Hooniverse Asks: How about some Pinewood Derby racer suggestions?

Kamil Kaluski January 30, 2018 Hooniverse Asks

I was somewhat deprived as a child. For some reason I did not do many of the things that my kids are doing now. One of those things was building a Pinewood Derby racer. Last night my daughter came home from her Girl Scout meeting with a piece of wood, some nails, and four wheels. “Dad, we have to make a race car!” she said excitingly. 

“Cool! Yeah! Let’s do it, sweetie” I answered with a fake smile and equally fake excitment. I have no idea what I was in for but F*** it, I’ve made real™ “race cars”©, how hard could this be?

So, hoons and hoonetts, this is where you come in. I need design ideas, although I first asked my daughter for that, but I am sure she can persuaded into something Hoon-worthy. Then I need to know any kind of cheats that exist out there. I am in it to win it and winners never lose and losers never cheat (or something like that). So help me out!

But I, err…, I mean my daughter, might be more interested in something that looks cool. The really fast seem to look like a door wedge. I’m thinking that a Land Rover Defender or a Jeep Wrangler would be cool. 

Also, anyone who is into woodworking, and it really good at it, in Boston, northern New Jersey, or in between?  

Last Call: Long Wheel Base Edition

Kamil Kaluski January 25, 2018 Last Call

Before pickup trucks were available with every luxury option and feature car gods ever created, those wanting a luxury pickup had to improvise. 

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Image: Facebook.com/CytrynGumiak

Gran Turismo Sport update adds ten new cars

Kamil Kaluski January 25, 2018 The News!

Sony just announced a January 2018 update to the Gran Turismo Sport. The package will include ten new cars, an addition of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza track, and new GT League events. The list of the ten new interesting cars is below. Unfortunately while they are in fact interesting, none are really new. The most interesting one to me is the McLaren F1. From the new events, the F150 Raptor Survival sounds cool. 

Check out Sony’s preview video below, all the cars, and events. 
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Fiat 126p vs. Rolls-Royce on Rodeo Drive

Kamil Kaluski January 23, 2018 All Things Hoon

So there is some crazy Polish guy, also named Kamil, specifically Kamil Knapczyk, who decided to travel around the United States. Very cool – if you haven’t taken a cross-country trip, you should do it as soon as possible. That Kamil chose a very atypical vehicle for this trip, however, a classic Polish-made Fiat 126p, also known as Maluch. 

I don’t know what’s up with Polish people and traveling in Maluchs, perhaps you remember the guy who drove his Maluch around Africa, but that’s just nuts. The 126p is a tiny, 650cc 2-cylinder, under-powered, and uncomfortable vehicle. Yes, we look at it now and we think it’s cute and cool. But when I was a kid, in the early 80s, we had live with this thing and it wasn’t that cute. Even a short trip to my aunt’s farm, thirty miles away, was a pain in the ass. It stunk in the winter too, because the tiny air-cooled engine couldn’t warm itself up. 

Anyway, the other Kamil drove through Beverly Hills and managed to find convenient street parking in front a yellow Rolls-Royce. Bijan Pakzad used to park his yellow cars there and whoever runs his company now still parks the yellow Royce there. It even has its own yellow meter, so it’s not just coincidence. Of course tourists  don’t know that it’s a setup and are starstruck the yellowness. But a funny thing happen when Kamil parked his Fiat 126p in front of the Rolls… a popularity war started. 

Review: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Dear Readers:

For years, Hooniverse and I have been providing you with exacting, original, and interesting content. Other than comments and votes we have never asked for anything in return.

Until now.

The month of January is an important one; it is the month of the most important holiday of the year – my birthday. I won’t ask for your good wishes, phone calls, thoughts, or even any small bullshit gifts. I don’t need any of that. But what I do need is the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Because it’s awesome.



