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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie February 16, 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:What two picnic favorites did automotive design legend Brooks Stevens influence?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What is History’s Most Awesome Political Leader Car or Truck?

Robert Emslie February 16, 2017 All Things Hoon

Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. President to ride in an automobile (that’s what they called them back then) while in office. He was also the first sitting President to ride in an aeroplane. Ever since then, world leaders and automobiles have been inexorably linked as cars are generally seen as a status symbol of a nation’s manufacturing prowess.

The leaders of the Soviet Union had their ZILs, while the Brazilian President gets to roll in a ceremonial 1952 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, the lucky bastards. Here in America we cocoon our current Presidents in something called “the Beast” a GMC truck-based conveyance that, owing to its safety accoutrements, looks like a Cadillac drawn by a 4th-grader.

What we’re interested in today is your opinion on which world leader—past or present—got to have the sickest ride. What do you think, what is the most awesome political leader car or truck?

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Last Call: Tikes on Trikes Edition

Robert Emslie February 15, 2017 Last Call

The only downside of this clever kiddie car wash is tipping the guy with the chamois at the end.

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.

Finding something special hidden away in some barn, outbuilding, storage locker or shed is the stuff of legend, and in fact that’s just what we went for last week—barn finds for sale. We’ll go for a roll in the hay in a just a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Have you ever looked at the new cars on auto dealer lots and ever wondered what they do with them if they never sell? I mean, you’ve got to be thinking that when driving by Mitsubishi dealers, right? Well, that’s what we want to find this week: the oldest new cars the classifieds can offer. I saw a never-registered 2006 Lincoln LS on a dealer’s lot in January 2008! See if you can beat that.

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 see the barn burners! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Car or Truck is King of the High School Parking Lot These Days?

Robert Emslie February 15, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

I still remember my high school days. Of course mostly I remember the cars, as things like a kid driving his dad’s Aston Martin V8 to school happened. He parked it right there in the lot, next to the clapped out Mustangs and Chevy LUVs. Me? I made do with my trusty ’61 Corvair. Yeah, I may not have had the classiest ride at my school, nor the fastest, most luxurious, or for that matter safest, but I sure as shit had the oldest.

High school is a microcosm of real life and there just as here status matters. I remember well that you were nobody if you didn’t wear Sperry topsiders with no socks, a Lacoste polo, and white narrow wale cords, every single day of the week. Cars too can express what strata of the high school caste system you inhabit. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there so today I’d like you all to do a little intel and let us know, what do you hear is the new hotness when it comes to cars on the campus? What is today’s king of the high school parking lot?

Image: Ness City Schools

Last Call: It’s Too Late Edition

Robert Emslie February 14, 2017 Last Call

Thank goodness they didn’t use the TR7’s initial tag line—the shape of things to come—for this ad.

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 14, 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 an odd jog. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Anonymous Vehicle Sold Today?

Robert Emslie February 14, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Let’s say that, for whatever reason, the world has been thrown into a period of economic uncertainty for those of us of meager means. Where would you turn to make ends meet? I for one, would probably take up bank robbery. I mean after all, if you get away with it you’ve got that sweet, sweet cash, and if you get caught somebody else is now paying for your room and board and three squares a day. Win/win, right?

Taking up a life of crime means having a suitable getaway car and the best ride for nefarious activities is one that blends in with the crowd. With that in mind, let’s see what we can come up with as the most anonymous car that is presently sold today. After all, even criminals appreciate that new car smell. 

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Last Call: Bear With Me Edition

Robert Emslie February 13, 2017 Last Call

A little known fact is that long before his career as an advocate for forest fire prevention, Smokey the Bear worked as a seeing-eye bear for blind long-distance truck drivers.

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 Watch You Asked For It Put Together a Kit Car

You Asked For It was one of a plethora of human interest TV shows that filled the airwaves across America in the 1950s. Originally titled the Art Baker Show after its host, the series ran from 1950 to ’59, with the premise of granting viewer’s requests for things they wanted to see. It was in fact presented as “TV’s all-time greatest request show.

In this short segment we get to see the wish of a viewer, one Al Rathman of Milwaukee Wisconsin, that being the building of a Woodhill Wildfire kit car out of the parts of a donor Ford sedan. The Wildfire was the brainchild of car dealer Blanchard Robert “Woody” Woodill who got the idea that Willys ought to have a sports car to compete with those recently arriving from Europe. Woodhill couldn’t get Willys’ corporate to go along with the plan so he went it alone, producing 15 complete cars and another 280 or so kits, like this one. Woodhill worked with boat builder Glasspar on the Wildfire’s fiberglass body, the first for a production car ever.

The show states that Woodhill’s estimated time for the kit’s completion is three days for three men. Since the show could muster more bodies than days, they threw 12 stout gentlemen at the task and completed the car in mere hours. Check it out—and the Wildfire’s radically tilted windscreen—and let the stress of Monday slip away.

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