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LeMons Grand Prix du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg 2016 Wrapup!

24 Hours of Lemons Grand Prix du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, also known as the Thompson race, is in the books. It has been in the books for quite some time actually but I’ve been too depressed to write about it. Here is the wrap-up video Lemons HQ.

Yes, we raced. Kind of. More on that later. :pops prozac:

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Lower 48 – The Twin-turbo Northstar-powered Tucker Torpedo

Kamil Kaluski September 20, 2016 All Things Hoon

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Friend of Hooniverse Mike WewontposthislastnamebuthereishisFlickr recently went to The Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Tucker was the featured brand this year and there were two original Tucker 48s present. Tucker 48 is a very appreciated vehicle here on the hoon but what we saw hee blew our minds!

A modified, or resto-modded, Tucker 48! Twin-turbo Northstar engine, slammed to the ground, modern wheels. What the shit Y U RUNE KLASSIK?!?!1??

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Review: 2016 BMW 750i xDrive

Kamil Kaluski September 15, 2016 BMW Reviews, Featured, Reviews

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All you need to know about the new 7-series, code-named G12, is that it is simply ridiculous. It is not ridiculous because it looks or performs differently than one might expect. It’s ridiculous because, once seated, the driver or the rear passengers have things available to them that the world of cars* hasn’t seen yet. But there is more to just features, there is also the execution of these features, and that’s where the big bimmer excels.

*The Mercdes-Benz S-class may have many similar features, and it was introduced before the 7, but I have not driven it.

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Review: 2017 Nissan TITAN Platinum Reserve 4×4

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Nissan’s original Titan, which I am familiar with because we used it as tow vehicle for our crap can racer, was a decent truck. It was a slightly scaled-down half-ton like the original Tundra. There was nothing wrong with it, just as there was nothing outstanding or special about it. It always was rather generic and remained that way through its twelve year life. This ordinary is perhaps best reflected in its combined 471,242 U.S. sales. That is much less than Ford’s annual average F-150 sales over that same time period.

The all-new 2017 Titan half-ton has a lot of room for sales improvement which is best achieved through innovation and originality. It started off well with the bigger Titan XD and its turbo-diesel Cummins V8. With it Nissan could have made not only a new half-ton pickup but they could have made a better pickup, a different pickup.

But Nissan didn’t.

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Paddock of 24 Hours of Lemons GP du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

thompson 2016 24 hours of lemons paddock

The 24 Hours of Lemons GP du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is history, and it was a hot one. More on our crappy performance later, as I am short on time now.

I am really short on time, so much so that I don’t even have the time to write anything. So, why don’t you just look at a whole bunch of random pictures I took on the paddock. Yes, that Golf is a modern homemade Golf Country 4×4 using OEM parts and it’s spectacular. Yes, that Pinto Cruising Wagon was dreamy. And yes, that GM PD-4106 was perfect.

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Wagon Wednesday: 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon

Kamil Kaluski August 10, 2016 All Things Hoon

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When it comes to modern station wagons, the Cadillac CTS-V Sports Wagon and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG are the two most coveted ones. Both have powerful V8 engines that send their power to the rear wheels. Both handle and stop like proper sports cars but add the functionality of a long roof. Unfortunately we, as the American car buying public, have given up on station wagons. I will predict that some day wagons will once again become popular, but in the mean time we are all about cross-overs. Sad.

The good thing is that of the several hundred CTS-V Sport Wagons that were built, one is now on eBay. 556 horsepower, optional Recaro seats, Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels, it’s all there. If there is a downside is that it is equipped with the less desirable, but arguably better, automatic transmission.

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Craigslist: 2004 Chevy Impala Crapcan Racer

Impala Lemons front side

In its four years of racing our Buick has earned some respect from the other idiots doing this idiotic “racing” thing. In a race series were some cars don’t last a full race, or even fail to start at all, nine races on the same chassis is pretty unprecedented. Perhaps that is why in each race I see more and more GM’s W platform cars. They are relatively big, which makes them safe, they are cheap to buy and repair, and they are pretty quick.

Posted on northern New Jersey’s Craigslist is this ’04 Chevy Impala. It’s an Impala I know fairly well as I have raced against it and I know one of the people who used to race it – hi, Wayne! But there is something more interesting about this ad than just a description of crapcan racer and the sum of its parts.

Thanks for the tip, Howie!

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24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick Shall Race Again!!

Hoon buick thompson 2016

The 24 Hours of Lemons GP du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is this weekend! The Buick will be racing again, in its tenth (I think) race.  The race is at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, which is cleverly named after Thompson, Connectthedots, where it is located.

As usual before each race we have made a ton of changes and improvements to the car…

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Truck Thursday: Saab 9-3 Flatbed Car Hauler

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Caroftheday.com is a new website that can best be described a competitor to bring-a-trailer. The site features a different car, or two, each day. They feature the typical weird, rare, interesting, and obscure cars that we all love. Today COTD featured this Saab 9-3 that was converted into a six-wheel flatbed car hauler.

When we think of converting a car into flatbed hauler we can’t think of a better vehicle than the Saab 9-3, because Saab is the answer to everything. Unfortunately this ad omits several key features of the vehicle, such as everything. Seriously, this is the worst eBay ad ever. There only this one picture and no description. Too bad, because we have so many questions.

ADAC Shows How Cars with Keyless Entry Systems are Stolen

Kamil Kaluski August 4, 2016 The News!

ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.), the German automobile club, created a simple video that shows how cars with keyless ignition system are, or can be, stolen. The video says that the thieves use a laptop computer as a range extender to the key. They show an example of how the thieves are able to break into someone’s home, get the signal from a key that is some distance away, inside the house, and fool the car into thinking that the key is inside of the car.

The auto club used the same tactic to “steal” the car of unsuspecting cafe goers. The club further states that they were able to access twenty cars made by twelve different manufactures that the club was evaluating at the time using this method. The club stops short of saying specifically which automakers are prone to this type of theft. Former Hoon contributor Bozi Tatarević, recommends”storing your proximity key fob in a small Faraday cage-type pouch to reduce the risk of theft.” Or you can just, you know, drive something old and cool.