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Camping the easy way in an Airstream Classic

Way back, in 1936 a man named Wally Byam took the badges off a Bowlus trailer and moved the door from the front to the side. He dubbed his rolling hotel the Airstream Clipper. Little did Wally know that 80 years later, his company would only have grown stronger or that I’d be exploding the kitchen window in one of his gorgeous creations near a beach in Malibu, California.

He’d be familiar with California though, as that is where Airstream was born. It wasn’t until 1952 that Airstream starting packing up for a move to Ohio. The company said good-bye to the West Coast completely by 1979, but this 2017 Airstream Classic has returned to the shapely seaside only to have me bust out some of its side glass.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the greatest car model name of all time?

Jeff Glucker August 28, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Recently, we found out that Audi is adding more numbers to its already alphanumeric naming scheme. This is, we believe, unnecessary. Here in the Hooniverse, we’ve never loved the alphabet soup that’s taken over the model names for most vehicles out there today. It’s nearly meaningless letters and numbers that are supposed to instill some manner of passion and brand loyalty, and all it does is make the average consumer confused about exactly which vehicle they’ve pointed their eye holes towards.

So instead of trying to figure out which “name” is the worst name, we’re lumping all basic alphanumeric names into that list as a singular winning entry. With that out of the way, we want to know which car has the greatest name of all time.

We mean real names too… a word, that has meaning and makes you want to saddle up and ride off into the sunset.

Which vehicle out there has the greatest name of all time?

Hooniverse Asks: Have you ever broken a part simply by trying to use it?

Jeff Glucker August 24, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

That warning label above is attached to a bit of glass. It used to be a lot more glass all working together to be a window. I didn’t heed the warning, as I just tried to open the window normally. It exploded outward, leaving a healthy hole in the side of a borrowed Airstream Classic trailer.

I’m writing this story up now, and was hoping to have it done for today but that didn’t happen. So in its place I’m asking a question.

Have you ever broken a part on a vehicle simply by trying… to use it?

Answer below, let’s get this broken part party rolling.

What’s new on the 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Subaru is moving its fleet on over to the Subaru Global Platform. The Impreza is there, and now so is the Crosstrek. The WRX STI, however, is not there yet. This is the fourth generation of everyones favorite road-going rally car, and it might already be getting a bit long in the tooth.

To address that, Subaru has implemented some changes for the 2018 model year. No, it’s not an update to the engine nor more power from the 2.5-liter boxer engine. That turbo mill still makes 305 horsepower.

Instead, there’s been a nip and tuck to the face, a set of upgraded brakes have been bolted in place, and the Driver’s Control Center Differential (DCCD) system has been moved to be fully electronic.

It’s still an incredibly fun car. The interior is a bit nicer thanks to the use of more refined materials, thicker glass, and better door seals.

Is it enough to move buyers hands to their wallets though? The Ford Focus RS is going away, the Golf R has a little less power, and the Audi S3 is just a little more expensive, so possibly yes. B

ut we’re all eagerly awaiting the next STI and to hear word of what sort of powerplant it will bring with it when it moves to the Subaru Global Platform.

[Disclaimer: Subaru tossed us the keys to the WRX STI and included a tank of fuelThere was no vaping in the car, but I may have worn my flat bill hat… yes I own one, I live in Orange County. The first step is admitting there’s a problem.]

Ken Block takes to the dirt in Terrrakhana

The Ken Block-Gymkhana formula has been running for quite a few years now. You take Mr. Block, place him in a high-powered machine, and let him loose on some manner of automotive playground. Lately it’s an entire city but it also used to be a warehouse or some sort of derelict compound. Now the Hoonigan Media Machine is changing the game a bit.

Terrakhana has Block back in his RX43 Fiesta race car, but the location has no tarmac. Instead, Block and his rally rocket are in the empty spaces of Utah and the Earth itself provides a wild course for Ken to traverse.

He catches insane air, throws up lots of dust, and rides along some incredibly steep rock faces. It’s a nice change up to the series and shows that these rally-prepped cars can pretty much do anything.

