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Hooniverse Asks: What’s History’s Weirdest F1/Manufacturer Match Up?

Robert Emslie December 12, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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Win on Sunday, sell on Monday, or so the saying goes. There’s long been a link between success in motorsports equating to sales success on the showroom floor. Quite often the connection is pretty direct as Joe Sixpack obviously wants to drive the same model Impala that he saw his hero pilot to victory in the latest NASCAR mashup. After all, everybody loves a winner.

The thing of it is, not every racing series makes for so direct a transference from track to street, and one of the most tenuous links is with Formula One. Over the years many a manufacturer has provided engines, sponsorships, and even entire teams to the sport, and not all of those car makers have had models in their lineup that are all that sporty.

Lotus makes perfect sense as a participant in F1, as their entire lineup is about as close to racing cars as you could come. Others make less of a connection and today we want your opinion on the companies that seemed totally out of place in F1—those that if they won on Sunday you’d wonder just what the heck they were trying to sell on Monday.

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Last Call: Rallying Cry Edition

Robert Emslie December 9, 2016 Last Call

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The MG Metro 6R4 was perhaps THE ugliest of all the short-lived Group B spec contenders, but don’t let that lull you into thinking that it couldn’t have been far, far worse.

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 December 9, 2016 Mystery Car

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Man, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. It’s that time of year when most likely you are going to work and coming home in the dark. That can really turn one into a Debbie Downer, and so to perhaps cheer you up, here’s this week’s Mystery Car. Yay! Make and model in the comments below if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Next Frontier of Automotive Innovation?

Robert Emslie December 9, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

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These days we have self-driving cars, cars with their own wifi networks, and even cars that make their vroom-vroom sounds via artificial electronic amplification. What a time to be alive. What’s always fun however is to look beyond present day engineering miracles to those of tomorrow. With that in mind, what do you think will be the next wave of automotive innovation?

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Last Call: Objects In Mirror are More iPhone Than They Appear Edition

Robert Emslie December 8, 2016 Last Call

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I can’t decide if this is totally brilliant or completely idiotic. Maybe it’s… brilliantly idiotic?

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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The Daewoo Lanos Cabriolet Says Hey

Robert Emslie December 8, 2016 Quick Pics

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Some concept cars are more memorable than others. In honor of those others, the Daewoo Lanos Cabriolet asks you to never forget.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie December 8, 2016 Thursday Trivia

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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: How long is the longest Interstate Highway in the United States?

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Hooniverse Asks: Who is History’s Worst Celebrity “Car Guy?”

Robert Emslie December 8, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

April 22, 2013: Will.i.am shows off his $900,000 custom made car to taxi drivers and his own colleagues outside a recording studio in Los Angeles, California today. Mandatory Credit: Karl Larsen/INFphoto.com Ref: infusla-52|sp|

Whether it’s Guy Fieri in his hot-red Camaro or will.i.am in his latest… um, creation, there have been a lot of celebrities who have used their infamy to unfortunately taint a particular car or car category. What we want to know today is; what in your opinion has been the worst of those?

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Last Call: And You Shall Skate No More Edition

Robert Emslie December 7, 2016 Last Call

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Opel Astra says: the skate park is closed!

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

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

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

You know what’s great about rotary Mazdas? Even if they don’t know the words, they can still hum the tune. Last week went went looking for those hummers, only not in their original Mazda containers. We’ll check out a few of the car’s with rotary engines that didn’t originally come with them in a minute, but first this week’s weird quest.

Since you like cars I’m going to go out on a limb here and surmise that you like other forms of mechanization as well, especially those that also come with noisy, greasy, internal combustion engines. This week we’re looking for something other than cars, but we’re still sticking to the ICEs. What we want this week are the coolest LAWNMOWERS you can find haunting the globe’s classified ads. Yeah, I know, it’s weird, but it’ll be fun.

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 look for rotary love in all the wrong places.

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