Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie December 15, 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: George B. Selden was one of history’s earliest patent trolls. Who eventually defeated him and why should you care?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are correct. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: Have You Ever Immediately Regretted Selling a Car?

Robert Emslie December 15, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


Caveat Emptor is Latin for let the buyer beware. That’s been sound advice for a couple of millennia now, but truth be told, sellers need to look out when making a deal too.

Selling something as substantial and valuable as a car means that you need to take certain precautions in the transaction, lest you come away bamboozled by a trickster buyer. There are plenty of places on the Web where you can learn how to become a Jedi Master of selling cars, but not even those address the issue of seller’s remorse when you realize that you’ve suddenly made a terrible mistake. What we want to know today is: have you ever made one of those terrible mistakes? If so, do you have any tips for the rest of us lest we follow you down the same path?

Image: Strong Automotive

Last Call: Anti-Theft Edition

Robert Emslie December 14, 2016 Last Call


I think this art installation represents something called Redneck Chic.

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.

Image: Imgur

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. 

Lawns look great, but, especially out here in the drought-plagued west they’re an indulgent luxury. Still, lots of people have them and they’ve got to be mowed. We were seeking some of the coolest mowers the classifieds has to offer last week, and we’ll look at the lawn-dry list in just a sec. First however, this week’s quest.

This week we’re back to the cars. Not only that but we’re back to monetary ceilings to make it even more fun. What we’re seeking this week are cars to impress the relatives in for under $10,000 (9,450€). Many of us will be visiting the relations this holiday season, what would be the most envy-inducing ride that they might not know didn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy?

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: well mow me down!

… Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Would You Change About The Grand Tour?

Robert Emslie December 14, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


Well, here we are almost half-way into the first season of the show that reunites car-dom’s three favorite motoring buffoons with their adoring audience—Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour—making this a good opportunity to take stock in what it is exactly that Clarkson and Company hath wrought.

It was pretty obvious, even after the first episode, that the show has tried to capture the essence of what made Top Gear (mostly) great, while skirting the specifics of that show to avoid entanglements with the BBC’s lawyers. I think it’s pretty clear that they’ve been able to get about 80% there. The new show is a little more heavily scripted and, let’s be honest, that second episode was just painful to watch. Still, are there three more engaging motoring show hosts around today?

What do you think of the show so far? Are you okay with the somewhat cramped test track? Does the “American” make you forget all about the Stig? Most importantly, what do you think should change about the show to keep you watching?

Image: Screenrant

Last Call: What A Gas Edition

Robert Emslie December 13, 2016 Last Call


Texaco may have wanted you to trust your car to the man who wears a star, but I think Union Oil’s one-time employee wardrobe choices were, in fact, way groovier.

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.

Image: Pinterest

Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Robert Emslie December 13, 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 an anonymous corner. Good luck!

Image: ©2016 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Hooniverse Asks: Do You Like Harleys?

Robert Emslie December 13, 2016 Hooniverse Asks


As someone who has always preferred vehicles that place function over form and efficiency over flashiness, I have a hard time loving anything called a “Fat Boy.” As such, I have to admit that I am not really a fan of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Now, the only Harley I have ever ridden was an XLCR which, if you’re familiar, was a bike that made a lot of promises that ultimately it had some trouble actually fulfilling.

I like old bikes, and out of those what I really like standards—rides like BMW’s R90 and Triumph’s upright twins. In fact, Triumph today makes a retro bike, the T120 series that’s right up my alley. Comparing those to any of Harley’s products makes the American bikes seem overly fat and ill-handling in comparison—sort of like the Hummers of motorcycles.

Now, that’s just my opinion, and Harley Davidson wouldn’t have lasted all these years if they didn’t have their fans, or if those fans didn’t actually buy their bikes. What we want to know todays is: are you among those Harley fans?

Image: CarandBike

Last Call: Snowbound Edition

Robert Emslie December 12, 2016 Last Call


Looks like one of those rear window stick figures finally got bored with the sedentary lifestyle.

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.

Image: Imgur

Because it’s Monday, Let’s Watch a Saab Sonett Vintage Racer Take on the PVGP


The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a street race held in Schenley Park overlooking the Monongahela River. The charity event is held every summer, and as participant Stefan Vapaa says on his YouTube page, it’s how racing was done “back in the day.”

Vapaa raced his 1968 Saab Sonett V4 in 2015 event, starting in third. He gives us the chance to ride along during the entire race via a roll bar-mounted camera, the height of which only serves to amplify how narrow and closed-in the Schenley Park course really is. He also notes that the Solex 44 PII two-barrel caused him grief under hard rights and heavy braking, which you can hear in the  video.

The PVGP is a fantastic event that not everyone will get to experience. Here we don’t get to just experience it, but ride along during one of the heats. Make the jump and get the green flag. … Continue Reading