Last Call- Candid Camera Edition

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Last Call


Both race drivers and helmet cams have come a long way since the ’60s. Here’s the Wee Scot himself, Jackie Stewart wearing what looks to be the most uncomfortable and bungie cord-ist helmet camera and counterweight ever. Regardless, does he look stoic or what?

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Image: kottke.org

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Mystery Car


On this date in 1911 Orville Wright rode the brothers’ glider over North Carolina’s Kill Devil Hills for an amazing 9 minutes and 45 seconds. This was a record flight, and one that would stand for fully 10 years.

You’ll be flying high when you solve today’s Mystery Car. Of course to get into the record books you’ll need to identify the make, model, likely engine and year-range too. We won’t even mind if you ask your brother to help.

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Best Bit of Automotive Knowledge That’s Totally Unneeded Today?

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

Vintage Garage

Hey, do you know how to de-coke an engine? How about how to unlock car bumpers that have become entangled? These were both valuable skills, 60 years ago. Today they are both anachronisms, and soon to join them will be things like points adjustment, brake pulsing, and double clutching a non-synchromesh transmission.

The automotive world marches on, and as it does certain aptitudes and activities get left by the roadside. Some of them, like the ability to successfully synchronize multiple independent carburetors, still seem a laudable skill. Others, such as remembering to include the spare when you rotate your tires are woefully out of date, but are still a cool way to make the kids feel inadequate.

I’ll bet that most of you are too young to have actually experienced such out of date automotive knowledge, but I’m sure – being car nuts – that you have over time become aware of its existence, and have formulated an opinion as to which is cool and which is lame. Today, I’d like you to share what totally useless piece of automotive knowledge is still totally cool today.

Image: Hemmings

Last Call- Tre Posti Problems Edition

Robert Emslie October 23, 2014 Last Call

Tre Posti

Ferrari never built a tre posti (three seater) for general consumption, but did design such a layout for the 1966 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. As expressed in this classic cartoon by Road & Track artist Russell Brockbank, the problems with the layout – especially for stereotypically lusty Italians – are obvious.

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Image: Road & Track via Car and Driver


Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie October 23, 2014 Thursday Trivia

Thirsday Trivia

Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This weeks’ question: When and why did the U.S. Government forbid new cars from carrying spare tires?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks- Busses or Rail, Which is the Least Objectionable Anti-Car?

Robert Emslie October 23, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


Next month I’ll be attending the Los Angeles International Auto Show media preview at the LA Convention Center, which is located just south of LA’s downtown financial district. And while this is a car show, I won’t be taking a car to get there. Instead, I’ll be taking three rail lines of LA’s burgeoning Metro system to get from my suburban paradise to the convention center’s front door. The whole trip, including the drive from my house to the closest station with free parking, usually takes almost exactly an hour.

Why you might ask would I take public transportation? Well, one of the main reasons is that rush hour traffic on LA roads is something akin to stuffing sausage, only with cars. The other is that LA’s Metro trains – whether the subway or the many light rail options – are generally clean, safe, and fast, and in the case of the convention center, it takes me where I want to go. I wish I could say the same for the Metro Buses, but sadly, they are a whole ‘nother ball game, and usually one that smells of pee by the third inning.

That’s not to say that busses don’t have their place in the mass transit scheme of things, it’s just been my experience that the trains are a better way to go. Of course the trains don’t go to all those many places and the big benefit of busses is that they can change routes as needed, while trains are pretty much wedded to their predetermined paths. Have you had much experience with public transportation? If so, which have you found to be the best to get you from point A to point B? Have trains proven acceptable in their routing choices? Or do the busses do a better job? If you can’t drive, what’s the best mass transit alternative in your book?

Image: Metroplanning.org

Last Call- Shopping Spree Edition

Robert Emslie October 22, 2014 Last Call


While at my local Target last week to pick up some work socks and wrapping paper, I was frustrated to see that I had been one-upped in the parking lot by a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe replica. That is of course, the perfect choice for a bargain-shopping excursion.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

There are many ways to spice up your life. You could do it with actual spice – adding some cayenne to your cornflakes – or you could get yourself a hot car. Not all cars are hot, but there are some that start out dull and then, through the magic of option packages, turn interesting. That’s what we sought last week; exciting editions of dull cars, and let me tell you, I got excited seeing the results. We’ll get to the most adrenalized auto in a sec, but first this week’s quest.

I’ve been thinking of late that the Pontiac Fiero – especially in its final iteration – is a hugely under-valued car. That got me thinking about how many Fieros are presently being sacrificed as underpinnings of faux Lambos and the like. That got me thinking about how the VW Beetle was once the king of kit cars, and that got me thinking about dune buggies, which is what this week’s quarry will be.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

Got it? Good, now let’s get exited.

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s Your Favorite Hot Rod Wagon?

Robert Emslie October 22, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


The Station Wagon is named for its originally intended function; the ability to offer enough room to transport passengers and their luggage from the train depot to a final destination such as a vacation hotel. It’s ironic that today the station wagon is a rare commodity, having been replaced for the most part by something called a ‘Sport Utility.’

Now, I would aver that most sport utilities are not very sporty, although I will admit that most offer a good bit of utility. You know what really represents the term sport utility? Why, a hot rod wagon, of course. Now, you know that the longroof already has the utility part down pat, owing to the capacious space behind the seats and typical roof rack for even more getting-it-there ability. But what about the sport part? Well, there have been – and continue to be – high performance versions of your tried and true family haulers, and they hence earn the right to be called true Sport Utilities.

If you think about it, we love fast cars. We are also, for whatever reason, pretty sweet on wagons. Put the two together and we’re all pretty much in hog heaven. Not only that, but we can get those hogs to the bacon-making place PDQ in our hot rod wagons. If you had the need of RPT (Rapid Pig Transport) what would be your preferred ride? What is your favorite hot rod wagon?

Image: Carficianados

Last Call- Angle Iron Edition

Robert Emslie October 21, 2014 Last Call


My first thoughts seeing this was that all the fluids were going fluid out of whatever container held them at normal road angles. My second thought was that I wish modern cars were as light as this 1919 Studebaker so they could be worked on with such convenience and ease.

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Image: Shorpy


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