Last Call: It’s a Diesel Edition

Robert Emslie March 15, 2017 Last Call

This is officially my new favorite window skin. 

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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 went looking for special editions of what’s seemingly the most ubiquitous category on U.S. roads today: the pickup truck. We’ll get some special education (is that offensive?) in a sec, but first this week’s quest. 

Uh oh, it’s that time of the year again. The weather is starting to get nice, cabin fever (or maybe it’s West Nile) is almost unbearable and the wanderlust is setting in, and that means we need to start planning to hit the road. What we need to do so is a compact camper, and this week that’s just what we want to find: the most awesome compact campers that ten grand or less will buy. Extra points if your nominee doesn’t look like it requires booster shots to enter.

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.

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Hooniverse Asks: Do You Subscribe to Satellite Radio?

These days when you buy a new car, or sometimes when you rent one, you’re invited to join an exclusive club of Satellite Radio listeners. In the U.S. there’s only one SAT Radio option as Sirius has absorbed its only competitor, XM to create the imaginatively named SiriusXM. The idea behind giving you a free trial when you get a new car, or a small taste in that otherwise unremarkable rental drone, is to whet your appetite for more commercial-free candor. That more however, costs an astounding $14.99-plus per month. 

Now, there’s a lot to like with satellite radio, its lack of commercials, vast niche content and freedom from FCC censorship requirements being among the foremost. Contrastingly, most terrestrial radio in America these days is noteworthy for just how awful it is, a symptom of its present monopolistic nature. That can drive many of us to alternatives for our drive time listening, to Podcasts, streaming services (which also cost plenty) or to satellite.

Our question for you today is in which bucket do you presently fall? Do you tough it out with Clear Channel on good old over the air, or have you taken the financial plunge into the wild world of satellite? If you have gone satellite, what are your favorite stations?

Image: Land Rover USA 

Last Call: Hitchhiker Edition

Robert Emslie March 14, 2017 Last Call

I think this raccoon is taking his “Trash Panda” nickname just a little too seriously.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie March 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 a water feature. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Hypothetically, What PSA Cars Should Buick Buy Now That They Own Opel?

As was recently revealed at last week’s Geneva Auto Show, Groupe PSA has finalized its purchase of GM’s manufacturing and distribution network in Europe, comprised of Germany’s Opel and Vauxhall in Great Britain. It’s an incredibly odd melding of nations and brands, and represents an end of General Motors’ presence as a European auto maker. This means that the Ford Motor Company, which was the first major American car maker to establish a foothold in the European car market is now the last to do so as well. That kind of pissses me off.

It probably angers the execs at Buick even more so as that venerable brand has been leaning heavily on Opel for their product R&D. Buick took over the mantle of Opel’s masked U.S. presence from Saturn when that company went tits up, which is all the more fitting seeing as it was Buick that was paired with Opel back in the seventies when GM brought the German cars over under their own name.

Lacking Opel, GM will now look to China for development of future models, a smart move seeing as the Asian country is one of Buick’s strongest markets. Let’s consider however, a bizarro world scenario in which Buick still sources their cars from the other side of the globe but now gets the from Groupe PSA. That opens the door to not just the next generation of Opel models, but also those from Peugeot and Citroën. If that situation were the way the world worked, what do you think would make up the coolest Buick lineup?

Image: Peugeot.uk

Last Call: Doesn’t Ring a Bell Edition

Robert Emslie March 13, 2017 Last Call

This is a picture of the art installation that anchored the Newport Beach California Robinson’s department store upon its 1967 opening. Created by mural artist Tom Van Zant, the four columns of bells are notable for having entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest wind chimes, and they remain to this day, even though the store is no longer a Robinson’s.

We, of course, are far more interested in the MGB and Lincoln Continental sedan, both with snazzy white wall tires, that are parked beneath the big bells. Pretty sweet, don’t you think?

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s See How Fast These Guys Can Pull The Engine Out Of A Porsche 356

What car for mere mortals do you think presents the most daunting engine extraction prospect? I can tell you that Porsche’s venerable 356 wouldn’t ever be a contender. With its motor hanging fully outside the rear axle centerline and connected to the car with more wires than bolts, the 356 presents one of the easiest cars upon which this task might be completed.

In fact, as proven by this video by State of the Art you can do the deed in a little over eight and a half minutes. You don’t even have to take that much time to watch it being done as the video is handily sped up. Let’s start the work week by watching someone else do the work!

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Hooniverse Asks: What One Car-Related Decision Do You Wish You Could Do Over?

In recreational golf you can take a Mulligan, which let’s you erase both bad luck and poor decisions. Ah, if only life—or professional golf—were so accommodating. When it comes to cars there are many opportunities for both luck and questionable choices to weigh in. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go back and maybe give that penetrant a little more time before you snapped that head bolt off, or perhaps act on those second thoughts when it came to a purchase or a sale?

Today we’re all about regrets and want to know yours. What, if any, car-related decisions do you wish you could do over?

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Last Call: Gas Menagerie Edition

Robert Emslie March 10, 2017 Last Call

Considering that there wasn’t much to differentiate the immediate post-war Fords from their pre-war antecedents I don’t know just how “out front” they could be in this 1946 ad. That being said, I do like that the elephant is making a double entendre about trunk size here.  

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