Video: Slightly Icy Road in Kazakhstan

Kamil Kaluski November 25, 2015 All Things Hoon

Where I live, in northeastern United States, people instantly forget how to drive the moment a slight drizzle starts. Rain? Forget about it, expect your commute to take twice as long. When the first snow comes, something which has been happening every winter for centuries, it’s like people have never seen it before. Thankfully we live in a somewhat civilized society and therefore most roads are mostly clean within a few hours of a snow storm.

Things in Kazakhstan, formerly a part of the Soviet Republic, are a bit different, as this video shows.

Craigslist Translation Guide

Kamil Kaluski November 24, 2015 All Things Hoon

buyer's guide

Found in Facebook’s Lemons Racer Lounge, where things like this and other useless junk are frequently posted. It’s pretty accurate in my opinion.

Video: Lenny’s Garage

Kamil Kaluski November 23, 2015 Hoonivercinema

Given a garage big enough, most of us here at Hooniverse would fill it up with old, weird, and obscure cars. Chances are that some of then may even run. Brooklynite Lenny Shiller happens to have a garage in the city big enough to hold his collection of 58 cars, bikes, and motorcycles, and he has the space to repair them and store parts for them. Check out the awesome video about this man and his collection.

Lenny Shiller is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and classic car collector. He has amassed a staggering 58 rare classic cars, while he also owns hundreds of vintage bikes, motorcycles, and memorabilia. Lenny spends his time restoring and maintaining his collection, with the intention one day to pass them on to the next generation. The walls of his 12,000 sq ft garage in Gowanus are stacked with car parts he has collected over the years, the space resembling part working garage, part museum.

Filmed and edited by Peter Crosby
Music by Salomon Lighthelm


Russion Show Takes Stunt Driving In a New Direction (or Two)

Kamil Kaluski November 10, 2015 Hoonivercinema

Stunt car shows are more popular in Europe than here in the U.S. That’s probably because we have awesome monster trucks with awesome engines, awesome dragsters, robot monsters that eat other not -so-awesome cars, school buses that jump, and everything we have is basically bigger, better, louder and more awesome-er. America!

In Russia they have…Toyota Tercels. Playing the cards they were dealt, they made something cool. You’d expect them to perhaps drive on two wheels, or have one of their Olympic gymnasts do a split between two cars, or perhaps a fancy e-brake parking job. Nope. Check out the video for the unexpected result.

The BestRide/CarTalk Ultimate Guide to Winter Driving

Kamil Kaluski November 6, 2015 All Things Hoon

2014 toyota 4runner trail stuck snow

You see that very capable off-road vehicle in the above picture? It has a full frame, two-speed transfer-case, locking differentials, and a fancy terrain response system. And it’s stuck in a few inches of snow.

That was me, in the 2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail, of which I was trying to take some pictures for the review. Getting stuck sucked, especially in rural Vermont on a Sunday afternoon. I really blamed the highway tires mounted to this rig, but at the end of the day, it’s always the driver’s fault. Had I stayed five feet to right, I probably would have been fine.

Our friends at BestRide and Car Talk, who are born and raised in the Boston area, know a thing or two about winters. They have come up with a very detailed Ultimate Winter Driving Guide. Their guide covers all the basics many of us know, but they also got help from industry experts and professional drivers which may teach you something you don’t already know. It may not stop you from getting stuck, but it might help you get out. Check it out!

Video: Ninety Second Tour of the Tesla Factory

Kamil Kaluski November 6, 2015 Hoonivercinema
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It used to be known as the NUMMI plant, New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., which was a joint venture of General Motors and Toyota. When I visited it, around 2004, the tour guide proudly announced that since the factory opened, in 1984, it has not had any lay-offs. It was the place in which our friend John Krafcik first coined the term Lean Manufacturing. And it shut its doors in 2010 among the GM bankruptcy and Toyota moving out.

Some time later Tesla bought the property for pennies on a dollar. Less than two years later, the first Model S left that factory. This plant is where the Tesla cars are currently manufactured and this video shows a little glimpse into the 5,500,000-square-foot facility which produces 1000 cars per week.


Woman Lucky to be Alive after Wooden Post Goes Through Windshield

Kamil Kaluski November 5, 2015 All Things Hoon


A Massachusetts Woman is lucky to be alive after a 4″ x 4″ wooden post impaled her windshield.

From Massachusetts State Police:

Holyoke Woman Escapes Serious Injury
This morning, just after 11:00 a.m., a 67-year-old woman from Holyoke was traveling north on Interstate 91 in Springfield when a 4×4 wood post came through her windshield.
The wood post is believed to have fallen off off of another vehicle. It was then run over by a tractor-trailer, sending it through the air and into the Subaru windshield.
We are thankful the woman was not injured, but would like to remind all motorists to ensure all loads be properly secured. This incident could have had a fatal outcome.

She should go buy a lottery ticket as soon as possible. The rest of us should make sure, and police should enforce, that all cargo is well secured. Be it on the roof, on a trailer, or inside, anything can become an instant moving projectile.


Spotted: 1986 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rally Recreation

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There I am, at the 24 Hours of Lemons Halloween Hooptiesfest race, freshly done with my driving stint, walking over to my friend’s garage, when suddenly! Bam!

In the corner of my eye I see it. I freeze in place.

Whut? Did I just see that? Did I just really just see that?

Ho. Lee. Shit.

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Craigslist: 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI & The Diesel Scandal

Kamil Kaluski November 3, 2015 All Things Hoon


Hi! How are you? Have you heard? Along with the 4-cylinder Volkswagen diesel scandal, the EPA now says the the V6 TDI models use the same kind of emissions cheat device. The 3.0 V6 TDI engine is a sweetheart of engine, as I have experienced and loved in the Audi A6 TDI and the Q7 TDI, and Jeff reviewed it in the A7 TDI. It also come in the Porsche Cayennes. With over 400 lb-ft at less than 2000rpm, it was/is a monster. You will probably not be able to buy a new vehicle with it for much longer, but don’t worry, you can still buy the diesel of your dreams – the VW Toureg V10 TDI!!!

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Hooniverse 24 Hours of LeMons: Halloween Hooptiefest is a Clean Race for Idiots in a Buick

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Four “idiots in a Buick”, as Jay Lamm once famously called us, car number 451, finished third in class and fifteenth overall at the 24 Hours Halooween Hooptiefest in New Hampshire. We made no contact, did not go off-track, did not speed in the pits, had no black flags, and made just three pit stops and driver swaps each day. We ran clean and we ran consistently, we were slightly slowed down by the Sunday morning rain, but we still didn’t win. Ugh.

That said, we are very happy with our second top-five in-class result in two races. After some high-fives, chest-bumps, and beers, we started discussing our future racing strategy. I questioned if we have reached the potential of this tired old Buick. We sat down and started chatting about some issues.

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