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Last Call: Connect Four Edition

Robert Emslie August 26, 2016 Last Call

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Can you find a favorite?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie August 26, 2016 Mystery Car

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It was on this date in 1959 that the BMC Mini debuted. Priced at only $800 the original Mini featured one of the most innovative designs in automotive history and, I’d like to think, paved the way for the mini… skirt.

No matter who you like to dress there’s no escaping the fact that today is also notable fro hosting the weekly Mystery Car contest. I mean could it get any better? Oh yeah it could, it’s Friday too! Make and model if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Automotive Regiment Do You Simply Not Believe?

Robert Emslie August 26, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

 

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When a car maker tells you that your new ride has a “sealed for life” transmission do you roll your eyes and respond with “Yeah, sure it does”? How about maintenance schedules that recommend 10,000 miles between oil changes? Sure that lowers the hassle factor of owning a car but that still sounds kind of sketchy to me.

On the flip side of the equation, do you religiously add something like Techtron to your gas tank every other fill-up as the bottle suggests? If you’re already getting your gas from Chevron which promotes that additive, is it still recommended?

There are a lot of auto-related regiments that many of us dutifully follow, usually because the owner’s manual or some guy on YouTube tells us to. Since you’re not a bunch of mindless lemmings, which of these recommended regiments do you think is nothing more than a bunch of hooey?

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Last Call: Motel Hell Edition

Robert Emslie August 25, 2016 Last Call

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I don’t know, seems reasonable to me.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie August 25, 2016 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 week’s question: What was the first MG to feature Rack & Pinion Steering?

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

Hooniverse Asks: Would You Get a Motorcycle License to Drive a Three-wheel Car?

Robert Emslie August 25, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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The Elio is one of the most intriguing new proposals for personal transportation since the Dale. Much of the interest comes from its claimed efficiencies, which are said to rival Hybrids and electrics at a fraction of the cost. In fact, the car’s proposed sub-$8,000 price tag is perhaps its most interesting aspect of all as a lot more people could swing that than could, say the Tesla’s $100K-plus price tag.

What do you have to give up over the Tesla for that savings? Well, quite a bit it seems. The Elio is only a two-seater, and that’s tandem so don’t think about holding hands or playing footsie in it. It also has only a single door, and most importantly, only three wheels. The three wheeler aspect is ta big deal because in a lot of places, you need a motorcycle license to drive a trike.

Do you have a motorcycle license? Do you live somewhere where one is required? If you answered No! and Yes! then the next question is, would you go to the trouble of gaining the added licensure which could involve renting a bike for the DMV driving test? Is that a length to which you would go to enjoy the benefits of this new and frugal way to get around town?

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Last Call: End of the Road or End of the World, No Problem! Edition

Robert Emslie August 24, 2016 Last Call

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If you’re going to go camping you might as well go in style. If you’re going to camp so that no one ever finds you then you might want something like this.

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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 was all about the Cougars, albeit just the cars. There were plenty of cats to be had and we’ll get to the most purrr-fect of them in just a sec. First however, this week’s task at hand.

The Germans are famous for not really having a sense of humor, and their cars typically support this stereotype. That’s not always the case and this week we want to find instances were the Germans have cut loose. Let’s see if we can find some whimsy in the Vaterland. Price is no object.

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 get some cat scratch fever.

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Hooniverse Asks: Have FWD Cars Ruined Us For Powerful RWD Beasts?

Robert Emslie August 24, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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It seems that not a week goes by that we don’t hear about some yabbo running out of talent while leaving an auto-related meet up and ending up on the wrong side of a YouTube video. And what do almost all of those instances have in common besides an excess of testosterone? That’s right, they’re almost always something RWD, either a Mustang, Corvette, BMW, or… Ferrari.

 

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Yeah, it happens.

The question however is why is it happening? I think I have the answer. We’ve been coddled for too long with the easily correctable understeer characteristics of FWD cars, leaving many of us incapable of dealing with oversteering traits of rear-wheel drive cars, especially those packing a ton of ponies. What do you think, is the spate of RWD car crashes a symbol of a fading social skill? Or, is it just a bunch of yahoos who will eventually get weeded out by Darwin’s Law?

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Last Call: That’s Life Edition

Robert Emslie August 23, 2016 Last Call

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Life Magazine once showed us the world in pictures. Now everybody does that, whether we like it or not.

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