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V.I.S.I.T. – Lamborghini Countach LP500 S

This summer’s trip took me to Rome and Tuscany. For those that don’t know that is in Italy, where the cities are old and everything is pretty. For just one day I ditched my family and took a trip to Bologna. For those that don’t know, Bologna is famous for their pastas and meats, which were amazing. But Bologna is also the home of two most iconic names in the automotive world – Ferrari and Lamborghini. 

I have visited the two Ferrari museums, the Maserati factory showroom, the Lamborghini museum, and took a Lamborghini factory tour. More on that later. But I sure as heck wasn’t the only gearhead who was visiting these automotive Meccas this summer. Museum parking lots were filled with interesting cars from all over Europe. But one of them really stood out – this German-plated Lamborghini Countach LP500 S that was parked in front of the Ferrari factory store in Maranello of all places. 

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski September 21, 2018 Mystery Car

In school, teachers would tell me “come to me with questions”. At first it was a bit challenging but then I learned what and how to ask. All that changed when I got a real job. My bosses would say “don’t come to with questions, come to me with solutions”. Effing upper management, they just want you to do their job for them. 

But this, my dear readers, is where my disappointment in you comes. Last week you people did not try very hard. You didn’t ask many questions. And you sure as hell did not come to me with many solutions. And that’s sad because the pictured vehicle, especially in its performance SVR trim, is rather common in areas where the children of the really affluent study. No, the pricey carbonfiber trim does not add any lightness to this 5000-pound vehicle. 

In my disappointment with you people, I have decided to give you something super easy today. To make it even easier I am including two pictures of the damn mystery car. Please try. Ask some question. Offer me some solutions. Provide the make and model and you’ll win everyone’s admiration. 

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Random street parked cars of Italy

This summer vacation my family and I traveled to Italy. Specifically, we visited Rome and points north, specifically Tuscany or Bologna. In the four days we spent in Rome we did all touristy things you can name: Coliseum, Pantheon, the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and numerous restaurants and coffee shops. Then, thanks to you, loyal readers, I rented a van and we traveled north to Siena. From Siena we did day trips to historic town such as Volterra, Orvieto, Pisa, Lucca, and others. 

Now I, being a car dork, also looked more than just at really cool old stuff. In between the old stuff were cool cars. Some were old, some were interesting, and some were cool. I took random shots of what I thought was interesting to share with you. Now if you’ve never been to Italy most cars there would be interesting to you but I limited to somewhat unconventional vehicles. 

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Project Car SOTU: ’95 Acura Integra GS-R

Ah, yes, my beloved 1995 Acura Integra GS-R. A good friend of mine was nice enough to store it for me over the cold winter months. Now, two and a half years later, I got it out of there as he had to sell the place. As you may expect, exactly nothing happened to the Integra in the time. Well, not totally nothing. The battery died and the tires went flat. 

Since it was parked for so long without being used I decided to trailer it out that garage and into another friend’s place. Good thing I have a lot of good friends with large garages. But as it turned out the whole effort of trailering it wasn’t really necessary. 

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Spy Shots: Don’t photograph this 2020 Hyundai Sonata!

Kamil Kaluski September 12, 2018 All Things Hoon

Automakers go to great extents to cover up their test mules. Sometimes I wonder if the cover-ups don’t just attract more attention but what do I know?

Our official Hooniverse Colorado-based spy photographer nabbed this Hyundai or Kia. And we know this because after covering up the test mule with all kinds of crap, the rocket scientists and/or possibly lawyers at Hyundai/Kia put a no photography sticker in the window along with their corporate logos on it.

That’s just dumb!

Why the hell would you do that? Did no one at any point questioned the logic of putting corporate logos on an car that was otherwise completely masked off?!

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Buy yourself a rusted Hellcat

Fancy a Hellcat but none of the stock colors do it for you? Blue Pearl? Yellow Jacket? Plum Crazy Pearl? Four shades of gray? Go Mango? White Knuckle? None of those draw enough attention to your large and loud car? You want something really special?

Well, how about this rusted look?

There’s a lot of benefits to it. First, it is a fact that rust is lighter than carbonfiber, even visually. Second, why spend two winters in the deep north to achieve this look when you can have it today in Arizona?

This 2015 Challenger Hellcat with a proper manual transmission and only 13,000 miles is for sale at Arizona Chevy dealer for only $48,989. Oddly, the ad doesn’t mention anything about the paint or wrap, what ever the hell this is. Did someone trade it in for a Vette?

Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski September 7, 2018 Mystery Car

The last Mystery Car, which was posted three weeks ago, sorry about that, was correctly identified within an hour. That’s awesome and that’s how this game should be played, players. Congratulations GTXcellent, you are a man among internet car geeks. And you are also, of course, The Person of the Moment! It doesn’t get any better than that. 

Now, onto this week’s unusual Mystery Car. Yes, that is carbonfiber. Yes, that is an OEM part and part of an OEM package. Give me the make, model, and the engine. Please. Pretty please, with carbonfiber on top. 

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Let’s play traffic Tetris

Kamil Kaluski September 6, 2018 All Things Hoon

This happened in Warsaw after the traffic signal system went kaput on a busy intersection. I would love to say that because everyone there is tolerant, respectful, and able to easily merge into and out traffic, the busted signal wasn’t an issue. But I can’t say that.

Everyone, including buses, trams and ambulances decided that they had the right of way. Those who didn’t have the right of way decided that if they don’t just go they’ll be stuck there forever. And they would probably be right. So here they were, in this clusterfuck. 

How does one solve this issue?

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Hooniverse Asks: Are small repair shops going out of business?

Kamil Kaluski September 6, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

My friend’s father’s small automotive repair shop and auto body shop, which has been in business for over thirty years, was forced to close down recently. When that happened, I defaulted to the shop I used to go to previously, Hondar House. To my surprise it was also closed. Permanently closed, as google tells me. Well, shit. Both were great shops, doing good work, work I trusted. Now they’re both gone. 

Why is this happening? Are the people running these shops simply getting old and retiring? Are new cars too reliable to sustain a business repairing them, especially in an area where many people drive new(-ish) cars? Are cars themselves getting too complex? Is it just me, just in my area or is this happening in other parts of the country, too?

I made an appointment at a Toyota dealer for lunch hour. All I wanted was an oil change. I got there. I had to leave my car in a specific place. I had to talk to the guy who I told what I need, who put that into a computer. This took 45 minutes. He told me it would be two hours as they’re very busy, despite me making a f^%*ing appointment and being promised a quick oil change. I inquired about a transmission fluid change. He told me to leave the car for the day. Ugh. 

24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick is back!

2018 has been a slow year for our 24 Hours of Lemons east coast team. We missed New Jersey and Thompson, all for various personal reasons mostly from my side. But now my teammates got race hungry and they said that they’re just doing it. Not only that, they decided to do something different. Instead of racing the Halloween Hooptiefest at the end of October in New Hampshire, a track that’s only about two hours away from us, these idiots decided that they were going get adventurous and to trailer the Buick to Gingerman Raceway, Where the Elite Meet to Cheat

Yes, NHMS was way too close so they’re trailering the Buick 14-hours each way. Idiots, both of them. 

That’s right, there is only two of them where the team needs four. These idiots peer-pressured, bullied, and shamed me into going via a single email that asked if I wanted to do it. How could I possibly let my team down!? And I even managed to find a fourth idiot. The former Boston Globe intern is supposedly a top local autocrosser. Great, I’m gonna have to un-teach him some stuff. 

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