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Last Call: Penché Edition

Robert Emslie April 25, 2017 Last Call

A little known fact: Costco Gas Stations are an excellent place to practice your Arabesque.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie April 25, 2017 Track Tuesday

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 a lot of corners and a shortcut.  Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Does the U.S. Need a Long-Distance Road Race?

Epic road races like Paris to Dakar, Mille Miglia, and the Carrera Panamerica, are the ultimate test of man (or woman) and machine. Italy is home to the Miglia and the historic Targa Florio was run in neighboring Sicily. The Carrera meanwhile ran the length of Mexico. What is it about Latin countries and long-ass races? 

That’s not the question for today however. No, what we want to know today is your opinion on whether the U.S. could stand an epic long distance road—and maybe off-road—race. Like soccer (Football), WRC Rally Racing seems to be far more popular elsewhere than here in the States. Could an ambitious multi-state race change that? Where might such a race be run?

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Last Call: Color Bind Edition

Robert Emslie April 24, 2017 Last Call

Red versus Blue is an age-old political game, but who know it affected our favorite liquid lockwasher too? I wonder who at Loctite has such a diabolical sense of humor?

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Take In The Zen Garden That is This 1961 Alvis TD21 Drophead


Breathe in deeply. Hold it in. Okay, let that breath out slowly through your nose. Now try exhaling through only one nostril. There, now aren’t you feeling relaxed? No? Well then watch this soothing video of a 1961 Alvis TD21 and feel the stress melt away.

Alvis was one of a number of auto makers to spring up in Great Britain shortly after WWI and their products quickly became known for their quality and sporting intentions. One of Britain’s most innovative auto makers, Alvis introduced features such as independent front suspension, synchromesh gearboxes and power assisted braking years before they would become common. The company expanded its portfolio to aircraft and armoured vehicle production in 1936, a prescient move in light of the conflict shortly to come.

The TD21 was introduced in 1958 as an evolution of the prior TC108. It featured a 3-litre inline six and an available four-speed manual gearbox. The stately bodies were the work of Park Ward and at the time the Alvis went for nearly twice as much as a Jag. That led to financial difficulties and an eventual sale in 1965 of the auto works to Rover. Armoured vehicle production would continue on through various owner changes and mergers until just about a decade ago when an agreement between British Aerospace (BAe) and a group of investors led to the resurrection of the venerable marque as an auto maker.  That has resulted in new editions in their “Continuation Series” including the TD21 which they call the Park Ward series.

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Hooniverse Asks: Should the Golf Cabrio Make a Comeback?

Volkswagen at the New York International Auto Show, just introduced the Golf’s 2018 edition for the U.S. market. The new models represent a refresh of the current eighth generation MQB cars and come with a slew of driving and feature enhancements. No doubt they will be the best Golf family ever. One member of that family is conspicuous by its absence, that being the Cabrio. Now VW has long had a convertible model in their lineup, and as recently as a decade ago they had two. Now the hardtop convertible EOS is gone and the Beetle may end production next year. What’s a soft top VW fan supposed to do? 

I think the obvious answer is Golf Cabrio. The iconic car was originally sold here as a Rabbit, but no matter what the name, its basket handle B-pillar and trunk-topping folded roof identified the car through two generations. Now it’s rumored to be coming back. How do you feel about that? Would you welcome the Golf Cabrio back, along with the slew of Focus, Cruze and other small convertible competitors anticipated to follow? Do you think a new Golf Cabrio would find its market? 

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Last Call: Multitasking Edition

Robert Emslie April 21, 2017 Last Call

The things you see while driving down the road. I can’t tell if this woman is out for an extreme workout jog, some fresh air time for her tot, or partner in a budget lawn care service business. Of course it could be all three. I was just drawn to the image because that looks like my lawnmower. Maybe I should go out to the garage and make sure it’s still there.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 21, 2017 Mystery Car

It was 84 years ago this week—tomorrow to be exact—that Frederick Henry Royce passed away at the age of 70. Royce, a British engineer, gained fame for having founded, along with Claude Johnson and Charles Rolls, the marque that would carry his name and eventually become the standard for the world, Rolls Royce.

In honor of the anniversary of Royce’s passing we will be observing a moment of silence tomorrow at 3:27 PM, as he was coincidentally born on March 27, in the year 1863. If you’re looking for something to do until then, we offer the weekly Mystery Car contest as a modest diversion. Make and model if you please. And no, it’s not a Rolls.

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Hooniverse Asks: What was History’s Most Ill-Proportioned 2+2?

In case you hadn’t heard, Jaguar is planning on offering for sale 10 fully restored to new-car-smell fresh E-Types. When the company first made this known I was a little worried over just which E-Types they’d choose to restore. So far it seems they did the right thing and chose to rejuvenate only two-seater Series 1 cars. Those are quite possibly one of the most beautiful automobiles the world has ever seen, and a far better choice than the star of my nightmare scenario, the 2+2 coupe. Holy cow but that’s a silk purse to sow’s ear transformation. 

As a matter of fact, most two-seater coupes that are extended to include occasional back seats end up looking funky as a result. Consider if you will the Mercedes SL and its more capacious brother the SLC, which one would you date?

Today we’re looking for the most undatable of 2+2s, the cars that were unfortunate recipients of an unsuccessful transformation to car pool duty. Which do you think is the world’s most ungainly 2+2?

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Last Call: Shopping Trolley Terror Edition

Robert Emslie April 20, 2017 Last Call

Fortunately there were no injuries. 

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