Last Call- Ready for Launch Edition

Robert Emslie September 16, 2014 Last Call


Todd McLellan takes beautiful photographs of motorcycles. This image is a from a series taken both in side view and, as seen above, from top-down. That’s a rarely captured view, giving the bike the appearance of a rocket on the pad, and lends a totally different angle on a bike’s beauty. There’s something else about this particular bike that’s extremely different, can you guess what it is? The answer is here.

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Best Part of Buying a New Car?

Robert Emslie September 16, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


Have you ever bought a new car or truck? It’s a different sort of experience from going used. Oh sure, the general rule of thumb is that depreciation makes buying a new car – I’m looking at you BMW 7-series – a fiscally irresponsible act, but you know sometimes you’ve just got to throw caution to the wind. After all, how big a selection of C7 Corvettes are there presently on the pre-owned market?

As noted, the purchase of a new ride is a unique experience. For some it’s almost ritualistic, involving researching both car and dealer, planning the negotiation line of attack, and eventually driving off the lot in your spoils of war. The fun usually doesn’t end there either. There’s the showing off of your new purchase to friends and family and the late night pouring through the owner’s manual just in case you need to point out the location of the child safety seat mounts should any one ask, or what exactly is the function of that button on the console marked ~~.

Considering the importance of a new car purchase, both financially and as to how much of a loser or winner you will appear in the eyes of your significant other’s family, what we want to know today is, what in your mind is the best part of the whole process? Is it the first test drive, where you start to feel that immutable bond with your soon to be daily driver? Or is it that first evening, when you pull a lawn chair and a beer out to the driveway just so you can admire your new acquisition – and shoo away any birds that may wish to hang out of the phone lines that cross that drive?  What’s you favorite part of buying a new car?

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Last Call- Throttle Stompers Edition

Robert Emslie September 15, 2014 Last Call


Groucho Marx famously averred that he’d never join any club that would have him as a member. Marx was never – to the best of my knowledge – a member of the Throttle Stompers, or any other car club. It was his brother, Harpo who was lured to cars and racing.

The Throttle Stompers however did have a few notables among their ranks, including Dean Batchelor, Neil Emory, and Bill Faris, mainstays of the nascent So Cal Hot Rod scene. This 1952 shot is from the Pomona Strip, and shows a Throttle Stomper’s car, with the cast metal club plate hanging below the bumper.

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Ferris Bueller “You Killed the Car” Scene Recreated in Lego

Robert Emslie September 15, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Perhaps the most memorable – and butt-clenchingly horrifying  – scene in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the one in which the Ferrari owned by Cameron’s Dad crashes through the garage window as the three protagonists are attempting to unwind the miles accumulated during the day’s frivolities. And now that scene has been rendered immortal in Lego!

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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When it comes to film, it’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original. It’s even rarer – I mean, almost never-ever – that a classic movie remake is anywhere as good as the first one run through the projector. That’s definitely the case with Gone in 60 Seconds. The original Gone in 60 Seconds is a ’70s crashploitation classic. The ’90s remake, on the other hand, has Nicholas Cage in it.

We’re going to put that Cagey remake right out of your mind today with a trailer for the restored and digitally remastered edition of the genuine original. That means you’ll be able to see the original Eleanor Mustang in all her mustard-poo glory, revel in the non-stop destruction of all 93 cars, and pretend you’re living a fast-paced life of crime as you ride along with H.B. Halicki while he sweats through the attempt to steal 48 cars – including the aforementioned Mustang. Check out all the car-nage after the jump. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks- Can High-End Cars Have Transverse Engines?

Robert Emslie September 15, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

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Think for a minute about all the aspirational cars there are out there. All the BMWs, Mercedes’ Aston Martins, Maseratis, etc. Now, think how many of those cars have come with a transverse engine in the front. Yeah, not too many. Even Audi, who started out with cars that were nominally FWD, had the good sense to hang their mills out long-ways. This positioning preference of course discounts sporty cars with their engines behind the seats.

