Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie February 2, 2017 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 production car did the Jaguar Kensington concept car eventually become?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Awesome “As Seen on TV” Car Accessory?

Robert Emslie February 2, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Do you know how disappointing it can be to go to all the trouble of washing your car only to have it be covered in streaks because you used an old bath towel to dry it off? With the ShamWow those streaks will be a thing of the past. And, if you act now, we’ll throw in a second set of ShamWows (Shamwowzers? Shamwizzles?) for free. All you have to pay is the individual shipping and handling!

Late night and basic cable TV is awash with crap products that are proffered to make your life easier, simpler, and gosh darn it, better. Most of them will fail to preform  as well as they do when “as seen on TV,” but on occasion (I’m looking at you Popeil Pocket Fisherman) they might just be good enough. Today we want to look at what the “As Seen on TV” industry has had to offer to the world’s auto owners, and whether any of the products are in any way worthy of our hard-earned cash, or if they’re all just utter crap. What do you think, what is the most awesome “As Seen on TV” car accessory?

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Last Call: Gamma Raves Edition

Robert Emslie February 1, 2017 Last Call

This is Pininfarina’s 1978 Lancia Gamma Spider concept car, an offering that built on the design of the styling house’s already brilliant production coupé. We never got the Gamma here in the U.S., but we did get this car’s nominal little sister, the Beta-based Zagato. I’m thinking that if Fiat ever intended to revitalize Lancia as an aspirational brand rather than the open wound it has presently become, this would be an excellent place to start.

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.

Image: CarStyling.ru


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.

Is there any phrase scarier than “aftermarket convertible?” Okay, maybe “there’s a clown under your bed” ranks right up there, but automotively speaking having your roof cut off by people who didn’t originally design the car is pretty sketchy, and that’s just what we went looking for last week. We’ll get to the bottom of the topless contenders in a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Unless you’re jonesing for a movie that’s so bad it’s good, seeking out the horrible isn’t always on people’s to-do list. Generally cars form the ’70s are considered to be among history’s worst, but that’s was not exclusively the case and what we want to find this week are the best ’70s cars that didn’t suck that the classifieds has to offer. 

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 let the sun shine in! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s Been the Worst Dealer Special Edition Ever?

Robert Emslie February 1, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Yesterday we talked about the best dealer-derived special editions there have been, and today we want to look at the flip side of that coin, and ask what in your opinion has been the worst. There have been turbo Pangras (not that bad), Camaro Firebreathers (yeah, pretty bad), and… well, you tell us. What do you think is history’s worst dealer-created special edition?

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Last Call: Croc and a Hard Place Edition

Robert Emslie January 31, 2017 Last Call

I don’t know whether to say see ya’ later or after a while…

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.


Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie January 31, 2017 Track Tuesday

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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 an oddly-shaped bend. Good luck!

And, if you’re still wondering about last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Best Dealer Package Ever?

Robert Emslie January 31, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

It seems like it’s nearly impossible to buy a car from a dealer as factory equipped, but without some sort of dealer add-on. Hell, the Cohen Brothers famously poked fun at this practice in the movie Fargo, which forever sullied the offering of the dealership undercoating. Sometimes dealers, or dealer associations, go a step further and offer special packages that denote a whole unique model. Sometimes those are nothing to laugh at.

That was just such a case with the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special, a model that was dreamed up by Ford’s California Dealers Association, and which today is recognized as a desirable member of the Mustang legacy. Not every dealer-originated model has been so feted, and in fact most have long since been forgotten.

What we’re interested in today is those that haven’t been forgotten. In fact, what we want to know is your opinion on what has been history’s best dealer offering. What do you think, who has had the nicest package?

Image: Mustang360

Last Call: Did Škoda Blow Da’ Ocatvia? Edition

Robert Emslie January 30, 2017 Last Call

Here’s the 2017 Škoda Octavia sedan showing off its new nose. The Octavia is the Czechoslovakian company’s mainstream entrant and as such needs to be aesthetically  engaging without being polarizing. I’m thinking that the car’s new nose somewhat misses the mark. What do you think?

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.

Image: Škoda

Because it’s Monday: Let’s Watch Some Air-Cooled Vee-Dubs Rally in The Snow

The best car for driving in the snow is one that puts the weight of the engine over the driving wheels. The worst car for driving on slippery surfaces is one whose major weight is outside of the wheelbase, and hence serves the undesirable role of pendulum.

Here we see Volkswagens—which maintain both behaviors—participating in the inaugural Rengon JM-putki Rally held exclusively for air-cooled VWs last week near Hämeenlinna in Finland, and it looks like it was a ball. Okay, it looks like it was a snowball. Happy now?

Source: YouTube