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For Sale: Bimmerworld 1999 Volvo VNL 420 with Great Dane Transport Trailer

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The problem with owning a race car is that race cars are not street legal and need to be transported to the race track. But if you’re serious about racing you will want to transport more than just your race car. For each race you will need tools, jack and stands, spare parts, and extra wheels. Then you have to deal with logistics stuff; food, drinks, water, clothes, possibly camping equipment. Anyway you look at it, it’s a lot of crap to haul to weekend race and clearly you will need a truck.

Have you seen current truck prices? You need fifty grand for a decent heavy duty pickup truck. You can save some money by buying a used and abused one, but it still isn’t cheap. Then you will need a trailer. Open trailers are cheaper and lighter but then you have to pile everything into the truck. Enclosed trailers are a cool option but that price creeps up quickly and you’ll definitely need a bigger truck.

But now there is this, and any serious budget focused team should take a long hard look at it:

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2015 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

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It is a pleasant coincidence that the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance occurs each year at exactly the same time I spend a week in warm southern Florida with my family – it’s like they plan it around me, which they should.

The one day concours is relatively small in size but it features something for everyone and not just the rare and the overpriced/over-hyped. Like last year there were plenty of fast and funky Europeans, American muscle, British luxury, with some micro and one-offs thrown into the mix.

Over a hundred pics and results after the jump.

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1993 Ford Bronco body on SVT Raptor frame, engine

Kamil Kaluski February 13, 2015 All Things Hoon

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While casually browsing the book of faces the other I came upon this Ford Bronco with a set of Ford Raptor wheels and tires on it. Cool, off-set seemed a bit off, but I was surprised that they fit. Then I looked at other pictures of this Bronco, and holy potatoes, this is a Bronco body on a shortened Raptor frame!

From the FB post:

Van from Tumblin Automotive brought his latest bronco project up to us to tune. All I can say is this truck is amazing. He put a 93 bronco body on a shortened 2011 Raptor frame. The metal work on this truck is insane. Then he custom fit the entire raptor interior in the truck The hidden winch behind the bumper is a nice touch.

That’s incredible!

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Truck Thursday: What the hell kind of a Land Cruiser is this?

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My Ariel Atom owning/selling friend sent me this picture. He saw this weirdness on his way to work this morning, somewhere on Route 93, north of Boston. What the hell is it?

Is it an new Toyota chassis with an old body on it? And if so, what they hell were they thinking with those taillights?

2016 Honda Pilot – Angles and Curves

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This morning, a major automotive website, and Jalopnik, provided an early showing of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot. Where I was instantly in love with the new 2015 Volvo XC90, I am sad to say that this vehicle did not give me the same feeling. At this point I should also say that I have always been a Honda fanboy; I’ve owned about eight different Hondas and I currently own an Acura MDX and an Acura Integra, and so it pains to be critical of their new designs.

First, let’s keep in mind that designing a good family vehicle, which CUV/SUVs have become, is extremely challenging. The market demands that these vehicles must be functional, spacious, comfortable, easy to drive and maneuver, efficient, and safe. In terms of looks, they must appeal equally to men and women, and at the same time have a design edge over the competition. Did Honda get this right?

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Craigslist: Dodge Viper Prototype GT-3 Production Race Car

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Each February we depart the frozen tundra that is Boston for a week of southern Florida fun in sun. Before each trip I browse southern Florida craigslist in hope of finding a gem, that rust-free-but-with-faded-paint-obscure-limited-edition-something-that-is-being-sold-by-a-widow-of-man-who-worshiped-it, for pennies on a dollar. So far I have not found such thing, but I did find a Viper race car, and who wouldn’t want a Viper race car, right?

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Mystery Car – Bonus Winter Edition

Kamil Kaluski February 10, 2015 Mystery Car

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The city of Boston and surrounding areas are experiencing a very tough winter. It’s been cold, somewhere between -2F and 25F (-19C – -4C), brutally windy, and we have had record snow falls. Snow plowing and snow removal from the city has been slow and painful, by far the worst in the ten years that I’ve lived here. Streets and major roadways are 20% to 30% narrower, sidewalks are mess, and street parking is impossible. Interestingly, Boylston Street was completely plowed and all snow was removed from it prior to the Patriots Super Bowl victory parade, but streets around Mass General Hospital, the biggest hospital in the state, were gridlocked for days due to snow.

I took a quick drive around Beacon Hill last night and snapped a few pictures with my trusty potato. Under the pile of snow pictured above is a vehicle of some kind. Rules of this game are simple, identify it; year, make, and model. I’ll be lenient and let you off the hook with regards to the engine specs. Hit the jump for a few more snowy pics.

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Top Gear’s giant Stig is erected in Warsaw, Poland

Kamil Kaluski January 29, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Top Gear sent a giant, 9-meter (30-foot), Stig to Warsaw, Poland. The statue was placed in front of the Russian-built (a gift from the Soviet Union – oh geez, thanks, don’t worry about all the murders, destruction, and oppression you have caused) Palace of Culture and Science, because when you think Top Gear you think culture and science.

The Stig is there to promote BBC’s new channel called BBC Brit, which as you may imagine is British. The fiberglass Stig took a three sculptors over two months to create. More pics and video of giant Stig erection after the jump.

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For Sale: Ten brand new unsold 1985 Mazda 323 and Mazda 626

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Somehow, there are ten brand new, never sold and never registered, Mazda 323s and 626s, five of each, for sale in Wroclaw, Poland. The ad says that all ten cars were parked in an upper level of a showroom and they all have between eight and 246 kilometers (5 – 153 miles) on their odometers.

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Truck Thursday: 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser is expedition ready

Kamil Kaluski January 22, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Each February, my wife, kids, and I spend a week in southern Florida. This year is no different, and like last year, I am now checking the local craigslist for the next potential family car before I get there. This gives me time to, in the event I do find something amazing for an amazing price, to convince the boss of it. No, despite many conversations, I have still not bought a new or used family car – my decade old Acura MDX runs too damn well to simply replace it with some appliance.

So I found this, what appears to be a well sorted, expedition ready 80-series Land Cruiser.

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