Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie March 28, 2017 Track Tuesday

Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s a figure eight. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Immature Person’s Car?


Yesterday we tucked in our shirts, combed our hair, and for the moment at least said goodbye to the kiddie table as we discussed what might just be the world’s most grown up car. That’s all over and while it was fun to play let’s pretend I’m glad to get back to the juvenile hijinks once again.

To that end, which is a one-hundred and eighty degree turn from yesterday’s grown up question, today we want your opinion on which is the most immature car on the road today. Is it the Alfa C4? The Kia with the rodent infestation? Or, maybe it’s the Bugatti Chiron because how else can we denigrate those rich enough to afford it?

Whichever you think it is, let us know. Or else we’ll give you such a wedgie.

Image: Amazon UK

Last Call: Sherbet Edition

Robert Emslie March 27, 2017 Last Call

Why, oh why don’t they offer wonderful pastels on trucks any more? California license plates were also once much more pleasing to the eye.

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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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Watch the Happy Wanderers Intro

When I was a kid, the non-network affiliated TV stations in the LA market were da-bomb. There was so much that was weird and wonderful on local TV back then, stuff that the networks were too busy or too focused on profits to air. I remember a cartoon show hosted by a freaky clown named Hobo Kelly. It never occurred to me that the reason she lived in a shack down by the river was probably tied to her horrifying clown makeup. We had Popeye cartoons hosted by good ol’ Tom Hatten, and on Sunday mornings Davey and Goliath, which was like Gumby for Christians.

There was one show that I didn’t watch other than the intro because I liked the theme song. That was a prime time travel show called The Happy Wanderers. By the time I was aware of its airing it was well into reruns, but when it originally aired in the mid-sixties on KTLA Channel 5, it rose to become the highest rated locally-produced television show in Los Angeles.

The Happy Wanderers was a travelog, hosted by a married couple, Slim and Henrietta Barnard with narration by Stan Bohrman. The show had the Barnards traveling around and offered tips for trips so that viewers could get the most out of their vacation time too.

One notable factor of the show was Ford’s involvement as the Southern California Dealer’s Association was its primary sponsor, hence all the cars on the show are fabulous Fords. That’s all well and good, but it’s the kitschy and catchy theme song that I remember. Here we are decades later and it’s still stuck in my head (Val-deri,Val-dera) and after watching the above video of the show’s intro, it will be stuck in yours too.

Source: YouTube

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Grown Up Car There Is?

If the past few months’ political circus has proven anything it’s that age and maturity do not go hand in hand. In the automotive world there are cars that are designed to be expressions of youthful exuberance, as well as those that imply stately comportment for people who like to consider themselves “grown ups.”

Now, I may have a few years under my belt, but I’m loathe to think of myself as a grown up. I mean, I still appreciate a good fart joke, think every non-cannonball dive into the pool is a missed opportunity, and like my cars with a little noize in them. Of course, not everyone shares my immaturity nor the joy that it brings, and that’s who those grown up cars are for.

What we’d like to know today is your opinion on which are the most grown up of  cars. Not necessarily the most expensive, but those that filter the expression of decorum and distain for indecorous actions to which grown ups aspire. What car do you think is the most grown up whip there is?

Image: Odyssey

Last Call: Tetris Edition

Robert Emslie March 24, 2017 Last Call

This is why they keep the spray paint under lock and key at the hardware store.

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 March 24, 2017 Mystery Car

It’s been getting hot around my neck of the woods, to the point where it’s not really even cooling down at night. Because of that, I thought we’d move inside for this week’s Mystery Car. Make and model while you’re cooling off, if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’re Some Good Tips For Apartment Dwelling Wrenchers?


I don’t mean to brag, but I presently have five cars in my driveway. There are three more in the four-car (or three and a lot of crap) garage as well. Yes, as you have discerned, I am a hoarder. The capacious parking afforded by my home is one of the reasons that I bought the property. My previous house had a much smaller driveway and a creepy little garage that just made me sad everytime I went in it. Now I have a garage with a fridge in it, and that fridge is filled with beer and pie. My life is, on at least one level, pretty complete.

Not everyone is me however, and for many a car enthusiast apartment dwelling is the what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those folks, doing any sort of maintenance or repair can be an adventure in frustration as they seek out power plugs for trouble lights, or even room to swing a jack! I’ve been there too, and I know a lot of you probably have as well. What we’re looking for today is what you might have learned from just such an experience. What tips can you give to the apartment-dwelling wrenchers in the Hooniverse universe?

Image: Rich Cooley/Northern Virginia Daily

Last Call: If You See My Van A Rockin’ Don’t Come a Knockin’ Because I’m Murdering My Ex Edition

Robert Emslie March 23, 2017 Last Call

Van murals offer a rich tradition of individual expression, typically tapping into he-man fantasy or—my personal favorite—wolves baying at the full moon for their inspiration. Another subject that’s far less common is the ex-spouse, which also can be… I guess… a fitting tribute to… oh I don’t know… what once was? Seriously though, this Dodge Tradesman is why restraining orders were invented.

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 company engieered the first all-steel car body?

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