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Review: 2017 Jaguar F-PACE S AWD

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The 1990’s were especially fond of truck-based SUVs. But then, with the new millennium, a change came. First it was the BMW X5. Then Porsche followed it with the Cayenne. Eventually there were many others, too. Unibody vehicles in the general shape of SUVs, but with direct resemblance to their corporate luxury sports car siblings were popping up everywhere. Those vehicles combined, more or less, the road manners of sport sedans, the utility of SUVs with none of the off-road prowess, and the preconceived notion of prestige. Needless to say they sold in droves to those who wore sport chronometers.

Jaguar was resilient toward an SUV model. The brand exhausted every possible option first. They evolved the XJ, they introduced of a beautiful convertible and then an equally stunning coupe. Two sport sedans followed – the new XE and the revamped XF. Jaguar was even about to introduce the C-X75 supercar, only to nix it in the last minute, probably when someone in a board meeting asked how it was going to be financed. In the end, there was no other means of generating profits but to succumb to the evil that is SUV.

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Truck Thursday: Toyota TownAce Camper 4×4 Diesel

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Overlanding, basically long distance trail hiking in a modified 4×4, is all the rage now. Where Jeep Wranglers and Toyota Tacomas are the norm, there is always someone who wants to be different. If you are that someone, here is an opportunity to buy something truly different.

Someone near Burlington, Vermont, is selling a Japanese market ’91 Toyota TownAce 4×4 with a camper shell and a pop-up sleeper. And it’s diesel, to boot! With it you can impress the overland crowd, JDM lovers, and diesel worshipers – a trifecta of car dorks – with just this one vehicle!

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Duemila Route – 600 Vehicles, One Owner, One Auction

Kamil Kaluski November 9, 2016 For Sale

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Luigi Compiano is an Italian rich guy who didn’t like paying taxes. The Italian government did’t like that. Sources say that the man owned between 14 and 40 million Euro in taxes. So the governmenet seized his possessions. Those included houses and a whole lot of vehicles, including street cars, race cars, boats, bicycles, rally cars, motorcycles, automotive memorabilia, engines, and much more.

RM Sotheby’s is the auction house in charge of selling off the vehicle collection called Duemila Route, 2000 Wheels. And what an incredible collection it is. It consists mostly of European cars with a handful of Americans thrown in. The collection of Fords specifically stood out to me. There were a few Lancia Deltas and Fulvias that I also drooled over. The is a variety and quantity of Porsches is impressive, too.

Conditions of these cars vary from daily driven, fully restored, original, to undergoing restoration. Now I don’t know this man and I don’t know what he did or didn’t do, but his collection of cars is amazing. Check out the above link and some more pics after the jump.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

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Don’t forget the parking brake!

Kamil Kaluski November 4, 2016 All Things Hoon


Parking brake, hand brake, emergency brake, or e-brake, whatever you call it, use it. This is just a friendly reminder from your friends at Hooniverse, don’t end up like this guy.

 

Hooniverse 24 Hours of Lemons: Buick skips a race

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The  24 Hours of LeMons’ “Halloween Hooptiefest” is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Eric gave a brief preview of it yesterday. I’m sad to report that for the first time in four years The Park Bench Racing Team will not be racing at the Hooptiefest.

It’s not the race, it’s us. The last race at Thompson, the famous-ish GP du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg kicked the Buick’s ass pretty well. Since then we, the team, could not get our collective shit together to fix the car and get it race ready. Jobs, families, and other boring adult responsibilities got in our way.

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Of Caterhams Big and Small

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Many of us love the classic lightweight Caterhams. Unfortunately most of us are faced with the reality that we will never be able to own one. It could be due to the size of our butts, too big, or wallets, too small.

Fortunately Lego has your back. Perched on top of this beautiful burnt orange metallic Caterham Seven R300 SV, which is currently at Ace Performance, is yellow LEGO Caterham Seven 620R. You can buy the latter for around eighty bucks, substantially less than the real thing.

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The amazing vehicles of 2016 Overland Expo East

Kamil Kaluski October 14, 2016 Car Shows, Featured

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Overlanding, basically exploring the great outdoors in a capable off-road vehicle, is becoming more and more popular. Think of it as long distance hiking but while driving a vehicle, and camping.

Overland vehicles tend to be off-road capable, modified from stock for trail duty. Unlike some over the top rock crawlers, they are designed to reach a destination while enjoying the journey, and not just to go muddin’. Some are converted to full camping vehicles, some just have a tent in the trunk. They vary from stock Subarus to completely built Unimogs. There are rules so as long as the vehicles serve the purposes intended by their owners.

Overland Expo is where overlanding enthusiasts and vendors come together. On the weekend of October 7 – 9, 2016, Overland Expo East was held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. While I couldn’t attend, one of my best friends did and he sent it a few pictures of the amazing rigs that were there. Thanks, Leo!

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Review: 2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue

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People, gearheads, enthusiasts – what is wrong with you? Why are you not buying the Subaru BRZ?

Here is a car that has so much going for it. It is a car that everyone asked for, and yet few are actually buying. It’s rear wheel drive because it’s the best wheel drive. It has an honest #savethemanuals transmission. It’s affordable, efficient, and reliable. It’s even kind of practical. Most importantly, it is a blast to drive!

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What’s the deal with the domestic sport sedan market?

Kamil Kaluski October 12, 2016 All Things Hoon

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My daytime job boss is a huge GM fan. He especially likes the obscure cars – he owns two Fieros and a Solstice. We were chatting yesterday and the Chevy Caprice and SS came up. We agreed that both are cool and have a lot going for them. We also agreed on the fact that we can’t tell the difference between the Caprice, SS, Malibu, and Impala. They all just look so similar.

I argued that this is a good thing for the SS and the Caprice. Like the original BMW M5, they are wolfs in sheeps’ clothing. Then I conceded that I probably wouldn’t buy one, unless the price was OMGawesome, because they both look like the Malibu. And the interiors are rather awful.

Then I went to the Chevy website. I built my SS, which came up to approximately $50,000. Then, out of pure curiosity, I checked the local dealer inventory. While my blue with six-speed stick SS wasn’t available, a local dealer had a new red automatic SS. This was surprising as I have seen a total of one Chevy SSs in real life. Here is the shocking part – before any discussions, they are willing to sell it for almost ten grand off MSRP!

So, a brand new, 415hp V8, rear wheel drive, sedan for $40,000. Can you find a better sport sedan bang for the buck?

Yes! Yes, you can!

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Say what? Rally pilot talks…

Kamil Kaluski October 7, 2016 All Things Hoon

Frank Kelly and  Liam Brennan at the Donegal International 2015. Most auctioneers talk slower.





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