This 8×8 HEMTT Expedition Vehicle can show you the world

oskhosk hemmt expedition vehicle

If you’ve ever considered selling everything and living on (or off) the road and maybe invade a small country along the way, doing it in something like this behemoth is perhaps the best way to go. Today’s Craigslist special is a retired Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) converted into the ultimate expedition vehicle.

That’s right, a heavy truck designed for US military service in a variety of roles, including tanker duties (like this one was) and sometimes anti-ballastic missile deployment, has been turned into an expedition vehicle, is road-legal with RV registration, and is for sale on your friendly neighborhood Craigslist at a reduced price. What a time to be alive. Here’s the full ad:

Price reduced for Summer sale- only $99k, Fully road legal with rv registration. Navy seal f470 zodiac included! Ultimate expedition vehicle-1983 Oshkosh M978 HEMTT converted with 2009 Roadmaster Toyhauler
29,100 miles
8v92ta super charged turbo 2 stroke Detroit diesel
Allison automatic
Back 4 wheels for highway use with air toggle for 8×8 and air toggle for lockers on all 4 axles
78k lbs gvwr – as it sits loaded is about 50k lbs-
Mostly air and mechanical systems
24 v reduced to 12 volt for camper
2 piece HEMTT combat wheels with 70 percent tread on 16 r20 michellin xzl with extra wheel/ tire spare as well as extra tire to put on any rim
10 extra original split rims with mounted Michelin xl tires
900 lb spitzlift crane- brand new
double aluminum racks bolted through with rubber flex mounts
fuel preheater/water separator
block heater
brand new extra battery to replace either of the 2 12v wired to 24v
new alternator
new front left seals/ bearing
20,000 lb winch off of pto

Top speed 65 mph at 2200 rpm
450 hp
fords 4 feet of water
can traverse a 5 foot trench
4mpg on paved roads with 3mpg offroad terrain
150 gallon diesel tank

Queen bed suspended over front of garage
slide out with full size pullout
full kitchen- microwave, 3 burner propane stove, large fridge/freezer 110 or gas, lots of storage
dry bath with seperate shower
propane furnace plus 110 heater
flat screen tv with antenna booster, 6 speaker stereo with cd
gear garage- tie downs etc – have had long track sled, 2 dirt bikes and 2 mountain bikes loaded at same time
back 7 ft door/ramp with 7 foot extention ramp to make a 14 foot ramp to lower gear from the 6 ft vertical floor level
2 cylinder generac generator w/computer and separate battery
100 watt solar with controller
2 new deepcycle interstates charged by truck alternator(24 to 12 volt reduction) as well as solar, or generator
both 110 and 12 v heater pads on 40 gal water tank as well as 20 gal grey and black tanks, fully insulated holding tank compartment

22 gal gasoline fuel station for toys

Thousands or dollars in spare wheels, tires, full new replacement, belts, hoses, gauges relays, seals, battery etc

Excellent condition- only $99,000!!

[Source: Craigslist | Finder’s credit – Matt Hardigree]

The News for August 26th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian August 26, 2016 The News!


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:

  • Aston Martin drops the top on the Vanquish Zagato because they could

  • Tesla reveals Model S P100D with more range and power

  • Mazda has reportedly approved the RX-9 for production

  • Ford offering a free* driving academy for Focus RS buyers

  • EPA is considering a higher octane mandate

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Quick Pics: Battle Ready

1938 Sparks Thorne Little Six

Just because he’s racing a 78-year-old Sparks Thorne Little Six around one of the most intimidating tracks in the world doesn’t mean he has any intention of going easy. Nobody there did.

[Image © 2016 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian – full size]

Quick Pics: Reunited with an old hero


BMW is the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion taking place this week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Upwards of seventy BMWs will be on track at some point during the four days of on-track action and several of those were brought out by BMW themselves. Classic race cars that have been seldom seen since being replaced in competition emerged from storage to relive their glory days. One of those cars is an old hero of mine: the BMW M3 GT from the final days of the American Le Mans Series.

I got into ALMS pretty late in the game, only getting to my first race at the 2010 Petit Le Mans. I went in not knowing much other than that I really liked road racing and the BMW M3. Team RLL raced with two beautiful M3 GTs similar to the one pictured. Seeing those cars (and all the others in the 2010 ALMS field, for that matter) fly through the rolling hills of Road Atlanta was a phenomenal sight. It was one of the best experiences of my life, but right at the end, things got really interesting. The leading (I think) Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT ran out of fuel with a lap or two to go which allowed one of the BMWs to get just enough points to narrowly clinch the Team and Manufacturers championships for the season. The friend that forced me to attend is about the biggest Ferrari fan on earth. I thought our friendship was over.

