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The News for August 28th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian August 28, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Hyundai to launch N performance brand with insane concepts

  • Meet the Oshkosh JLTV, the military’s Humvee replacement

  • Kia shows off all-new Sportage early with… interesting styling

  • Honda previews awesome new concept and confirms debut for new Civic

  • Fiat Chrysler dealer meeting was allegedly awe inspiring, new Barracuda and others shown

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Monterey Car Week Photo Dump: Art on the Track

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I’d be willing to argue that the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the best event in the magnificent Monterey Car Week.

Just imagine the kind of legendary cars you grew up hearing about, watching race, and lusting over being in your face and on the track in their natural habitat. Everything at this event could have been in a museum – and I’m sure some are most of the year – but you can see them storming around one of the world’s most technical race tracks at full tilt, which is where they really belong. None of the cars in attendance were clones or replicas, so when you see something famous or rare you know it’s the real deal.

I took over 900 photos of this event alone but I’ve narrowed down to about 50 photos that I’ll share here (those being the ones that suck less) split into two posts: art in the paddock and art on the track. I say that because all of these cars are rolling art being used for their intended purposes, just how nature intended.

Click past the jump for some incredible machinery on track with some very talented drivers that aren’t going easy.

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Monterey Car Week Photo Dump: Art in the Paddock

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I’d be willing to argue that the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the best event in the magnificent Monterey Car Week.

Just imagine the kind of legendary cars you grew up hearing about, watching race, and lusting over being in your face and on the track in their natural habitat. Everything at this event could have been in a museum – and I’m sure some are most of the year – but you can see them storming around one of the world’s most technical race tracks at full tilt, which is where they really belong. None of the cars in attendance were clones or replicas, so when you see something famous or rare you know it’s the real deal.

I took over 900 photos of this event alone but I’ve narrowed down to about 50 photos that I’ll share here (those being the ones that suck less) split into two posts: art in the paddock and art on the track. I say that because all of these cars are rolling art being used for their intended purposes, just how nature intended.

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Monterey Car Week Photo Dump: Some German Cars on Lawns

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Monterey Car Week is a truly wonderful thing. Tens of thousands of cars and enthusiasts from all walks of life descend upon the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to celebrate these four-wheeled methods of transportation that we all love. It’s the only time of year when traffic jams are gorgeous and old cars are allowed to park on world-class golf courses.

This was my second time in Monterey for some Car Week festivities and I wasn’t alone. Tim and Bradley were both wandering around the same place and we were all busy snapping photos of anything with a tail pipe. So for this weekend, enjoy some large [photo] dumps from the three of us.

For this one, it’s a plethora of German cars on golf courses (groundskeeper’s worst nightmare) between two shows: the Werks Reunion run by Porsche Club of America and the Legends of the Autobahn which hosted Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzes.

Enjoy! Or don’t. It’s a free internet after all.

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The News for August 21st, 2015

Greg Kachadurian August 21, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • That was fast: C-Class Coupe gets the AMG treatment

  • Chevrolet reveals pricing markup guide for 2016 Camaro

  • Toyota prices 2016 Tacoma and drops more info

  • Hyundai releases new sketch of upcoming Elantra

  • Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo could preview upcoming Veyron successor

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Up Close and Personal with the 2001 BMW M3 GTR Road Car

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As far as BMWs go, this is about as rare as it gets. What you’re looking at here (and what I’m about to cover in a thick layer of Roundel-shaped dribble) is a 2001 BMW (E46) M3 GTR road car. That “GTR” and “road car” designation is what’s important here because only six cars were ever built this way from the factory, three of which are still in road-worthy condition but almost never seen.

So when an unabashed BMW fan (just don’t mention the 2 Series Active Tourer for the love of god) stumbles upon one of those three cars sitting unattended after the conclusion of last weekend’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, what does he do? In order: freak out, cry, Snapchat it to every contact, Instagram it, cry some more, and then break out the camera to get as many shots of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as possible before the backup battery dies.

Click past the jump and join me in what will surely be the most unobstructed view of this rare beast I’ll ever get.

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The News for August 14th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian August 14, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Mercedes-Benz chops some doors off the new C-Class

  • McLaren Special Operations works on the 570S

  • BMW M4 GTS might be a serious track car for once

  • BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R finally wears the right colors

  • Another Tonka truck comes to life, this time as a 4Runner

  • Dodge to reopen order books for Plum Crazy paint

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for August 7th, 2015

Greg Kachadurian August 7, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Audi S8 Plus is 605 horsepower of yes

  • New Mercedes-Benz SUV things are ready for your money

  • Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will be the first e-tron in America

  • 96 Hours of Blipshift is live!

  • Aston Martin will preview their second century at Pebble Beach

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniverse Reviews: Assetto Corsa

Greg Kachadurian August 6, 2015 Reviews

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There’s no shortage of racing games available to those who want them. The gaming industry has pumped out incredible titles over the last few decades and games are constantly evolving to meet the ever changing demands of bedroom racers. There’s a good racing game available on nearly every platform that can fulfill the needs of every kind of player, from the “I just want to have fun” gamers to the “I turn the house heat all the way up to simulate actual cockpit temperatures during a race” enthusiasts.

Guess which kind of player I am?

The kinds of racing games I’ve come to appreciate the most are the ones that strive to be as accurate and immersive as the real thing without any unnecessary fluff thrown in. In a world where games are expected to do everything well, I put a premium on games that do fewer things perfectly.

That’s why I’m excited to finally give Kunos Simulazioni’s Assetto Corsa for PC a full review on Hooniverse. I’ve been playing it for eight months now so it’s not necessarily a new game, but even among all of the newer offerings of 2015, it’s a wonderful racing simulator that does fewer things, damn near perfectly. … Continue Reading

The News for July 31st, 2015

Greg Kachadurian July 31, 2015 The News!

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Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Ferrari 488 gets the Spider treatment

  • Chevrolet Colorado now available with a diesel at a premium

  • Ford Apollo Edition Mustang raises $230,000 for charity

  • Elio Motors’ crowdfunding campaign proves successful

  • Listen to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for the first time

  • What’s your automotive news?

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