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

saab tow truck flat bed

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.


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


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


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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