Come To The Best of France and Italy Car Show This Sunday

Robert Emslie November 2, 2017 Car Shows

Hi everybody, it’s me, Mario! Just kidding, it’s really just your old friend, Graverobber, er, Rob. I wanted to pop in to my favorite Hoon hangout to let you all know about a cool car show that’s coming up this Sunday.

The Best of France and Italy show is the annual companion show to the Queen’s English Car Show, and both are put on by my friends Chuck Forward and Tina Van Curen who also own Autobooks Aerobooks in Burbank, California. Chuck loves Citroëns and Tina grooves on Alfas, and together they put on a hell of a show.

The show is non-judged and very laid back. Typically about 250 cars, trucks, and… well, I don’t know what some of the stuff on display actually is, but it’s all pretty cool nonetheless. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on Sunday and have some time to kill, I highly recommend swinging by and taking in all the Galic charm and Italianate magic. You’ll have a good time, I guarantee.

Things get started at 9:00 and wrap up at 3:00 in the afternoon. In between there’s cars, music, people walking funky dogs (I don’t know why, but there are always weird dogs at these shows), and food trucks in case you get peckish. Admission is free for walk-ins.

The show is held at Woodley Park in Van Nuys where the 405 and 101 freeways intersect. Maps and directions may be found here. If you’re interested in displaying a car of your own—I think you know the criteria—then you can find out how to do so here.

I hope to see you there!

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Last Call: First and Last Edition

Robert Emslie June 16, 2017 Last Call

This is the first post I ever published on Hooniverse, all the way back in October of 2009. Since the I’ve been honored to bring you 5,567 others. This is probably not my last here, but if it is then I wanted to do it right and bring it all home. Speaking of which, I still have all of these manuals, along with about 2,500 car magazines spanning the 1950s through the 2000s. I am a fire hazard, but I’m also a handy resource for automotive knowledge.

I’ll be seeing you!

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie June 16, 2017 Mystery Car

Today’s date represents an auspicious anniversary. It was on this date in 1903 that Henry Ford met with his prospective investors and signed an agreement to found the Ford Motor Company. This wasn’t Ford’s first rodeo however, as he had attempted to launch an automotive brand twice prior, but each of those turned out to be failures. Of course as they say, third time’s a charm and here, 114 years later, the company’s pertinacity proves that maxim correct.

The Ford Motor Company has had many iconic models in the years since its founding, and one of those might just be this week’s Mystery Car right there up above. Whether FoMoCo or not, we’ll need to know both the make and model, if you’re so inclined.

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The Post In Which Graverobber Bids You Adieu

I know what you’re thinking—where in the hell is the question of the day? Well, I’ve decided to usurp my weekday query post for some important news—I am stepping back from my staccato-like posting schedule here on Hooniverse. Yep, as part of a push to reinvent the site as an Alt-Right Gay Porn portal, I’m giving up talking to you fine folks on a daily basis. Also, I may have gotten some faulty intel on that whole Alt-Right Gay Porn shift, we’ll just have to see.

Enough about me however, let’s talk about you. First and foremost I’d like to thank you for the years of active engagement, kind and intelligent discourse, and understanding when things didn’t always go as planned here on the Hoon. I want you to know that all the stuff I offered up was intended to keep you, our beloved readers, entertained, engaged, and maybe even educated every now and then. A better group of commenters doesn’t exist, and I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of it… or maybe I should say, be apart of it. You see, I’m giving up the daily grind, but I’ve been graciously told by Tim and Jeff that I can continue to drop in every now and then and post something, and I’ll assuredly take them up on that offer. You probably would like to know more about the reasons for my curtailing my exposure here, and for that, we’re going to have to make a jump. … Continue Reading

Last Call: You Be The Judge Edition

Robert Emslie June 15, 2017 Last Call

In retrospect, the sad thing about this ad is that car buyers were judging their luxury cars by the Lincoln, and the Cadillac too, and they were coming up wanting in comparison to the new Luxury that was being offered by Germany and to a lesser extent by Great Britain. Ford touted that while other luxury cars were smaller that year, the ’77 Lincoln was still big. Today that seems like a pitiful pronouncement from a brand too deeply entrenched in the past. Geez, has Lincoln ever been great since?

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

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 Porsche model was nicknamed “Baby?” 

If you think you know the answer, make the jump—or for those of you on mobile, just scroll on down—and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Automotive Experience From Your Youth Do You Think Kids Today Most Miss Out On?

Whether it be syncing multiple carbs, or even enjoying the breeze afforded by vent wings, there are certain aspects of automobile ownership and enjoyment that are simply relics of the past. We may have gotten to experience the nuances of manual choke control, but it’s unlikely that our kids even know what the hell a choke is.

With consideration to the fact that none of us is THAT old, there’s still a lot of automotive attributes that are simply no longer relevant to the youthful car enthusiast landscape. Which do you think is the greatest loss? 

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Last Call: Night Lights Edition

Robert Emslie June 14, 2017 Last Call

I don’t know where this was taken, or the details about the exposure, lens, or any of that fancy camera jargon. All I know is that it’s a cool enough picture that I’d like to have it hanging on the wall of my garage to admire. Then I’d like to go drive somewhere in the cool darkness of the night.

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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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.  

The end is nigh, and that’s why last week we went looking for Prepper Trucks. When it all goes down and the zombies start pushing up property values we’ll all know the best way to bug-out. We’ll see those in just a sec, but first this week’s quest.
This week is all about unobtainable dreams, or perhaps more accurately, unfulfillable expectations. That’s because what we want to find this week are the most expensive cars that Craigslist or its analogs have to offer in your particular neck of the woods. Classifieds like Auto Trader and even eBay often have pricy rides on them—and don’t get me started on places like the Robb Report—so we going to stick to that old standby, Craigslist.
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? Okay good. Now let’s get prepped!

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Best Automotive Assembly Line Job in the World?

It’s a sad fact but for most automotive assembly line workers, the job is oftentimes little more than rote repetition offering few opportunities to escape the drudgery. That’s not the case for every auto worker, some in fact are considered artists and get to apply a plate with their signature on it as a finishing touch to their work.

That’s the kind of job I wouldn’t mind having. I mean, think of the oneupmanship at parties, where when someone tells you they just bought the latest Aston Martin DB11 and you throw right back at them that you in fact assembled their car’s motor. I know, mind blown!

What we’re interested in today is some discourse on what might just be the coolest auto assembly job on the planet. If you had one dream job that was part of pushing out cars, what would it be?

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