Last Call- Out of Charge Edition

Robert Emslie April 18, 2014 Last Call


The New York International Auto Show saw a number if significant debuts this week, including the latest iteration of Dodge’s retro-four door rocker, the Charger. The media kit shows that the car still  has a ton of retro styling cues and if that wan’t enough, they also show the infotainment system with some retro rock on the screen. I don’t know if Kick Start My Heart off of Motley Crüe’s Greatest Hits album says fresh new design or not, but I guess it could have been worse. What do you think would be some other appropriate songs for the other show debuts?

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 source: Chrysler Media

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 18, 2014 Mystery Car


This week was tax week here in the U.S., meaning that many of us were scrambling to get to the post office on Tuesday evening to get our returns postmarked before the deadline. Not me however, I had my tithing completed months ago. If you’re still feeling the pain of the annual act of giving, then maybe this week’s Mystery Car contest will take your mind off of the financial loss. 

Of course, just like the IRS, we have our rules – just not quite so many of them – and so if you want to fill out your 1040MC (for Mystery Car) please remember to put the correct entries on the lines marked make, model, year-range, and likely engine. That way you won’t get a Mystery Car audit hitting you down the road.

Image: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Hooniverse Asks- What’s Your Favorite NYIAS Debut?


Today kicks off the public days for the New York International Auto Show and for the first time that I can remember the show floor at the Jacob Javits Center has become awash with both domestic and international debuts. I mean NY typically had a few in the past, but this is plain nuts.

By now you’ve no doubt seen most of these as the orgy of press days has resulted in most of the major car blogs  - and us – posting endless shots paired with breathless descriptions pulled straight from corporate press releases. You can see our show coverage here, and maybe a little bit here. Matt & the team over at my other home, Jalopnik have had some excellent coverage, as too did the crew at AutoBlog. If your predilections lean toward the obscure, NY has something for you. Or, if you roll more mainstream, then the show’s right up your alley too. It’s a show for everyone, just like the city in which it is being held.

A new Dodge Charger, refreshed Challenger, the U.S. debut of the McLaren 650s, a new Hyundai Sonata, Kia Minivan, and – fistpumpfistpumpfistpump – a freakin’ new Camry, it’s hard to keep up with all the cool stuff on the floor there. Oh but keep up we must, and keeping with the exciting nature of this week’s events and today’s public opening, I want to know which one of these new automotive arrivals most piques your interest. Which do you think is your favorite NYIAS debut? 

Image source: NYIAS

Last Call- Woulda’ – Shoulda’ – Cuda Edition

Robert Emslie April 17, 2014 Last Call


The ’70s iteration of the Plymouth Barracuda, colloquially known as the ‘Cuda, is a car that it’s generally considered you don’t mess with. Some people never listen however, and as such I present to you, reverent Hoons one and all, this modded Cuda that’s gone so far down the accessorize aisle that there’s probably no going back. What do you think about this yellow fellow? 

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 source: The Throttle

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 week’s question: What car might have been named Mongoose Civique, Pluma Piluma or Utopian Turtletop?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and name names.

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Problem Porsche

Robert Emslie April 17, 2014 Hoonivercinema

problem Porsche

Nick Murray is a Porsche owner. Notice I didn’t say proud Porsche owner. That’s not to say that for a long time he didn’t pine to achieve this goal, and in fact he says he saved for five years to do so. Let’s just say that for Nick at least the realization of a dream has been far less enjoyable than the anticipation leading up to it.

Nick bought his 991 model Porsche last year. Since then the relocated Brit has experienced more trouble with the car than did Linda Blair’s character’s mom with her in the Exorcist. Porsche has been very accommodating in attempting to repair all of the faults – and from the video  there have been a multitude of them – but despite the German company’s best efforts it seems like this particular car, or Nick himself perhaps, is under a gypsy curse. Check out the lamentable list of problems in Nick’s YouTube video and see if you think Porsche deserves another chance to make things right, or if the company and Nick need to part ways as if this relationship never happened.

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Hooniverse Asks- What Places in the World have the Reputation For the Worst Drivers?


Do you know who the worst drivers in the world are? They’re almost always the folks who happen to be driving along the same stretch of road that you happen to be occupying, am I right? Yeah, bad drivers are, in dribs and drabs, pretty much everywhere, but what we want to know today – sort of as a PSA – is where they tend to clot up.

Here in the U.S., getting a driver’s license is about as easy as getting a prize at the bottom of your Crackerjack. I recall once going to a neighborhood DMV to make a title transfer and witnessing an old man be handed the written exam from an employee at the counter only to then surreptitiously hand it to a far younger man to fill in at the standing desks that were provided for the test taking. When it was my turn at the counter I pointed out this deceit to the person taking my money and justice was served. I doubt that anyone asked who was that polo shirt wearing stranger upon my leaving the office, but I felt vindicated and perhaps I kept my neck of the woods from becoming branded as one of driving’s dour spots.

Of course I can’t be everywhere and hence there are places – Italy for example – that have gained a reputation for having drivers whose either skill level or attitude has resulted in the region being known as a locale where  should you be behind the wheel, you’re going to have a bad time. Do you also live in one of those areas? If so, let us know. What places do you think have the reputation for the worst drivers?

Image source: OldJunkCar

Last Call- Sorry Perhaps, But Ahead of You, Edition

Robert Emslie April 16, 2014 Last Call


The Redditor who snapped  the above pic claimed that the sticker on this – what is that, a Jeep Liberty? – made him feel like an A-hole for driving close enough to read it. I applaud its creativity and say that should you put diatribes on the back of your car you run the risk of getting pinged in traffic from avid readers.

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 source: Imgur

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. 

Surf’s up, and so were the surfers’ rides last week. We’ll catch that wave in a minute, but first, this week’s quest.

Do you have an aspirational marque? You know, one that you say once you reach a certain level of financial attainment you will own no matter what? Has that goal had to be re-set as other finical responsibilities intruded upon your dreams? That’s usually how people end up with what we’re looking for today, which is the world’s least-desirable exotics. That’s right, this week let’s find all the Maserati BiTurbos, Chrysler TCs, Ferrari Mondials and automatic-equipped 400s we can. Is there a Porsche or Mercedes model that you think just never seemed at home in their respective family? Let’s see those too.

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
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. Make the jump to see the coolest board buggy.

Hooniverse asks- What do you Think is the World’s Most Famous Car?



I’ve never wanted to be rich and famous, I’d rather be rich and anonymous. Truth be told, I have so many ne’er-do-well relations that any financial windfall would be followed by a tsunami of requests for loans never to be repaid, much like the situation faced by Bruce Dern’s character in the movie Nebraska. Sometimes however, fame – or perhaps in those instances it’s just plain notoriety – is offered without the asking, and there’s not much that can be done about that.

In the automotive world there have been more famous cars and marques than your can shake a dipstick at, although their growth in number seems to have slowed in the past couple of decades or so. Still, even today, a full century and change after the birth of the automobile, cars like the Tesla continue to make a name for themselves.

Which of those – across all the decades of the automobile’s venerated days – do you think is the world’s most famous? Is is Ford’s Model T, which put America behind the, albeit spindly, wheel? Or maybe it’s the Volkswagen Type 1, engineered by Ferdinand Porsche and intended to do for Germany what the Ford did for the U.S.? Yesterday we wanted your take on the world’s most famous motorcycle, and as logic would have it, today we want your take on the same question involving four-wheeled transport. What do you think is the world’s most famous car?

Image source: Clipart Queen


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