Last Call: Sign of the Season Edition

Robert Emslie December 20, 2016 Last Call


I’ve done most of my holiday shopping online once again this year and so have kept my road rage to a minimum. What about you, does it seem better out there this year, or worse?

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.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie December 20, 2016 Track Tuesday


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 hairpin. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: Now That Audi’s Out, What Company Should Take Its Place in LMP?

Robert Emslie December 20, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


Audi has bid adieu to Le Mans Prototype Racing, after 18 years of participation and almost as many of series dominance. VAG had recently started running both Porsche and Audi teams in the series, nominally to demonstrate two different engine forms, diesel, and gas. The company’s recent admission of a concerted effort to skirt global emissions requirements, all in the name of corporate profits, has lowered the boom on Audi’s oil-burning racing efforts in the ACO series. The company says it will now focus on electric car racing.

Electric racing may be all fine and dandy, but it can’t match the noise of internal combustion engine racers. That factor is one reason the LMP series will continue on without Audi. In fact, the company’s departure may prove a boon to the sport as its former dominance may have up to now kept other competitors out. Now that it’s gone, maybe some of them will give the series a try. If that’s the case, who would you most like to see field a team, and why?

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Last Call: The American Dream Edition

Robert Emslie December 19, 2016 Last Call


This car is so American its exhaust probably plays the Star Spangled Banner when you rev it. So incrusted it is in patriotic paraphernalia that I can hardly tell what model lies beneath. Can you? A more important question arises: is this sort of loyalist layering unique to the U.S.? Have you ever seen an example of some other nation being so feted in car form?

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.

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s See a Latin American Ford Falcon With A Honda 125cc Engine

Necessity is the mother of invention, or so it is claimed. Here’s one mother of an inventive hack, an Argentinian Ford Falcon wagon powered by a 125cc Honda single. The process of starting it looks like excellent cardio, and it does appear to cruise at a better-than-moped 40 to 50 mph. There’s a lot of questions this video leaves unanswered, such as how you shift it and whether or not it has a reverse, but it’s still quite cool. And of course, once you’ve made something as amazing as this, there’s obviously no going back.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Driving Skill Do You Want to Better Hone?

Robert Emslie December 19, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

It’s nearly the new year, and that provides an excellent, if arbitrary opportunity for reflection and to consider what you might like to better about yourself or your condition when we turn the calendar page. That’s given my pause to think about my driving skills, and to realize that one area where I feel need to do better is in maintaining surveillance of what’s going on behind me.

What has led me to this realization is the number of lane-splitting motorcycles that have surprised me of late. I like to be an unselfish driver and move to the right in my lane when I see a bike approaching. Quite often I even get a trailed two fingers in recognition of the act from the rider. When I’m not monitoring the mirrors as I feel I should be, they’re upon me before I can make the move. I’m also quite concerned about getting rear-ended by other cars because I think everyone else on the road are inattentive idiots. Sorry if we share the same roads.

I’m going to make a conscious effort to improve my mirror usage, and luckily for me, that’s something that takes only modest effort and no outlay of cash. What about you, is there an aspect of your driving, whether on the street or on the track that you would like to hone? As we all know, no matter how good we are, we can all still be a little better.

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Last Call: What’s Wrong With This Picture Edition

Robert Emslie December 16, 2016 Last Call


There sure is lots to “LUV” about this classic Mazda pickup I spotted on a recent shopping recon.

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.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie December 16, 2016 Mystery Car


Button up your overcoat, When the wind is free, Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

Yes, it’s blustery and wintery out there, unless of course you live in Australia in which case I hear you’re going through a heat wave. Whatever the weather, why not just stay inside where it’s nice and there is beer? To keep your mind off of the cabin fever you can take part in this week’s Mystery Car contest. Make and model should you choose to do so.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s a Cool Untried Engine Swap?

Robert Emslie December 16, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


While the general consensus always seems to be “LSX ALL THE THINGS!” there are a lot of other options when it comes to inserting engine “A” into car “B.” Take the above Porsche Cayman as example. That’s not a flat six hunkered down behind its seats, that’s a Ford Coyote V8!

To be honest with you, I’d have never thought of that. Now that I see it, I’m sure glad someone else did. What we’re interested in today are any other oddball engine swaps—whether it be mill or car—that you think would likely be the coolest. What do you think would be some untried engine swaps that should be tried?

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Last Call: It’s All About ME Edition

Robert Emslie December 15, 2016 Quick Pics


AC built just slightly more than 100 ME 3000 sports cars before finances and the realities of the cottage car industry finally took their toll.  The fact that they were built in that tiny a number is one of the 20th Century’s greatest travesties. Well okay, maybe not greatest, but it was still a pretty big downer.

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