Last Call: The More Things Change Edition

Robert Emslie October 21, 2016 Last Call


There’s 17 years between these two key fobs. I find that quite remarkable.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie October 21, 2016 Mystery Car


On this date in 1520 Ferdinand Magellan led three ships through the strait separating Tierra del Fuego and the South American mainland becoming the first Europeans to reach the Pacific Ocean.

Solving this week’s Mystery Car will be almost as momentous as I think this one’s a real head scratcher. Make and mode, and something else interesting about it (you’ll know what that means once you correctly guess it) if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: Do You Care About a New Supra?

Robert Emslie October 21, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


Toyota is rumored to be developing a new edition of their venerated performance model, the Supra! Not only that, but they are working on the model with none other than BMW! Exciting stuff no? Well, maybe no is the right answer. Big sport coupes have kind of gone the way of Elvis, and today most of the large-marge performance two-doors are priced in the stratosphere. The more affordable models like Nissan’s 370Z? Well, those are not all that popular.

The announcement of any new sports car is always a moment to celebrate, but it seems like most of the latest—even the most recent Miata—have been applauded initially, only to be relegated to second tier status behind the crossovers and SUVs. This has resulted in the disappearance of Mazda’s other sports car, the RX8, as well as competitors from Mitsubishi and, if you stretch your imagination, Subaru.

That’s a tough environment for any new Supra to be birthed into. More so since it would be coming from Toyota, who, other than the 86, has pretty much cast off any sporting pretensions. That all leads to the question, are you excited about the prospect of a new Toyota Supra?

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Last Call: Season of the Witch Edition

Robert Emslie October 20, 2016 Last Call


Hmmm, I wonder if I can get that in synthetic… or decaf?

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie October 20, 2016 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 unique feature was resurrected on the 1963 Mercurys to reinvigorate the brand?

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

Hooniverse Asks: How Come No One’s Gotten a Retro-Truck Right Yet?

Robert Emslie October 20, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

Chevy SSR Hot Rod Power Tour. X03CT_SR150

They say that those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps because of that sage advice many an automaker has looked to their past for models and their styling tropes for new offerings in order to engender a sense of nostalgia in buyers. Whether it’s the VW New Beetle, the PT Cruiser, or any of the current crop of American pony cars, retro has been where it’s at.

That however, has not been the case with trucks. Chevy’s most notable attempt, the mid-aughts SSR proved a good start at the nose, but failed at the whole truck part from there back. Toyota’s equally backward-looking FJ Cruiser embodied the looks but not quite the soul of its venerated all-terrain predecessor. Save for Dodge with its stepped-fender Ram trucks, no one else has even attempted to bring back a beloved past truck look. What we want to know today is your opinion on why that might just be?

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Last Call: Shine On You Crazy Diamond Edition

Robert Emslie October 19, 2016 Last Call


While we would never, ever advocate the mixture of alcohol and driving, there is a rich history involving moonshine and rum running that led to the advent of both the NASCAR racing series and some of its founding drivers. Still, I think I’ll stick to dry martinis and calling an Uber when I get the urge to imbibe.

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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. 

How low can you go? In the horsepower wars nobody ever seems to proclaim that you can do more with less. Still, that’s just what we went looking for last week: the lowest horsepower cars and trucks we could find. We’ll get down in a minute, but first, this week’s quest.

Just because the cars you found last week represent the nadir of horsepower attainment that doesn’t mean we can’t go lower. This week I want us to find some Minibikes which as we all know can be the coolest use of a lawnmower engine. We’ll also accept Trail 50s, and their ilk. Let’s see if we can’t find us some killer deals when it comes to bikes that could easily get us killed.

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 go slow.

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Hooniverse Asks: Compact Parking Spaces: Do They Suck or What?

Robert Emslie October 19, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


I know that I have promised to tell you all about my new daily driver, and cross my heart I soon will. In the mean time suffice with the knowledge that I’ve swapped a big car for one that’s more compact and part of the impetus for doing so was living in a congested suburban environment where space—including parking space—is at a premium.

Now, there are building codes in my area that demand a certain number of parking spaces be made available for a combination of the business’s purpose and expected traffic. Those requirements specify the number and dimensions of the spaces and it seems they expect that most of the area’s shoppers to all drive skateboards. How else can you explain the plethora of “compact” parking spaces that seriously are so small that you have to back out of them just to change your mind?

I have such an animus toward the overly tight spaces that I will go out of my way not to be forced to use them. Unfortunately I am married and that means parking any distance away from a business’s entrance means a walk of shame to the front door. What do you think, have municipalities and their building codes gone too far in only offering spaces for the super model thin? Do you too find that compact spaces suck?

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Last Call: Craziest Sport in the World Edition

Robert Emslie October 18, 2016 Last Call


You see? They’ve been trying to stop us from having fun for more than 100 years.

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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