Last Call: Bell Bottom Blues Edition

Robert Emslie January 24, 2017 Last Call


If you will recall, AMC’s “Levi’s Edition” models used the famous clothing maker’s signature material as an accent to the cars’ other textures. This hoity-paloity Vespa however, goes the whole nine yards with its denim coverings. And nine yards may have been what it took to cover it in its entirety. Kind of reminds me of a Tennessee Tuxedo.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie January 24, 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 loooong sweeper. Good luck!

And, if you’re still scratching your head over last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Greatest Motorcycle Movie of All Time?

Robert Emslie January 24, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

Wild Angels

Hollywood really seems to have gotten the zeitgeist of the automobile’s place in our modern day imagination. Whether it’s film about racing in which the contest is captured in wheel to wheel action, or a road picture where the car can play as important a role as the stars, the automobile has found its place.

The same can’t really be said for motorcycles, however. There have been a small number of motorcycle racing movies, but mostly two wheel transport has been relegated to the rebel role. That of course is only one aspect of the biking experience, but one that seems to have been perhaps overly documented. The others are less common, but often just as compelling. Considering the few films in which bikes have played a central role, which do you think is history’s greatest.

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Last Call: Fly Me Edition

Robert Emslie January 23, 2017 Last Call

pilot selfie

Every part of me wishes that this co-pilot selfie was in fact real.

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Enjoy a Time Lapse Hemi Rebuild

Chrysler did not invent the hemispherical combustion chamber, but they did do more than any other company to promote it—to actually make the Hemi a thing. The use of a hemispherical, or domed combustion chamber, goes way back, to even before the inception of Chrysler. Its benefits were exploited on Fiat Grand Prix racers, Stutz sports cars and others well before WWI.
The advantage of the design over that of the alternative wedge head is in valve size and commensurate breathing. A wedge head’s valve size is limited to what can fit side by side within the space of the bore. A Hemi, on the other hand, spaces its valves on either side of the dome, allowing for bigger openings and better gas flow both in and out.
This video, from our friends at Hagerty, shows the breakdown and reassembly of a Chrysler FirePower Hemi that they say came out of a Chrysler New Yorker with a tree growing out of it.It gives an excellent overview of how a Hemi works and the ingenious head design that allows space for pushrods, rockers, big-ass valves and spark plugs all seemingly in the same place. We’ve seen their work previously on a Ford Flathead rebuild and this one is just as awesome.

Source: Hagerty

Hooniverse Asks: What Car Company Has The Most Appealing Parts Interchange?

Robert Emslie January 23, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


What’s wrong with the picture above? If you said not a damn’d thing then props to you. If however, you noted that this is a MK6 VW Jetta with an Audi 3.2-litre V6, a combo that never left the factory, then you also get a gold star. This image happens to be from a thread on the VW Vortex detailing one GLI owner’s efforts to turn his MK6 into an AWD romper-stomper R edition.

That’s the great thing about VAG products: they have a ton of interchangeable parts that stretch over both models and years. If you own one car and jones over a feature of another? No problem, it’s probably just a few triple-square bolts away.

Sharing is caring and today we’d like to know your opinion on which marques offer the greatest opportunity for inter-model parts exchange.

Image: VW Vortex

Last Call: Scandinavian Death Metal Edition

Robert Emslie January 20, 2017 Last Call


Volvos have always been the cars that, in a dangerous world, could be the only thing standing between you and death. This custom 240 wagon however, looks ready—nay, eager—to assist you in meeting your maker.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie January 20, 2017 Mystery Car


Welcome to another exciting Mystery Car contest. If you’re anything like me you’ve been anticipating its arrival almost since the last one. Just in case you were wondering what that one was, here’s the answer. Now that we’ve gotten that taken care of, make and model on this beauty if you don’t mind.

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Hooniverse Asks: What As-Yet Un-Paired Car Makers Should Join Forces?

Robert Emslie January 20, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


So it recently came to my attention that Infiniti is selling a new model—the QX30—that it just so happens is based on Mercedes’ GLA. This strange scenario is the first fruit of a collaborative relationship between Daimler and Renault-Nissan.

I say it’s strange because, to be honest the GLA isn’t one of Mercedes’ brightest stars. It seems however that with the QX30 Infiniti has addressed a number of the platform’s shortcomings. That’s the sign of a successful partnership, leveraging the best practices of each partner.

That got me thinking that there have been a number of successful partnerships and pairings over the years – Ford and Lotus, Isuzu and Lotus, Toyota and Lotus, just to name a few. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t untapped partnerings that would obviously be completely fabulous. With that in mind, what as yet un-paired car makers do you think should be exploring their wonder-twin powers?

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Last Call Hood Ornament Edition

Robert Emslie January 19, 2017 Last Call

A Seattle Seahawks fan vehicle sits parked with an effigy of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on the hood and bumper near CenturyLink Field before an NFL football NFC wild card playoff football game between the Seahawks and the Lions, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

You might enjoy adorning the nose of your car with a festive wreath come the holiday season, it’s a bit of decoration that can bring a smile to faces of even the most hard-hearted scrooge. Once the holidays are over however, it’s all about football. A Seattle Seahawks fan has decided to festoon his Hummer with the likeness of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Seattle beat Detroit in their final match up of the season 26 to 6, so perhaps the shocking display worked. Let’s just try and not make a habit of this, okay?

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Source: AP Photo/Stephen Brashear