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Robert Emslie March 10, 2017 Mystery Car

So, did March roar in like a lion for you? If not, and you’re still itching for some excitement in your life then how about playing this week’s Mystery Car? I know, I got chills just thinking about it too. Make and model if it’s not too much trouble please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Car Wouldn’t Look Awesome in Panasports?

It is my considered opinion—and I should point out that I am an expert on such things—that the traditional Panasport alloy wheel is the perfect accoutrement for damn-near any automotive aesthetic. Like James Bond’s classic one-button suit or choosing a walk in the park for a first date encounter, there’s a timeless perfection in the execution.

Its so perfect in fact, that I need your help. You see, I’ve been thinking about a set of Pannies for a project and that got me also thinking about how awesome the wheels look on every car I’ve ever seen them on. That’s where you come in. What I want to know today is what cars wouldn’t look amazing with Panasport wheels. Visual aids are of course worth extra credit. Thanks in advance for pushing science forward.

Image: BMW2002FAQ 

Last Call: Made In The Shade Edition

Robert Emslie March 9, 2017 Last Call

Doing this save on tolls too! Still, don’t do this. Ever, okay?

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 world’s first DOHC four-valve per cylinder racing engine?

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

Hooniverse Asks: Do You Hate Long Leads on Cars?

“Hey, look at that, it’s the new Ford Ecosport!” You might have exclaimed just those exact words had you attended the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show where Ford’s littlest crossover made its U.S. debut. You might have then shouted something else, perhaps far less family friendly, when you discovered that the tiny tumbler was having its coming out a full year before anyone here could buy it.

Long leads are the vaporware of the automotive industry. I remember being at an earlier LA Auto Show and seeing the Renault Alpine there on display, resplendent in its fully Federalized form. I’m still waiting for that car to show up.

Are long leads an annoying tease by automakers to keep you on the hook for six months or a year for something that may or may not even be as was initially presented? Or, would you prefer for car makers to keep it it under wraps until at most a month before you could actually plunk down your do-ray-me?  What do you think, should long leads be long in our past?

Image: Ford Motor Company

Last Call: Sneaky Pete Edition

Robert Emslie March 8, 2017 Last Call

I told you Ka, if my daddy finds you sneaking into my bedroom one more time he’s going to kill you!

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.

Scammers are always trying to separate you from your money, and one of their primary trolling grounds is Craigslist. Last week we went trolling for the trolls and came up with some good fodder for fun. We’ll see the pie in the sky in just a sec, but first we have to discuss this week’s special edition quest.

If you think the concept of the fancy pickup truck is a modern conceit then look up the 1955 – 1958 Chevrolet Cameo, which offered car-like features and style in what was otherwise a work truck. Special editions of pickups, whether fancy or functional (evidence the Ford Ranger Sasquatch) have ever since been de rigueur, and that’s what we want this week: the most special special edition pickups we can find. 

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 some scams! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s Your Worst Car Buying Horror Story?

I’ve had, within the past six months, three opportunities to be party to a car-buying experience. One of those was pretty good, one was not so good, and one was where I was the seller so I’d rather not weigh in on how it all went.

Buying a car can be a joyous event. It’s almost like having a baby, only with the actual ability to trade-in when the mood hits. Sometimes however, like with my wife’s and my most recent travails, it can be somewhat less pleasant. I owe you all an update on what’s been going on in my driveway, I’ll admit, it’s long overdue, but I’d still like you all to share with us today your own personal less pleasant car buying experiences. It’ll be cathartic, I guarantee.

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Last Call: Solid Gold Dancer Edition

He’s the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider’s touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don’t go in!

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 a drag strip. Good luck!

Since no one managed to identify last week’s track the answer may be found here.

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