, you have a wonderful little chassis, underpowered engine, and a slick shifting transmission in your control. I pushed harder and harder, yet the relatively small rubber at each corner never made a peep. The Mazda2 just seemed to revel in the fact that it was being flogged on a twisting back road.

What are some other examples of a non-sporting car that can provide quite a bit of fun when driving spiritedly?

The Superformance Corvette Grand Sport is Modern History

You’ll never drive a real one. Chevrolet only built five original Corvette Grand Sport race cars back in the early 1960s. The last time one sold, it reportedly fetched $5,000,000 and that was in 2009. You can drive one of these though; this is Superformance Corvette Grand Sport.

Superformance has the full rights to build these licensed continuation cars, which are basically the same deal as the original Grand Sports. The good news on these cars, however, is that you can choose from one of eight available engines offered up through the GM Performance Parts catalog. We sampled two versions of the car; one with a modern LT1 making 460 horsepower and the other with a Lingenfelter-prepped LS3 producing 500 horsepower. Both versions are loud, aggressive, and in your face.

If we had the dough, we’d happily take a Superformance Grand Sport over any modern supercar. You can be shouty in a Lamborghini, but you’re shouty and you get it when you do so in this vintage racing machine… that just so happens to be brand new.

Podcast: Episode 219 – Dinner’s Cooking

I’m solo on this one but I’ve still got a few things to talk about. Namely, the recent bit of seat time I had with the Superformance Grand Sport Corvette, the return of my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 Sedan, and a few other odds and ends.

After that I dive straight into your questions because it gets silly trying to babble away when I’m by myself. Plus you’ve all got some great questions, and I am in a hurry to answer them.


Hooniverse – Dinner’s Cooking

Hooniverse Asks: What is the best continuation car you can find?

Jeff Glucker September 27, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

I recently spent a few hours behind the wheel of an amazing machine. It’s the Corvette Grand Sport, and no I don’t mean the latest C7 variant directly from the big Bow Tie. I’m talking about the old school Grand Sport. The one related to the original five sent forth by Zora himself to make glorious noise and present a bad ass stance to race tracks all over.

The one above is built by Superformance. It’s fully licensed and built to damn near the same spec as the original cars. A bonus on this car is that it comes fitted with an AC system from Vintage Air, and you can choose which engine you want under the hood as long as its one of eight engines offered through the GM Performance Parts Catalog. Don’t worry, they’re all great choices… though I’d be partial to the aluminum 377 with the quartet of 58mm Webers singing in unison.

There are other companies out there making replicas, continuation cars, and recreations, but if it were my money no one does it as well as Superformance. Am I wrong? If so, show me in the comments.

[Image copyright 2017 Jeff Glucker/Hooniverse]

Who’s ready for zero-to-awesome? The Nissan 300ZX will get you there

Jeff Glucker September 26, 2017 All Things Hoon

I still think about my 1985 Nissan 300ZX. It was the second car I ever owned, and I’d love to be able to take it for a spin today. When Nissan launched the car for the 1984 model year, they took to your television with spots like the one above.

A Redditor found this commercial on YouTube, and it’s clearly worth sharing further. The lines are hilarious, but perfectly fitting in the period in which this would’ve been viewed fresh.

Watching this makes me want to find a way to go from zero-to-awesome. Also, I had no clue these were offered with adjustable suspension. My ’85 Z31 was a non-turbo model with the analog gauges. I still loved it.

For years, the fastest I’d ever driven in a car was coming home from college while driving that Z. It was nighttime and I was a foolish young idiot who got egged into a highway race. The non-turbo car ran out of steam at 130 miles per hour. I believe the turbo cars had a limiter at that same speed. Regardless, the Z was stable as could be in that moment but it was too fast and I left off the throttle. Idiotically happy to drive that fast, happier still to no longer be there.

I miss that car.

[Source: YouTube via Reddit]





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