Hooniverse Asks: The 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is…

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is FCM’s modern-day Viper, a silly one-trick pony of a car. That could be taken in a couple of ways and today we want your vote on which way you take it.

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Last Call: Pay Here Edition

Robert Emslie April 28, 2017 Last Call

Oh yes you will.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 28, 2017 Mystery Car

Happy birthday, Ferruccio Lamborghini, born on this date in 1916. The Italian industrialist famously began his automotive business after being insulted by Enzo Ferrari when Lamborghini complained about the crappy quality of Enzo’s cars. He would also outlive his competitor by five years which I guess is just gravy on the side, metaphorically speaking.

Let’s celebrate Lamborghini’s birthday with a special (not special at all) Mystery Car challenge. Make and model or no birthday cake for you.

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Hooniverse Asks: Do You Know Someone Who’s Just a Shit Driver?

Not that long ago I had a coworker whose husband owned a livery service, and among his client’s were the parents of former child actress Amanda Bynes. Ms. Bynes needed to be driven from the Valley to Orange County with frequency so that she could attend classes at a beauty school which was apparently going to be her new advocation. She had to be driven because she had lost her driving privileges after a series of minor and not so minor hit and run accidents. This was actually the least of her troubles but I bring it up as it plays into today’s topic. On a positive note, she was apparently a very respectful and courteous passenger, whose only request was to detour through the Micky Dee’s drive-thru so she could get a McFlurry, please and thank you. 

I have never met Ms. Bynes, but I’ve met a LOT of drivers like her. I won’t mention any of their names as a few of them are friends and I don’t want to cause them any embarrassment nor myself any black eyes. It’s just a simple fact that many of us end up knowing at least one person for whom driving capability is not a polished skill set. What we’d like to hear today are your tales of woe: do you know someone who is just a terrible driver? How has that affected your relationship?

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Last Call: I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore Edition

Robert Emslie April 27, 2017 Last Call

Stockton California once went by the name “Mudville.” If that’s not sufficient indignity, the movie American Graffiti II was filmed in the City. Not American Graffiti mind you, but II, which sucked.  Stockton is also apparently not the place to go to get wishes granted, unless the wish is to be in Stockton, in which case it will have already come true.

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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: Why is Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxer not really a boxer?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What Are The Best and Worst Commercial Jets to Fly on?

I’ve got to take a plane trip coming up pretty soon and that got me thinking about just how much I hate air travel. Yeah, I know that there’s been a lot of stories in the news recently about certain airlines turning flights into impromptu WWE Raw events, but my animus for flying goes much deeper than just potentially violent customer service. There are certain types of aircraft that I just don’t like flying on. 

I can tell you the ones I do like. Those are the newer wide bodies by Boeing, the Triple-Seven and Seven-Eight-Seven. I doubt you get any more room in one of those, but it certainly seems like you’re not so claustrophobic as there’s enough headroom to bop a beachball around when you get bored.

We’re tackling a little different today, which I hope you won’t mind. If you’re willing to play along let us know—is there a particular model or make of commercial aircraft that you simply hate? Conversely, is there a plane that always gets you high? 

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Last Call: Bob Ross Edition

Robert Emslie April 26, 2017 Last Call

I don’t know man, he doesn’t look all that happy.

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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 the worst examples of makes and models that have gone away and then been revived, and enjoyed the freedom of a no-object spending limit. We’ll see the zombie horde in just a sec, but first this week’s quest! 
Volkswagen is into diesels again. Well, at least the ones they bought back and fixed. Once those are gone, you can bet there won’t be any more. Of course, if you really want to drive something that sound like it’s shaking marbles in coffee can then you’ll want to go Cummins. That’s what we want to find this week, anything with a Cummins diesel, and the weirder the better.
 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 the revival meeting begin! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Did You Do Much Driving Before You Were Old Enough To?

When I was about 13 I used to ride all over town on a little Honda that belonged to my brother. I’m lucky that I never got caught or in an accident seeing as I had neither a valid license nor any insurance. The statute of limitations has long since passed on such transgressions so I feel no apprehension in sharing this now.

The impetus for this anamnesis was a story I heard last week about a 12-year old Australian kid who hit the road after learning to drive by watching a few YouTube videos. What a time to be alive. He only made it about 1,300 kilometers before the Po-Po pulled him over, but he’s still my new hero. Aussie boy is awesome, but I’d still like to hear if you have similar stories. Did you do any driving before you were old enough to do so? 

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