Craigslist Find: 1970 Honda CT70 – $1500


As I have said in the past, I am no motorcycle expert. I like looking at some of them, and it’s fun to watch some of them race, but I could barely tell the difference between a Suzuki or a Yamaha, much less make/year/model. If a bike appeals to me, it’s because it looks different somehow. Such is the case with this tasty two-fer. Kick it into gear and let’s go! … Continue Reading

Quick Video: Breakfast of Champions

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I always enjoy seeing technology put to new and interesting uses. Even better, I like to see cars used to do things people don’t normally see. I ran across this video today after catching up on Formula 1 news (from the site that led me to the Hooniverse years ago). Toyota wanted to show off their complicated energy harvesting system in a delicious way.

Who’s hungry?

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Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Does Drissi Deserve a Ban?


Worst driver of the year nominations are in. Drum roll, please! … Continue Reading

Craigslist Find: 1962 Dodge Dart Deserves Driving


I don’t know about you, but when I think of Dodge Dart, a lot of things come to mind, but the 1962 model is not one of them. Thanks to this example here, though, maybe it will in the future. Here, then, for your consideration is a car that might make you rethink the Dart. Check it out. … Continue Reading

Video: Flying Tires and The People Who Love Them


From the Only in Japan archives comes this classic comparo, wherein serious looking men in lab coats and gloves drop various tires from the top of a ski jump. Which tire will fly the longest? Which one will roll the furthest? Why are there people standing in the path of flying tires? Watch the video to find out!

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Craigslist Find: 1976 Austin/Morris/BMC/Leyland Mini Van – $9500


This probably belongs on Wagon Wednesday, but it’s kind of a minivan, and a minivan is kind of a truck, so it works, right? … Continue Reading

Quick Take: Freedom 1 is the only 1


Remember what it was like when, as a kid, armed with a pen and a spiral notebook, you designed the perfect car. What did it look like? Was it low-slung with sleek lines and a pointed nose? Did it have huge, meaty tires in the back and a stonking supercharger up front for maxxx power? Were your designs two-dimensional silhouettes of pickup trucks and NASCAR cars like mine, or did you figure out how to draw in three dimensions? Believe me, you never saw such perfect air dams, roof spoilers, and dual exhausts on an old Silverado like I could draw. In my pre-pubescent mind, I was the next Luigi Segre. … Continue Reading

For Sale: 1964 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon


For your Wagon Wednesday viewing pleasure, I give you one of GM’s most interesting and just plain cool wagons: the 1964 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Creative Traffic Innovations?


The Honolulu lane zipper is famous sliding jersey barriers across the highway in Honolulu, opening or closing lanes, depending on the time of day and traffic. [In Seattle, the express lanes on I-5 are bidirectional, depending on traffic, which accomplishes basically the same thing.] I’ve actually driven by the lane zipper while it was working, and it’s a pretty sight to see, really.

In the course of my typical commute, I come across four stop signs, six traffic lights, and a roundabout, all of which have proven to be difficult for some drivers around here, but that’s another story for another day. I went to work early this morning, about an hour earlier than usual, and noticed something unusual – every traffic light was flashing red, except for two, which were flashing red on the side streets, and yellow for the main thoroughfares. It seems that Springfield has seen the light (ha!) and given drivers a little more control over their travels during very light or nonexistent traffic conditions. Thanks to the 4-way intersections, I cut several minutes out of my drive. Any time saved not commuting is a good thing, in my mind.

What about your city or town? Any innovative or time-saving traffic signals, lanes, etc?

Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Which Celebrity Has the Coolest Car?

Black Pearl

I make no bones about my love for Metallica, the mighty metal band from San Francisco. I first heard their music when I was a kid, and was hooked right away. Through the years, they’ve laid down some heavy tracks – not all of them exactly chart toppers – and as the members got older, their artistic interest began to expand. From classic art to horror movie props to rat rods, the aging rockers got their artistic fix by branching out beyond power chords and epic riffage.

James Hetfield, the lead singer and rhythm guitar player, has taken to custom cars (or is it kustom kars?), such as this beauty seen here, called the Black Pearl. Technically, it’s a 1948 Jaguar Mk2, but the body is almost completely handcrafted. I think it’s one of the coolest customs I’ve ever seen.

All that to ask this: which celebrity has the coolest car, and what is it? Let us know in the comments.

[Photo Courtesy Hemmings]


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