Last Call- Formula One’s Biggest Fan Edition

Robert Emslie November 25, 2014 Last Call

F1 Fan

The 1978 Brabham BT46 F1 car – infamously known as the Fan Car – arose form the fertile mind of engineer Gordon Murray. The car was designed in answer to the the dominant Lotus ground effects cars and it won its first contest, when Niki Lauda drove it to winner’s circle at Anderstorp. That was its only victory however, as the Brabham voluntarily withdrew the car from competition after complaints that it was a danger to following drivers.

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Feast Your Eyes on This Fabulous Ferrari… Motorcycle?



Did you know that Ferrari once designed and built motorcycles? No, not Enzo Ferrari, but in fact a pair of brothers who happened to share that same last name, and thought they could capitalize on that tenuous connection to Maranello’s favored son. I came across this 1952 150 Sport at a recent show and found it to be a cheeky poke in ribs to the venerated auto maker.

This bike features a 150-cc two-stroke and is very similar in design to the contemporary Parilla. There’s a good reason for that, as one of the brothers who founded Fratelli Ferrari had previously worked for that maker. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks- Should Ford Make Another Hatchback Mustang?

Robert Emslie November 25, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


In its 50-year life the Ford Mustang has had but two hatchbacks in its model mix – one on the venerated Fox body and the other on the earlier and less well-loved Mustang II. Not everybody knows this, but there was almost a third Mustang hatch, one that but for a very vocal enthusiast outpouring over its inclusion in the panoply of ‘Stangs, would have also been the first front-wheel drive Mustang.

That was the Ford Probe, which until the eleventh hour was going to be the Ford Mustang Probe. So close did the Blue Oval Boys come to making this tragic mistake that the Probe’s rear bumper mold required a last-minute modification to eliminate the MUSTANG embossing. I heartily agree that the Probe was no Mustang, and that positioning it as such would have potentially irreparably damaged the brand, but still, I do like the thought of a Mustang hatch.

The ‘Stang currently comes in but two models, a fun-in-the-sun convertible, and a fastback coupe. There’s no reason that second edition couldn’t be modded to offer a gaping gap capable of swallowing a refrigerator or discarded Barcalounger surreptitiously found by the roadside. Both the Mustang II – which I think gets some unwarranted shade thrown its way, and the foxstang had hatches that added versatility to their vroom-vroom, and I’d like to see that as an option once again. Do you concur? What do you think, should Ford make another Mustang hatchback?

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Last Call- Hot Wheels, Hot Licks Edition

Robert Emslie November 24, 2014 Last Call

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey is a rock star. She’s also a gifted song writer, an actress, as well as a painter and sculptor. In fact, with all she has accomplished you might not think that PJ Harvey could be any more cool. And then you see her wearing a belt made out of Hot Wheels cars, and realize she just took cool to the next level.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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Drive is a film of contrasts. From its single word title to its complex plot and the duality of the lead protagonist, played by the hunky Ryan Gosling, the movie makes you look at every aspect of its story from multiple points of view. As directed by Nicolas Winding Refn it’s also a throwback to the stylized crime dramas of the eighties like Michael Mann’s Thief and Manhunter. Refn, whose father was a Danish film director, and whose mother was a cinematographer, has a well developed eye for both broad action and intimate moments. Enjoyably, in Drive he is able at times to combine both.

Those scenes include some of the best car chases of the modern era, including a daylight robbery escape in a Mustang that just plain awesome. Topping those is a cast that also includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Albert Brooks, you know, people you actually want to see on screen. If you’ve never seen Drive, you really should. Get a taste with the trailer just after the jump. … Continue Reading

Craigslist Phantastico – This Frankenfire Project Needs a Good Home

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I’ve got 99 problems, but one of them isn’t this 1973 Triumph Spitfire project that comes with an SBC lump where its four used to be. Oh it also comes with the original 1,296-cc four, but the SBC is now sleeping in its bed. Not only is this a full-on project, but the ad notes that it has sat for the past 12 years apparently without much attention.

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Hooniverse Asks-What’s YOUR Favorite New or Updated Car From the LA Show?

Robert Emslie November 24, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


The Los Angeles Auto Show is now in full swing and should you be planning on attending, I recommend getting there early as it does get crowded. Should you instead prefer to visit vicariously through the various and plentiful sites that have been providing coverage of the show’s debuts then you’re probably already fully up to speed, and sated on the sights. Plus, you don’t have to wash that new car smell out of your hair!

Whatever your bent, you’ve likely seen all the important new metal and plastic that has arrived in LA, and I’m thinking that one or more of them has resonated with you on some level. What however has gotten you the most excited? Was it the new Shelby GT 350 Mustang with its wholly unexpected flat plane crank V8? Or, did the new VW Golf Sportwagon most float your boat? With 33 World debuts, there must have been something there for pretty much everybody to like.

What car or truck got you the most hot and bothered? Or, if none did, what was your biggest disappointment from the show- what did you expect to see and then sadly didn’t?

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Last Call- Beauty and the Beast Edition

Robert Emslie November 21, 2014 Last Call


We’re going to leave you this week with this shot from the Los Angeles Auto Show. I liked the way the model’s dress matched the Jag in both color and allure. I think all auto show front-liners should, in some way, visually match the cars with which they are paired. That would go a long way towards making the world a better place.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie November 21, 2014 Mystery Car


So, are you feeling the fall in the air? Perhaps you’re enjoying the seasonal colors as they wash from green to golds and browns. If you happen to live where fall is a little less colorful then perhaps you will appreciate the hue of this week’s Mystery Car as it’s fall fantastic.

While you’re enjoying the seasonal colors, you can also take the opportunity to identify the make, model, likely engine and year-range of our fall classic.

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Hooniverse Asks- What Car-Related Questions do YOU Want to Ask?

Robert Emslie November 21, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


We’re once again dusting off a special Hooniverse Asks edition, one in which I’m not asking you a question, but where instead I’m asking you for questions. That’s right, it’s like reaching Nirvana without all that fussy mountain climbing.

Here’s how it works: you can ask any automotive question that’s been gnawing at your psyche like a rat on a raisin, and we’ll see if your fellow Hoons can come up with an answer. Of course, we don’t guarantee that it’ll be the right answer.

There is a depth of automotive knowledge present in here, just waiting to be unleashed. If you’ve got a question - is double clutching the same thing as dutch treating? – you can be assured that one of your fellow Hoons will have the answer.  So since it’s Friday, and you’ve probably already checked out for the weekend even though you may not even be yet at work, let’s see if we can get another impromptu Q&A going and see where it goes.

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