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Last Call: Real Instruments Edition

Robert Emslie May 18, 2017 Last Call

One of the 1958 Corvette’s touted features was a bank of “real instruments” and sure enough the dash was redesigned that year to place the dials front and center before the driver rather than strewn willy-nilly. Add to that an available fuel injected V8 and the Corvette was well on its way from cruiser to bruiser.

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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 design feature of Hot Wheels’ Ramblin’ Wrecker that caused its creator, Larry Woods such grief?

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’s Your Favorite Chill in Traffic Song?

So, I am currently obsessed over this smokey psalm by Niia that’s been making my drive home a little bit less soul-sucking for the past week or so. Honestly, it’s reduced my blood pressure by like 20 PSI.

A current meme is to “Netflix and Chill” which is in fact a provocation to bump uglies, and not actually binge-watch. That ain’t happening during drive time, unless you’re exceedingly enthusiastic and unapologetically exhibitionistic. Since you won’t be doing anything like that, what’s your go-to music for making the daily slog passable?

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Last Call: Simple Pleasure Edition

Robert Emslie May 17, 2017 Last Call

Kids today may have their smart phones and their vapes, but they’ll never know the joy of cutting and pulling the fenders on a war wagon Fiat 126 late at night in a bartered garage space. Pity them if you care.

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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 got ready for our closeup with cars that looked like those featured prominently in the movies. We’ll stand up the stand ins in just a sec, but first this week’s Euro-themed quest.
 
You may recall that back on Monday we talked a bit about the attempts American manufacturers made in the ’70s and ’80s to dress their wares in European clothes. We had the Granada ESS as exhibit A, but there were plenty more where that came from. This week, let’s see if we can find any of them left for sale.
 
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 observe some model behavior!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Automotive Brand Has The Most Cult-Like Following?

Yesterday we talked about which motorcycle really should have been more popular. Today we want to know what car brand is perhaps a little too popular. Fan comes from fanatic and what we’re interested in is your opinion as to what maker or marque has the most devoted—or maybe cult like—fan base.

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Last Call: Whoa-Oh, Domino Edition

Robert Emslie May 16, 2017 Last Call

Gesundheit.

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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 the whole schlemiel. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s The Most Under-Appreciated Motorcycle?

There are certain motorcycles, like the Vincent Black Shadow and Suzuki Hayabusa that have earned veneration over time. Others seem to have never found a fan base despite obvious attractive  features or performance. Honda’s ’90s Pacific Coast is a bike that it seems never found its audience. Can you think of some other perhaps even more egregious examples of under-appreciated bikes?  

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Last Call: White Knight Edition

Robert Emslie May 15, 2017 Last Call

Can a refrigerator white English car steal the limelight from a sea of predominantly red exotic Italians? When it’s the brand new and drop-dead gorgeous Aston Martin DB 11 it sure can.

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