Hooniverse Asks: What are the best and worst Eclipse cars ever made?

Jeff Glucker August 21, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

There’s an Eclipse out there today. You don’t see one everyday, but from time to time you might catch a glimpse. No, I’m not talking about the once-in-a-century solar eclipse that is running from coast to coast in North America today, I’m talking about that car from Mitsubishi!

I want to know what you think is the best Eclipse ever made. I don’t just mean stock, because we all know the answer lies somewhere in the 1990 through 1994 first-generation cars. It can be any modified Eclipse under the sun (even if that sun is obscured by the moon).

Also, show me the worst Eclipse examples you can find too! Sound off in the comments. 

[Image courtesy By IFCAR – Own work, Public Domain, Link]

Buy one of these art helmets to help animals that need a home

Jeff Glucker August 18, 2017 All Things Hoon

Mazda Raceway and the Monterey County arm of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are once again teaming up to raise some money and get animals into good homes. This is your chance to help out, and you can score a pretty awesome piece of art for your efforts.

This is a helmet auction. These aren’t your standard Sparco brain buckets though, as these four helmets have a bit more style applied to them. Sparco donated the four helmets so that four artists could lend their work to the curved surface of each item.

Chris Galligan (artist who works are …everywhere), Patrick McDonnell (from MUTTS), Bill Paterson (the resident artist for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca), and Truman Pollard (retired Mazda designer and current art teacher) have all lent there hands, skill, and brush work to this quartet of helmets.

Each has its own eBay bid, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each will go to the SPCA of Monterey.

Those are the links to the four auctions. They’re all currently sitting at low bids, but they’re sure to climb seeing as there are six days left to get your bid in place.

Watch this Jaguar F-Type overtake 43 cars during one lap of the ‘Ring

Jeff Glucker August 17, 2017 All Things Hoon

The Nürburgring can be a busy place at times. If you’re going to get the most out of your machine and the track, you have to know a few things about the place beforehand. You should know the corners, the braking zones, and, rather importantly, you should know how to maneuver through traffic. Dale Lomas knows all of these things.

Lomas is one of the delighful chaps behind the Bridge-to-Gantry website and YouTube channel. He’s driven many a lap a the ‘Ring in both tourist traffic form and during VLN racing.

Here you can see his skill and attentiveness behind the wheel. While piloting a Jaguar F-Type SVR that is serving as Ring Taxi duty, Lomas manages to overtake 43 cars. While he’s doing so, he’s also ripping off a ridiculously quick lap especially given the crowded conditions.

This is high-speed driving done well.

Wrench Game looks to bring the garage experience to VR

Jeff Glucker August 16, 2017 All Things Hoon

Wrenching is a lot of things. It’s time consuming. Wholly frustrating at times. Incredibly rewarding at others. It’s also a great way to connect with your car or truck. Now it also has the potential to be virtual. As in virtual reality, because one game developer is looking to bringing wrenching into the VR space.

The above video shows off a prototype called Wrench. Your hands will work in the virtual space to bring a complete car to life. Eventually, the creator says, the idea would be to take the game mechanics at play here and adapt it so that the full game involves diagnosing problems, setting up cars for motorsports, and managing a shop.

From this initial prototype display, this game appears to be moving down a very interesting path. There could be some great uses for this tech, including an adaption by repair manual companies. Imagine this system being used by Haynes. You have all sorts of DLC that exists for various vehicles. You need to know how to work on certain parts of your real life 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280? Download the files, fire up the game, and test out repairs in the virtual space.

We’re going to pay close attention to Wrench as it evolves, and we think you’ll want to do the same.

[Found on Reddit

Podcast: Episode 213 – HooniverseCon?

Chris and I are talking about some bits of news this week. Infiniti has made one of the best concept cars ever. FCA might become a Chinese company. Singer is working on a monster of an engine. After that, we dive into your questions.

Seriously though, how awesome is that Infiniti concept racer? And that Singer engine? This is a good week for news.


Hooniverse – HooniverseCon?





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