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Classic Captions – The 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra 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, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. There was a time in which the Mustang shared components with the Ford Pinto, and the featured car was no different, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a Rambler Rouge in a Garage, and the participation rate was a little bit better this time, so I think I’ll keep this feature for a little longer… Our runner up caption was from one of our long time readers skitter, and he was still wrapped in within the Holiday Spirit: “After the kids were finally asleep, Mom, Dad, and Uncle Dave had to stay up to put all the Christmas presents together and under the tree.” That was very clever skitter, but there was one caption that our readers like a little bit better…

And the winning comment was from another one of our regular readers, Devin. His interesting caption went like this: “The end of the French New Wave movement is difficult to pin down, but many critics agree it’s marked by Godard’s poorly received film “2 or 3 Things I Fixed on Her Car.”” Ah the French New Wave Movement in Cinema, something I never really understood, which makes this caption so delightful, so good job Devin on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I decided to once again use an image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account, and I found this image for the 1978 Ford King Cobra. This would be the final year for the Ford Mustang II, as a new Fairmont Based Mustang was set to debut for the 1979 Model Year. This King Cobra was the pinnacle of wretched excess for the Mustang II, with nothing that quite fit together cohesively. It has the forward rake grill opening, with an ultra deep front air dam, the graphics were utterly pointless, the Alloy Wheels were a version of the Mustang II Ghia Lace Alloys, and it sports a 5.0L Decal on the faux hood scoop. That 5.0L V-8 was a 2bbl unit that developed a meager 122hp! So, does this racy Mustang II look the part (a part of what I don’t know…) and does this image make you want to go out and find one of these for your own? (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 (So, why is there a Mad Max Vibe to this image?), and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition Last Call – How about a 1962 Falcon Wagon that will tear up the Quarter Mile…

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This is the last call for the weekend, and I just found this video of a 1962 Ford Falcon Wagon… pretty Plain Jane looking, complete with dog dish hubcaps, that will do 10 second runs on the quarter mile. Make the jump to take a look at this amazing Falcon, and tell me what you think of this car…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1986 Rolls Royce Camargue on eBay; The Italian Job of British Luxury!

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It is very rare that you see a Rolls Royce with Italian Coachwork come up for sale, but here you go. This is one of only 531 models built, with bodies built by the Italian design firm of Pinninfarina. This was the most expensive car built during it’s time period (with a US price of $147,000 which is equivalent to $600,000 today…) with parts that are truly unobtainable today. So is this Roller as special as it seems?

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Weekend Edition – What are the Odds that a dealer has TWO Mitsubishi L300 Vans For Sale…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I have been highlighting odd yet interesting imports for this weekend, and look what I found… A New Hampshire Dealer has in their inventory not one, but two 1988 Mitsubishi L300 (Delica) Vans, and both are still in fairly good operating condition. This was one of the three forward control vans imported during this time period, with the Toyota LiteAce/TownAce Vans (Called the Toyota Van here in North America) and the Nissan C22 Van (Called appropriately the Nissan Van here in the states), and they were all marketed here between 1985 and 1990 to compete with the wildly popular Chrysler Minivans. It is amazing that they all disappeared as quickly as they appeared, and finding one is like finding a unicorn in the wild… So, do you think they are desirable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is an unmolested 1976 Saab 99 GLE Automatic on Craigslist…

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Let’s continue on with our Foreign Car Weekend with another recently euthanized import and see if it is worth owning over a more reputable (i.e. rather boring) vehicle like a CamryAccordSonataFusionAvenger… (Just kidding on that last one)… This is a Malaise Era Saab 99, built at least two years before the almighty 99 Turbo model made it’s debut. And just for the hell of it, let’s see if anyone can tell me where the location of the Saab Headquarters before GM took over the company…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Could you see yourself owning this 1985 Renault Fuego?

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I thought I would do a weekend of weird import cars that I found on Craigslist… You know the ones that used to be sold here in the states but never seem to have developed a following like BMW, Subaru, or even Mazda… Most of the cars are orphaned here, even though the manufacturers are still producing cars… Like this 1985 Renault Fuego.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – So, what do you think about this 1980 Rover SD1, and is it worth owning?

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Yes, I know it has been a bit sparse as far as weekend postings go, but we are now over the holiday season (that wacky time here in the states between our Thanksgiving, through Christmas, and the celebrating of New Years) and now we have to look forward to at least 8 to 10 weeks of winter (at least here in the Northeast)… So, I will try and be vigilant in providing at least some entertainment, and why not start with this Craigslist Listing for a Rover…

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HCOTY 2014 Nominee: The Hurst System Rescue 1 Gremlin operated by Murray County (Ga) Rescue Squad

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Ah yes, it is that time of year in which the Inmates at the Asylum nominate their favorite vehicle for the coveted Hooniversal Car of the Year. There have been some changes that will become apparent when the voting starts, but I will leave that to the powers that be… I am once again very late to the party because I never was able to clarify all the facts about my particular nominee, but with a little old fashion research, and some incredibly good luck, I think I can still tell the story as to why my nomination should be the HCOTY for 2014.

