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Last Call: Bron-Y-Aur Edition

Robert Emslie September 1, 2015 Last Call

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Here’s three-quarters of the legendary band Led Zeppelin riding trail bikes. They all appear to be on Suzukis, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s rides each looking like your standard two-stroke trail bikes, while the fat tire on John Bonham’s bike indicates that it might be an RV-90.  No idea where John Paul Jones is, but then I guess somebody had to be taking the picture.

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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Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Creative Traffic Innovations?

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The Honolulu lane zipper is famous sliding jersey barriers across the highway in Honolulu, opening or closing lanes, depending on the time of day and traffic. [In Seattle, the express lanes on I-5 are bidirectional, depending on traffic, which accomplishes basically the same thing.] I’ve actually driven by the lane zipper while it was working, and it’s a pretty sight to see, really.

In the course of my typical commute, I come across four stop signs, six traffic lights, and a roundabout, all of which have proven to be difficult for some drivers around here, but that’s another story for another day. I went to work early this morning, about an hour earlier than usual, and noticed something unusual – every traffic light was flashing red, except for two, which were flashing red on the side streets, and yellow for the main thoroughfares. It seems that Springfield has seen the light (ha!) and given drivers a little more control over their travels during very light or nonexistent traffic conditions. Thanks to the 4-way intersections, I cut several minutes out of my drive. Any time saved not commuting is a good thing, in my mind.

What about your city or town? Any innovative or time-saving traffic signals, lanes, etc?

Diecast Delights: An XJ220 in 1:12 Scale. But is Bigger Better?

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In 1993, when I was 12, I visited the Florida Mall, Orlando during my first culturally charged foray into the United States. While I was there, in a branch of Smoke ‘N ‘Snuff, I bought a ludicrously overpriced Maisto model of the Jaguar XJ220 in 1:18th scale. Whether it was a £/$ exchange rate SNAFU, or simply my naivity as to Smoke ‘N Snuff’s pricing policy, I paid about three times as much as I would have in the UK.

I love that car, and I loved that model. I admired it for the rest of my vacation and I fiddled with it on board the Delta L1011-500 which took me home at the end. Then, on returning home, when unloading our suitcases from the cavernous load bay of what would later become my first Rover, my beloved XJ220 tumbled from the parcel shelf onto the rough concrete below, losing a mirror, scuffing the glass and breaking the rear aerofoil in the process. I was heartbroken. My XJ220 ownership experience has been a tarnished one.

Up until now.

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Long Shots: Hows About A “T” Party

LongRoofian September 1, 2015 All Things Hoon

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So a couple of weeks back, this olelongrooffan was out and about just checking out what there was to be seen around that mountainous city I’m calling home these days. Well, as I was cruising down the main drag that is Highway 76 there, I spotted these two ancient machines parked in front of a local ice cream shoppe. Needless to say, I am sure my fellow Hoons know exactly what this olelongrooffan did.

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A Hooniverse swan song: Matching your lifestyle with the right Eagle

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This is a long overdue post and a tough one to write. Literally, it’s been difficult to write; I’ve started and revised it dozens of times. Also, notice that I didn’t say “story” or “report.” It’s a post and probably not a very good one and…

Look, I’m just here to say that I very recently accepted an offer to write elsewhere and, at least for me here and now on Hooniverse, things are just like Jeff Beck sang: “This is the end.”

That said, of all the hundreds of things I’ve written here in the last two years, my favorite by far was the Ford Tempo Buyer’s Guide in 2013 and I’ve always meant to follow that up. I struggled to figure out what completely unwanted car should be next and I eventually settled on the full line of Eagle, the orphaned brand caught between the worlds of failing American Motors Corporation and their pseudo-saviors at Chrysler. Follow the jump for the only guide you’ll ever need to buying an Eagle product.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Greatest Trim Package To Make a Come-Back?

Robert Emslie September 1, 2015 Hooniverse Asks

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If you think about all the various trim packages that have graced auto models over the decades, from Z28 Camaros to Niki Lauda edition Alfa Spiders, there are some that have definitely become keepers. Some automakers have figured that out and that’s why we have seen the resurrection of such storied names as BOSS 302 and Porsche’s Speedster.

Shakespeare averred that a rose by any name would still give good nose. When it comes to cars, there are certain names that evoke reverence and history, and sometimes those names come back after a long hiatus to grace a – potentially worthy – contender to the throne.  What we’d like to know today is which of those come-back kids do you think is the greatest?

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Last Call: Dodgy Deal Edition

Robert Emslie August 31, 2015 Last Call

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This is either a typo or representative of Fiat’s latest crazy attempt to move cars, starting with the used ones. Regardless, somebody better scoop this up before it’s too late.

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: AcidCow

 

Motorboat Monday: Riding Superstar- An Ambition Realised in a Classic English Speedboat.

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I was eight years old and she was seventeen, and I’ve been besotted ever since I first saw her. I was on vacation with my parents in the West Country, it was a holiday romance that never happened and I’ve been returning every few years in the hope of seeing her again. She’s now 43 years old, yet still as beautiful as ever, despite the pleasure she has given to so many men (and women) over the years. Yes, ever willing to please, for just a few quid she will take you out for twenty minutes of damp and delirious excitement.

For twenty-five years I’ve been chasing her, yet never managed to take my place in the queue. Finally,last summer, I paid my fee and added myself to her list of conquests.

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What the hell is a Honda Formuling?
A Hooniverse Team Investigation

Hooniverse August 31, 2015 All Things Hoon

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It all started with a simple email… “Just came across this odd Honda roadster on kijiji.  Claims to be made in Ontario”. There’s a link in the email that goes to a Kijiji listing for a 1979 Honda Formuling. We’ve never heard of it.

This is how we figure out what the hell we’re looking at…

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Hoonivercinema: Monday Movie Trailer

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I’m going to come right out and say that this week’s movie, 2013’s Gangster Squad, is a steaming pile of cinematic crap. The movie never finds the right tone – it doesn’t know if it wants to be L.A. Confidential, Sin City, or Dick Tracy – and Sean Penn’s performance in it calls into question his continued interest in acting.

Gangster Squad is additionally infamous for needing a late reshoot due to a scene that too closely resembled in action and timing the Colorado theater shooting. That was after parts of that scene had appeared in the trailer. Can’t really blame the film makers for that, however.

That all being said, the movie does have awesome costume design and a ton of cool cars throughout, including my father-in-law’s 1950 Jaguar XK120 (see it here) that does duty as Emma Stone’s character’s ride. Two stories about that after the jump and then we’ll get to the trailer. … Continue Reading

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