Craigslist: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 with Chevy Power

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It’s Friday afternoon of a really busy/long week. I decided to take a mental break from the world by opened up Craig’s List with the hopes of finding a decently priced something, anything. I typed “land” into the search and viola, another over-priced Land Rover Defender 90 poped up. I’m reading the description and I’m like “Oh, ‘a Chevrolet 350 (5.7L) Vortec has been installed and mated to a NV4500 5 speed transmission’, the hoons need to see this!”

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West German cars living and dying in Poland – Part 2

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The world has recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I cannot think of any single more striking difference between Western Bloc and Eastern Bloc countries than cars. Cars are something everyone sees everyday, they tell of our tastes and finances more than any jewelry, clothing, or home can. Just seeing the contrasts between East German Wartburgs and West German Volkswagen tells you which people are better off.

Today we take another look at West German cars that are presently living and dying in Poland. I included all Fords in this as Ford European HQ are located in Germany, despite the cars being manufactured all over. As always all pictures come courtesy of readers of the awesome Polish Zlomnik.pl website. Enjoy.

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Video: FSO Polonez made from LEGO Technic

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Almost three years ago Santa brought me the LEGO Technic Unimog. This absurdly awesome vehicle was absurdly challenging to complete, especially when working with a five six seven year old on it. I still need to finish the crane and the winch on it.

It therefore amazes me when someone is capable of building anything original from LEGO Technic, especially something that resembles an actual vehicle. The above pictured FSO Polonez (early model)  is a lot more than just a pretty face. Its doors, hood, and hatch open, its wheels steer with the steering wheel, it has full suspension, and it has the typical LEGO engine and transmission.

But in addition to all of that, this Polonez is also radio controlled! My gawd, I NEED this!!! The holidays are around the corner and I’ve a good-ish boy, so Santa, if your fat ass is real,… please, pretty please?

See the whole car in detail after the jump.

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Car Talk Special – Ray remembers his brother Tom

Kamil Kaluski November 7, 2014 All Things Hoon


Tomorrow, Saturday, November 8th 2014, Ray Magliozzi will host a special episode of Car Talk on NPR. In this special one-hour show Ray will remember his brother who passed away last Monday from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. The show will not be a teary farewell to Tom but rather reflection on the funniest parts of Tom’s thirty years of broadcasting.

Regarding the details of how/when to listen, Car Talk Facebook Page says:

Many stations will be airing it in the regular Car Talk time slot, but check your local station listings for a definitive answer. We’ll also be streaming it on our website on Saturday starting around 2pm EST (www.cartalk.com), and a podcast will be available.


Adventures in Hooning an FSO Polonez

Kamil Kaluski November 6, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Few weeks back I was in Poland for a few days to visit family and take care of some personal stuff. One day my cousin Darek came to pick me up in his ’98 FSO Polonez Atu to take me to my uncle’s, his father’s, country home for dinner and Darek’s sister’s eighteenth birthday party. Darek, being a handy 27-year-old knows his way around cars and all things mechanical, is keeping the Polonez around not because he needs to but because he wants to – he simply likes it, but he is also dreaming of a used 135i.

Since my visit there three years ago he converted the Polonez to run on gas (LPG? I’m not sure), added fancy BBS wheels, and has been fighting off rust. In the above picture he’s not exactly posing, but rather is covering the rusted door with his body.

Anyway, he picks me up, and like any young-ish man, drives a little too fast. When we get onto one of the new, wide, freeway-like roads that are popping up around Poland these days, he really guns it!

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Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk, dies at the age of 77

Tom Magliozzi

NPR reports that Tom Magliozzi of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, hosts of the popular radio show Car Talk has passed away at the age of 77 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Our condolences go out to Magliozzi family and their many close friends.

The Magliozzi brothers have retired in 2012 but their very funny car talk show is still being played on NPR. Please see a very nice tribute piece written by Craig Fitzgerald at Bestride.com. Those that never heard the show, should. It’s funny and entertaining, but the bottom line is that these guys know their stuff and always managed to offer good advise to callers with limited automotive knowledge.


Modern Art Monday: Up close and Personal with a Lada 2103

Kamil Kaluski November 3, 2014 Modern Art Monday

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Few weeks I had an opportunity to spend some time with this 1982 Lada 2130, which isn’t actually a Lada but rather it’s a VAZ. You see, these cars were known as VAZes in the Soviet Union and Lada was just their export name. Head over to TTAC for the whole write up and hit the jump to see more pictures of the car.

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2015 Honda Fit – Why Jeff is Wrong

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Most auto journalists, and Jeff, just love the 2015 Honda Fit, as they should. After all, it is an economical, affordable, reliable, and highly utilitarian vehicle. Completely redesigned for this year, the Fit is extremely important as its buyers are likely to become the future buyers of pricier Honda cars. But after I spent some time with it, I wasn’t so in love with the Fit.

Allow me to explain.

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TMI Ariel Atom 3S – The American Turbocharged 3.5R

Kamil Kaluski October 10, 2014 The News!

TMI Ariel Atom 3S

Some time ago the Ariel Atom 3.5R debuted in Europe. Now the American manufacturer of Ariel Atom, TMI AutoTech, is releasing their version called the Atom 3S. The improved vehicle is now equipped with a turbocharged version of its Honda 2.4-liter engine that makes the same 365-horsepower as the European 3.5R, and 310 ft/lbs of torque. That more powerful engine can be coupled to a Sadev 6-speed paddle shift sequential transmission. There is also a brand new traction control system.

The exterior is upgraded with side pot intercoolers, similar to the ones on the 3.5R and V8 Atoms, new headlights, windscreen (removable for your best Clarkson impression), and fenders. Inside is a standard LCD display for all the vital information and some updated trim. Prices for the new Atom 3S start at $89,740. The base Atom 3, which gets some updates and a lot more standard features, is available at $64,500. Registration and street legality still depends on what state you live in, but it is possible.

Hit the jump for a brief press release which lists all the specifications and the differences between the Atom 3 and the new 3S. There is also a video of the 3S doing a full course 3.27-mile lap around VIR in 1.58.8 seconds. For comparison, Grassroots Motorsports did their 2014 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge at the same track and here are regional SCCA records.

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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera – Twenty Models for Twenty Buyers

Kamil Kaluski October 8, 2014 All Things Hoon

All 911 models 2014

Porsche just announced the GTS version of the 911 Carrera. The GTS is essentially a 911 Carrera S with the engine powerkit and all performance items that an enthusiast would want, with a price just perfectly squeezed in between the Carrera S and the Turbo. And in a typical Porsche fashion, the GTS is available in RWD and AWD, coupe and cabrio.

For those confused by all those models, we here at Hooniverse created a handy guide as to fro whom each model was exactly designed for.

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