Last Call: The Softer Side of Germany Edition

Robert Emslie May 26, 2017 Last Call

As you all head off into the weekend, which will be a long one for many of you, I’d like to leave you with this amazing image of cherry trees blossoming along the aptly named Cherry Blossom Avenue in Bonn Germany. Being able to see sights like this are why the automobile became so popular in the first place. Here it’s like driving under a school of magical jellyfish… in Germany.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie May 26, 2017 Mystery Car

School’s out and that means lighter traffic all summer long! What are you going to do with all of that new-found free time now that you won’t be stuck out on the road? I suggest this week’s Mystery Car. Make and model, you lollygaggers.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Are Your Weekend Plans?

Here in the U.S. we’re about to kick off summer proper with a three-day weekend and a 500-mile race at a place they call the brickyard. The Memorial Day Weekend has been our nation’s official start of summer for decades, but it began as “Decorations Day” shortly after the Civil War as an opportunity for veterans and others to pause and thank those who gave their lives for the Ken Burns documentary.

This year is no different, and I’d like to take the opportunity to ask my country-mates, and those outside the U.S. if you’re planning on doing anything special in celebration. I’m planning a backyard barbecue with plenty of cold beer, some grilled chicken and this amazing black bean with chipolte-honey vinaigrette salad. Holy crap it’s tasty! How about you, are you planning to cook something equally mouthwatering? Or, are you planning on going someplace for the long weekend? If you are, what’ll you be driving?

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Last Call: Field Trip Edition

Robert Emslie May 25, 2017 Last Call

Must be a school of fish.

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Thursday 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: In the 1966 movie Grand Prix why did Yves Montand’s helmet design change half-way through the film?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump (or scroll you mobile-using animals) and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: If Car Models Were People, Which Ones Would You Want to Hang Around With?

You may very well remember James May’s excellent short series Cars of the People which delved into what made many plebeian cars so popular. I don’t think we actually needed May to tell us that it was a cheeky and engaging personality that endeared and elevated many of these cheap wheels to greatness. Still, who doesn’t like spending 57-minutes a week with the charming fop?

For today’s question I’d like to flip the idea of People’s Cars with personality and ask you all the hypothetical question if cars were people which ones would you want to hang out with? We all know that cars have unique personalities, a fact bolstered by James in his show, which of those would you call friends?

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Last Call: Extreme Trying Edition

Robert Emslie May 24, 2017 Last Call

As it turns out, in the middle of the forest was where Sven was supposed to deliver his truckload of caffeinated energy beverages and Cliff Bars so it all worked out.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.

If you were born in the U.S. you are automatically American. Every time you go to the bathroom however, Yur-a-peein.’ Oh man I love that joke, but not half as much as I love all the ’70s and ’80s American cars playing European that you all found last week. We’ll see those in a sec, but first, this week’s quest.
My middle name is Danger. Actually it’s Bruce, but Danger sounds… I don’t know, more dangerous? Since I’m not actually all that dangerous, why don’t we find this week some cars that are? Let’s see what dangers lurk in the current classifieds. VW 181s? Sure! Mexican Nissans? Why not? If they’ve got a reputation for being dangerous, we want to see ’em!
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 go continental!

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Hooniverse Asks: Have You Ever Gotten Screwed Over at a Car Show?

I have served as a Concours d’Elegance judge at a number of events across Souther California, but there’s one event where I will never judge again. That’s the San Marino Motor Classic, a young event just celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. Youth doesn’t excuse the incredibly poorly handled trophying system that took place a couple of years ago however, and that was what  ended my association with the event.

A Concours trophy is an important accolade for a show car’s owner, and their accumulation can help in increasing a car’s value. That means accurate and honest judging is a must, and in the case of the San Marino show, neither attribute was maintained by the chief judges. What happened was that a major error was made in the rules, which allowed a car that had trophied the year before to be eligible for a trophy this year. That resulted in a number of cars repeating their performance of a year prior, and the head judge literally running after owners after they had collected their trophies demanding their return. In my case, I had my 1st and 3rd place winners in the Morgan Class flipped because the 1st-place Plus 4 Plus had won the year prior. Needless to say, I was livid, and vowed never to participate in so Mickey Mouse an operation again. You may not know it from reading all my crap all the years, but even I have my standards.

I bring this up to ask if this event might be an isolated occurrence, or if you’ve found other instances of car show shenanigans that have possibly affected you. With a heavy preamble, that’s our question for today: have you ever gotten screwed over at a car show?

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Last Call: For What It’s Girth Edition

Robert Emslie May 23, 2017 Last Call

If you’re like me then you probably still have the scar on the soft inside of your ankle from where you once drove your foot down to extend the kickstand on your Schwinn only to miss by a hair and have it make a nice gouge down the side of your foot. Yep, that’ll scab up nicely. The Girth bike, built by Joel Wilmoth of Phoenix, Arizona solves that problem. It also solves the problem of falling over because you’re drunk or maybe just a total klutz. Whatever, Fat Bikes Rule!

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