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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The Oldsmobile Aurora V-8

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a feature in which we try and introduce you to muscle cars you may have never considered as such, and to try and convince you that they in fact are… Once again, I am here on this site trying to convince you that another FWD Sedan with a V-8 Engine can be a Modern Day Muscle Car. Most of the FWD cars that have been profiled have engines that are somewhat powerful and driving the Front Wheels, and with the correct electronic aids they not only perform as well as some of the real Fire-Breathing Muscle Cars of the past, but they also handle well. We have inducted other GM FWD Cars like the Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, but rejected the very similar Chevrolet Impala SS, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, as well as the Pontiac Bonneville GXP. Well, let’s try and see if this Oldsmobile model can be inducted into the Obscure Muscle Car Garage. Introducing the Oldsmobile Aurora, powered by a smaller version of the Cadillac Northstar V-8 under the hood…

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Classic Captions – The 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS 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 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 we break out the riding crop and breeches to saddle an Italian Stallion, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a crowd in a deserted office park, and the participation rate was a little bit better, so let’s see if we can step it up a notch or two… we had two clear favorites this time, and our runner up comment was from GTXcellent, and he seems to be producing some great captions lately, like this one: “Well you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man: and another woman’s man, and a man’s man, and an old ladies’ man, and some teenager’s man, and a married couple’s man. No time to talk. How am I stayin’ aliiiiiiiiiivvvvvve? Stayin’ alive. Pimpin’ ain’t easy”. Ah Yes, the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive… that sure takes me back, but there was one comment that was the run away favorite…

And the winning comment was from smalleyxb122, (Yes Again…), and his caption was very short and to the point: “Taking a Lincoln to the theater? This will not end well.” This had the groan factor as well, and I wondered why I didn’t think of it when I decided to use the image in the first place. Congratulations smalleyxb122 on winning this edition of the Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest…

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I decided to raid Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account again, and use this Ferrari 308 GTS image from 1979. There is a girl sitting on top of the hood of the Ferrari, wearing the finest in Equestrian Gear. The riding pants are called Breeches, and she sports a pair of riding boots, a riding vest, and just to break with tradition, driving gloves, and a golf cap! Now, if she was hired by a gentleman for a little, well how am I going to put this… A little play time, all she would need is a riding crop… (Oh, go look it up will you!) But to be sitting on a Ferrari in this attire, well, yes, it is appropriate… I guess this was a way of selling a Ferrari in the late 70’s, as it did nothing but generate pure lust from everyone who saw one, but is this really the correct way to sell a Sports Car? (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 (Yes, I know sex sells…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this provocative image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1988 Isuzu Impulse available in New Jersey; Become Joe Isuzu…

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Continuing on with our Weekend Edition, and I spotted this Isuzu Impulse listing on Craigslist, and immediately thought of one of the more offbeat advertising campaigns of the 1980’s, the one in which Comedian David Leisure became Joe Isuzu. All the television spots were memorable, but I wonder if they really helped the brand in moving the metal, so to speak. At around this time period, Isuzu produced one of the most inspiring vehicles of the decade, and it went by many names around the globe (like the Isuzu Piazza in Japan) but was known as the Impulse here in the states. I still like them, but do you?

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Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1929 Rolls Royce Woodie Wagon (Shooting Brake) currently on eBay…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with something quite spectacular. This is a 1929 Rolls Royce 20HP Chassis that was mated to a Wooden Structure Wagon Body sometime during the 1050’s. This was suppose to be one of the last 20HP Chassis produced, and the seller has the build sheet for the Wagon Body. So is this Rolls Royce a Blue Chip Collectible?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A First Generation Toyota Celica Supra; All I can say is Wow…

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When I try and find things to show our readers on the Weekend, I troll around on Facebook to the various sites that are created by fellow car enthusiasts, Pages like the Brown Car Appreciation Society is a favorite of mine to discover truly jaw dropping Craigslist Listings, like this one. This is a 1979 Toyota Celica Supra, and I doubt there is a nicer example for sale anywhere in the country…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1990 Jeep Commanche 4X4; Try to contain your enthusiasm…