Forty-Two years ago one of the most famous people in the Performance Car Parts Business created a system that would contain a tool that was meant to save the life of a driver in the event of a severe crash on the racetrack. The inventor was none other than George Hurst, and the tool was called the Hurst Rescue Tool, or what is commonly referred to as the Jaws of Life. This was a revolutionary tool that is not only in use around most racing tracks, it is a tool that has enjoyed wide acceptance within the Fire & Rescue Fraternity. However, George Hurst envisioned an entire emergency vehicle system that would include this life saving tool (along with other necessary first-responder gear) and be light, agile, with the ability to handle any emergency in almost any terrain. There was a total of 10 of these complete systems sold, and one is still in limited operation today. Introducing my nomination for the HCOTY of 2014, the 1974 Hurst Highway Rescue System One, operated by the Murray County Rescue Squad of Chatsworth, Georgia, celebrating 40 years of service this year…

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Classic Captions – The 1967 Rambler Rogue V-8 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, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. We are getting close to closing out 2014, so let’s celebrate with this Classic Rambler, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a New Yorker Fifth Avenue, and the participation rate was a little bit better this time, so it’s on to the New Year… Our runner up caption was from one of our long time readers Devin, and he channeled the 24-Hours-of-LeMons with his comment: “And dude, it was only $450! We’re sure to win the Index of Effluency in this thing!” Yes, once again, it was the track experience with bangers that was used effectively, but there was one caption that our readers like a little bit better…

And the winning comment was from another one of our regular readers, and for the second week in a row, PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ (Now with five stars!). His interesting caption went like this: “The Chrysler New Yorker, for people who have hit everything but the lottery.” This was quite funny, so good job PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ on winning this week’s Caption Contest (Again…)

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and once again I used an image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account, and found this image for the 1967 Rambler Rogue. Did you know by 1967 you could equip the lowly Rambler American with a 343 Cubic Inch V-8 producing 280HP, on regular pump gas? This was the Hurst SC/Rambler before it was ever known that way, and what a little screamer it must have been. Looking at the ad copy, we find out that there was a mandatory option of the 4-Speed stick when you ordered the fire breathing V-8. The ad goes on to say that there were other options to consider, like a special handling package, Twin-Grip rear axle, Tachometer, Disc Brakes, and wider tires. What is really interesting is that you could get this engine in ANY Rambler American, like the Rogue Two-Door Hardtop, Plane Jane 2-Door Sedan, Roomy 4-Door Sedan, and don’t forget the Wagon… The only problem with this ad is the image itself, as the Rambler Production Line in Kenosha, Wisconsin was equally dark and depressing. With a better image, the ad would have worked better, at least that’s what I think. How about you? (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 (like what the hell are they doing with that Rambler in the first place…), and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Classic Captions – The 1990 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue 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, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. This is Christmas Week, and everyone is getting dressed up in their finest to go out and have a good time, which fits in nicely with this image from 1990, but we will get back to this in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a Devilish GMC Pickup, and the participation rate was not what I expected, which means it must be the holidays… Our runner up caption was from one of our long time readers mdharrell, and was remembering a simpler time from his past… “Looking back, I remember the original pony cars, and those early Goats, and when it was normal to have a four-pot under the hood. Those were good times. Now it’s like everything’s gone to the Dev… Huh.” That was well done Professor, but there was one that our readers like a little bit better…

And the winning comment was from another one of our regular readers, PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ (Now with five stars!), and the caption went like this: “As he got out of the Diablo for the press shoot, Timmy saw he was surrounded by horses and realized what happened. It was about to get really weird for his co-workers at the Cabellero shoot.” Somehow, this caption was a bit off for me personally, but so what… Good Job PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and once again I used an image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account, and found this image for the 1990 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue, which was almost the most opulent Chrysler “K” Car derivative ever. Here we have an image of the car in front of a snazzy joint called Killer Joe’s, with two equally snazzy couples admiring the car. I would almost bet that you could never get away with naming a Restaurant or Bar Killer Joe’s in today’s political climate, but this was the 90’s. The ad copy is also period correct stating that the car is “Saying Something that’s has never been said before.” So, what the hell is that suppose to mean anyway? Is this really the type of setting that would sell a vehicle like this in the first place? (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, and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream