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Last Call: LA Does Parking Signs Right Edition

Robert Emslie April 17, 2015 Last Call

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Look, I know Detroit is THE Motor City, but truth be told, no other U.S. City other than Los Angeles was purposely built around the automobile. For a long time, LA had a regulation that there could be no building could be taller than City Hall. That was intended to push growth outward rather than upward, and prevened the city from becalming yet another place of ‘Concrete Canyons’ like New York and Chicago.

Of course the urban and suburban sprawl that created – and which now defines – Los Angeles resulted in the auto-centric metropolis we know (and some of us love) today. Traffic is some of the worst in the world, and finding a place to put your car once you finally get to your destination is a hassle. The city is trying to do something about the latter, testing a new parking information sign that in one fell swoop replaces a tower of other signs. This is perhaps the best parking sign ever created, and the only downside I can see is that it now makes me want to get an AERA Z PERMIT, even though I’m sure the Z stands for Zombie.

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. 

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F Stands For Friday Fun

Jeff Glucker April 17, 2015 All Things Hoon
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No new review this week… so we decided to just have some fun.

Next week there’s a new Hooniverse Garage as well as an update on the HoonTruck.

For now, enjoy your weekend… and your car

Fort Lauderdale Auctions America 2105: Project Car Nightmare Edition

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1973 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet

So recently I attended an AuctionsAmerica Show and have been sharing what was there to be seen and noted by this olelongrooffan for my fellow Hoons viewing pleasure. As I spotted these two, I came up with the idea of the PCH PCN and as I have experience with both of these makes of vehicles, I thought I would toss them out here for my fellow Hoons viewing pleasure.

1972 Citroen SM

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Yeah when this olelongrooffan was a mere whipper snapper my Pops, TheGentlemanFarmer, owned some pretty much off the wall stuff. He acquired, somewhere, somehow, a 1975 Peugeot 504 Diesel with a four speed for his kids Hooning pleasure. At the same time, he was Hooning around in a 1972 Citroen DS 21 Pallas. (Mom still had the Robins Egg Blue Country Squire) That DS was sweet cream in color with butter soft leather inside. Of course, the mechanicals on each of these cars were rather sketchy and thejeepjunkie and I honed our Hooning skills on the Diesel while Pops preferred to let the pros see to his DS. Understandably so. Now has come the time to make the jump to see more of these beauties. All of the italized text is from the AuctionsAmerica site and is their property used here without permission. Images are all mine.

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Cars You Should Know – “The Jail Car”

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The year is 1992. Ted is a Volkswagen enthusiast, and has recently purchased a Giugiaro-designed sport coupe/hatch second hand. He loves the car dearly, and his ambition is to modify it just so, you know, like one of those cars you see on the cover of European Car Magazine. Ted bought those sick 3-spoke wheels, and even gave his lovely coupe an eye-searing laser yellow repaint. In order to get his car *just* right, ready for the lime light, he needs more money. He decides to hold up a liquor store. With a gun.

Unfortunately for Ted, he was apprehended. He was tried. He was convicted. 25 years to life. Fortunately for Ted, he got out with good behavior. His dear sweet mother knew how much he loved that stupid little Scirocco, so she kept it nice for him while he was “living with his new wife in Tokyo”. She kept the car garaged, kept it covered, and once a month she’d start it up, drive it to the car wash, give it a nice spit shine, and bring it back and cover it up again. Annual fluid changes, even. She’s a good mother to Ted. When Ted got home, his beloved VeeDub was waiting for him, just like the day he’d left it. After a few years in the klink, Ted was ecstatic to get back behind the wheel. First stop, Costco. Yee Haw!

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The Carchive: The Caterham 21

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It’s time once more to don our protective gauntlets, attach our safety harnesses and descend into the hazardous void that contains all that automotive literature that time forgot. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last visit saw us drinking in the sheer value of the 1982 Skoda line. Today we’re paying scant regard to practicality and turning the dial on the fun-o-meter up a few notches, with a look at the Caterham 21.

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Outsider’s Perspective: The New Hyundai… Wait are you sure?

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I was having a lovely day and a nice stroll through town when my eyes fixated upon the local Hyundai dealership. There my eyes happened upon a new car on display. Well, I say new but it somehow looked…familiar.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie April 17, 2015 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1964, the Ford Mustang Debuted at the World’s Fair in Flushing, New York. It also made its first appearance in select Ford dealers across the nation on very the same day. Is the above mystery vehicle a Mustang in honor of the day? I’m not telling, but I will tell you that you need to come up with the make and model for the win, whatever those might be.

Image: ©2015 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 48 – The Honeymooners

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The dorky car guys on the block are back with a brand new episode. Put your hands together for the Cammed and Tubbed Podcast! We’re closing in on 50 episodes of this show, and it’s still just as fun as when we started. There’s just something so entertaining about sitting around for an hour or so every week with some friends talkin’ ’bout cars. Sometimes life gets so hectic, you don’t get the opportunity to do that very often, so we made it a podcast.

This episode’s topics include: “What’s On Your Desk”, “What’cha drinkin”, the new Smart Car, that wrecked BMW M1 that was floating around this week, Jason being on the Hoon 100, “putting the wood down”, Cam’s Dad’s Infiniti, my new Michelins, the Porsche 912 Registry, and our shoutouts for the week. Enjoy!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – The Honeymooners

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Hooniverse Asks: What Current Production Car Most Smells of Rental Car-itis?

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Are you familiar with beige? Yes, I do mean the color, but I also mean the concept that the color implies, that of prosaic averageness of which no one aspires. If you’ve ever been in a standard issue rental car, you know what I mean.

Rental cars are, on average, the most boring editions of the models from which they spring. You may pine after a Mustang GT with the competition package for you own ride, but that V6 convertible you rented in Maui was ripped from the bosom of pony car greatness and cast into the gaping maw of unrelenting mediocrity.

Here’s the thing though, while some rentals are crap versions of otherwise respectable cars, there are others that are just plain old crap cars! That’s what we want to catalog today, the cars and trucks that you can buy that are imbued with the stench of the rental fleet despite not requiring ever being near an airport. What do you say, what current production car is most rental-like straight from the factory?

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Last Call: Reverse Psychology Edition

Robert Emslie April 16, 2015 Last Call

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I like my peanut butter and jelly inside my bread, my superheroes not conflicted, and most certainly I prefer my roads over my aqueducts. Because of that, this is really freaking me out.

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. 

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