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Well, this should get all the hoons who frequent this site salivating… This is an honest to God 1990 Jeep Commanche 4X4 Pickup, equipped with all the right hardware… The 4.0L Six, a 5-Speed Manual, Air Conditioning, and it only has 68,000 miles on the clock. Alright, you can’t dragon this truck from your computer, as you will have to go to Tucson Arizona to do so… I guess we all know that this is the Holy Grail of Trucks, but how badly do you want it?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1977 Dodge Monaco Brougham Wagon, in Latrobe Pennsylvania…

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Well, it looks like I am going to highlight another Dodge for this Weekend Edition of Quick Hits, only this particular Dodge has a few more miles under it’s chassis. The Dodge Monaco nameplate was transferred to the venerable “B” body Chrysler configuration for two model years only, 1977 and 1978. It was one of the more confusing times for Chrysler in which they offered this version of the Monaco as well as the full sized Royal Monaco. Confused? Well, the buying public was, but that is not our problem at the moment. We have to decide if this Monaco Wagon is desirable or not…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1983 Dodge 600 Sedan; When was the last time you saw one?

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Welcome to another edition of the Weekend Edition of Quick Hit Postings. One of the reasons why I do these is the fact that they seem to create a lot of discussion throughout the weekend, and I seem to hit upon the right mix of desirable vehicles that are for sale, right along side a bunch of, well, crap… So what side of the ledger does this Dodge 600 fall? This is one of the early stretch “K” cars in a vain effort to offer different vehicles for the Chrysler and Dodge showrooms during this time period. So once again, is this car desirable or crap?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1984-85 Ford LTD LX

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to learn something new while doing so. Performance was seriously lacking during the first half of the 1980’s. With emphasis placed on ever more stringent environmental regulations on top of growing concerns about fuel economy, there seemed to be no place to turn if you wanted an affordable, fast, and fun car. That was all starting to change after 1982, when Ford dropped their 5.0L HO V8 under the hood of the then 4-year-old Mustang. Finally, a new car with that old V8 soundtrack, and it seemed like utopia during the dark days of the “Malaise” era. But something else was on the horizon at Ford. It took a requirement from the Bob Bondurant Racing School of High Performance Driving, and a couple of engineering mules, to produce an invisible performance car. Let’s take a look at a 4-door Mustang, the Ford LTD LX.
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Classic Captions – The 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car 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 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 we take a look at a Lincoln Town Car in a setting that is void of anything interesting…

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Last time, we had an image of a Motorcycle at a local diner, and the participation rate was nothing to write home about, but hope springs eternal… It was rather difficult to score a winner and a runner-up this week, as the top vote receivers were all commenting on the Rock Store Diner that was used as a backdrop for the Ninja Ad. As such, I am going to try and award both a winner and a runner-up from comments other than the ones dealing with this location. So, the runner-up belonged to Batshitbox (Yes, again!) and it went like this: “In a near total reversal of typical plot lines, Starfleet Chief Engineer Apex Hunter makes first contact with a planet full of male models..” Very funny, but there was one caption that was just a bit better…

And the winning comment was from mkep819, and his caption went like this: “Boy Bands & Bikes never quite caught on as big as Cars & Coffee.” To everyone who participated, this was my personal favorite this week, so congratulations mkep819 on winning this edition of the Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest…

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I reached back into the toy box that is Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account, and retrieved this Lincoln Continental Town Car image from 1978. The setting is very puzzling, but I will try and describe it. I think the photographer was trying to portray a group of people leaving a theater, but the actual setting looks like a business park, or an incomplete shopping center. As far as the people, they seemed to be dressed for all occasions… So let’s try and see what they are dressed for (I’ll leave that up to you). There also seems to be only one car for all of these people, and I’m sure that as big as this Lincoln is, you’re not going to get that many people inside of it. So what do you think the vision of this Photo Shoot was, and isit really a good image to use to highlight the Town Car? (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 wonder where all the other cars are…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this interesting image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

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