Mystery Car

Robert Emslie February 10, 2017 Mystery Car

February may be the year’s shortest month, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t cram it full of fun and activities. Here we are, a little over a week in and we’re already on our second Mystery Car contest. That’s pretty impressive around these parts, and of course requires you do your part and give us the answer posthaste! Make and model will suffice.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Company Should Toyota Buy to Regain the Title of World’s Largest Automaker?

Robert Emslie February 10, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

One of the reasons that Volkswagen went to the lengths of building emissions cheating cars was because they needed their sales to achieve a singular goal, that of unseating Toyota as the World’s largest automaker. I guess the joke’s on us since even with the cheating scandal’s discovery, and the dressing down the company received as a result, VW made the grade. 

That no doubt has caused some serious hand wringing over in Toyota City. After all, they could only muster an unintended acceleration scandal. Obviously Volkswagen’s evil geniuses are far better than Toyota’s evil geniuses.

Another reason for VW’s capture of the largest automaker title lies in the fact that the German company has long been on a shopping spree. Over the years they’ve managed to scoop up Spain’s SEAT, the Czech maker Skoda, Britain’s Bentley, Lamborghini in Italy, and of course Audi in the homeland, which is made up from the remnants of  NSU and Auto Union. That’s a lot of Christmas cards to send out every year.

Toyota on the other hand has only five brands—Toyota, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Daihatsu (gesundheit)—to its name. And, aside from Toyota, none of them are sales chart champions. That leads to the question, should Toyota go shopping to fill out its brands and at the same time its sales? If they did, who do you think would most benefit from Toyota Ownership? What would be the best synergistic purchase for the Japanese company to make, one that would also ensure they regain the title of world’s largest automaker?

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Last Call: Mystery Target Edition

Robert Emslie February 9, 2017 Last Call

I’m usually pretty good at such things, and it may in fact be all the bird poop masking the identity, but for the life of my I can’t identify this car. Little help here?

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 February 9, 2017 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: Who commissioned the world’s only Chevy 327-powered de Tomaso Mangusta?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Disappointing Show Car to Production Transformation?

Robert Emslie February 9, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Do you remember puberty and how much better things turned out for you after it happened? Well, the auto industry has kind of a reverse puberty where cars that are all that on the show dais turn out to be kind of lame and goofy when they reach production. It’s just that road cars are held to certain standards of safety, build-ability, and practicality.

The transformation isn’t always hideous, but it can oftentimes be dramatic. What we want to know today is your vote on which car or truck made the worst leap from show model to production. After all, growing up is never easy.

Image: Barrett-Jackson

Last Call: D’oh Edition

Robert Emslie February 8, 2017 Last Call

Mrs. Bouvier!!!!!!! (Simpson’s fans will get it)

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.

Do you think the 1970s as an era gets an undeserved bad rap? I mean so many great things came out of the decade—The Godfather Parts I and II, Star Wars, the Personal Computer, Bo Derek… the list goes on. Cars too weren’t all awful in the Disco Decade, and last week we went looking for the best ’70s cars that didn’t suck that the classifieds had to offer. We’ll see the least sucky in a sec, but first: how you gonna’ keep down on the farm?

How many of you have cars squirreled away for a future where more time and money might be at hand? I know I do. What we want to find this week are not YOUR stored dreams, but those of others that have awakened and smelled the coffee. That’s right, this week we’re looking for barn finds for sale. They don’t have to have been found in actual barns, but they need to have been off the road and out of circulation for a good number of years to count. 

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 disco, disco duck! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Movie had the Hokiest “Future Cars?”

Robert Emslie February 8, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Movies that are set in the future always face a challenge presenting that future state, especially when it comes to day to day life. Some are extraordinarily immersive—think Blade Runner—while others tend to fall down on what the day after tomorrow might in fact hold.

Cars are especially tough to envision as they are very expensive props. That often leads filmmakers to license the use of some manufacturer’s auto show car or just dress up some already futuristic looking production model. Exhibit A of this technique is Back to the Future Part II.  

Interpretations of future cars are so all over the board in fact, that today we want your opinion on which movie did the worst job at either predicting the future, or, perhaps due to budget constraints, did a terrible job of presenting it. What do you think, what was Hollywood’s hokiest future car? 

Image: Barrett-Jackson

Last Call: Hare Racing Adventure Edition

Robert Emslie February 7, 2017 Last Call

It would appear, for this Easter at least, it will be the chicken that comes first.

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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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie February 7, 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 some dusty bends. Good luck!

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