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Hooniverse Goes to a Fundraiser with BMW Race Cars, Axe-Throwing, and Flat Bill Riley

If you’ve never been to a 24 Hours of LeMons race, you might not know that most race’s have a charity associated with the event. The charity occasionally affords teams the ability to donate to the charity to get themselves out of an unfortunate penalty while doing some good. It was through one of these races that I met Jill Swanson Peltier, a cancer survivor who founded Lemons of Love to give out care packages to patients undergoing chemotherapy. When LOL held its annual fundraiser—featuring a number of BMW race cars and outdoorsy activities like axe-throwing—last weekend, I decided to check it out and give some money to a good cause.

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Hooniverse Friend Duncan Ende to Run a TCR International Series Team

Our good pal, regular podcat guest, and occasional tame racing driver Duncan Ende has cofounded Icarus Racing to fly the American flag in the TCR International Series in 2017. I’ve mentioned the TCR series before here since you can watch all of it for free on the web and I’m pretty excited to see Duncan driving one of Icarus’ two SEAT León TCR cars. This is Duncan’s first foray into touring cars and, if I remember correctly from a conversation with him, the first time he’s ever raced a front-wheel-drive car. Given his range of experience in GT and prototype cars, we think he’ll do just fine. Hopefully, we can talk to him about it throughout the year on The DFL Show and you can bet we’ll be tuned in throughout the TCR calendar.

[Source/Image: TCR International Series]

For Sale: The Original DeltaWing Race Car

Eric Rood February 13, 2017 Featured, For Sale, Motorsports

The original DeltaWing is for sale. That weirdest and most-phallic of all race cars is posted on WireWheel.com with an unlisted price. Few cars have been so divisive in the racing world, since the DeltaWing existed largely outside normal sports car regulations, was the centerpiece of legal battles, and suffered very public teething troubles. But here it is for sale with offers of Panoz support for anybody who takes it racing to its first race.

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Year of Endurance 2017: Bathurst 12 Hours Preview

Eric Rood February 1, 2017 Bathurst, Featured, Motorsports

This is Hooniverse and we owe a huge debt to Australia for the word that forms the basis of the site’s name. And we love our Australians, especially The DFL Show’s Joel Strickland. Joel shoots awesome photos and will be attending the LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hours this weekend, an endurance race that has grown immensely popular for the incredible racing it produces at one of the world’s most amazing circuits. Let’s give a quick rundown on the Bathurst 12 Hours ahead of time and we’ll let you look at some of Joel’s totally badass photos of some of the cars competing in the race for good measure. Be sure to follow Joel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too, to see what he’s up to at the race.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Barber 2017 Preview

After another fantastic 24 Hours of LeMons season in 2016 with twin-engined Cadillacs, mid-century cars, and an amphibious road-racing helicopter, the series launches a new campaign of crappy cars and silly themes. As it has for three of the last four years, LeMons starts at the obscenely beautiful facility at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, for the “Shine Country Classic.” Weather can be a bit crazy this time of year—LeMons has arrived in town just after a huge snowstorm and ended early in a deluge—but so go the perils of LeMons scheduling.
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Total Insanity: Here’s Still Another Renault Medallion For Sale and It’s Beautiful

Eric Rood January 24, 2017 For Sale, Terrible Ideas

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Since I work on the internet for a living now, I can say without doubt that I always feel like the world is trolling me. As Slartibartfast would have it, this is probably “perfectly normal paranoia.” However, after searching for Renault Medallions—inarguably one of the least-reliable cars ever sold stateside—for a full year and coming up virtually empty, I’m at a loss how suddenly three of them have come up for sale in the space of a few weeks. First, there was this beat-up one in Oklahoma, then another running(!) project in SeattleThis wagon version in Ohio for sale on eBay, however, is surely the finest Medallion left in the world.

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Year of Endurance 2017: A 24 Hours of Daytona Preview

To continue my quest to keep track of all the huge endurance races this year and preach that gospel to the 11 people who actually care, here’s another huge, burdensome look ahead at this weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The IMSA race has an insanely deep field and plenty of new cars about which to be excited. The depth should produce oodles of close racing that will have you bleary-eyed on the edge of your seat for a full day. Or something. Like most of my writing, this is entirely self-indulgent.

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Spotted in the wild: 1990 Lancia Delta Integrale HF 16V

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One of the great fringe benefits of hanging out at racetracks is that many people who turn up to races bring interesting road cars to the track. While on assignment for JP Magazine recently at the Lucky Dog Racing League weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, I came across this Lancia Delta Integrale HF. Those in the know will know this as more or less the homologation version of the Italian builder’s rally cars. This one is a 1990 version with the 16-valve version of Lancia’s 2.0-liter engine, good for 200 horsepower. I know this because this very car was sold on Bring a Trailer in September 2015, as was noted on BaT’s Instagram page just around the same time I posted it on my own Instagram

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Still Rarer Than a LaFerrari: Another CraigsList Renault/Eagle Medallion

Eric Rood January 17, 2017 For Sale, Terrible Ideas

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In the Universe’s grand schematic, there’s probably a proof that says “You shouldn’t have been looking for crap in the first place” “What you seek only turns up after you have given up looking.” For more than a year, I was obsessed with finding a Renault or Eagle Medallion because it was surely one of the absolute worst cars ever built. I searched every day for about a year for one; I eventually found one and it turned out that it belonged to a French-car-hoarding LeMons racer too far (~2,300 miles) away. Small world, but not a surprising development. I eventually gave up and in the last couple months, one turned up in Oklahoma and now another has cropped up in Washington state.

“I am selling my 1989 Renault Medallion, it has been a project car and I have done extensive work on it,to include brakes,shocks,and suspension. It has no bumpers, but I have some after market ones that could be modified to fit. The car runs very nice but has no battery.”

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Hoonivercinema: Tour Iceland’s ‘Route One’ in Real Time with Sigur Rós

Eric Rood January 16, 2017 Hoonivercinema, Road Trip

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In my younger days when I was in bands and followed music more closely, it wouldn’t have taken me six months to notice that Icelandic ambient band Sigur Rós had released a concept recording of sorts. Ever the proponents of their volcanic home island, Sigur Rós teamed up with the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to tour the entire country by bus on the 2016 Solstice and record a soundtrack to accompany the trip. This was done by circumnavigating the country on Route One (also the title of the resulting videos), the ring road that runs mostly around the island’s perimeter with. The road skirts craggy volcanic mountains, treeless plains, and barren seashores and because of its northerly latitude, the Solstice provides enough light to see it all. And the soundtrack plays while the trip unfolds in real time, totaling 24 hours on a leisurely jaunt around the 1,200-kilometer road.

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