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Last Call: Well, Will You Look At That? Edition

Robert Emslie May 23, 2016 Last Call

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The driver of this Yukon was very obviously on a vision quest.

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Since it’s Monday, Here’s a Simca Vedette With a Chevy V8 Doing Massive Burnouts

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The Simca Vedette has had an interesting existence. It started out as the Ford Vedette, a Detroit-designed car built at the company’s Poissy France plant. Supplier issues and strikes led Ford to seek to sell the plant, and when Henri-Theodore Pigozzi, the founder of Simca, came knocking they readily answered. I guess back then buying a plant meant the cars it made too, and hence the Ford Vedette became the Simca Vedette.

Here it is with yet another company’s engine under its hood, a Chevy V8 at Australia’s 2014 Burnout Warriors Motorfest, making all kinds of noise and copious quantities of smoke. It’s just thing to start the week. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Engine Went From Zero to Hero With a Redesign?

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What is it they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? That’s been the mantra by which a number of automakers and racer engine builders live. Today, what we want to know is your opinion on which engines were failures at first, but went on to live full, rewarding lives after a well-considered redesign.

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Last Call: Why Are You Looking Up There? Edition

Robert Emslie May 20, 2016 Last Call

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Whatever these two jet jockeys are looking at better be pretty damn’d interesting. There’s a 300SL Roadster to ogle!

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie May 20, 2016 Mystery Car

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Despite it actually being pink, the dress Carrie wears to her fateful prom is called red by her mother. “I should have known it would be red” she ominously intones. Carrie’s mom sees foreboding in the crimson hue, while I’m hoping you’ll see the identity of this week’s Mystery Car which also happens to be red. Hopefully things will end better for us than it did for Carrie and her mom.

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Hooniverse Asks: Are Half-Doors on Cars So Donezo?

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It’s an interesting bit of trivia that Porsche owns the patent on the half door that was so popular a decade or more ago. Sadly for that German company, it seems that—for cars at least—the fad has run its course.

A few pickup trucks still offer the added access form factor, including the Toyota Tacoma Access Cab, Ford’s F150 SuperCab, and… well, I think that’s about it. For cars, your choices are even slimmer, as—at least here in the States—I don’t think there are any of them left. That’s right, no more RX-8, Saturn SC-2s, or Mini Clubmans with the unique backseat portal.

Do you think this is just a lull in the design’s epic history, or, are half-doors most likely a thing of the past?

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Last Call: Monster Mechanic Edition

Robert Emslie May 19, 2016 Last Call

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I’ll just tighten this one last bolt with the 16 millimeter and… clang, clang, clang, clunk. Aw man!

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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 week’s question: What was the notable fact about Wendell Oliver Scott’s December 1, 1963 NASCAR win at Speedway Park in Jacksonville Florida?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Greatest Movie Car Flub?

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I remember this TV movie from when I was a kid. It was called High School U.S.A. and it starred Michael J Fox, Nancy McKeon and slew of other then teen TV actors, most of whom are now dead. That’s not what made it notable to me however, and kept it in my otherwise feeble memory for so many years. What did was a scene in the movie where a school official’s late ’70s Trans Am changes to an early ’70s Firebird—with the requisite smaller rear window—throughout a chase and an eventual crash.  It was so DUMB!

That’s just one car-related movie goof that really burns my biscuits. I mean, don’t get me started on Repo Man and the incredible switching Cutlasses! What about you, are there any car-related movie goofs that really make you want to ask for your ticket money back?

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Last Call: Barris’ Bondo Edition

Robert Emslie May 18, 2016 Last Call

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George Barris was arguably one of the most famous and prolific car customizers the era has ever known. Of course he had to start somewhere and this is pretty much George Barris starting something.

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