Okay, now think about all the cars that were intended to be high-end, but were saddled with transverse engines. Yeesh, I know. Acura (‘member them?) tried it, as did Lincoln with the ’90s Continental, and Cadillac with most of their ’90s offerings. Perhaps the most famous failure of a car pretending to be fancy but rocking a sidewinder was Jaguar’s Ford Mondeo in drag, the X-Type. At least the brand had the good sense to make the car all-wheel drive, but even that embellishment couldn’t save it from derision. I think only Saab and Volvo have been successful in passing off cars with transverse engines as fancy here in America, and you know how well those two are doing these days.

That being said, there are a number of luxury car makers that are introducing cars with transverse engines. Cadillac has the new XTS, while Mercedes is presently pushing its new entry-level offering, the CLA. That Benz can be had with AWD, which, along with its size, makes it the titular successor to Jag’s unloved X-Type, albeit with a hot four instead of a somewhat lackluster six. What do you think about these new cars, do you think that their engine placement will have anything to do with their prospects? Can high-end cars have transverse engines?

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Last Call- Conjoined Twin Edition

Robert Emslie September 12, 2014 Last Call


BMW is known for its engines. When it comes to cars, the German company is probably best known for its string of muscular and smooth inline six cylinder motors. When the conversation turns to two wheels, thoughts most likely shift to the horizontal twin – a BMW staple since the 1920s. Not only is the venerable boxer a long-serving icon of BMW’s two-wheel endeavors, but when stripped of its frame, forks and all other elements of the base bike, it’s also quite beautiful on its own.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie September 12, 2014 Mystery Car


Hey, it’s Joseph Graham’s birthday today. Happy b-day, Joe! As you all know, Graham was, along with his brothers, Robert and Ray, the founder of the Graham-Paige car company. They started the business in 1927, just two years before the Great Depression kicked off, and are probably best remembered for their joint deal with the Hupp Motor Co at the end of the ’30s to build a car based on the body tooling of the late Cord 810/812.

You might not remember that car – the Graham Hollywood – but you can surely identify today’s Mystery Car, right? Be sure when you do, to include the make, model, likely engine, and year-range in your answer in the comments below.

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Hooniverse Asks- Ecoboost Mustang, Brah! Or Blah?

Robert Emslie September 12, 2014 Hooniverse Asks



To date, the last Ford Mustang to roll off the assembly line with a four cylinder engine did so all the way back in 1993. Truth be told, the role of four-banger ‘Stang back then was to be played by the Ford Probe, the Mazda-based front driver that came within a hair’s breadth of replacing the Mustang entirely. The Probe ended up being a viable competitor to the plethora of FWD sport coupes that Japan seemingly churned out without effort in the late ’80s and well into the ’90s, but it was never – by any stretch of the imagination – a pony car.

Ford’s Mustang is not only a pony car, it’s the car that established the entire genre. Part of the DNA of the pony has always been a hot mill, and for the longest time that meant a V8. Ford’s pony has come through in that category since day one, with only the mid-seventies Mustang II to be called into question. The marque has also dabbled in an engine configuration that is not traditionally a pony car staple, i.e. four-pot mills. The Mustang’s descent into four-bangers had two paths, the extraordinarily lame and unsatisfying naturally-aspirated 88-horse (later 105) 2.3-litre SOHC Lima engine, and, the far hotter, and correspondingly vastly cooler, 145-horse turbocharged edition of that same motor.

As I noted, the last four-pot ‘Stang left the factory in ’93, while the last Turbo car rolled out in ’86. That’s a long time for the V8 and V6 to reign by themselves, a fact that even Ford seems to have realized. That’s because, starting next year, the Mustang will once again offer a four-pot option. In this case it’s a romper-stomper 310-bhp/320 kb-ft of torque 2.3-litre Ecoboost four, and what I want to know from you this fine Friday is whether or not that’s a good thing, or bad? What do you think about high-reving fours in pony cars like the ‘Stang, are they fitting, or totally uh-uh for the class? What do you think about the concept of the Ecoboost Mutang, is it Brah! or Blah?

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Last Call- Kidnap King Edition

Robert Emslie September 11, 2014 Last Call


This is the cover illustration for the July 1965 edition of For Men Only. It serves to tantalize the story entitled The Kidnap King of the Berlin Wall, by Hank Hennessey. It’s an amazing painting, fully capturing the kinetic spectacle of a Mercedes w111 Fintail at speed, and the expansive arc of its rear door. It’s also a good reminder for the ladies to always wear clean underwear.

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