Hooniverse Asks: What Commercially-Focused Vehicle Would You Daily Drive The Hell Out of?

So I’m going to spill a little secret, just between you and me, okay? You ready? Here it is: I’ve always had a jones for the last-gen Ford Transit Connect. I particularly like the high-roof model with the windows in the doors but not in the back panels. I don’t know what I’d do with one, but I’m always envious whenever I see a flower delivery or dry cleaner edition go by. For some reason, the similarly-sized Nissan NV200 fails to elicit the same desires, although I can’t quite point to just why.

There is a general interest in all things commercial, whether they be small vans or stainless steel appliances. It has something to do with the thought that commercial devices are more stout and long lasting I think. Then there’s the hipster ethos of just being different.

Have you ever wanted to turn a commercial vehicle into something you could call your own? If so, which one would you pick to drive on the daily?

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Last Call: Ram Air Edition

Robert Emslie May 1, 2017 Last Call

For a gasoline engine, the stoichiometric air–fuel mixture is about 15:1, however in the case of this car it’s about sixty-zillion to one.

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Listen to This Hairy Henderson

In August of 1913, at age 22, Carl Stearns Clancy returned to his home in New York. This might not seem a particularly noteworthy fact until you discover that Clancy had been away from home for the better part of a year and during that time he had managed an 18,000-mile journey, circling the globe via motorcycle. This was history’s first documented trek of such consequence. Clancy, at the time an advertising copy-writer would go on to direct and produce films for Will Rogers, and later the U.S. Forest Service.

It was however, Clancy’s motorcycle trek around the globe that would be he his everlasting claim to fame, the feat being documented in the 2010 book Motorcycle Adventurer by Dr. Gregory Frazier. Of course, if one were to attempt such an endeavor you would need a stout and reliable steed and Clancy’s 1912 Henderson Four Model B proved to be all that and more. Active from 1911 through 1931, Henderson motorcycles out of Detroit Michigan were considered to be the fastest bikes of their era and were coveted by police for that reason.

The Henderson was the third four-cylinder motorcycle produced in America and the inline flat head engine makes a unique sound as you can tell from this video of the cold start of a 1918 model. It’s well worth hearing and an excellent start to the work week.  Hendersons continue to set records today, as examples sell for outrageous money when at auction. Because it’s Monday, let’s live vicariously and imagine riding just such a restored Four on our own trip around the globe.

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Hooniverse Asks: The 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is…

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is FCM’s modern-day Viper, a silly one-trick pony of a car. That could be taken in a couple of ways and today we want your vote on which way you take it.

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Last Call: Pay Here Edition

Robert Emslie April 28, 2017 Last Call

Oh yes you will.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 28, 2017 Mystery Car

Happy birthday, Ferruccio Lamborghini, born on this date in 1916. The Italian industrialist famously began his automotive business after being insulted by Enzo Ferrari when Lamborghini complained about the crappy quality of Enzo’s cars. He would also outlive his competitor by five years which I guess is just gravy on the side, metaphorically speaking.

Let’s celebrate Lamborghini’s birthday with a special (not special at all) Mystery Car challenge. Make and model or no birthday cake for you.

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Hooniverse Asks: Do You Know Someone Who’s Just a Shit Driver?

Not that long ago I had a coworker whose husband owned a livery service, and among his client’s were the parents of former child actress Amanda Bynes. Ms. Bynes needed to be driven from the Valley to Orange County with frequency so that she could attend classes at a beauty school which was apparently going to be her new advocation. She had to be driven because she had lost her driving privileges after a series of minor and not so minor hit and run accidents. This was actually the least of her troubles but I bring it up as it plays into today’s topic. On a positive note, she was apparently a very respectful and courteous passenger, whose only request was to detour through the Micky Dee’s drive-thru so she could get a McFlurry, please and thank you. 

I have never met Ms. Bynes, but I’ve met a LOT of drivers like her. I won’t mention any of their names as a few of them are friends and I don’t want to cause them any embarrassment nor myself any black eyes. It’s just a simple fact that many of us end up knowing at least one person for whom driving capability is not a polished skill set. What we’d like to hear today are your tales of woe: do you know someone who is just a terrible driver? How has that affected your relationship?

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Last Call: I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore Edition

Robert Emslie April 27, 2017 Last Call

Stockton California once went by the name “Mudville.” If that’s not sufficient indignity, the movie American Graffiti II was filmed in the City. Not American Graffiti mind you, but II, which sucked.  Stockton is also apparently not the place to go to get wishes granted, unless the wish is to be in Stockton, in which case it will have already come true.

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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: Why is Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxer not really a boxer?

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Hooniverse Asks: What Are The Best and Worst Commercial Jets to Fly on?

I’ve got to take a plane trip coming up pretty soon and that got me thinking about just how much I hate air travel. Yeah, I know that there’s been a lot of stories in the news recently about certain airlines turning flights into impromptu WWE Raw events, but my animus for flying goes much deeper than just potentially violent customer service. There are certain types of aircraft that I just don’t like flying on. 

I can tell you the ones I do like. Those are the newer wide bodies by Boeing, the Triple-Seven and Seven-Eight-Seven. I doubt you get any more room in one of those, but it certainly seems like you’re not so claustrophobic as there’s enough headroom to bop a beachball around when you get bored.

We’re tackling a little different today, which I hope you won’t mind. If you’re willing to play along let us know—is there a particular model or make of commercial aircraft that you simply hate? Conversely, is there a plane that always gets you high? 

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