Last Call: Stone Cold Edition

Robert Emslie January 10, 2017 Last Call


Chris Zernia does custom bikes. He doesn’t do your ordinary custom bikes however as evidenced by this Honda CX500 with bodywork composed of Basalt. Yes, basalt, the stone. It’s a stone motorcycle. Zernia’s bike ended up being a top-three finalist in a contest run by the German magazine Custombike. Way to go Zernia!

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie January 10, 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 kink. Good luck!

If you’re still scratching your head over last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: Would You Buy a Built-in Dash Cam Option?

Robert Emslie January 10, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


In this day and age of cheap video cameras and copious storage options, it seems that almost every event is captured in action. That’s bad news when you’re attempting to dislodge a tickley booger while seemingly solo in an elevator, but it’s a boon for those drivers who have fallen victim to attempted insurance fraud.

Dash Cams are de rigueur in places like Russia where such acts are common. It’s as common a driving companion there as is a hunk of lead pipe to settle road rage arguments or a furry hat. In fact, Dash Cams are becoming ubiquitous not just in Russia but across the globe, that it’s pretty surprising that more manufacturers haven’t started offering them as factory options.

GM does do so on the Corvette and Camaro, but the Performance Data Recorder system on those cars is oriented more towards track time analysis and not catching the guy that just reversed into you on the expressway.

That’s a shame because when it comes to car accidents, sometimes it’s a he-said/she said situation where barring physical evidence, you’re likely to get screwed. A dash cam can alleviate the worry that such a situation could present, and so I think it’s about time that car makers started offering it as an option. Hell, we have connected cars, lets make good use of that connectivity by sending our accidents into the cloud! Would you see value in that? Or, does that sound a little too much like Big Brother looking over your shoulder? What do you think, would you pay for a factory dash cam option?

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Last Call: Hella-Good History Edition

Robert Emslie January 9, 2017 Last Call


I know that many of you have been clamoring for a succinct and easy to use guide to Volkswagen tail lamp eras and it turns out that Hella has the answer. You’re welcome.

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Watch a Vintage Ford Training Film With Music by… THE DOORS!

Jim Morrison was never a car guy. In fact, a famous story that we discussed a while back demonstrated that he really didn’t give a rat’s ass about cars or driving. Morrison’s notorious abandoned Mustang isn’t the group’s only FoMoCo connection however, as prior to making it big they made some fast cash adding incidental music to this 1966 Ford dealer training film. No, it doesn’t feature Morrison’s poetry about Falcons and Fairlanes—are they really fair?—but it does portend certain sounds that would appear on future Doors albums.

The film, Love Thy Customer, lacks the etherial acid-trip psychedelia that is generally associated with The Doors’ music, but according to Rolling Stone the band wasn’t at a point where its members could afford such luxuries, or even proper recording facilities:

The Doors piled into a cramped screening room at Los Angeles’ Rampart Studios, where they viewed the 25-minute clip on a small monitor. They composed a soundtrack largely on the spot, jamming live as the scenes flickered past. Fragments of what later became “I Looked at You,” “Build Me a Woman,” and “The Soft Parade” can be heard in the finished product. Though they played only instrumental passages, Morrison is said to have contributed percussion and additional sound effects. The day of work earned them $200.

Their music starts to show up at about 1:30 into the film, actually as part of a movie-within-a-movie as one of the white coated “service employees” starts daydreaming when he should be concentrating on “Total Selling.” Ha! Typical Doors fan.

Source: Rolling Stone

Hooniverse Asks: What’s History’s Greatest Automotive Mascot?

Robert Emslie January 9, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


The purpose of a mascot is to serve as an ambassador or the embodiment of a brand, team or cause. Sometimes they are ill conceived—such as the Purdue Boilermakers’ creepy “Purdue Pete.” Other’s are less nightmare inducing and I would aver those like Smokey the Bear are in fact national icons.

When it comes to cars and trucks there have been a number of mascots that have come and gone. Some of those have been memorable, others forgettable. Some have grown to status similar to that of Smokey, and what we’re interested in today is your opinion as to which of those stands as the greatest of all time. What automotive mascot is the most iconic?

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Last Call: Three’s Company Edition

Robert Emslie January 6, 2017 Last Call


Pininfarina built the first mid-engine Ferrari road car in 1966, because Enzo Ferrari wouldn’t. The 365 P “Tre Posti” isn’t just the first road-going car to carry its Ferrari twelve cylinder behind the seats, it’s also—along with its twin brother—the only three-place Ferrari in the world. Based on chassis from two of the NART-competing 365 P2 cars, the Tre Posti cars presaged both the styling and the engine position of the Dino 206 by two years. It would be fully seven years before il Cavallino Rampante graced a mid-engined twelve-cylinder car commissioned not as a one-off, but as a fully sanctioned production model, the 365 Berlinetta Boxer. 

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie January 6, 2017 Mystery Car


Welcome to the first Mystery Car contest of 2017! It’s…, it’s… well to be honest, pretty much like the Mystery Cars we had last year and before that. But still, 2017! Make and model, future people.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Best Aftermarket Upgrade for any Car or Truck?

Robert Emslie January 6, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


So, as many of you may know, I replaced my daily driver a short while back. I promise that I’ll talk more about that soon, but right now I want to discuss a process that many new-to-you car owners go through after obtaining their ride. That is the personalization process, otherwise known as nesting. I for instance have made some subtle but noteworthy additions to my new whip addressing what I perceived to be deficiencies in feature and aesthetics.

That got me thinking that there must be some must-have aftermarket add-ons that we all should consider adding to our own cars, new or old. I don’t mean things like truck nuts or those crazy bed-mounted exhaust stacks like on that Ram above, I mean things like… Well, why don’t you tell me? What do YOU think is the best aftermarket upgrade for any car or truck?

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Last Call: Reflection Deception Edition

Robert Emslie January 5, 2017 Last Call


I could totally see myself in a car polished with Mac’s Resin Coat

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