Yes, as the previous owner of a CJ and TJ, I say it’s that good…

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Best Wallet Ever Is Made From Car Parts

Kamil Kaluski January 12, 2018 All Things Hoon

It was seven years ago that I read Jack Baruth’s article about a company that made wallets and guitar straps from used automotive fabrics. I thought that was interesting, certainly appropriate for a car enthusiast, and I was in need of a new wallet. I did not know what to expect but I asked my wife for one for my birthday.

My red Couch wallet was made out of real, old, reconditioned, MB-Tex. It was cool and made me instantly miss my ’83 300SD. Other than that, there was nothing really special about it. It was simply a well-designed wallet with four envelope slots for credit cards and a divided cash compartment. It locked with a quality easy-to-use snap. That’s what it was; a good wallet.

But sometimes the most obvious things are not noticed right away…

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Marvelous Malaise on a Medford Street Movie Set

Kamil Kaluski January 10, 2018 All Things Hoon


The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, besides being damn awesome, is also a time machine. I just travelled to 1986 while listening to Howard Stern.

Posted by Hooniverse on Wednesday, January 10, 2018


I got a text message from my Charlestown friend:

“They are filming a movie on Medford Street, past Jenny’s Pizza. There is a bunch of 80s cars down there. Thought you’d be interested. They’re all parked along the football field”

Oh hell yea! I drove by the place this is what I saw.

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Is this the new Nissan Xterra?

Kamil Kaluski January 8, 2018 The News!

Maybe. Maybe not. This appears to be the new Nissan Terra, a replacement for the Nissan Paladin. But the Nissan Paladin is what was sold as the Nissan Xterra in United States. That Nissan Paladin was in production until 2017 in China. The Terra is supposed to be its replacement. 

What makes this Terra interesting is that it is a three-row, body-on-frame SUV. But Nissan already has three three-row SUVs in in its line-up: Rouge, Pathfinder, and Armada. The last of which is a body-on-frame SUV. So, would a vehicle such as the Terra/Xterra fit into its current link-up?

Image: BurlappCar.com

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Top Gear (UK) Season 25 is Coming…

Kamil Kaluski January 4, 2018 Top Gear

Season 24 of the O.G. Top Gear, the unofficially named Top Gear UK, was pretty good. Gone was Chris Evans and most of the crap that came with him. Three hosts, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid, were present and… they worked together better than anyone expected them to. All in all their first season together was pretty damn good.

BBC America now says that season 25, or season 2 of the current cast, is starting soon. They won’t tell us when, but it’s soon. They provided us with this rather short 30-second sneak-peak clip. In it are the three hosts in a Hennessey Mustang, which looks like a supercharged GT350R (which should be a damn crime because that is one of the best naturally aspirated engines I even experienced), Jag F-Type SVR, and some McLaren (c’mon, they all look alike). They are being chased around by cop Ken Block in a Can-Am side-by-side ATV. 

Looks like typical Top Gear shenanigans. Cool. Look for the season to start… well… soon, on BBC America. 

In the mean time, season two of The Grand Tour is much better than season one was. 

HCOTY 2017 Nominee: Dan Grec’s Globetrotting Jeep Wrangler Off-Road Camper

Expedition-ready 4x4s are all the rage now. Everyone seems to be building their own overland vehicles, including automakers themselves. And it isn’t a hard thing to do; add lift kit, bigger tires, some lights, and a roof rack. You’ll think that you too, can drive your brodozer to Africa. But in reality it’s used for driving the kids to school, going shopping, and occasionally to a ski lodge over a snow flurried road.

Still, people buy sports cars not necessarily because they want to go fast. They buy them because they like the idea of going fast. And they buy them because it gives them the ability to go fast. Same thing applies to overland built 4x4s: knowing you can if you wanted to.  

Dan Grec is an author and an explorer. Sometime ago he made a plan to travel extensively throughout Africa. His 80,000 mile trip will take him through 30 countries over roughly two years. For that he needed a proper vehicle. It wouldn’t be something that’s commercially available, because something like that did not exist. It had to designed and built for the sole purpose of Dan’s huge African adventure. 

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