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Weekend Edition: Bilenkin Vintage re-imagines Volga with BMW tech

2015-11-13 Bilenkin Vintage_01

With a number of Weekend Editions dedicated to old Soviet and Russian automarkers, I welcome this re-imagining of a USSR personal luxury coupe built on modern BMW mechanicals. The Bilenkin Vintage combines intricate mid-1900s detailing with a stout BMW 4-series coupe base, and the end result is… imaginative.

Behind the project, unveiled at Dubai Motor Show, are Moscow-based car designer Kirill Bilenkin and a car customizer house called CARDI. Check out more photos after the jump.

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Last Call: Happy Birthday Mr. Emslie

LongRoofian November 27, 2015 All Things Hoon


As the Esteemed Mr. Emslie is continuing to Celebrate Life on his birthday, this olelongrooffan speaks on behalf of all of my fellow Hoons in wishing him a Happy Birthday for the Last Call here in The Hooniverse this Black Friday.

Image Shamelessly Stolen From These Interwebs But Proportedly To Have Been Taken In Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Carchive: 1993 Mercury Capri


It’s time once again to hand crank the engine of time for a slow cruise along the avenues of history. Welcome back to The Carchive.

As the winter grows progressively more bleak, what better than to think back to the summer. A time to feel the heat and the wind against your skin, and bask in the admiring glances you get when you’re topless in traffic.

Today we’re heading back to ’93 and looking at Ford’s Australian roofless wonder, the Capri.

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Outsider’s Perspective: InFlexible


I was doing my usual thing. Browsing the forums, checking reddit, making sure we are doomed as a species; when all of a sudden I came across a conversation about the new Mazda CX-9 and how it stacked up against the Ford Flex when it hit me: They would have to restyle this thing eventually, and when they do they’ll have some serious work to do.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie November 27, 2015 Mystery Car


Today is my birthday. Yay, happy birthday to me. It’s actually you who will be getting a present however, in the form of a clue as to the identity of this week’s Mystery Car. That is that, yes it is one of the several hundred to grace the show floor at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. There’s also a gift receipt in the bag in case you want to exchange it. Good luck!

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

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 85 – Slow Ride

C&T 85

Cam and Tub are hanging out just the two of us this week. Jason had to work some overtime in preparation for his European trip next week, and we had a guest lined up, but he bailed last minute. Over the course of an hour, we get a little weird, we have some laughs, and we eventually talk about cars a bit. Cam and I have become pretty good friends over the course of 85 episodes of this stupid podcast, and I think it shows in this episode.

The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Slow Ride

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Hooniverse Asks: What Was the Last Console-Less Car?

Robert Emslie November 27, 2015 Hooniverse Asks


Hey there Hoons. Today is Black Friday and part of the Thanksgiving weekend so we’re going to have an extremely light schedule on the site. Since you’re reading this however, it’s likely that you’ve either already returned from your holiday shopping soirée or, more likely are eschewing leaving the house altogether today. That being the case, let’s do a little historical research, shall we?

You know, one of the primary purposes of a FWD drivetrain in a car is the packaging. It allows for a larger passenger compartment in an appreciably more compact size. Part of that is afforded by the lack of need for a transmission tunnel bisecting the interior. Some FWD cars have had completely flat floors. The 1988 Mercury Sable above is an example of a FWD car with only a modest hump, one that’s easily traversed should you need to slide over to the opposite window for a moment or whatever. As it’s a column shift it also lacks any form of console between the seats. Now, compare that to its modern analog, the current Ford Taurus. I know, it’s like going from a bandeau bikini top to a turtle neck?

There are lots of reasons why cars have seemingly all gone to seats split by a massive console – the popularity of floor shifters, available AWD, and the need to properly position passengers for the airbags among them. That’s all well and good, but it got me thinking, when did we lose the foot freedom we once had, and what was the last car to give up the fight? So, if you don’t have anything better to do today – football? pfffft – then let’s go on a hunt and see if we can track down the last car to offer a flat – or nearly flat floor. Are there any still being produced, or when did they last give up the fight?

Image: Spokane Craigslist

2016 Hooniverse Calendar Time!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Yep, I refer to the reveal of this coming year’s Hooniverse Calendar!  What sorcery is this you say?  You still like to make your holiday purchases at the local big box store?  Well you’re outta luck bub.  This magnificent piece is only available online.

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Last Call: Thankful for Excess Edition

Robert Emslie November 25, 2015 Last Call


If you live by the mantra that too much is never enough then this ’70s ad from Dunlop Tires will certainly resonate. The bike was (sadly) non-functional, but was made up of 12 conjoined 1,000-cc V-twins arranged somehow in a W configuration. I think it’s brilliant and I’m totally jonesing over those big-bore SU carbs. What I’m thankful for this year is that there are people out there willing to take a step beyond rational thinking, actually creating crazy rides like the one only imagined in this ad.

What are you thankful for this year, Hoons?

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: Silodrome

Team O’Neil Rally School Dishes Out Black Friday Savings

Jeff Glucker November 25, 2015 All Things Hoon

Team O'Neil Rally School

Sure, you could buy that new TV you’ve been eyeing. There’s a great deal on this coffee maker you’ve wanted. Maybe your favorite video game is at an insanely low price. All of those are well and good, but what you should really be considering is spending your cash on a driving school. A proper one, such as what the folks offer up at Team O’Neil in New Hampshire.

Right now, the facility is offering 15% off… well, everything. If you book a course and convince a friend to do the same you can save even more money. One friend saves you an extra 10%. Find two friends and you’ll save an extra 15%, and if you can bring three or more friends along you’re going to save an extra 20% off the courses.

There are courses that last a day, to an amazing five-day experience that would certainly be worth every penny and hour you spend freezing your ass off in New Hampshire.


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