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Winning

Some people can do one thing really, really well, while generally most people are able to do a few things, you know, just all right. Then there’s that rare individual who seems able to be successful in every endeavor they attempt. Paul Newman was one of those rare individuals. Newman’s primary advocation was that of actor, and that career garnered an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He had two other passions; his philanthropic interests, and racing, which is the subject of a new documentary by Adam Carolla, Winning, The Racing Life of Paul Newman.

Paul Newman called racing “the first thing that I ever found I had any grace in” and was introduced to the sport while training for the 1969 film Winning. Carolla’s documentary features interviews with Robert Redford, Newman’s Winning co-star Robert Wagner, Jay Leno, fellow actor/driver Patrick Dempsey, and real racers Mario Andretti and Sam Posey, among others. It follows Newman’s racing career from not very good to respected competitor and later team owner. Carolla is not known for his behind the camera work, but he does share a passion for automobiles with Newman, and he shares directorial duties with film maker Nate Adams, who has produced a lot of Discovery Channel shows.

Check out the trailer after the jump. Winning, The Racing Life of Paul Newman opens May 22nd. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Should be the Next Car/Name That Lincoln Resurrects?

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As we all know, Lincoln is undergoing a renaissance, its twelfth over the last decade. The Continental concept that debuted at NYIAS cribs some styling notes from Bentley – which ain’t a bad thing unless you’re Bentley – and offers yet another take on what the company wants to be the corporate grille. It also dragged a venerated name out of a decade-plus slumber to hopefully serve as the vanguard in replacing their present alphabet soup of model names.

If that’s what actually happens then all the next generation MK-Marky-Marks will need to adopt new sobriquets, and perhaps those will also leverage Lincoln’s past. With that in mid, let’s help out America’s baroque brand by letting them know – they read this stuff, oh yeah they do – what names and models should be the next to be reborn. Which ones do you think Lincoln should bring back?

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Last Call: General Cluster Edition

Robert Emslie April 24, 2015 Last Call

Gauges

There’s something about symmetry that really floats my boat. Maybe that’s why I my appreciation gravitates to the films of Wes Anderson, identical twins, and this image of a gauge cluster and protected toggles.

Analog gauges are da’ bomb, and having them match left to right only adds to their aesthetic. What do you think, what car has the best balanced dash?

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. 

Image: Imgur

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 24, 2015 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1908 Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock set off to become the first couple to travel across the United States by car. They left Los Angeles in their Packard, arriving in New York City 32 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes later. That may be a record, but it’s also a chunk of time and we don’t have that sort of luxury. Instead, you’re going to want to solve this week’s Mystery Car contest before someone else does. I mean, what else have you got to do? When you give your answer, please remember to include both make and model. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Country Has Most Lost its Auto-making Mojo?

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America once was the preeminent force to be reckoned with in the automotive world. Then it was Japan, and then it was… well, I don’t know. The thing of it is, it seems like every auto producing nation has once had its day in the sun only to eventually be snuffed out like a loose-lipped mobster. What we want to know today is which one has fallen the farthest.

Consider if you will Great Britain’s auto industry. Remember when it had one of those? The U.S. may not be a major international player in the global automotive market, but Great Britain doesn’t even know which Big Five aisle they need to shop to get back in the game.

Many countries have fallen from favor, their products going from great to ghastly, but which one do you think has the longest climb back? Which one, in your opinion has most lost it’s auto-making mojo?

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Last Call: Dream Big, Pump Hard Edition

Robert Emslie April 23, 2015 Last Call

Pump

He’s lucky that it’s only flat on one side.

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. 

Image: Imgur

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: How many cars did Volkswagen sell in the U.S. in 1949, its first year in the market?

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

Hooniverse Asks: Would Anybody in the U.S. Buy a New Subaru Brat?

Brat

Whether you call it a Ranchero, El Camino, or, if your Spanish isn’t all that great, a Brat, the car-based pickup is a genre that is beloved by enthusiasts, but apparently not so much so that it’s a viable sales category.

The Brat is a special story seeing as it’s the only car-based trucklet to come to America from Japan. A quirky icon of the ’80s, the little Subaru with a bed is sought after today as few examples have survived time and the tin worm. There was brief moment when Subaru tried to revive the genre with the Outback-based Baja, but that was less a small pickup than some sort of plastic panel fetish’s peyote nightmare. To this day I have never met anyone who will admit to ever owning one of those.

The Baja is long gone, and the Brat even longer. Still, the original Subie pickup maintains a following, and the wonder is, would a modern iteration of such a vehicle find a market? What do you think, seeing as new car-based trucks haven’t been in fashion here for decades, do you think anybody in the U.S. would buy a new Brat?

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Last Call: Remembering HoJo’s Edition

Robert Emslie April 22, 2015 Last Call

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For millions of travelers in American back in the ’60s and ’70s, there was perhaps no more reassuring sight than the cupola-topped orange roof that signified a road-side staple, the Howard Johnson’s. Once the largest restaurant chain in America, with more than 1,000 locations coast to coast, HoJo’s also offered weary sojourners overnight accommodations at many of their locations.

Competition, the ascension (pun intended) of air travel, and mega-highways replacing quaint ribbons of two-lane have over the years taken their toll on HoJo’s, and today there are only three restaurants still in business, while the company’s motels have long since put up the no vacancy sign. A few of the buildings still remain, the former West Covina California restaurant featuring in an episode of Mad Men a couple of years ago. Sadly, that seems to be the fate of Howard Johnson’s- something we look back upon, rather than look forward to.

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. 

Image: Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys

 

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. 

If Schoolhouse Rock taught us anything, it’s that three is a magic number. Last week we were looking for three-wheelers, and you all certainly came up with some magical offerings. We’ll get to the trinity in a sec, but first, this week’s quest!

To Infinti and beyond! Out of the three upscale Japanese brands introduced in late eighties and early nineties, Nissan’s Infiniti has probably realized the least success – at least until Acura developed amnesia about what kinds of cars they make. The earliest Infinitis were across the board more interesting than their Lexus competitors, and yet Lexus succeeded while Infiniti could only manage to get everyone interested in rock gardens. Let’s see what of those early cars we can find, from the M30 (I told you, Lexus doesn’t make a convertible) to the G20, the fanciest Sentra ever to be sold, and the suppositorial J30. Let’s celebrate the Infiniti of old!

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 lets see what ad won last week’s triple header.

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