Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie January 19, 2017 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 was the AMC Lerma?

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

Hooniverse Asks: Have You Ever Bought a Car That Was Later Disavowed by its Maker?

Robert Emslie January 19, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

2017 Chrysler 200S

Just recently Fiat Chrysler intimated that both the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart weren’t very good cars for the company. This was after the fact that they almost admitted to neither model being a particularly good car at all. I wonder how the current owners of the reconstituted Dart and Alfa-based 200 cars feel about that?

I’d guess they feel the same was a did owners of Merkurs after Ford killed off that short-lived brand and then proceeded to pretend like they never existed. Or, how owners of Pontiac Azteks felt from the very moment they drove their weirdo-mobiles off the lot.

There have been a number of times when, after the fact, car makers have publicly asked “what were we thinking?” and repudiated models that they previously heaped with praise. Have you ever owned a disowned model? How did that feel?

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Last Call: Urban Jungle Edition

Robert Emslie January 18, 2017 Last Call


They say that the Carrier Pigeon is extinct, but I happen to believe that there are lots of things still carried by pigeons. Things like Cryptococcal Meningitis, Salmonella, Viral Encephalitis…

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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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.

Before his passing, Michael Jackson advocated that we all “Beat It” including the sage advice: you want to stay alive, better do what you can, so beat it, just beat it. We took Michael at his posthumous word last week, seeking winter beaters to get us safely through the year’s darkest days. We’ll get our beat-on in just a sec, but first this week’s quest.

Injection is nice, but I’d rather be blown is a silk screened homily from tee-shirts of my youth. It made a lot more sense back before pretty much everything was fuel injected, but still maintains its humorously salacious double entendre nonetheless. Not every car is blown today and so we should find the best used ones that are. Let’s set $20K American has our ceiling, and see what turbocharged and supercharged dream cars we can find for sale under that cap.

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 see if we’ve got the beat! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Worst Case of a Brand That Has a Reputation for Quality But is Really Crap?

Robert Emslie January 18, 2017 Hooniverse Asks


If you pay a lot of money for something, it should be pretty good, right? That’s not always the case, and in fact with cars sometimes it’s the most expensive ones that are the finickiest. Price isn’t always the inverse to quality however, as there are some cheap cars that are pretty painful to own too.

In fact there doesn’t seem to be any specific criteria that drives a brand’s reputation for durability as some have gained such cred without actually fulfilling that promise. What we want to know today is your opinion on which which is the most egregious offender of this bunch.

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Last Call: Limousine Life Edition

Robert Emslie January 17, 2017 Last Call


I have to tell you, I am not a fan of the traditional limo. A stretched Town Car or Caddy just doesn’t do it for me. If you just need a ride to the airport, either of those would be fine, but for a party wagon, give my a high-top Sprinter or Transit murdered out and stocked with a full bar.

That all being said, this  ’32 Ford limo is something I could definitely get behind… er, into.

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 January 17, 2017 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 the whole ball of wax. Good luck!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Is Your Favorite 2017 NAIAS Debut?

Robert Emslie January 17, 2017 Hooniverse Asks

NAIAS Cover Image

Well, I have to say that this year’s Detroit Auto Show, more grandiosely known as the North American International Auto Show was a little light on the excitement this year. Oh sure there was a new Camry, and Kia—Kia!—debuted a new four-door sedan, but to be honest, there wasn’t all that much to get the auto enthusiast all that enthused.

That’s not to say there weren’t some high points to the show. And in fact that’s just what we’re interested in today—the Detroit debuts that did seem to get you all hot and bothered. Or, at least piqued your interest. Did you see anything that really floats your boat? What is your favorite 2017 NAIAS debut?

Last Call: Just In Case You Need a Ford Edition

Robert Emslie January 16, 2017 Last Call

case ford tractor

Here we have a 1948 Case tractor that has been fitted with a very clever 1947 Ford F1 pickup disguise. Oh, and in case you were perplexed, you enter from the rear.

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 Ride Along With This Custom AWD Racer as it Runs a Hillclimb

Robert Emslie January 16, 2017 All Things Hoon

Do you remember the Last Call from this past Friday? It was a Hemi-powered old school dragster with an auxiliary engine powering its roots-type supercharger. Have you been wondering since then just what such a beast might sound like? Well, wonder no more. This is the Mannic-Beattie, a custom-built AWD special sporting a 1.7-litre Cosworth four with enhanced breathing made possible by a small gas turbine.

It was built by racer Nic Mann, and sends its estimated 600-bhp to all four wheels through a proprietary AWD system. How does it go? Like a bat out of hell. Here we can ride that bat along with Mann as he runs the Shelsley Walsh Speed Hillclimb in Worcestershire, England. The whole thing is over in just 25 seconds, but it’s estimated that he’s pulling 2gs off the line and maxed out at 140 miles per hour at the other end. Looks like the work that went into the Mannic-Beattie was well worth the effort.

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