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Last Call: Reminder Edition

Robert Emslie June 13, 2017 Last Call

Oh yeah… and pick up milk too.

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

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… not much. Good luck!

And, since no one guessed last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s The Best Non-Car Meet-Up a Gearhead Should Attend?

It’s car show season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are enough events happening in your particular neck of the woods to satisfy your hunger for experiencing clusters of cool machines in a park or parking lot setting.

Because there simply may not be enough car meets and shows to go around, what other suggestions can you give to a gearhead to check out that they might find equally interesting?

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Last Call: King Buick Edition

Next to the Ponderosa of TV’s long-running Bonanza series, the most famous cattle ranch in America is undoubtably the King Ranch located down in Texas. It’s famous enough in fact, that Ford currently names a high-end trim level for its F-series trucks after the place.

That Ford King Ranch is not the first vehicle with which the ranch had an affiliation. That honor would go to Buick as in 1949 that company partnered with King Ranch on a wild hunter’s edition of the Buick Eight. Richard Mifflin Kleberg, Sr. was at the time both a U.S. Representative out of Texas and the heir to the King Ranch fortune. Kleberg had built a Ford-based huntsman’s car in ’46,   but recognized that his homebuilt efforts left a lot to be desired. That desire led to the representative reaching out to Buick and GM Styling leads in the commission of a purpose-built, no holds barred Ranch off-roader hunting vehicle. The resulting King Ranch Buick apparently did not disappoint. 

The car features a reinforced frame dropped more than five inches, and an extended booty where a pair of standard wheel/tires would sit. There are multiple gun mounts, including one for a pistol under the hood. No doubt that’s in case a rattler became entangled in the fan belts. Up front there are, alternately, a spotter’s seat and game mount, and a winch hidden behind the massive iconic Buick grille. Inside there’s a two-way radio, compass and cow-hide floor mats. Power came from a 152-bhp Fireball straight eight.

So, which Kind Ranch would you rather have, the modern F-series one, or this funky classic Buick edition?

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most RWD-Looking FWD Car Out There?

Have you taken a gander at the 2018 Camry yet, I mean, really checked it out? You might be forgiven for having given Toyota’s latest volume sedan a pass since the previous models have been about as aesthetically interesting as North Korean haircuts. Toyota really wishes you’d let bygones be bygones as they’ve claimed that this time they’ve really given the Camry soul in its style. What they’ve really given the four-door mid-sizer is a plethora of exaggerated faux scoops and angry eyes. Elegant and timeless it is not, but it should keep the cars moving out of the showrooms. 

One interesting design element imbued in the next Camry is prominent hips. Yep, your ’18 Camry’s got back. This is a styling trope typically reserved for rear-wheel drive cars, to lend emphasis to the power emanating from that end of the car. It’s something you’ll see in the Coke-bottle designs of American cars in the sixties and early seventies, as well as in the best of the pony cars. That makes it somewhat odd to see it here in a FWD car, but the ’18 Camry isn’t the first to steal this style. What we want today is your nominations for others, until we find what might just be the most RWD-looking FWD car there ever was.

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Last Call: Baby On Board Edition

Robert Emslie June 9, 2017 Last Call

See, I told you the baby’d like riding up there. Five miles on the freeway and not a peep out of him. I’ll bet he never even woke up!

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 June 9, 2017 Mystery Car

On this date in 1909 four women embarked on a cross-country trip. Led by 22-year old Alice Huyler Ramsey in a Maxwell 30, the four would, 59-days later, become the women to cross the American continent alone by car. You go, girls! And you go… er stay and help us with this week’s Mystery Car contest. Make and Model please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Car Has Aged the Best?

As oenophiles will tell you, time can be a wine’s best friend. The same can be said for George Clooney who somehow gets even more dashing and lust worthy with every passing year. When it comes to cars however, time is often the enemy, both in terms of wear and tear, and by locking designs to a particular, and eventually out of fashion era.  

That’s not always the case however. Certain cars come across as contemporary even today despite having been introduced as far back as even 2002. Actually, timeless cars seemingly know no era, and cars like the Porsche 928 and Studebaker Avanti seem to transcend their originating decades. That’s just what we’re looking for today: your opinion on which cars, and even trucks—let’s be fair here—that have seemingly gained years without appearing to have aged.

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Last Call: Sausage Party Edition

Robert Emslie June 8, 2017 Last Call

The only downside I can see to this is shooing all the cats off your car on warm days.

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 ultimate speed of the first recorded land speed record holder?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are right! … Continue Reading





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