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Last Call: Smokin’ Roth’s RoAcH Edition

Robert Emslie February 5, 2016 Last Call

Roth's Roach

Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s 1978 “RoAcH CoAcH was built to celebrate the opening of RoAcH, Inc.’s new silk screen shop, and top RoAcH-er Stan Peterson’s’ wedding. If I got that at my wedding, I’d sure hope there was a gift receipt included.

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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Lemons at Barber Live Blog

Alan Cesar February 5, 2016 All Things Hoon


I’m parked next to what I think is a peanut field alongside U.S. Route 82 in rural Georgia, cutting through the state along slightly more entertaining roads than the wonderful but dull interstate highway system. I stopped here to put together this short update before the day is up, because this weekend, Barber Motorsports Park plays host for the third time to the 24 Hours of LeMons—a series I don’t have to explain to you Hooniversitarianites (or whatever it is we call ourselves).

I’ll be posting live updates from the event throughout the weekend, so check in regularly with this post or follow Hooniverse on Facebook to see the ridiculous cars that show up. Pictured above is the incredible Smokey And The Bandit-themed Geo Metro campaigned by the Knox Vegas Lowballers. It’s got a mid-mounted V6 from a Ford SVT Contour. That’s not this year’s livery, nor is it last year’s, but Knox Vegas has always impressed with their presentation—albeit not always with their car’s reliability. Stay tuned throughout the weekend to see what they and other LeMons teams bring.

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The Carchive: The GKN Lotus Europa V8 (GKN47D)


For this week’s visit to The Carchive we venture into one of many small chambers which are subsidiary to the main cave network, the furthest you can go without potholing. This is where I keep all those automotive artefacts which fit into the category of “specialist” which is another word for “miscellaneous”.

Everybody knows The Lotus Europa, the first of the mid-engined Lotus coupé’s  and variously built with Renault or Ford four cylinder engines. Of course, it was inevitable that somebody would take the initiative to install a bigger, more powerful engine at some point, and many Europas have been butchered by have-a-go heretics over time. However, there was one organisation who managed to double the cylinder count of the Europa, and did it properly.

Yes, this was what GKN did in 1968 to prove that they knew a thing or three about cars.

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2016 Mazda CX-3: Tiny CUV Packs Plenty Of Fun

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Crossovers suck! …said the average enthusiast, who might be looking to eat their own words in the near future. Crossovers have gotten a lot better, and a whole lot more engaging to drive. Exhibit M: The Mazda CX-3.

It’s a sub-compact CUV packing in a whole lot of driving enjoyment.

Do we wish there were more wagon options out there? Yes, no question.
Are there finally crossovers we can actually enjoy driving? Yes, absolutely.

The Mazda CX-3 is near the top of that list too, as long as you don’t have serious cargo space needs.

[Disclaimer: Mazda tossed us the keys to the CX-3 for a week and included a tank of gas. We drove the car hard and didn’t put much of a dent into that fuel gauge.]

Mystery Car

Robert Emslie February 5, 2016 Mystery Car


Last Tuesday was Groundhog Day, and based on Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication, we’re in for an early spring. That’s all well and good, but it’s still cold out pretty much everywhere. At least we have the weekly Mystery Car to warm the cockles of our hearts. Make and model on this one if you please.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 95 – Carrillo Talk W/ Manuel Carrillo III

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We started a trend by inviting Jonathon back on the podcast last week, as we had another return guest in the form of Manuel Carrillo of Internet Brands auto division. Manuel is a good dude, and was recently out committing alleged shenanigans with Jason, so we had to have him on to talk about that. Cam, Tub, and Jason are also here, so we had a grand old time talking over each other! It’s almost like he’s part of our regular crew. Good guy, and plenty insightful.

This episode’s topics include: Drinks, Desk, 5-minutes speed talk about how to get into RC cars, the death of Scion, Brad went on a presser for Hyundai’s new Elantra (look for a full review soon), somehow got a flat tire, and Jason drove a new Subaru WRX as well as the McLaren 675LT with Jeff over the weekend. Manuel might be buying a BMW, so of course we rant about that for a while. We talk a bit about how awesome our listeners are. We generally have a great time, and it seemed like Manuel actually enjoyed himself, despite me mispronouncing his name and Cam going gaga over the limited Spanish he knows. Anyway, hopefully you enjoy this as much as we enjoy making it for you!

The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Carrillo Talk

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Hooniverse Asks: What if Ford HAD Bought Ferrari?

Robert Emslie February 5, 2016 Hooniverse Asks

Gran Turismo 5

We all know the story about how Ford responded to an overture to buy Ferrari but was rebuffed when Enzo wanted to keep the part that Ford really wanted, the racing operation. We know that the deal fell through, and ended up with Henry Ford II thrusting his fat Havana in Enzo Ferrari’s face and shouting you’ll be sorry, amico, as il Commendatore is dragged off by his minions while repeatedly brushing his raised chin with the back of his hand. Yeah, that’s how it went down.

The insult to Ford was so great that Henry’s grandson spent untold amounts of corporate cash to beat the Italian upstart at his own game, and that game was Le Mans. It became such an obsession for the Ford CEO that after two unsuccessful years he sent cards to his top people saying only  “You better win, Henry Ford II.” Ford eventually did beat Ferrari, taking the first, second, and third positions at Le Mans in 1966 with the GT40, a car that was born from of the rage between two industry egos.

What however, if that had never happened? What do you think the ’60s would have been like had Ford bought not just Ferrari’s road car business, but the racing arm too? Sure, we wouldn’t have the GT40 and its progeny to lust upon today, but what might we have had in their place? What do you think would have been the result if Ford had actually bought Ferrari?

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Last Call: LOAFA Edition

Robert Emslie February 4, 2016 Last Call

Bread Sled

Ummm, still warm from the oven.

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The 1994 Toyota Camry Coupe and the 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280CE are virtually the same thing


Mercedes-Benz unveiled their W123 body cars 40 years ago, in late January 1976. The coupe version, carrying the model code C 123, followed suit in the spring months, and despite having a very attractive hardtop coupe roof, both the front end and the rear matched the saloon’s design. With Mercedes-Benz coupes of yesteryear, this is not unheard-of, but the 123 series makes it clear how high the manufacturer rated a familiar look throughout the body style. The succeeding W124/C124 pair at least tried to disguise the latter as a more slimline effort, but the C123 treads similar water as the Bertone-chopped Volvo 262 C.

But if you were shopping for a new car some fifteen years later, and also wanted a saloon-derived coupe with a six up front – yet one that didn’t stray too far from the saloon’s lines? The obvious choice would be the mid-1990s Toyota Camry Coupe. Obvious, I tell you.

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The 2016 Rolex 24 – a tale of exhaustion, tinnitus, and bewilderment


Last weekend’s Rolex 24 at the Daytona became an instant classic the moment the green flag dropped. This year’s twice round the clock spectacle saw new, highly anticipated cars in their first race and it was the first event held at the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway, which is now being billed as “the world’s first motorsports stadium”. Expectations for this race were about as high as they could possibly be.

They were especially high for me because it would be my first Rolex 24 adventure and more importantly my first 24 hour race. The plan was to stay up for the entire race and experience as much of it as I could. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the whole thing other than some great racing and dangerous amounts of caffeine. After staying up for more or less the whole thing, I can say it was an exhausting, painful, and grueling experience that ruined my perception of endurance almost as much as it ruined my sleep pattern.

But from start to finish, the 2016 Rolex 24 was amazing and spectacular on levels that exceeded all expectations. I’ll show you what I mean…

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