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Last Call- Amongst Enemies Edition

Robert Emslie December 19, 2014 Last Call


You will easy recognize the cars on either end in the picture above, those being the production Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and Jaguar XKE FHC. The car in the middle might be a little more difficult to place however, as it was a prototype that, while seriously considered for production, never actually made it off the auto show circuit. That is of course Ford’s 1963 show car, the Cougar II with which FoMoCo cruelly teased an adoring public. Based on the AC frame taken from a Cobra, the 260 V8-powered Cougar offered a fiberglass body just like the Corvette.

As you can see, it was substantially smaller than Chevy’s sports car, but possessed similar lines. An interesting aspect of the Ford show car was an automatically opening panel in the tail that would pivot at high speed to relieve air pressure inside, and hence prevent the wrap-around rear window from popping out. Oh what might have been.

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Image: CarStyling.ru

duPont REGISTRY’s November Cars and Coffee

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The recent November edition of the Cars & Coffee car show at duPont Registry of St Petersburg, Florida was a great mix of classic beauty and in-your-face exotics. Some regulars were recognized from my last trip to the registry back in 2011, along with a few cars that are just now beginning to trickle out of Europe and Japan. … Continue Reading

Noise on Friday:- Goodwood Reloaded


Every now and again you’ll switch the TV on and, inevitably, the Simpsons is on. On UK channels this usually means a rerun of an episode you’ve seen many, many times before. We all know who shot Mr Burns. we all vividly remember Flanders losing his wife, and there’s no longer any mystery left in the strange night-time goings on in the forest, for which Mulder and Scully’s 2D dopplegangers were called in to investigate. Simpsons re-runs are one thing, and expect them on a daily basis, as sure as the rising of the moon at night. What we don’t like, though, is when a “new” episode is aired and it turns out to be yet another clip show. It is with this in mind that I publish this post, which is, in essence, a clip show. It’s not just an excuse for laziness, though, and it’s definitely not just filler because I couldn’t think of anything else to put out in the 13:30 slot.

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed occurred back in July this year and I was lucky enough to be your reporter-in-the-field. It’s now that time of year where I look back at what I’ve seen, done and experienced as I prepare to exit 2014, and Goodwood still figures strongly among the highlights. Since at 13:30 a number of you are probably enjoying your lunchbreak, join me after the jump, and turn your volume way up high.

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Do You Have A 2015 Calendar Yet?

Ray Lindenburg December 19, 2014 All Things Hoon



And I’m not talking about that electronic watch in your pocket that allows you to look at the Craigslist auto classified without being tracked by your boss.  You need a real calendar – one made of paper and brawn.  Like this one!  We are quite proud of this year’s edition – it’s truly chock full of awesome automotive photography – all provided by Hooniverse contributors and friends of the ‘Verse.

Stop the Pressers II: More automotive nincompoopery from Yours Truly


As 2014 draws to a close, I can look back on my motoring year and safely say that no bad idea was every truly turned away. A personal ad on craigslist looking for a Hyundai connection? Did it. Driving a Micra from sea level to the Rockies in a single day? Did that too. Road trip with a toddler in a base Mini Cooper? Why not?

But never mind the new car stuff. This is the kind of site where even a Hellcat knows there’s essentially no shot at being named Hooniverse Car of the Year. It’s too reliable. It’s too practical. It’s too shiny. Ew.

So, to round out the year I’m adding a few other things I drove or looked at that might be of interest to the Hooniversal reader. Some of them are weird, some are fast, and one of them I completely forgot about last time. Let’s start with that one: Kjelle Qvale’s personal Jensen Interceptor … Continue Reading

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie December 19, 2014 Mystery Car

mystery_car_19_12_14We are just two days away from the Winter Solstice, which is of course the shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. That means time’s running out to solve this week’s Mystery Car by natural light. You might need to be pretty bright to figure out the identity of the above vehicle from its cleverly masked picture. Since you’re so bright, you’ll remember to include the makemodelyear-range, and likely engine in your answer. Oh, and for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, take your time!

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Most Impressive Jet-Age Dashboard?

Robert Emslie December 19, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


Cars have always been about style, and in the fifties and early sixties that style was often derived from the Jet aircraft that were then the whiz-bang latest and greatest technological advancement, at least here in the U.S.. That resulted in wing-like fins, side swoops, and hood ornaments that looked like actual aircraft. On the inside, it meant cabins that emulated the cockpits of these modern aircraft, or at the very least, a look that car stylists thought would make you feel like you were piloting the latest jet fighter.

Chrome played a big part in both the exterior, and somewhat surprisingly considering its highly reflective nature, the interiors of these cars. Car makers of the era celebrated chrome as though it were a long-lost friend, which it had been having been banned from excessive use during the war in the previous decade. Also finding a place in these jet age cars were controls that seemed from the future, things like pushbutton transmission selectors, and self-seeking AM radio dials. It was a glorious age in which to live.

Few of us lived in that era, I know I didn’t, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate it’s naiveté and sense of hope in the future. Lots of cars from this era had magnificent, baroque dashboards that were excessive endeavors in both venture and execution. Let’s look back and decide if we can find which one was the greatest.

Image: Curbside Classics

Last Call- Cutaway Corvette Edition

Robert Emslie December 18, 2014 Last Call


This 1969 Corvette C3 Coupe was disassembled by Corvette Specialties in Mounds Minnesota as an advertisement for their parts business. It’s completely drivable, although not exactly what you might call road-worthy. It’s also a cool look into what lies under the fiberglass of all those old C3 ‘Vettes.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

Image: Chevy Hardcore

V.I.S.I.T. – Fairlady In The Streets


A few weeks ago, my wife and I were walking around town cruising from bar to bar on our own little fall afternoon bar crawl, only we were going from craft brewery to craft brewery sampling the finest this town has to offer. It was quite fun, and we had some really good brews. As we were cutting through a residential neighborhood to get to the next stop, we saw this nasty old Datsun on the side of the road, and I just had to stop to admire it. It’s rough in all the right places, and it doesn’t have damage or rot, it has ‘patina’. This design has always been a favorite of mine, and I’d certainly love the opportunity to drive one around, but I’m afraid I might not fit. I snapped a few photos here with my potato-phone camera, and here I’ll offer my ‘expert’ analysis of the car after the jump.

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Video: How to drive a Ford GT40

Jeff Glucker December 18, 2014 All Things Hoon
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You know that famous line… “I don’t want to belong to any club, that would have me as a member”. Well, luckily for me then, I can’t afford to be a member of the Classic Car Club of Manhattan but I really wish I could. The reason for that is, of course, quite simple as this club allows its members to jump behind the wheel of many different types of oh-so awesome machinery.

Their garage plays home to everything from a 1974 BMW 2002 powered by an E30 M3 motor and an all-black 1968 Dodge Charger up to a 2014 Porsche GT3 and a McLaren 12C. Another part of the fleet is a CAV-built 1966 Ford GT40 replica powered by a Ford Racing 302. Oh, and it wears Gulf livery… and you can cruise around in it if you’re a member of the club.

But do you actually know what to do once you have the keys? Maybe not, and that’s why the club is taking things a step further by helping to educate its membership. Exhibit A is the video above.


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