Last Call: Strut Your Stutz Edition

Robert Emslie June 2, 2017 Last Call

It’s been a while since I’ve watched Saturday Night Fever but this picture of the New York skyline and Brooklyn Bridge backdropping a Tiparillo-smoking woman while her chauffeur waits in her custom two-door Stutz Blackhawk convertible is reminder enough of the tackiness that era exuded. Seriously, who the hell gets chauffeured in a two-door 2+2?

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 2, 2017 Mystery Car

Happy birthday, Olympic gold medalist and Tarzan portrayer Johnny Weissmuller, and likewise happy coronation anniversary British Royal Family top-dog Queen Elizabeth! I generally consider June to be a pretty mundane month, but there are in fact a lot of important events that have occurred during the year’s half-way point. The latest of course is this Mystery Car contest. Make and Model if you want to be part of history.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Current Model of Car Should Be Spun Off Into Its Own Brand?

It is indeed a rare occurrence when a single model gets spun off as its own marque, but on occasion it has happened. Among those brands that once were models are the Avanti, which survived the demise of its parent brand, Studebaker. Mini likewise was once just a model. First under the Austin and then later BMC, and then still later under the Austin-Rover company. It rose from the ashes under the tutelage of BMW to become a marque on its own, and has seen respectable success and a profusion of models ever since.

What we want to discuss today is whether there are any other models that might just do better striking out on their own. Could you see Chevy giving Corvette its emancipation? What about Dodge and the Viper? What current model would most benefit from being spun off as its own brand?

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Last Call: Fitting Farthing Edition

Robert Emslie June 1, 2017 Last Call

Finding a bike rack that accommodates a Penny Farthing is hard enough. Procuring one that fits a Citroën DS deserves a toast. Here’s to you, Citroën Penny Farthing Person!

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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About That Track Tuesday From A Couple Weeks Back

I had thought that the Track Tuesday contest from a couple of weeks ago had been rightfully solved. It was brought to my attention on Twitter however, that I was wrong. Oh so wrong!

I’d like to rectify that egregious oversight and hence, without further ado—seriously, there’s been far too much ado of late—here is the answer. Don’t click that link if you’re still working on it!

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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 did Smokey Yunick do to give his car the edge in distance for the 1968 NASCAR series that didn’t actually break a single rule in the rule book? 

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

Hooniverse Asks: What Failed Car Brand Put Up The Best Fight?

If you’re anything like me then you likely imagine that when GM told the Oldsmobile management team that their brand was scheduled for the axe, the response was something along the lines of “what kind of severance will you be offering?”

The inner workings of an automotive brand’s departure from the market is not typically something that’s undertaken as public spectacle, but you can bet that some marques didn’t go quietly into that dark night. What we’re interested in today is your opinion on which brands seemed to go out swinging. What do you think were the failed brands that, before their demise, put up a noble fight?

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Last Call: Pick-A-Part Pickup Edition

Robert Emslie May 31, 2017 Last Call

Okay, I just want to know: which one of you magnificent bastards showed up at Pick-A-Part in a 3-Camino?

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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.

Last week we took a walk on the wild side while looking for cars and trucks with a reputation for being dangerous. That led to a bunch of results that probably should each come with a government warning label, but we’re still going to take out chances reviewing the most popular (and dangerous) right after we queue up this week’s quest. 
Today is all about you! And motorcycles, did I mention the motorcycles? What we want is for you to find us a motorcycle for sale that you might actually want to have. It might be for aesthetic reasons, or reputation. You don’t need to actually BUY it, but let us know why you might want it. Don’t want a bike? Then let us know why that is too.
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 it’s pearl-clutching time!

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s Your Most Meaningful Automotive Performance Metric?

The Shelby 427 Cobra legendarily could do 0-100-0 in under 14 seconds. That’s a stat worthy of bragging rights, but holds little real world, or racing, worth. Envisioned as a track car without compromise, perhaps a better benchmark might have been acceleration out of a corner, or maybe just straight line speed. And yes, I know that’s a 289 Slab Side up there. 

The most common performance metrics do seem to have little relevance in the real world. 0 to 60? Quarter mile time through the traps? Usually I’m climbing a ramp when I’m heading toward freeway speeds, do they ever account for that? I’m more interested in how quickly a car would go from 50 to 70 so I’ll know whether or not to pass those slow-ass trucks.

What do you think, are most automotive performance metrics bogus? What ones are important to you?

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