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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

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 snippet. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Other Mistakes Do You Think Ford is Making?

Late Sunday night Ford Motor Company announced that the company was parting ways with its CEO and former mullet-sporter Mark Fields. The corporate line is that Fields retired, but everyone knows that’s bullshite. One has to wonder if he got to keep the little Ford emblem lapel pin, and whether or not his order for a 2017 Ford GT has now been put on hold “indefinitely?”

Ford’s official reason for kicking Fields to the curb and replacing him with former Steelcase turnaround guru James Hackett was the former CEO’s inability to keep up with the industry’s emerging technologies. Undisclosed officially, but a likely additional reason was Fields’ debacle with then candidate Trump where he made Ford the whipping boy for outsourcing of labor. Seeing as Ford is a truly global manufacturer, I don’t really believe they could outsource anywhere, other than perhaps Mars. Maybe Matt Damon needs a job while he’s up there.

Okay, the first step towards solving your problems is admitting that you have a problem. It’s pretty obvious that Mark Fields was part of Ford’s problem, but their aged product line and lack of role in autonomous vehicles and long range electrics also seems glaring. I’m sure you all have your issues with the marque too, and today I want to hear ’em! In addition to Fields, what other mistakes do you think Ford has been making of late?

Image: Forbes 

Last Call: Choose Wisely Edition

Robert Emslie May 22, 2017 Last Call

Most Millennials won’t get this joke.

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 Gear Up


The reason I’m comfortable with having Hagerty as an insurer is because they really seem to get what the whole old car experience is all about. (Full disclosure: I insure my old cars through Hagerty, but they don’t pay me shit to link to their videos, I just think they’re stinkin’ cool.)
Here we have one of their amazing Redline Rebuild time lapse repair videos; the dismantling and rebuilding of a Ford-O-Matic transmission out of a Bullet Bird. The Ford-O-Matic was a Borg Warner design originally introduced in 1951 and serving with updates for decades after. This one appears to be a medium-length case which, according to Hemmings, makes it more commonly referred to as a Merc-O-Matic. Whatever the moniker, it sure is complicated. That matters little to us since we’re not doing the work. So, sit back and enjoy a little old school automatic innards on a Monday morning.

Source: Youtube

Hooniverse Asks: What Ad Campaign Made its Marque?


Let’s think a minute about advertisements. You remember those, they’re the things you’re using an ad blocker not to have to look at on Web sites right now. At one point in time, ad campaigns for cars established or enhanced the personality of that marque, sometimes it even rejuvenated it.
Today we want your opinion on what car model, or perhaps entire brand, was made more popular by an advertising campaign. What ads really made their marque?

Image: Buzzfeed

Last Call: The Last Whimsy Edition

Robert Emslie May 19, 2017 Last Call

While he did assume a controlling interest in the extremely lucrative candy enterprise, Charlie ultimately had to turn down Willy Wonka’s offer to move to the factory grounds as the CEO’s house had but only a one car garage, and Charlie was planning to use his new-found fortune to amass a huge collection of epic whips.

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 May 19, 2017 Mystery Car

Today is a day of historical note as it was on this date in 1539 that Henry the VIII had his wife, Anne Boleyn beheaded after she was found guilty of a number of serious, and wholly trumpeted up charges.

Let’s hope that you don’t lose your head trying to solve this week’s Mystery Car. Make and model if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What was Your High School “Jock Ride?”

My wife has a friend whose husband is a total “Chad.” He exhibited his Chad-ness recently by responding on his wife’s Facebook to one of his wife’s friends with the bitter complaint that she shouldn’t feel empowered just because she is gay. Total Chad move.

On the plus side, hearing about this dick move set me to thinking. It’s a sad fact, but Chads are all around us. Before they were they were Chads they were oftentimes jocks when in high school. Those dudes could be cool, or they could be total, well, yeah, Chads. They almost always had access to wheels that were above their station in life and today I  want to know what that was when you were in high school. What was your school’s most common Jock ride? 

Image: RideLust

Last Call: Real Instruments Edition

Robert Emslie May 18, 2017 Last Call

One of the 1958 Corvette’s touted features was a bank of “real instruments” and sure enough the dash was redesigned that year to place the dials front and center before the driver rather than strewn willy-nilly. Add to that an available fuel injected V8 and the Corvette was well on its way from cruiser to bruiser.

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 was the design feature of Hot Wheels’ Ramblin’ Wrecker that caused its creator, Larry Woods such grief?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump—or for those of you on mobile, just scroll on down—and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading