Last Call: Dodgy Deal Edition

Robert Emslie August 31, 2015 Last Call


This is either a typo or representative of Fiat’s latest crazy attempt to move cars, starting with the used ones. Regardless, somebody better scoop this up before it’s too late.

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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I’m going to come right out and say that this week’s movie, 2013’s Gangster Squad, is a steaming pile of cinematic crap. The movie never finds the right tone – it doesn’t know if it wants to be L.A. Confidential, Sin City, or Dick Tracy – and Sean Penn’s performance in it calls into question his continued interest in acting.

Gangster Squad is additionally infamous for needing a late reshoot due to a scene that too closely resembled in action and timing the Colorado theater shooting. That was after parts of that scene had appeared in the trailer. Can’t really blame the film makers for that, however.

That all being said, the movie does have awesome costume design and a ton of cool cars throughout, including my father-in-law’s 1950 Jaguar XK120 (see it here) that does duty as Emma Stone’s character’s ride. Two stories about that after the jump and then we’ll get to the trailer. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s History’s Greatest Factory-Sponsored Drag Racer?

Robert Emslie August 31, 2015 Hooniverse Asks


We all know the old car company maxim about winning on Sunday and selling on Monday, but seriously, who ever goes car shopping on the first day of the work week? Another seeming fly in the adage ointment is that winning on the drag strip doesn’t today seem to fit the mold for engendering sales at all. Maybe that’s why it seems that manufacturers have an on-again, off-again interest in funding darg racing antics.

Over the years that bi-polar relationship with the strip has resulted in a number of cars with factory backing, a few of them pretty notable. What we’re looking for today is your opinion on which one you think is most notable. What do you think is history’s greatest factory-sponsored drag racer?

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Last Call: Shiny (Sort-Of) Side Up Edition

Robert Emslie August 28, 2015 Last Call


I thought this was sound advice.

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 August 28, 2015 Mystery Car


I used to enjoy listening to the oldie timey radio show called I Love a Mystery because, well… I love a Mystery. That’s why I love Fridays and the work-week ending Mystery Car challenge. This is our last for the month of August, and hopefully it’ll be one that you love. Make and model if you do.

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Hooniverse Asks: Carpeted Dash Caps, are They a Good thing or Evil?

Robert Emslie August 28, 2015 Hooniverse Asks


Just like dropped eggs or a resigned gangster under the harsh spotlight of police questioning, it’s likely that your dashboard will eventually crack. That crevasse-tastic surface then stares back at you every time you get behind the wheel, taunting you the way Donald Trump’s comb-over taunts both aesthetic conversion and the wind. There’s two things you can do about that: put a dash cover over the cracks, or, put a cover over the dash before they happen.

Carpeted covers tend to run the gamut from carefully tailored and as form fitting as a starlet’s Oscar-night dress all the way own to… well, those as randomly shaped and ill-fitting as The Donald’s unruly mane. What we want to know is whether any of them – dash caps, not Trump’s toupees – are worth using at all. Are they an acceptable means of either concealing existing damage or preventing it from ever happening in the forst place? What do you think about dash caps: are they a good thing, or are they evil?

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About Last Week’s Mystery Car

Robert Emslie August 28, 2015 Mystery Car


No one has yet solved last week’s Mystery Car challenge, a lamentable but fair situation considering how difficult it proved to be. Since perhaps not everyone is ready to throw in the towel I will save the solution for after the jump. Make it if you concede defeat, or move on if you;re not ready to give up the ghost.  … Continue Reading

Last Call: World’s Most Dangerous Garage Painting Edition

Robert Emslie August 27, 2015 Last Call


No, you should not drink and drive, not even once, not even on your birthday. Still, even sober if was unfamiliar with the area I might be fooled by this covered bridge garage door mural.

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

Robert Emslie August 27, 2015 Thursday Trivia

Thirsday 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 was the deadly reason Dr. Dionysus Lardner supposedly gave explaining that high-speed rail wouldn’t work?

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

Hooniverse Asks: How Would You Improve U-Pull-It Junk Yards?

Robert Emslie August 27, 2015 Hooniverse Asks


I’m pretty sure that most all of you know the drill: you pay your two dollars, you head for your particular make or nationality’s neighborhood, and then you start the un-wrenching. The U-Pull-It junk yard has long been a boon to the home mechanic, both for keeping that older daily driver on the road, and parting up a fun car as there’s always something it needs.

Of course it’s not all dessert trays and tequila sunrises at these yards. You typically have to navigate pools of unknown liquids (yes, they’re probably at least some part urine) and then there’s often that part that is securely out of your reach owing to the support upon which the car sits. And don’t get me started about the yards within a yard that are blocked off from view and require an additional two bucks to enter. Geez!

Those are my major complaints, but the junk yard is still one of my favorite haunts, and a cool fall day under a blue sky amidst a cornucopia of opportunity in metal and decaying plastics is about the best time I think a person could have. Of course, it could be better, and that’s the question for today; how would you make U-Pull-It yards better?

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