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My Summer Car – Games That Make You Go Hmmm

Our, formerly, own Eric Rood sent this in.

I watched it.

I had no idea what I watched.

So I asked him.

He answered.

It’s a video game where you ostensibly build a Datsun Cherry over the course of the summer of 1995 in Finland, but mostly you just fuck around drinking beer. It’s like a hyper-realistic car guy simulation where you have to assemble the POS from a bunch of parts in your garage.

Well, there you have it.

1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is Wide and Turbo

Oldsmobile turbo front

The world of tacky add-ons and bolt-on crap can turn any decent vehicle into a cheesemobile that even the Jersiest Jersey shore bros would find offensive. But here is this old Oldsmobile, a vehicle that I thought was always kind of cool looking, with a ton of this crap added on and I… kind of like it. Dare I say, with a few minor changes, I may even love it.

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Mustang GT350 Inflamed on Track

Kamil Kaluski August 1, 2016 Motorsports

ford mustang gt350 fire

Interesting story found on the book of faces about a man, his Mustang GT350, a track day, and fire. The below is not affiliated with Hooniverse, we’re just passing it along.

It was the last session of the day, I had no idea it would come so close to being my last session ever…

On April 30, 2016 I was running a track event in my 2016 GT350 Mustang at Roebling Road. Being my second track event in the car I was slowly gaining confidence in the car and more especially myself. This was the most capable car I had ever driven on track and she was fast. I spent most of the day creeping up on my abilities behind the wheel and was nowhere near the capabilities of the car.

The forecast was hot and muggy so the organizers of the event announced that drivers of streetcars wouldn’t have to wear long pants. So I wore my standard everyday shorts and t-shirt along with my helmet and gloves.

I had been on the track about 15 minutes of the last session when I experienced a catastrophic engine component failure. This caused a massive oil leak. The oil ignited on the exhaust. If this wasn’t bad enough, the oil fire caused the main fuel line to rupture. At this point, the bottom of the car was fully engulfed. The fireball was two lanes wide and trailed behind the car at least 25’.

I had just exited the last turn onto the front straight when all hell broke loose. I was following a BMW and had just been given a “point by” to pass. I checked my mirrors and initiated the pass. As I’m accelerating pass the “yielding” BMW I was able to go from 3rd gear into 4th gear. This would have me running 125ish MPH as I was about to merge back in front of him. When I checked my mirrors again I saw the large fireball.

My first reaction was “Oh no, what’s happened to the BMW?!?”. Before I could even finish that thought I realized that the flames were coming from me. My very next thought was “Oh fuck, I’m on fire.” I knew I needed to get off the track, but the pit wall was to my right and the “racing line” and other fast cars were on my left. I lifted and started trying to slow the car down.

The heat from the flames must have been very intense as the brake fluid boiled and the brake pedal went to the floor. So now I’m still running 100+ MPH on fire with no brakes. By now I’m past the pit wall and I’ve made my way on to the grass running along side the track.

Continue reading HiPo Joe’s Charles’s post on Facebook.

 

Review: 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription

2016 volvo xc90 t6 side

In the not too distant past Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo were all part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group. Ford sold off each of those brands, while keeping Lincoln and killing Mercury. Interestingly, since then, one by one, those brands started turning themselves around. It took a little time but each brand introduced attractive new products. With fewer shared parts and increased quality, sales and profits went up. Except for the Lincoln brand which is still under Ford’s management, still confused, still struggling.

The new XC90 is the first all-new Ford-free Volvo. It is a vehicle that they had to get right. The premium three-row crossover SUV is probably the most competitive vehicle segment today. To stand out, the new XC90 had to attractive, safe, luxurious, and reasonably priced. Judging by its looks and the numerous accolades the XC90 has received, Volvo has a winner on their hands. But is there more to it than just looks? Does the new XC90 offer something that its direct competitors do not?

