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Last Call: Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana Tank? Edition

Robert Emslie February 9, 2016 Last Call

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Nothing says young romance better than playing a recorder while reclining on an MZ ES50. At least that is, if you were an East German in the sixties.

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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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie February 9, 2016 Track Tuesday

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s some RV parking. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Will You Miss Scion?

Robert Emslie February 9, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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As we learned just last week, Scion be dyin.’ This is the latest salvo in Toyota’s reshuffling to get their house in order, and follows the news that the Prius V will also die at the end of its current run, without a replacement to carry the torch. That pretty much puts the kibosh on Japan’s biggest car maker becoming a brand bigger as it was earlier rumored that Toyota would be spinning Prius off too as their ‘hybrid’ line.

It’s pretty clear that won’t be happening, and now Scion, the company’s long-neglected attempt at carving a slice of the millennial scene is also fading away. Why this is happening is pretty obvious; the brand never had a compelling lineup, nor did it really offer anything that Toyota couldn’t have with their existing models. The question is, will anybody care?

Choice is a good thing, and losing yet another brand means that we—as a society—have fewer choices. Are you going to lament the loss of Scion as a choice? Or, for you, are they already dead?

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About Last Week’s Track Tuesday

Robert Emslie February 9, 2016 Track Tuesday

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It looks like last week’s Track Tuesday was a stumper. For those ready to give up, here’s the track in all its glory, as well as its near-by town which also gives it its name. Yep, this is Chrysler’s Wittmann Arizona proving ground, which according to Allpar was sold by Chrysler to Toll Brothers in 2008 and then leased back to the automaker.

Don’t worry about not getting this one, there’s another Track coming up in just a few short hours.

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Last Call: Red and Green Edition

Robert Emslie February 8, 2016 Last Call

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In the early seventies you could get Volvos in Cool and Way-Cool.

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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we get to see how BMW’s M Factory assembled the legendary S54B32.

Considered at the time to be one of the best engines in the world, BMW’s 343-bhp S54B32 helped establish the E46 M3 as the model for which all other sporting coupes would be judged. The engine itself won Ward’s Engine of the Year Straight Six class for three years running in 2002, 2003, and 2004. What allowed an engine to make such power and still meet the standards of composure and durability so as to be so feted? Well, it’s possibly the care that went into its creation. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Greatest Everyman Sports Car of the 1960s?

Robert Emslie February 8, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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We all know what were the greatest sports cars of the sixties—cars like the Jag E-type, Shelby Cobra, Ferrari 275 GTB/C among them. Yeah, if you were around back when any of those were new, you probably couldn’t have afforded them. Today, they’re all worth a king’s ransom and so you probably still can’t afford them. That doesn’t mean however that there weren’t some great sports cars in the sixties—arguably the genre’s heyday—that weren’t then and perhaps aren’t now out of reach.

What we want to know today is your opinion on which of those was the greatest sports car for the rest of us. From the Midgets, Alpines, 850s, B-GTs, Spitfires, Datsun Fairladys, etc, which do you think was the greatest everyman sports car?

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Last Call: Smokin’ Roth’s RoAcH Edition

Robert Emslie February 5, 2016 Last Call

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Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s 1978 “RoAcH CoAcH was built to celebrate the opening of RoAcH, Inc.’s new silk screen shop, and top RoAcH-er Stan Peterson’s’ wedding. If I got that at my wedding, I’d sure hope there was a gift receipt included.

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 February 5, 2016 Mystery Car

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Last Tuesday was Groundhog Day, and based on Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication, we’re in for an early spring. That’s all well and good, but it’s still cold out pretty much everywhere. At least we have the weekly Mystery Car to warm the cockles of our hearts. Make and model on this one if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What if Ford HAD Bought Ferrari?

Robert Emslie February 5, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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We all know the story about how Ford responded to an overture to buy Ferrari but was rebuffed when Enzo wanted to keep the part that Ford really wanted, the racing operation. We know that the deal fell through, and ended up with Henry Ford II thrusting his fat Havana in Enzo Ferrari’s face and shouting you’ll be sorry, amico, as il Commendatore is dragged off by his minions while repeatedly brushing his raised chin with the back of his hand. Yeah, that’s how it went down.

The insult to Ford was so great that Henry’s grandson spent untold amounts of corporate cash to beat the Italian upstart at his own game, and that game was Le Mans. It became such an obsession for the Ford CEO that after two unsuccessful years he sent cards to his top people saying only  “You better win, Henry Ford II.” Ford eventually did beat Ferrari, taking the first, second, and third positions at Le Mans in 1966 with the GT40, a car that was born from of the rage between two industry egos.

What however, if that had never happened? What do you think the ’60s would have been like had Ford bought not just Ferrari’s road car business, but the racing arm too? Sure, we wouldn’t have the GT40 and its progeny to lust upon today, but what might we have had in their place? What do you think would have been the result if Ford had actually bought Ferrari?

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