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Last Call- I Knew We Should Have Made That Left Turn at Albuquerque Edition

Robert Emslie October 30, 2014 Last Call

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Cucamonga, or as Mel Blanc used to pronounced it on the Jack Benny Show, kook-a-mung…ga, is one of the California cities saddled with a funny name. Others include Cudahy, Boring, and Los Angeles. Cucamonga derives its name from a Tongva word for something like ‘sandy place.’ Situated below the San Gabriel mountains, it is also a stop along the venerated Route 66, and that’s likely where this old filling station was located. Snow-capped peaks, Spanish casa style, and six pumps with no waiting, it just didn’t get any better, did it?

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie October 30, 2014 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 weeks’ question: How did Chevrolet improve the production of French wines?

If you think you know the answer, pop the cork to the next page and see if you are right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks- What Are The Gas Prices in Your Neck of the Woods?

Robert Emslie October 30, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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So I heard T Boone Pickens interviewed on NPR this week and he was lamenting the plummeting price per-barrel of oil, complaining that U.S. producers were drilling too much. You know what I say to that? Boo-freakin’-hoo T. Boone, go blame Tina Fey, because she was the on who was telling everybody to drill-baby-drill.

The truth is that – at least here in ‘Merica – we’re seeing a bit of a respite from ever climbing gas prices. I don’t know if it really is that U.S. producers are pumping an excess out of the ground like Pickens avers, or if the Oil Companies just forgot which way was up, but I appreciate the lesser impact on my meager funds every time I fill up these days. You know it won’t last forever though, so I guess we should all just enjoy it while we can – and maybe all go out and buy Hummers or Lamborghini Diablos or something.

I’m not just interested in my own fill-up financials however, that would be pretty damn selfish of me. No, I’m also eager to learn how you all are faring, and what the price at the pump is in your area. If you’re outside the U.S., have you seen prices decline in the past month or so? And if you’re here, where T. Boone Pickens is pissed he’s not getting more of your money, how much are you spending of late?

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Last Call- In Word and Deed Edition

Robert Emslie October 29, 2014 Last Call

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In case popping the hood on the Slab-Side in the foreground wasn’t enough evidence, the car carrier in the back let the curious know who provided the means for the Cobra’s heroic performance. I can’t think of a more impressive admonition in the automotive world.

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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. 

Last week’s quest was for dune buggies and the resulting ads offered up everything from what looked to be absconded-with chainlink fences on wheels to fiberglass fantastics that seemed fresh from a sixties Beach Boy song. We’ll get down with the dunes in a sec, but first, I’ll bet you’re interested in what we’re looking for this week.

Today, mini-delivery vans are all the rage here in the U.S.. I see it as just one more Europeanization of our great nation and expect any day now to find here milk sold in stores in bags and nationalized healthcare. Well, maybe not the latter. Before the likes of the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 and its Chevy City Express cousin hit the streets, our smaller urban delivery duties were handled by panel trucks. I want to bring sexy back and so that’s what we want this week: panel cars and trucks, exclusive of vans.

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.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s hit the Dunes.

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s Your Favorite Factory Tuner Brand?

Robert Emslie October 29, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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Admit it, you like to supersize your easy meal, don’t you? When they ask if you want extra butter on your popcorn at the movies, or if you want to pay extra to watch the flick in 3-D, you say sure I would. Standard is for regular people. Ordinary, well, it’s for the ordinary. And you, my friend, are out of the ordinary. That’s why, when it comes to your car, you demand something a little more special. Something that befits your square peg in a round hole demeanor. And that’s why you only go for editions that have been breathed upon by factory tuners.

Of sure, there are plenty of aftermarket machinery masseuses out there, but you, wise that you are, prefer your unique and above the workaday ride to come with a full factory warranty. After all, you’re exclusive, not stupid. Factory tuners exist for almost every brand and breed, and some have even gained fame that exceeds that of their patron brands. What I’d like to know today is which of those factory meddlers you most kitten to. Which is your favorite factory tuner?

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Last Call- Taking a Turn Edition

Robert Emslie October 28, 2014 Last Call

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Are you gonna’ ride, or are you just gonna’ watch?

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Watching This Two-Engine 2CV Sahara Run is Blowing My Mind

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America has the Jeep, Great Britain the Land Rover, and and Japan the Land Cruiser. When it comes to the task of off-roading, almost every great car-building has an iconic – and usually very traditional – 4×4 to call to duty. Of course, the French always have to be different, and when it comes to all-wheel, or 4-wheel drive vehicles, it doesn’t get much more different than the Citroën 2CV Sahara.

The Deux Chevaux, or two-horse was developed before the war. Not wanting so radical and innovative a design – it could traverse a farm field without breaking a single egg in a passenger seat-mounted basket – to fall into the hands of the Germans, Citroën’s engineers hid them in attics and other out of the way places. Post-war, the car became France’s answer to the VW Beetle, and perhaps the country’s most iconic representation in motor vehicle form. Over more than four decades of production they changed very little, all being front-wheel drive and featuring an air-cooled two cylinders for power. Well, almost all. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks- Do You Think Volkswagen’s Phaeton Will Fare Any Better in the U.S. A Second Time?

Robert Emslie October 28, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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Let’s start out here by noting that Volkswagen literally means ‘people’s car.’ In socio-political terms when someone references the ‘people’ they are generally talking about the plebeian masses, the proletariat, the great un-washed. Volkswagen made its name catering to this modest-earning but hard-working audience, and until this century seemed content to do so. What happened to change that was that Mercedes Benz made a move down-market, offering up cars that directly competed with VW’s bread and butter fare, and hence – seeking a tit-for-tat response – VW’s then-chief, Ferdinand Piëch, decided to move his brand up-market, to make Benz feel the heat.

One of the results of Piëch’s plan was the Phaeton, an über-sedan that became the first Volkswagen car to break the $100K price barrier. The cars were meticulously designed and engineered; they featured innovative accoutrements and drivetrains – W12 anyone? – and they proved that VW could play in the big leagues. There was just one tiny problem, and that was the VW badge that each and every Phaeton had to carry. That was for most, a deal killer, at least here in the U.S.. The Phaeton was unceremoniously yanked from the U.S. market in 2006, after only three years of lackluster sales. It was, by all measures, a flop.

Of course, they say if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again, and that’s just what Volkswagen is reportedly doing with the Phaeton, with a planned 2018 or 2019 relaunch of the range-topper here in the States. Considering the monumental depreciation and reliability issues that the first round of Phaetons faced here in the States, what I’d like from you today is your prognostication as to VW’s chances of success with this next attempt. Do you think VW’s Phaeton will fare any better a second time?

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Last Call- Last Word In Edition

Robert Emslie October 27, 2014 Last Call

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You may not have noticed but roadside billboards have become a primary source of social discourse here in the U.S..

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