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Last Call- Unlimited LTD Edition

Robert Emslie July 30, 2014 Last Call


I’d like to think that this Ford LTD, with its suspension at its limits, is actually holding its own against the 996 that’s hot on its tail. I’m imagining it hitting a late apex and then powering out of the turn and leaving the Porsche in its dust. I like to think those things.  Even if that’s not what’s going on here, this is still an amazing composition.

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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Hoonitales: Down On The Farm


A whiles back this olelongrooffan shared with my fellow Hoons a tale associated with bovine, Country Squires, farms and a Model A. If you are so inclined, you can check that Hoonitale out here. Now, as always, I am certain my fellow Hoons are wondering just what the heck does this Daytona Beach image of thejeepjunkie’s livery has to do with the title of this post. Well, this olelongrooffan would suggest a jump on through would answer that question.

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VW Flippers

I probably don’t need to mention that I spend a lot of time on the Craigslsists. I mean, a lot of time. Because of that I occasionally come across some stuff that makes me go ‘OMG,’ or sometimes even ‘LOL.’ Do the kids still say OMG and LOL? Anyway, I was trolling the classifieds recently and I came across the perfect item to turn your Backyard BBQ into a Backyard Vee-Duba-Que. That’s right, stainless steel VW logo spatulas! If you flip over both burgers and VWs then these 13″ pan slappers are going to be just your cup of weird car-related accoutrements. You can find them here, for $15 each, that is if they haven’t totally sold out by now.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Facebooker Spies Porsche Prototype Train On Mulholland Drive


The V.I.S.I.T. Facebook page is an awesome place to hang out, and occasionally someone shares something truly special. Porsche is known to drive their prototypes around in trains like this, especially on the Southern California loop on which this group were spotted. In this group, though the photos the poster shared are perhaps a bit blurred, we appear to have a facelifted 981 Boxster, and perhaps a few variants of the upcoming 991 Carrera GTS. Maybe even a Targa GTS?

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Podcast: Episode 69 – Fully Forged Power Bottom


Guest Abe Drimmer (Road & Track, TTAC, and a little site called Hooniverse) joins Blake and myself in the podcast palace. Topics range from a meager power bump for the Viper on to the introduction of the all-new Polaris Slingshot. The Mad Max Fury Road trailer comes up, as does the Infiniti Eau Rouge, which has been recently tested in prototype form by a small handful of folks.

From there we delve into a sad update on Blake’s Miata and a happy update on my Civic.

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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. 

Everybody loves to get a deal, and by deal I mean something that makes you seem more fiscally advantaged than anybody else. Last week we looked at the best-seeming deals the classifieds had to offer, and you found some smoking’ hot ones. We’ll deal with that in a minute, but first, this week’s deal!

When you were a kid did you play cops and robbers? I think this was an evolution of the previous generations’ cowboys and indians, and that of the generation prior’s crusader and heretic. One of the coolest parts of being a cop – a real cop – is the ride. That’s why this week I want you to find the coolest cop cars and cop bikes – and hell, let’s see if we can find a SWAT tank while we’re at it. It shouldn’t be too hard to do. And even if that doesn’t show up, we can probably come up with an impressively large collection of P71 Panthers.

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.

If you’ve got that, let’s deal with last week’s selection.

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Hooniverse Asks- What’s the Most Pretentious Car in the World?

Bentley SUV

Have you ever taken the time to break down the term Sport Utility Vehicle – or SUV – to its basic elements? There’s sport, which indicates some sort of energetic or athletic prowess; utility with brings to mind the capability to transport cargo; and then there’s vehicle, which is, well, probably the only element that’s accurate for any so denoted vehicles. Considering those elements, and the expectation that any so anointed vehicle would be adroit in at least one of them, why would anyone buy the above expected Bentley SUV?

Seriously, would this be your first – or fifteenth – choice to take the family to the ski slopes? Or perhaps swallow a new baby’s worth of strollers, diaper bags and other related tiny human accoutrements? The proposed SUV seems to me to be little more than Volkswagen’s (Bentley’s parent corporation) attempt to jump on the money train.

You know, I say more power too them. That’s because not only are certain cars – and SUVs – pretentious, but so are the people who buy them. We’re not them so of course we can pass judgement on them. To that end, what do you think is the most pretentious car or truck they could buy today?

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Last Call- What Price Stratos Edition

Robert Emslie July 29, 2014 Last Call


What would you give for the chance to own one of rallying’s most famous rides? What if that price included advertising some kind of anime guitar hero… thing? How far would you go to realize such a dream?

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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The Carchive:- The Ferrari Testarossa


It’s Tuesday, it’s 21:30 here on the glorious Essex coast. But we can’t just sit here admiring the view, It’s high time we donned our disposable overalls, connected our breathing apparatus and took a cautious step into the dank, dripping cavern that is The Carchive.

The most recent episode saw an upbelching from The Carchive’s Scandinavian outpost; I had no idea the caves reached that far, but apparently so. Antti uncovered a vintage brochure for the DeTomaso Pantera, and scanned it way too professionally. To try and avoid my being comprehensively outdone, here’s a 1988 brochure for the Ferrari Testarossa.

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Fantastic in Plastic- The Enzmann 506


In the 1950s, Volkswagen’s Type 1 was the basis for a huge number of one-off sporty cars. We’ve previously seen one of those, in the form of the Rometsch Beeskow, and there were many, many others such as Karmann, Dannenhauer & Stauss, Drews, Denzel, Beutler, Wendler, and Hebmuller. One of the rarest of the breed is the Enzmann 506, but as my local Cars and Coffee seems to draw out the odd and the interesting, I happened to catch one of them at a recent meet.

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