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Ken Box 2 is your perfect holiday appetizer video

Jeff Glucker November 26, 2014 All Things Hoon
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Remember how I tried the Crazy Kart last week at the LA Auto Show? Yeah, I was terrible at controlling it. Ali Kermani is like me… but exactly the opposite. That’s because Kermani also goes by the name Ken Box.

If this doesn’t make you want a Crazy Kart, you’re clearly dead inside.

Podcast: Episode 84 – Colossus Blazer Action (w/ guest Daniel Cudmore)


Our guest today is Daniel Cudmore. He’s a rather tall actor who hails from Canadia, and you’ve seen him recently as Colossus in three of the past X-Men films. Cudmore also happens to love cars, which means he’s ONE OF US.

His automotive past includes a handful of Subarus, two or three Audis, and an old K5 Blazer that was used to ram a camper van.

Hooniverse Credentials: Approved. Hop the jump to listen in…

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Schoolhouse Rock taught us all to add, and last week you all told us that 2+2= awesome. That’s because there were so many cool cars that fit that arithmetic-referencing format. We’ll do the math after the jump, but first, let’s get this week’s task out of the way.

Tomorrow is Turkey Day here in the States – yes, I know you Canadians don’t even have leftovers leftover from YOUR Thanksgiving, but play along. Seeing as the focus of many households tomorrow will be a big bird, let’s use that as the theme of this week’s quest. That’s right, let’s find all the best – and worst – cars with bird names.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at tips@hooniverse.com and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, let the newbies read all of that, let’s see last week’s winner.

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2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R: An enthusiast becomes a family man

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Getting older means making changes in your life. You marry the person you love, you start a family, and you have to make changes. One of those changes might mean selling your beloved car for something a bit more practical.

There are a handful of automakers that understand that this doesn’t have to mean saying good-bye to enjoyable driving dynamics. Subaru is one such automaker, and the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R is proof positive that the brand adheres to this line of thinking.

You’re not getting an adult WRX STI, of course… but you are getting something that won’t leave you dreading your drive home either.

[Disclaimer: Subaru tossed me the keys to the 2015 Legacy, and included a tank of gas. I wore shorts in my video review above because it was 105 degrees out that day… I felt that needed a disclaimer too.]

Hooniverse Asks- What Cars Should NEVER Be Modified?

Robert Emslie November 26, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


A few years back we had a De Tomaso Pantera in the family. It was a pretty bone-stock 1973, and was not only a blast to drive, but was also a ticket of entry into the world of wacky Pantera owners and their cars. Now, at the time, the Pantera wasn’t worth all that much, nice examples trading well south of twenty grand. That meant that a lot of owners didn’t feel any compunction to keep their cars stock, and I can recall countless numbers of flared fenders, quad turbos, and any other wild and/or individual modification you could imagine.

Today the Pantera has reached a point in value where a stock edition will fetch twice or even three times what they went for little more than they did back then. And those with the wild – and usually irreversible – modifications? Well, they’re paying the price because collectors want Alejandro’s vision, not that of Clark from Walnut Grove. That’s a cautionary tale, and it got me thinking, are there cars today that should always be left alone and not messed with, lest the modifications negatively impact its potential value? What do you think, are there cars that should simply NEVER be modified?

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Last Call- Formula One’s Biggest Fan Edition

Robert Emslie November 25, 2014 Last Call

F1 Fan

The 1978 Brabham BT46 F1 car – infamously known as the Fan Car – arose form the fertile mind of engineer Gordon Murray. The car was designed in answer to the the dominant Lotus ground effects cars and it won its first contest, when Niki Lauda drove it to winner’s circle at Anderstorp. That was its only victory however, as the Brabham voluntarily withdrew the car from competition after complaints that it was a danger to following drivers.

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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On The Road With This olelongrooffan: Let’s Go To The Folkston Funnel, Shall We?


So this olelongrooffan is certain my fellow Hoons are trying to figure out what this image of some random rail cars has anything to do with the happenings here in the Hooniverse. Well, as I hope my fellow Hoons have most likely figured out by now, this olelongrooffan ventures out on a regular basis to see if I can find some, what I think is, cool stuff to share with my fellow Hoons. So far, although with some exceptions, all seems to be good. Hope the same can be said today. So if my fellow Hoons don’t mind some longrooffan ramblings and the reason these rail cars are featured “above the fold” feel free to click on through.

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Die-Cast Delights:- Peugeot 205 GTI in 1:18th Scale


I’ve been up in the attic, fighting my way through the cobwebs, bat shit, old luggage and decorating ephemera (on stand-by until the resumption of operation Make-House-Nice) and I have itches all over thanks to fibreglass insulation penetrating my T-shirt and jeans. And it’s all with the aim of bringing you another exciting instalment in the current series of Die-cast Delights.

Many of the 1:18th scale models I have hoarded, obsessively collected, gathered over the years have now become available second-hand via eBay and, after a quick search and with a little bidding luck, can be yours with very little financial hardship suffered. But, what to buy? I have a load of models and some of them are absolute crap. Maybe, as this series continues, I’ll suggest something that takes your fancy, if last week’s Ford Cougar didn’t already.

Today it’s the turn of Solido’s Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI.

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Hooniverse Holiday Kids Gift Guide

Tim Odell November 25, 2014 All Things Hoon

The given that we’re headed into Commerce Season, the internet’s awash in “Gift Guides” for any possible sub-group of human. It’d be silly for us to make lists for The Hoon in Your Life, as you already know what you want. However, we think there are a few unique kids gifts we’d be happy to highlight. All too often our kids get various plastic noisemakers or more excuses to worship at the altar of Pixar’s Cars. What follows are a few things we’ve picked up that have been big hits for getting our boys to build, work, play and solve problems the way we do. Hit the jump for a few key suggestions.

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Feast Your Eyes on This Fabulous Ferrari… Motorcycle?



Did you know that Ferrari once designed and built motorcycles? No, not Enzo Ferrari, but in fact a pair of brothers who happened to share that same last name, and thought they could capitalize on that tenuous connection to Maranello’s favored son. I came across this 1952 150 Sport at a recent show and found it to be a cheeky poke in ribs to the venerated auto maker.

This bike features a 150-cc two-stroke and is very similar in design to the contemporary Parilla. There’s a good reason for that, as one of the brothers who founded Fratelli Ferrari had previously worked for that maker. … Continue Reading


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