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Last Call: Piece of Cake Edition

Robert Emslie August 3, 2015 Last Call

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The air cleaner housing on this Essex hot rod (yes, Essex hot rod) is an inverted aluminum bundt cake pan. That’s pretty cool, but do you know what is the function of the small wooden box wired to the center of the pan?

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. 

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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In the 2014 film John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ titular character loses his beloved wife to illness but takes solace in a gift she has arranged to arrive after her death – a beagle puppy named Daisy. That, and taunting death, are the only things that the retired hitman has going for him. Of course, if that were the end of the story you’d probably be pretty satisfied, because who doesn’t enjoy Keanu Reeves and puppies?

It doesn’t end there – well, it does for the dog – and for the next 80 minutes it’s Reeves playing the bad-ass. Coming out of retirement, he seeks to extract revenge on the Russian mobster whose son – played by Lilly Allen’s brother Alfie – who took his wife’s gift away from him, along with his cherry 1969 Ford Mustang. While not a car movie per se, John Wick has a lot of cool metal throughout. Along with the ‘Stang, Reeves drives a ’70 Chevelle SS and a 2011 Dodge Charger. Oh, and his wife’s RX350 still sits in the garage indicating that it might have been boredom that caused her demise.

The movie was tag-team directed by former stunt coordinator and second unit directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, who treat the viewer to a homage of Hong Kong crime films mixed with graphic novel angles and hues. It’s stylish, well-paced, and features crazy staccato action sequences throughout. It also has a bunch of recognizable faces in supporting roles, including Willem Dafoe as another assassin, Ian McShane as a confidant, and Adrianne Palicki (Rowr-Rowr) as a woman on a contract. The trailer gives you the first two acts encapsulated in just three minutes, but you’ll want to stay for the ending if you haven’t seen the whole shootin’ match. Check in out after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Why Isn’t The Hachi-Roku More Popular?

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How many small, sporty rear-wheel drive coupes are there out there? I know, right, you can count them on your fingers even if you’ve lost a couple in an unfortunate iceskating accident. That’s why I can’t figure out why the Toyota/Subaru 86 twins aren’t more popular. They’re each pretty decent cars for the money, and, with the exception of ultimate horsepower, push pretty much all the right buttons. And yet, no one is beating down dealer doors to get either.

Revelatory cars typically do become wildly popular. When Datsun introduced the 240Z in late 1969 its combination of excellent performance, drop-dead good looks, and reasonable price not only caught the attention of competing sports car builders, but the buying public as well. They lined up for a chance to own one, which led Datsun dealers to jack up the price and make a killing. Supply and demand, folks. A similar thing happened when Mazda first released the MX5.

That didn’t seem to happen with the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ, twin sons of different mothers and separated not so much by their styling as by handling. Each is a great car in its own light, and they both have received positive reviews from those in the know. And yet, there are no crowds outside of Scion dealers, nor lines down the block at Subaru shops. The cars have been modestly successful in sales – but nothing great. That seems strange because there is nothing else quite like the twins on the market at present – the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Nissan 370Z generally running with a larger, more expensive crowd.  You’d think, seeing as they are what we car nuts usually consider to be automotive nirvana – RWD, sporty engine, good-looking coupe body, excellent handling – that they would be selling in droves, or at least put on a pedestal as the second coming. Why do you think they have not?

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Last Call: Pug Life Edition

Robert Emslie July 31, 2015 Last Call

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Jumped In The Co’ Hit The Juice On Ma Ride – I Got Front Back, And Side To Side – Then I Let The Alpine Play (Play) – Pumpin New Shit By ASPCA…

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. 

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie July 31, 2015 Mystery Car

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Today we say goodbye to another July and hello to yet another Mystery Car contest, our Friday time waster that let’s you flex your car-identifying mental muscle. Regardless of the month, you can count on it to give you something to do other than work on the eve of your weekend. Also as always, make and model if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Overcrowded Automotive Category?

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Jaguar is planning on entering the already highly competitive luxury sport utility market with the F-Pace longroof next year. That puts the British brand about a decade and a half behind the competition, but hey, the more the merrier, right?

There are a number of automotive categories that seem to be stuffed the way ’50s college kids packed coeds into phone booths. Variety may be the spice of life, but many of these categories are just too dang hot to handle! Which of these do you think is the most unnecessarily over-filled? What in your opinion is the most overcrowded automotive category?

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Last Call: Balance of Horsepower Edition

Robert Emslie July 30, 2015 Last Call

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Called “Porsche with Meteorite” this 2013 modern art installation by Chris Burden proved one thing and one thing alone, and that is that I do not understand modern art.

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. 

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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 is claimed as the world’s first production car with a factory-offered GPS navigation system?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Biggest Bang for Your Buck Car or Truck Upgrade?

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I must say that the tiny hula dancer I bought to adorn my car’s dashboard was certainly money well spent. It’s perhaps not however, the most bang for the buck auto update that I could have undertaken.

Most people just can’t leave well enough alone and when it comes to our cars and trucks, the urge to splurge and make mods to make them our own is almost impossible to resist. That’s why we go to lengths to add cold air intakes and aftermarket wheels. What we want to know today is, what you think is the best use of those modification dollars. What do you think is the biggest bang for the buck auto update?

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Last Call: Crosses the Street and Leaves Edition

Robert Emslie July 29, 2015 Last Call

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This is the coolest, and potentially most Canadian, crosswalk I think I’ve ever seen. Have you seen any other cool street crossings?

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. 

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