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Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Renault, Citroen

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Ready for something weird? Really weird? French weird?

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Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota

Jim Yu February 24, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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After spending two days at Retromobile, I yearned for more! Five fancy dealerships– Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota, Renault, and Citroen– were within a few blocks of each other along the Champs-Elysees. I braved sub-freezing weather to visit them, and I was not disappointed.

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Retromobile 2015: Potpourri Edition

Jim Yu February 20, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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We end Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile 2015 with random oddities. From old prototypes to coach-built one-offs, we’ve got everything. I approached this white car from the rear and assumed it was some obscure Japanese car, perhaps a Mazda. Wrong. It’s a 1963 Lancia Flaminia by Pininfarina. I really dig the taillight treatment.

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Retromobile 2015: The Merchandise

Jim Yu February 19, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage now focuses on the mom-and-pop businesses with booths at the classic car show. The sheer volume of Hoontastic toys and baubles available is mind blowing. What I have captured here is just a tiny fraction of the products on offer. The lede photo is a hand built, 1/43 scale, ultra-detailed 1938 Alfa Romeo Le Mans racer for a mere 2,900 Euros. Make the jump to see what else you can pick up with your hard earned cash.

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Retromobile 2015: What the Manufacturers Brought

Jim Yu February 17, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage continues with what the manufacturers brought to the Parisian car show. A handful of carmakers brought cars for their displays. For the most part, the cars were rare classics from the companies’ heritage collections. Mercedes had a substantial presence, and this beautiful C111 blew me away. Make the jump to see what else Mercedes (and other European manufacturers) brought.

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Retromobile 2015: The Artcurial Collection

Jim Yu February 16, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile continues. The auction house Artcurial was not only responsible for displaying and selling the Baillon Collection at the car show. Oh, no. Artcurial was also responsible for a separate mega-display in the main exhibit hall showcasing a gaggle of other classic cars up for auction. This Quattroporte III (sold for 22,648 euros) was relegated to the nosebleed section of the showroom floor. Can you imagine what Artcurial would have on display in the better real estate? Make the jump to find out.

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Retromobile 2015: The Baillon Collection

Jim Yu February 10, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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No doubt by now, you have seen news clippings or blog posts about the Baillon Collection, one of the greatest barn finds in automotive history. Well, auction house ArtCurial, which was responsible for passing the collection along to the masses, presented the cars in an adjacent exhibition hall at Retromobile. Make the jump to see what I saw, and how I felt.

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Retromobile 2015: The Cars Outside

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Last weekend, I attended the large car show in Paris called Retromobile. It’s basically a new car show, a classic car show, a swap meet, a car auction, and a road rally all rolled into one– in French. I had a great time and there is so much to share. We’ll start with the cars outside the convention hall. Make the jump to see the obscure at the Porte de Versailles Metro station.

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Help My Dog Sitter/Walker Choose A Replacement For His Volvo Wagon

Jim Yu January 28, 2015 Wagon Wednesday

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When I picked up Cooper this afternoon, I noticed a small puddle of oil and kitty litter in front of my dog sitter’s driveway. Apparently, his 940 Turbo wagon has been hemorrhaging oil. After numerous repairs last year and with a booming business, he is ready for a larger, more reliable replacement. He has a few candidates. Make the jump to see what they are and let us know what you think. … Continue Reading

2015 Anti-Football Run Debrief

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On the first week of the new year, every year, it is my duty to remind you why the Left Coast is the Best Coast(tm). That’s right, it is time for another Anti-Football Run recap!

Given the Run’s increasing popularity, the starting point was moved from quaint Sausalito to an upscale shopping center parking lot a few miles up Highway 101 in Corte Madera (still in Marin County). Every year, I get a ride with my friend Rich. This year, he brought along a sweet 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera. Make the jump to see the incredible gathering of oddball machinery that participated. … Continue Reading

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