Fortunately it wasn’t and we got to see more ALMS races together, including the last one. I would have come back whether BMW had won or not, but seeing this car do so well on my first ALMS race and then continue to kick ass over the next two seasons left a huge impression on me. In a way, this is the car that helped solidify my love for endurance racing and for BMW Motorsports. The car pictured is the 2011 season car, the same one my friend and I got to see race for its final time. I got to see it on track again today. It looks, sounds, and feels exactly how I remember it.

[Image © 2016 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian]

The News for August 19th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian August 19, 2016 The News!

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 (left) and 1969 Dodge Charger Day

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:

  • Koenigsegg sends the first US-spec Agera RS to Monterey

  • McLaren debuts the 570GT by MSO with a fancy glass roof

  • Dodge revives the T/A and Daytona nameplates

  • Infiniti has a production-ready variable compression engine

  • Mercedes reveals the huge Maybach 6 concept

  • BMW 2002 Hommage picks up a throwback livery

  • Follow up: The Peninsula Best of the Best Award goes to…

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The News for August 12th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian August 12, 2016 The News!


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:

  • Land Rover shows off 2017 Range Rover updates and new SVAutobiography Dynamic model

  • The Fisker Karma is coming back as the Karma Revero

  • Mercedes-Benz teases Maybach concept, may be Exelero part 2

  • McLaren showing off new MSO project at Pebble Beach

  • Valentino Balboni launching new Lamborghini performance brand

  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 650 confirmed horsepower for ~$62k

  • Hooniverse will be at Monterey Car Week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award – the ultimate best in show

1932 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Sport Cabriolet

In our rich and diverse car culture, there are thousands of car shows that bring some of the best cars from the past and present to the limelight. Among those shows, the most pristine examples of the finest cars on earth are always at the world’s top concours events. The things that can turn up at a proper concours event can bewilder and amaze like nothing else can. Typically those events will crown a best in show to recognize a single car as the most exceptional machine among an already exceptional collection of cars. This year’s Monterey Car Week will have plenty of concours with plenty of best in shows, but one concours event will take that concept to a much higher level.

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award will be presented at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 19th and it’ll be a literal best of the best show. They’re bringing in six best in shows from top concours events around the world onto the same lawn to compete for the ultimate best in show. They’ll have 23 industry legends on hand who will be charged with the daunting task of picking a single best of the best in show and essentially naming the finest car in the world.

Some details on the six cars in the running for this award are past the jump. They’re phenomenal.

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The News for August 5th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian August 5, 2016 The News!


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:

  • BMW restores the 507 driven by Hans Stuck and Elvis, will present it at Pebble Beach

  • Nissan resurrects the BladeGlider concept with a new variant, may kinda think about building it

  • BMW will bring 150 “30 Jahre” M3s to the US

  • I make fun of click-bait titles and you’ll never guess how much power the new Camaro ZL1 will have

  • Pricing info is finalized for the Tacoma TRD Pro, QX30, and G80

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for July 29th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian July 29, 2016 The News!


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:

  • Nissan releases single-cab Titans for commercial fleets

  • Bristol Cars is back in business with the Bullet

  • Ford Performance releasing emissions-legal Mustang GT power packs

  • Infiniti finalizes Q60 pricing, car launches this September

  • Catch the 96 Hours of BS (Blipshift) sale!

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Project Car SOTU 2016: “Project” Voodoo


It’s Project Car State of the Union time once more and I’m still without some sort of actual project car. It comes down to space issues, really. But I have a terabyte of space on my gaming PC… In an effort to contribute something for the SOTU this year, I fired up Grand Theft Auto V and… well, I “made” a project car.

This idea came up one night because I got bored. Rather than going outside and making friends, I immersed myself in the digital world of Los Santos, San Andreas in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V for some shenanigans. I was playing with some of the new cars they added to the game when I had the urge to change gears and take on some sort of old “project car”, as hoons do.

What followed was about three hours of pure infatuation with an assortment of pixels on my screen loosely resembling a real car. Three hours of my life went by before I snapped back into reality; I ended with no physical manifestation of my work to show for it, but the fun was certainly real.

Say hello to Project Voodoo, a car that exists only on my hard drive and in my heart…. because I could.

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