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Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Mystery Car


On this date in 1911 Orville Wright rode the brothers’ glider over North Carolina’s Kill Devil Hills for an amazing 9 minutes and 45 seconds. This was a record flight, and one that would stand for fully 10 years.

You’ll be flying high when you solve today’s Mystery Car. Of course to get into the record books you’ll need to identify the make, model, likely engine and year-range too. We won’t even mind if you ask your brother to help.

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Best Bit of Automotive Knowledge That’s Totally Unneeded Today?

Robert Emslie October 24, 2014 Hooniverse Asks

Vintage Garage

Hey, do you know how to de-coke an engine? How about how to unlock car bumpers that have become entangled? These were both valuable skills, 60 years ago. Today they are both anachronisms, and soon to join them will be things like points adjustment, brake pulsing, and double clutching a non-synchromesh transmission.

The automotive world marches on, and as it does certain aptitudes and activities get left by the roadside. Some of them, like the ability to successfully synchronize multiple independent carburetors, still seem a laudable skill. Others, such as remembering to include the spare when you rotate your tires are woefully out of date, but are still a cool way to make the kids feel inadequate.

I’ll bet that most of you are too young to have actually experienced such out of date automotive knowledge, but I’m sure – being car nuts – that you have over time become aware of its existence, and have formulated an opinion as to which is cool and which is lame. Today, I’d like you to share what totally useless piece of automotive knowledge is still totally cool today.

Image: Hemmings

Last Call- Tre Posti Problems Edition

Robert Emslie October 23, 2014 Last Call

Tre Posti

Ferrari never built a tre posti (three seater) for general consumption, but did design such a layout for the 1966 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. As expressed in this classic cartoon by Road & Track artist Russell Brockbank, the problems with the layout – especially for stereotypically lusty Italians – are obvious.

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: Road & Track via Car and Driver


The Carchive:- The Mk1 VW Golf (1980)


We’ve not done this for a while now, so lets don the requisite safety clothing, connect up our breathing apparatus and ready ourselves to descend into the swirling vortex that is The Carchive.

The last volume that bobbed to the surface in this series was for the Alfa Romeo Arna, but prior to that it was the turn of the VW Corrado. Today we’re going a bit further back in that car’s lineage to the Wolsburg machine which turned out to be Genesis for a long line of celebrated ‘dubs. It’s the Mk 1 Golf.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Halloween Hooptiefest’ preview

Eric Rood October 23, 2014 All Things Hoon


The 24 Hours of LeMons is a strange thing and, from what I can tell, New Hampshire is a strange place. When the local matriculating population aren’t rioting at small-town gourd festivals for wicked kicks, they’re talking incessantly about the weather (and linguistic) curiosity known as a Nor’easter*. ” Anyway, LeMons is headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend in a dream pairing of strange things and places for “Halloween Hooptiefest,” an annual tradition on the LeMons calendar with ghastly heaps, Halloween-themed post-race activities, and maybe even some crapcan racing.

The Northeaster should be cleared away in time Saturday’s green flag, probably leaving a soaked paddock but the circuit’s “roval” course—the only such kind of track left on LeMons’ schedule—dry by the time racing begins. As usual, then, the misery should be concentrated in the paddock. Follow the jump to see who has and hasn’t a chance as Hooniverse previews yet another 24 Hours of LeMons race. Or see the unofficial entry list here if you’re not one of them readin’ types.

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Blazing through Baja
Testing the new BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tire

Jeff Glucker October 23, 2014 Featured, Reviews

BFGoodrich KO2 Lede

The names covering the walls clue me in to the fact that I’m somewhere special. My off-road naivety has me in the dark as to the placement of the actual dot on map that is my location. Still, the names… I recognize them. Walker Evans, Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, and many other names can be seen scattered on the walls, the ceiling, pretty much everywhere inside this bar. The bar is a part of a larger facility known as Mike’s Sky Ranch, and if you’re a fan of off-road racing then I’ve arrived at your Mecca.

The day started in Ensenda, Mexico, which is a beach town situated on the Baja Peninsula. It’s also the starting point for the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 off-road races. For me, it’s the starting point of a trip designed to show me about a new tire; the BFGoodrich KO2. It’s a journey that will show me how tough the tire is, but also give me a bit of insight into how amazing and wild the world of off-road racing can be.

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Hooniverse Asks- Busses or Rail, Which is the Least Objectionable Anti-Car?

Robert Emslie October 23, 2014 Hooniverse Asks


Next month I’ll be attending the Los Angeles International Auto Show media preview at the LA Convention Center, which is located just south of LA’s downtown financial district. And while this is a car show, I won’t be taking a car to get there. Instead, I’ll be taking three rail lines of LA’s burgeoning Metro system to get from my suburban paradise to the convention center’s front door. The whole trip, including the drive from my house to the closest station with free parking, usually takes almost exactly an hour.

Why you might ask would I take public transportation? Well, one of the main reasons is that rush hour traffic on LA roads is something akin to stuffing sausage, only with cars. The other is that LA’s Metro trains – whether the subway or the many light rail options – are generally clean, safe, and fast, and in the case of the convention center, it takes me where I want to go. I wish I could say the same for the Metro Buses, but sadly, they are a whole ‘nother ball game, and usually one that smells of pee by the third inning.

That’s not to say that busses don’t have their place in the mass transit scheme of things, it’s just been my experience that the trains are a better way to go. Of course the trains don’t go to all those many places and the big benefit of busses is that they can change routes as needed, while trains are pretty much wedded to their predetermined paths. Have you had much experience with public transportation? If so, which have you found to be the best to get you from point A to point B? Have trains proven acceptable in their routing choices? Or do the busses do a better job? If you can’t drive, what’s the best mass transit alternative in your book?

Image: Metroplanning.org

Last Call- Shopping Spree Edition

Robert Emslie October 22, 2014 Last Call


While at my local Target last week to pick up some work socks and wrapping paper, I was frustrated to see that I had been one-upped in the parking lot by a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe replica. That is of course, the perfect choice for a bargain-shopping excursion.

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: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

It’s Calendar Time Again! The 2015 Hooniverse Calendar!

November pages

Is it possible that another year has slid by again?  Well, not quite, but close.  There are but a precious few pages left in your 2014 Hooniverse Calendar, so that means it’s time to look back over the past year for tasty new photos for the 2015 version.

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Podcast: Episode 80 – Diesel Driving Death March


Myself and Blake Z. Rong head into the Podcast Business Office to prattle on about cars. The main topic of the evening is Rong’s recent participation in the Audi A3 TDI Mileage Challenge. He was tasked with driving from Albuquerque, New Mexico to San Diego… on one tank of diesel fuel. That’s 824 miles of driving required. That’s damn near impossible, but two teams managed to pull it off.

From there the talk moves to the recent Motor Press Guild Track Day event, where I got seat time in a variety of vehicles out at Willow Springs.

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