Someone Drew My Cars And Put Them On Mugs And Shirts

Jim Yu March 15, 2018 All Things Hoon

We all love obscure cars. And we want to celebrate them. But because they are obscure, it is nearly impossible to find merchandise with those cars on them. Fortunately, I found a talented artist who will, for a reasonable fee, draw your car, and you can buy mugs and t-shirts (and more) with the drawing on them. Make the jump to see this guy’s work. … Continue Reading

Riding the Pan-American Highway by Bus: Ecuador and Colombia

With our bus stalling twice already the night before in the Ecuadorean Central Highlands, I was on edge. Was I going to make it to the end of the Pan-American Highway? With pressing family and work obligations, I may not have another chance to complete the journey in the foreseeable future.

Then, at around three in the morning, our bus suffered its final catastrophic electrical failure.

We were sitting ducks. Without any lights on, what if a tired truck driver rear-ended us at full speed? What if word got out that there was a stranded bus full of passengers, ready to have all of their belongings looted? What if.

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Riding the Pan-American Highway by Bus: Peru and Ecuador

As some of you know, I started a trek in 2007 to ride the entire 14,741-mile Pan-American Highway by bus. Last month, I finally accomplished this goal. The final stretch was from Lima, Peru, northward, to Turbo, Colombia. The Darien Gap, a roadless stretch of jungle between Panama and Colombia, prevents the highway from running contiguously from North to South America. Turbo is the northern terminus of the South American portion of the highway.

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State of the Garage (and Car Vacations) Address

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It has been a while since I posted on Hooniverse so I thought I would catch you up on what’s going on in the Yu garage. A couple of Germans may soon be added. Plus, I have photos to share from my recent trips to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Japan. … Continue Reading

How Not to Sell My Salvage Titled Volvo

Jim Yu August 31, 2015 For Sale


As you may remember, my beloved 6MT Volvo V50 T5 was rear ended and declared a total loss in April. Some enterprising individual¬†bought the wreck at an auction, proceeded to fix/replace the rear hatch, and flip it on Craigslist. Almost three months later, it still sits, stale. Make the jump to see why. … Continue Reading

My New Car: 2008 Saab 9-3 SportCombi

Jim Yu June 29, 2015 All Things Hoon


The search is over. No more rental cars. No more reading the bus schedule. No more blurry eyes from staring at Craigslist, Buggy Bank, Autotrader, and Bring A Trailer. The search is over.

Make the jump to see my new ride.

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Hooniverse Goes to the Citroen Conservatoire


Lady and gentlemen, the Citroen Conservatoire is one of those places where you say to yourself, after the visit– If I die now, I have no regrets and I’ve lived a full life. The collection is that extraordinary. And here’s the secret– It’s not a private collection that is next to impossible to see. Just send a courteous email to the staff, and they’ll happily fit you in.

There are hundreds of cars in the collection, so I have split this tour into four posts. Make the jump to see Nirvana-on-Earth.

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Shopping for Saabs (x4)

Jim Yu April 27, 2015 All Things Hoon, For Sale


The wrecked Volvo is going to be replaced by some kind of Saab, probably. Last weekend, I checked out four. And I need your help.¬† … Continue Reading

Need to Replace the V50 Wagon

Jim Yu April 21, 2015 All Things Hoon, For Sale


That, lady and gentlemen, is $9,199 worth of damage. A matte black Yukon with a pre-runner bar rear ended my beloved wagon. The car, 1 of just 400 FWD 6-speed manuals sold in America, is a total loss. As many of you know, it takes me a long time– typically more than a year– to choose and find a car. Well, I don’t have the luxury of time and need your help. Make the jump to see what I’m considering.

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Hooniverse Goes to Formula E


1 series. 10 teams. 20 drivers. 40 cars. Say what? Because the electric racers don’t have enough juice to run the entire hour-long race, Formula E drivers have to switch cars midway through. And you know what? That’s not the most absurd thing about this series. Make the jump to find out why I think the series is a novelty with a three-year expiration date, tops.

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