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Last Call- Jeepster For Your Love Edition

Robert Emslie July 28, 2014 Last Call

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Owing to their use off road, Jeeps are usually riding high. This ratted-out (if that’s still a thing) Jeepster is the antithesis of what you might typically expect, and while it’ll never cross paths with a rattler on the Rubicon Trail, it’s certainly lower than a snake’s belly. Not in a bad way however.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Music Video

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Have you wondered why Vladimir Putin has trained his icy stare upon the good people of the Ukraine? The Russian leader wants to relive the glory days of the Soviet Union, and hence is trying to ‘get the band back together.’ No doubt he is also in lust with the Pontiac Trans Am that is featured in this video for the Ukrainian duo Dinama. Unfortunetly for Putin, this video for Я верю в любовь (I Believe in Love) was shot, not in the Ukraine, but in a warehouse in Los Angeles.

Dinama takes its name from that of its two singers, Diana Ivanitskaya and Maria Goncharuk, former X-Factor Ukraine performers, and yet another reason why Russia wants to get the now independent nation back behind its iron curtain. That’s because the ladies are pretty hot. They also do terrible/wonderful things to the Firebird in the video, plus some fencing, which I doubt would make sense even if I could speak Ukrainian. Check it out, right after the jump.  … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks- What Other Vehicles Should Get the Lego Treatment?

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Lego – the beloved children’s toy from Denmark – unveiled last week at Comic-Con the latest addition to their Ultimate Collectors Series, the 1,869-piece, Lego Batman Tumbler. At $199 MSRP the kit is not only amazingly detailed, offering movable surfaces and a full interior, but also includes two minifies – the Dark Knight himself and, for the first time ever, Heath Ledger’s Joker, in full purple suit and too-much-chlorine-in-the-pool green hair.

Being rendered in Lego is our generation’s method of immortalization. Not only will the peg-block constructions live on in the toy boxes of children for years to come, but they will also serve as reminders of our youth as errant pieces are discovered underfoot when making a late night run to the fridge. Despite the company offering a seemingly unlimited number of construction kits to build everything from simple low walls – one of my favorites as a kid – to aircraft carriers, it’s not all that common that they honor a specific vehicle.

I think they should do so with greater frequency. We’ve seen Lego Caterhams, and even a full-sized Lego car, but that’s not nearly enough. What cars and trucks would you like to see get immortalized in Lego?

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Last Call- Tippy Canoe And Grandson Too Edition

Robert Emslie July 25, 2014 Last Call

Tippy Canoe

As we progress through life we typically start out on three wheels and then gradually peel them off until we are able to demonstrate our well-earned prowess on two – or if your work in the circus, one – wheels. We then of course go immediately back to three. It’s the circle of life.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie July 25, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1832 the first-ever railroad accident was recorded. The Granite Railway near Quincy Mass, had invited spectators to view the prowess of a steam locomotive in the transport of large and heavy cargo. When returning from the event, a cable on the viewing platform car snapped, throwing four off of it and down a 34-foot cliff. One man died, and the three others were all seriously injured.

No worries about anything like that happening to you while viewing this week’s Mystery Car. Of course, you should concern yourself with meeting all the criteria for the win, which as you know means providing the make, model, likely engine, and year-range for the above pictured ride. You better hurry up though, the train’s leaving the station!

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Hooniverse Asks- What Car Companies Should Really Just Get a Room?

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Engineering and designing a car is really, really, really expensive. No, seriously, it costs so much that some companies, like Ford with the initial Taurus, have risked the their entire future on the success of a single model. That’s why so many car companies partner with rivals just to be able to get a cool ride to market without breaking the bank.

Cross-marque cross breeding didn’t start with the Scion BRZ and Subaru FRS, even though it’s so weird to see two pretty much identical cars sold at these disparate brand’s dealers. Looking back to Ford, there was the time that they jumped in bed with Nissan and birthed a minivan baby. The resultant Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest saw their debut delayed because one marque liked pictograms on their HVAC controls while the other favored words. Less filling! Tastes great!

It’s stuff like that which makes you wonder why companies don’t just go it alone. Then you see the financials on what it takes to design something like a firewall and you then wonder how any single company can make any money in this day and age. Look, it’s a given that car companies are going to hook up like college kids on a Friday inight, but the question I want to send you into the weekend with this week is which two companies really should be doing the romance thing? What companies -whether presently connected or not – should really see how things pan out when they activate their own untapped wonder-twin powers?

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Last Call- A Little Dash ‘l Do Ya’ Edition

Robert Emslie July 24, 2014 Last Call

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Do you have any car-related accoutrements adorning your home? If not, you could do far worse than this VW Beetle dashboard that has been turned into an iPod dock and, apparently, speaker. Is there a particular automotive dashboard with which you might like to festoon your abode? Let us know.

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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 tall is the world record lowest road-worthy car?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see how you stack up.

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Hooniverse Asks- How Would You Improve Traffic Signals?

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America’s first electric traffic signal was installed on the corner of Euclid and East 105th Street in Cleveland Ohio, on August 5th, 1914. Prior to that, traffic was controlled by stone semaphores actuated by prehistoric birds. This is a fact I learned as a kid from watching the Flintstones.

Traffic signals have changed dramatically since those early days – no more birds – and in the modern era they have been pretty much unified as a trio of lights – red, yellow, and green, that define your actions at the intersection. That has not changed much since that iteration’s inception, back in the early 1920s. One recent improvement has been the addition of a countdown pedestrian light, but according to analysis of their use, they tend to make intersections more dangerous for drivers, while making them safer for hoofers.

Aside from that, and the switch to less energy-hogging lighting sources, the traffic light is today pretty much as it was at its inception. That of course doesn’t mean that it can’t stand improvement. What I want from you today is your cutting edge ideas on ways to improve the automated intersection authorities. Do you think that the age-old standard of red. yellow and green needs a palette update? Or, is there some other aspect of intersection management that you think could stand improvement? How exactly would you improve traffic signals?

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Last Call- How Can I Miss Detroit Edition

Robert Emslie July 23, 2014 Last Call

Miss Detroit

The American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup is the oldest running trophy in motor sport. In 1918 the Cup was won by legendary racer, Garfield (Gar) Wood in the Curtiss V-12 powered “Miss Detroit III.” That was fitting as the race that year was held at Detroit. Wood had won the previous year in the single step hydroplane, Miss Detroit II, and would go on to win three more following his 1918 victory. All in boats made out of wood, and of spectacular beauty.

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