Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie January 3, 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 chicane. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Car or Truck Needs to Die in 2017?

Robert Emslie January 3, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


Nissan introduced their Frontier mid-size pickup in 2005 and since then they’ve pretty much left it alone. That’s part of the reason why today a brand new one feels somewhat lacking. The other reason is because they weren’t all that good to begin with, especially in comparison with the much more capable and contemporary Toyota Tacoma.

Maybe Nissan has felt that it wasn’t worth investing in the smaller truck category any more? After all, they’ve sure dumped a lot of cash into the larger Titan truck line. Maybe they’re just broke after all that. Their Infiniti QX50 is going on nine-years old too. That’s a car that I’ll be you haven’t given any thought to in a while.

Consider that, there are cars and trucks out there that you probably wouldn’t even notice if they weren’t there any more. What about Mitusubishi’s entire lineup? Would you care if it all disappeared? What are some of the cars—and maybe manufacturers—that you think ought to buy it in 2017?

Image: CarandDriver

Last Call: Hippo-on-Campus Edition

Robert Emslie January 2, 2017 Last Call


I was looking at angle grinders on the Harbor Freight site the other day. I don’t need a new one, but the side handle on my HF Angle grinder broke off after a couple of uses a year or so ago, and I thought maybe they sold just that piece. I wasn’t able to find the handle there, but I did notice that the current cheap one they have looks amazingly like a robot hippo in the pic. I think that’s pretty amazing.

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.

Source: Harbor Freight

Because it’s Monday: Let’s See What it Once Took to be a Car Hop

Bob’s Big Boy was once an institution in Southern California. Founded by Bob Wian in 1936, the chain’s eponymous three-bun hamburger proved to be a hit for both sit-down dining as well as in-car service served by a bevy of carhops. Those were so named because they would hop from car to car like hotel bellhops would jump at every ding of the bell. Did you ever wonder what it took to become a Bob’s carhop? Well, this vintage training film from 1957 gives you an example of the steps required of this fading profession.

Here we get to meet Eve, a chipper young woman who has both the fortitude and the moxie to shuttle trays of wholesome quickly prepared fried fare from restaurant to parking slot with a smile on her face and not a bun out of place. Seeing as this kind of car service isn’t all that common anymore—Bob’s in Burbank CA (the oldest still running) still offers it on Friday and Saturday evenings—it’s fun to see what it once took. Since it’s Monday, and maybe say you don’t like football, check it out. Oh and keep the change.

Source: Please Flash Lights for Service on Facebook

H/T LAist

Hooniverse Asks: What 2017 Car or Truck Debut Are You Most Looking Forward To?

Robert Emslie January 2, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


Here we are in a bright, shiny new year, and that of course means bright shiny new cars are just on the horizon. At one time automakers saved up all their new iron for debuts in the fall, but that tradition long ago fell by the wayside. Now, January’s Detroit Auto Show, here in the U.S. at least, has been deemed the place to make introductions for models that will trickle out over the next 12 months.
This year there’s a lot to look forward to. BMW has a new Five-series in the queue, and Honda will be taking us on a new Odyssey as well. Ford will show us an aluminum Expedition and a new Fiesta, while Toyota will likely finally update the decade-old Lexus LS, a car almost as ancient as its buyers. The Japanese company also has a new Camry on the docket which they promise—this time for sure—won’t actually put you to sleep every time you look at it. Other 2017 possibilities include a new three-seater from McLaren, a Hybrid crossover from Lamborghini, and maybe a new sports car jointly developed by that odd couple, BMW and Toyota, that will, respectively, replace the Z4 and reintroduce the Supra. Volkswagen has a new Golf Tiguan, while Volvo has some new smaller cars built on their new scalable platform.
Phew, I’m tired already, and there’s even more than that dropping throughout the year. Is there some 2017 introduction that more than any other gets your juices flowing in anticipation?

Image: CarandDriver

Last Call: Past, Present, and Future Edition

Robert Emslie December 30, 2016 Last Call


This is the last “Last Call” of 2016, and seeing as such I thought it good form to end the year with some mid-century modern architecture (last century) and some ’70s cars. This is the Buff & Hensman-designed , M.C. Gill Corporation (El Monte, Calif.), completed in 1975. The cars are a Mercedes Benz 350SL and a… heh, can you tell from the wheel alone?

If you are unfamiliar with Buff & Hensmann, they were some of the prime movers of mid-century modern architecture and the designers of a number of case study homes in the Los Angeles area. If you’re even less familiar with the M.C. Gill Corporation they are makers of composite products serving the aerospace and other industries. And they’re still located in this Buff & Hensmann-designed building on Easy Street in El Monte California.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Image: The Getty Digital Collections

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie December 30, 2016 Mystery Car


Okay peeps, here it is: the last Mystery Car challenge of 2016. Oh what a year it’s been. We laughed, we cried, we divined the identity of Mystery Cars. Well, most of them at least. A few got by you, and if I wasn’t as forthcoming with the answers this year, well I promise to do better in 2017. It’s one of my New Years’ resolutions. Yes, I still do those.

If you want to see 2016 out on a high note, let us know the identity of the above ride. Make and model as you do.

Image: ©2016 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Hooniverse Asks: It’s That Time Again—What Questions Do YOU Want To Ask?

Robert Emslie December 30, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


It’s the last Hooniverse Asks of the year, and that means a kumbaya moment where we all get to put our thinking caps on and help each other out.

Here’s how it works: you can ask any automotive-related question that’s PG-13 or below, and we’ll see if your fellow Hoons can come up with an answer. Of course, we don’t guarantee that it’ll be the right answer.

There is a depth of automotive knowledge present in here, just waiting to be unleashed. If you’ve got a question – is Portia pronounced the same as Porsche? – you can be assured that one of your fellow Hoons will have the answer.  So since it’s the day before New Year’s Eve, and you’ve probably already checked out for the year, let’s see if we can get another impromptu Q&A going and follow where it goes.

Image source: AllThingsD

Last Call: It Just Doesn’t Mater Edition

Robert Emslie December 29, 2016 Last Call


I have to say that I find this highly accurate, and even more highly disturbing.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie December 29, 2016 Thursday Trivia

Thirsday 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 Nash offer for free in 1926 to all owners of 1925 Ajaxes?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading