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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, with the 5.3L V-8

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Welcome to another installment of the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the definition of what a muscle car is, and to see if a modern Pickup Truck can even be called a Muscle Car… Over the course of this series, I have tried to showcase a couple of trucks from various brands to show they should be thought of as an obscure Muscle Car, and for the most part, you seem to agree with my reasons. For example, you said yes to the The Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T, The 1990-93 Chevrolet Silverado 454 SS, The Dodge Warlock and Li’l Red Express, The Ford SVT F-150 Lightning, and even The 1971-72 GMC Sprint SP. However, there was a resounding No vote for the Colorado’s cousin under the skin, the Hummer H3 Alpha, so let’s see if you can accept these two trucks as Obscure Muscle Cars…

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Classic Captions – The Renault 4CV Ghia Jolly Beachwagon Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week I thought we would once again travel to a far off destination, this time with a converted Renault, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Toyota Corolla in Paradise, and the participation rate was awful, so I better up my game and find images that are more to your liking… The runner up caption belonged to I_Borgward, and it was very appropriate, but first a history lesson… Around the time of the Second World War in the Pacific, there was a cult that was started on Tanna in Vanuatu, which was also called New Hebrides during the time period. It was called the John Frum Cargo Cult, and gained traction during the 1940′s when over 300,000 American troops were stationed in New Hebrides during World War II, bringing with them an enormous amount of supplies (or “cargo”). I_Borgward used this as his contribution to the Caption Contest, and it went like this: “John Frum, he did come… oh, what a feeling!” Historically accurate, tied in with the image, and very well done, but there was one caption that was the favorite among the Hoons that frequent this site…

And the winning comment was from mkep819, and his caption went like this: “Did you know that 15 minutes can save you 15% on your car insurance?” “Everybody know that.” “Well did you know that Geckos’ taste great fried in mango sauce?” A great take on the current GEICO Ad Campaign which was quite funny, so congratulations mkep819 on taking the top spot with this edition of the Hooniverse Classic Captions…

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I thought I would once again pull an image from Paradise with this ad for U-Drive, Inc. This was a rent-a-car service that you could rent these types of Beach-Wagons with a Tape Player that was your invisible tour guide to the sights and sounds of the islands. The image is a wonderful depiction of the late 50′s Island Life, where the women are all in swim suits, and the weather is always picture perfect. It is very different from how you experience Hawaii (or any other Pacific Paradise) today, but would this print ad entice you to book your vacation to this part of the world? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (Did you know they still make these types of buggies? Click Here!), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this image from paradise.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – This is a 2000 Ford Focus Pickup… Wait…,What!??

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Here on the Hooniverse we have featured a number of weird and wonderful creations, as well as a few that have been questionable at best. Well, here is a Ford Focus that has been turned into a Pickup Truck of some sort, and I’m really not sure how I feel about it. There are some odd details here and there, but it looks like a reasonable conversion overall. So, what do you think?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1950 Hudson that has been turned into a Mud Toy…

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Opening up our Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with this thing… A 1950 Hudson Commodore 4-door sedan mounted on a 1979 Chevrolet 4X4 Truck Frame. I have no idea as to why the builder would perform such a monumental piece of engineering, but to me it seems all wrong… So, I have to ask our readers this question: What do you think of it?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1972 Plymouth Fury III Coupe from Hershey, PA…

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To any casual reader of the Honiverse Weekends, you all know that I am a sucker for the early 70′s Chrysler Fuselage editions of the full-sized lineup. I used to search on internet web sites using key words such as Fury, Polara, Monaco, Newport, New Yorker, and Imperial. During this time period, the full sized Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth models were a bit more distinctive than the offerings from Ford or GM, and a lot more distinctive from today’s sea of sameness. So, could a full-sized Plymouth Coupe be used as an everyday cruiser?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is an unmolested 1972 Jaguar XJ6; Why is this car so Lustworthy?

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Let’s continue on with the Weekend Edition with this lovely Jaguar XJ-6 from 1972, now offered for sale on Craigslist. We received this tip from Steve (Thanks,Man!) who exclaimed in his email: DO SO WANT!. Yes it is a very good looking Jag, and it is one of those rare pre-rubber bumper cars that looks even better… So, what do you think?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – What do you think about this Electric Plymouth Horizon TC3?

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Continuing on with this weekends Quick Hits, and look at what I found this time… An Electric Plymouth Horizon TC3 Coupe from 1981. This car looks to be in incredible shape, and the paint color is what I would call Electric Blue (what else could I call it?) but does this car make you want to own it?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here’s a Sweet 1980 Lincoln Versailles to start your Weekend Right…

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Weekend Edition, where I try to entertain you for the next two days with whatever I can find around the web that is car related. The late 70′s and early 80′s was a weird time for the auto industry, and the term Malaise has been used to describe this time period, and it actually fits. Here is an example of a car produced during this time period… a Lincoln Versailles, displayed in all of its resplendence with a formal roofline, two-tone paintwork, wire wheel covers, and a blood-red leather interior. Is this car Lustworthy?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1964-67 Pontiac (Catalina) 2+2

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a feature in which I showcase a particularly powerful Detroit built vehicle and try to convince you that it’s really a muscle car, and then try and back up that bold statement with eloquent words, and pretty pictures. The time was 1964, and Pontiac was about to introduce a mid-sized machine that would be the template that all the other car makers would try and replicate, and that would be the Tempest G-T-O. However, Pontiac also introduced a Full Sized Barn Burner in the form of a trim package available on the Catalina. Introducing the Pontiac (Catalina) 2+2.

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Classic Captions – A Toyota Corolla in Paradise (Papua New Guinea) Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week I thought we would travel to a far off destination, where some people tend to call this place Paradise, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Modified Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, and the participation rate was better than I expected, and most of the comments were hilarious… The runner up caption came from Batshitbox (yes, again…), and it was rather unexpected (and very funny…): “They call her, “SpongeBra SquareShorts””. Good job Batshitbox, now I can’t get the theme from SpongeBob SquarePants out of my head, and while this was a great caption there was one just a bit better…

And the winning comment was from P161911 (also a regular), and his caption went like this: “Kelli was worried that Bob would figure out that she wasn’t a natural blonde and that these weren’t her natural breasts. Bob wasn’t worried that Kelli would figure out it wasn’t a real Porsche.” This was a very funny exchange P161911, so once again, congratulations on taking the top spot with this edition of the Hooniverse Classic Captions…

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and this time I found this image from a website called “Madang – Ples Bilong Mi”, subtitled “A Daily Journal of a Permanent Resident of Paradise”. The author was living in New Guinea for quite some time, and some of his posts reflected life on what has to be one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth. This image was published in a old magazine called “Paradise” and his postings about the advertising images can be seen here. However, let’s concentrate on this particular image for a moment. I’m going to let the author describe it in his own words…

Now here is a very nice snap of some lovely ladies doing . . . something, I’m not sure what, maybe exchanging gifts, who knows? It’s one of those “concept” things that I’m never sure why it is supposed to make me want to buy a particular car. It seems like a lot of mumbo-jumbo to me, but then I’m not very sophisticated. When I see one of these old automobile ads I can’t help wondering how long the thing held up here in PNG. I still see some that look a lot like this one on the streets, belching white smoke and wobbling back and forth on bent rims and dead shocks. Most of them are held together only by the tenacity of rust.

So, what do you think these lovely young women are doing anyway, and is this really the proper way to advertise a car in paradise? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (I still don’t know what these young women are doing anyway…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this image from paradise.

Photo Credit: Madang – Ples Bilong Mi

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