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Project Car SOTU 2016: Lada Lemons Racer

Lada-SOTU

The annual-or-whenever-we-get-to-it Hooniverse Project Car State of the Union is upon us. It has been five months since I received the Lada from its previous caretaker but I have not done much with it. It is basically due to the issue of parts. I ordered a ton of stuff from a place called Zakharov Auto Parts in Florida. Zakharov sells parts for Russian cars and ships them all over world. Unfortunately no one who works there speaks English. Despite that I placed an order through their website after having my Spanish-speaking friend call them to confirm that they are able to do what their website says.

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Project Car SOTU 2016: Toyota 4Runner Mall Crawler

kamil-SOTU-toyota-4-runner-mall-crawler

The annual-or-whenever-we-get-to-it Hooniverse Project Car State of the Union is upon us. The last time I discussed my family truckster here was back in March when I ended up on the side of a busy highway with a flat tire. At the time I developed some plans for a summer road trip. In preparation for this trip I would outfit the 4Runner as needed – nothing ridiculous, mostly just functional improvements. I needed tires, wanted some wheels, had plans to improve lighting, and needed to be able to carry more cargo, perhaps slightly modify rear suspension so it wouldn’t sag as much with weight.

While the summer road trip never came to fruition for many reasons, the rig did get some upgrades.

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NASCAR, From the Paddock to the Showroom

camry nascar not stock car

NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the United States, not just motorsports, but all sports. Millions of people watch it on television and thousands attend each race. But for most people attending those races is a lot more than something akin to an evening ballgame. People travel from afar, whole families with their RVs and campers, to spend a long weekend trackside. There a lot more here than just a race, it’s an experience.

Last weekend NASCAR came to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, what I would call my home track, about a 90 minute drive from Boston. Knowing that, the nice people from Toyota invited me to track for Friday’s practice and qualifying. They give me a rather unscheduled tour of the NASCAR world on a race weekend from their perspective, and the race. You may have seen me post some pictures from there to the Hooniverse Facebook page.

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Truck Thursday: 1987 Cadillac Cad Amino

cad amino rear

We all love El Caminos here at Hooniverse and many of us still cry over the 2010 Pontiac G8 ST pickup that could have been. Like the Solstice, hundreds of people would bought and it and easily pull GM out of a bind. But no, GM decided to kill Pontiac and the modern El Camino with it. They did not attempt to badge it as a Chevy, which it should have been from the beginning, and the whole thing died a quick death.

Thankfully there are numerous people out there who share our El Camino fetish and those people properly convert boring sedans into cool male dork symbols. This Caddy happens to be a great example of such car.

Thanks for the tip, Larry!

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Project CARS Virtual Reality Racing

I’ve stopped paying attention to videogames years ago. I have a dust-covered PlayStation3 which I use to rarely play whatever the latest version of Gran Turismo is, and that’s it. I blame this on my general lack of interest in videogames as well as my adult life that focuses on my kids, job, and automotive obsession. The fact that I get to drive some cool cars in real reality also helps.

And then I found this video of some dude racing Project CARS in virtual reality. And now I’m ready to quit everything and take a mental time travel to being twenty-two again. He is using the HTC Vive VR headset, which sells for over a grand. This means that the whole system has the price of decent LeMons car but the engine will never blow and it won’t need new pads and tires before every race.

Damn, we’ve come a long way since the original Gran Turismo, which, you know, was like totally mind blowing at the time.

 

24 Hours of Lemons NJMP 2016 Wrap Up Video

By now you heave read about our performance at the 2014 Real Hoopties of New Jersey 24 Hours of Lemons race. Now from the Lemons HQ comes the wrap-up video. I was wondering why it took them so long and as soon as I saw the video I knew why – special effects and research into Tom and Jerry cartoons. Watch and see.

We’re not mentioned in the video, which could be perceived as good and/or bad, but surprisingly neither is the class C winning and really dominating  Rally Baby AMC Hornet.