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Last Call: That’s No Moon Edition

Robert Emslie September 23, 2016 Last Call

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So that’s a picture of the passenger side Hella 5DV 007 760-15 HID headlight ballast on my Audi A6. Bad ballast, bad, bad, ballast. The thing of it is, I had stuck my iPhone down in the crevasse between the lamp unit and the air box in order to snap a picture of the ballast’s mounting bracket. What I came away with however is an image that looks right out of the part of Return of the Jedi when the Millennium Falcon is flying through the Death Star’s superstructure on the way to blow up its pointy thing in the middle. Come on now, tell me you don’t see that too? And may the Force be with you.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie September 23, 2016 Mystery Car

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Another week, another Mystery Car challenge. That’s right, it’s time for our Friday fun, which is trying to identify a car from a picture that has been cropped in hopefully just such a way to make doing so a modest challenge. Of course, you’re all up to the test. Make and model while you’re at it.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s History’s Coolest Fighter Plane?

Robert Emslie September 23, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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A little later this morning I will be taking a trip by air, to Indianapolis and later by car to Chicago if you must know. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I hate to travel. I don’t mind flying, I just hate all the hassle involved in getting in the air. I also find that I don’t like getting crammed in a plane for hours so I tend to try and find out what I’ll be flying on beforehand so I’ll be prepared for what to expect.

Sadly, I’ll be on a Boeing 737-800 for the trip. Not that Boeing’s workhorse is a bad plane mind you, it’s just a little tight for my tastes. Give my a wide body 787 any day and I’m happy. Thinking about the airplanes I like and the ones I don’t (sorry Airbus) also got my thinking about the fighter planes I like because I’m at heart a 12-year old boy.

What I then started thinking about was what has been history’s greatest fighter plane—the one that best served its function in its particular era—and that got me thinking that you all might just have an opinion about that. If you do, please share it. What do you think is history’s coolest fighter plane?

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Last Call: Kombi Caravan Edition

Robert Emslie September 22, 2016 Last Call

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Isn’t that always the case; you’re out for a pleasant drive when all of a sudden you’re stuck behind some slowpoke in an old, underpowered VW Bus!

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie September 22, 2016 Thursday Trivia

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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 week’s question: What was purpose of the louver in the back of the 1963 Shelby Cougar II show car?

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

Hooniverse Asks: The Dodge Dart is Dead, Do You Even Care?

Robert Emslie September 22, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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With a name taken from one of Dodge’s most beloved models, a body styled in homage to a later one, and a platform derived from an Alfa Romeo, you would have thought that Dodge’s latest attempt at a small car—the Dart—would have been a winner. Sadly for all involved, that turned out not to be the case.

Where did the Dart go wrong? It did, after all, have one of the biggest LCD screens of any car crammed in its dash, and who doesn’t like that? Unfortunately the rest of the car wasn’t quite as note-worthy. Maybe it was the lackluster drivetrain combos, the extremely strong competition, or perhaps making the Dart look like a 20-year old Neon was in fact the wrong decision to make. Whatever the reason, Dart production at FCA’s Belvidere, Ill. plant have now ceased after only a five model year run.

The question for today is do you even care? After all, it seemed full of potential. Remember that Alfa Romeo base? That platform, massaged by Dodge’s SRT alchemists could have created something… well if not earth shattering then at least reasonably fun to drive like Shelby’s GLHs of yesteryear. What do you think, will anybody really miss the Dart?

Image: FCA

Last Call: Live and Let Die Edition

Robert Emslie September 21, 2016 Last Call

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Here’s a fun fact, in the exciting New York City chase scene early on in Live and Let Die, the Bond film that introduced Roger Moore to the role, every car on the highway is either a Chevrolet Caprice or a Cadillac Eldorado. Odd happenstance, or the world’s most bizarre product placement? You decide!

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

Robert Emslie September 21, 2016 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. 

We’re now officially in fall. So long suckers… er, I mean summer. Seeing as we’ve arrived at the prime season for taking in the natural beauty that a road trip has to offer, last week we went looking for a very specific beast: the six-seater convertible. We’ll take in the contenders, and pick a winner in a sec. But first, this week’s quest.

In the various categories of the automotive world there have been those that ruled, as well as you might expect, pretenders to the throne. When it comes to sensible AWD cars Subaru has long worn the crown. What we want to find this week are some good choices in those pretenders: AWD cars that AREN’T Subarus. Justifications along with your nominations are expected.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, Now, let’s get get six and get egg roll.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Latest Car Tech do You Wish Your Crappy Old Daily Driver Had?

Robert Emslie September 21, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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Automotive features have been expanding at a prodigious rate, and even a car or truck that’s just a couple of years old can seem left out when the latest and greatest are compared. For folks like me who don’t have anything newer than a decade-old in the driveway, the feature lag is especially pronounced.

There’s a lot of cool stuff out there making cars more hospitable places to spend your in-traffic hours, and for those of us who drive old cars—whether by choice or happenstance—it’s all just pie in the sky dreaming. Of course, as Jiminy Cricket so beautifully crooned, sometimes those dreams come true. If that actually were the case, what dream… er, new-fangled feature would you like to add to your current daily driver?

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Last Call: Two Up Edition

Robert Emslie September 20, 2016 Last Call

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I saw these guys the other day, riding two-up on what looked to be a monoposto bike. I felt sorry for the guy in back, with no foot pegs, and a seat that’s only half an ass long. And then I saw them head off up the street, and he had one hand on his buddy’s shoulder and the other in a death grip on the underside of the bike’s tail piece. I hoped to hell they didn’t have far to go. Don’t try this at home folks.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Image: ©2016 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved