A Christmas Light Schedule Today

Robert Emslie December 26, 2016 All Things Hoon


Just a heads up that we’ll be running a light schedule today seeing as it’s a holiday for many. But if you’re so done visiting with family and need a break, come on back throughout the day and see what’s up. Hooniverse Asks will be coming up in a bit.

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Last Call: Happy Holidays Edition

Robert Emslie December 23, 2016 Last Call


It’s beginning to look a lot like… a dog in goggles driving a toy VW Type 2.

Happy Christmas everybody! Feliz Navidad, happy Kwanzaa, Gut yom tov, and a wonderful Winter Solstice to my fellow pagans.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie December 23, 2016 Mystery Car


Do you have all your holiday shopping done? If not, let me let you in on a little tip that works for pretty much everybody on your list. In lieu of a physical gift embrace your intended recipient warmly and tell them that you forgive them, and that that’s your gift to them this year. Even if they haven’t ever actually wronged you the absolution will come as such a surprise that they will just think that they did and that you are the most magnanimous individual in their life.

Okay, now that I’ve solved your gift-giving problems for the year you’ll have time to play this holiday-themed (red, you know) Mystery Car contest. Just let us know what that is up there—make and model— and you’re done. Oh, and I forgive you.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Best Rich Guy One-Off?

Robert Emslie December 23, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


The rich aren’t like us. No sir, not at all. First off, they’re rich. That means they have money and hence don’t worry about not having enough money, only about amassing as much more of the green stuff as they can. When they do spend their money it’s usually on something unobtainable to the rest of us—mansions overlooking large bodies of sparkling water, elections, and sometimes cars built especially for them.

Now, I know that any of us could saunter down to our friendly local Kia dealer and order a Soul in “Alien 2” and then wait a few weeks for it to be built and delivered, but when it comes to rich guy cars, the work is usually bespoke, and never off the rack. This being the holiday season, let’s see how the one-percent lives and try and decide which is the best rich guy one-off car to have ever been produced. And the first person that nominates the Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan gets a dirty look.

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Last Call: What a View Edition

Robert Emslie December 22, 2016 Last Call


Oh my gosh, will you just look at that beautiful sky-blue Citroën Dyane parked down the hill!

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie December 22, 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 notable automotive record was set on December 25, 1985?

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Hooniverse Asks: Has the Mazda MX-5 Really Outgrown its Purpose?

Robert Emslie December 22, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


Last week on The Grand Tour (SPOILER ALERT) James May and Richard Hammond entered into a heated argument over whether or not the Mazda MX-5 still qualifies as a pure sports car. May claimed that the plethora of features—doors! windows! boot space!—relegated today’s Miata to tiny tourer status but that it was no longer eligible to be called the ultimate roadster. Richard Hammond wholly disagreed and they went all the way to Morocco, bringing along a Zenos E10 S, to settle the argument.

Now the Zenos is a British car built in a shed, and it’s about as bare bones as a Monastery loo. Its comparison to the MX-5 made the Mazda seem almost extravagant in its presentation. It should be noted that Clarkson also showed up in a Alfa 4C, but that car’s just ridiculous and doesn’t add anything to the discussion. The E10 S on the other hand is so bereft of functional features, much less those that might be considered ostentatious, that it can’t seriously be considered as anything other than a toy.

That leaves us with the Miata, a car that started out more than a quarter century ago as the perfect small sports car. Since then it has been the answer to countless questions around what’s the most logical choice in that same category, and nothing else ever seems to have matched its secret formula. But here we are with a new Miata, and one that is laden with features that some (James May) might consider unnecessary on a pure small sports car. May has a point, as over the years the Miata has grown heavier by almost 300 pounds owing to safety and convenience features having been ladled onto it. It’s also, like most everything else, larger in almost every dimension. The question is, does it at all matter? With whom do you side in this argument, May or Hammond?

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Last Call: Forever Plaid Edition

Robert Emslie December 21, 2016 Last Call


This is the interior of the International Harvester Scout-based Monteverdi Sahara. That was a luxury SUV the Swiss car builder presciently but unsuccessfully offered in the 1970s, two decades before they really became a thing. I know what you are thinking—could this interior BE any more plaid? The answer is no, it could not be any more plaid.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

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 looked for cars to impress the relatives in for under $10,000 (9,450€). You gave us some excellent contenders to turn the relatives so green with envy as to be indistinguishable from the yule tree. We’ll gauge which is the most impressive in a sec, but first this week’s holiday-themed quest.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, all around the Hoon…. You know, the heck with Christmas, we’ve been seeing the decorations in the stores since last summer and I for one am DONE! Instead, let’s focus on the day after Christmas—Boxing Day—and celebrate that tradition of giving to those less fortunate than us by looking for the best deals in the boxiest cars there are-Volvos. We want to find the best boxy Volvos for sale, but we’re limiting the price to $5,000 just so we don’t go crazy.

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 dress to impress!

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Hooniverse Asks: What are the Best and Worst Holiday Decorations For Your Car?

Robert Emslie December 21, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


People love to decorate for the holidays. Whether it’s lights on the house, an inflate-o-elf for the yard, or a winter wonderland lower back tattoo for those hardcore holidayers, we just love to show off our enthusiasm for the season.

Our cars are not immune to these efforts and this year I think I’ve seen the most Rudolph nose and antler sets driving around than in all previous years combined. I’m thinking it might be some sort of cult. That’s a pretty minimalist and fairly innocuous way of dressing up your car for the holidays. Have you seen better or—better yet—have you seen worse? If so, let us know.

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