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Last Call: Cat-vertible Edition

Robert Emslie July 1, 2015 Last Call


Yeah, we’re just over here makin’ sure your Porsche is completely mouse-free while still being adorable and stuff. We’re almost done so you’ll be able to take it to work by… oh, I’d say next Friday.

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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Outsider’s Perspective: Will the Mini Clubman suceed?

New-MINI-Clubman (Copy)

When I first saw the new Mini Clubman had transitioned from a stretched,unconventional wagon with three doors to a more traditional wagon whose only reference to the original are barn doors, which incidentally would totally work on a Suburban but they don’t quite do so here, I was ready to dismiss it as yet another reason for which to to dismiss Mini until they make that rumored Minor (Slogan: No, we mean it this time!). I mean, why would you want a non-crossover wagon with endless personalization options, that will most definitely be available in brown with a manual at a reason…hang on a minute!

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Podcast: Episode 110 – On the Future of Cars and Real Records with Alex Roy


On this week’s episode of the Hooniverse podcast:

International Man of Mystery Alex Roy graces us with his presence. Roy and myself attended the Petrolicious Rally this weekend, a celebration of beautiful vintage machinery and the passion of driving from a bygone era. So what do we do? We dive right into the topic of autonomous cars.

Yes, there’s two sides to the wonderful fantastical world of motoring, and while one of them involves the worship at the altar of old Porsches, the other involves the new world of mobility for those who can’t afford old Porsches. Yes, even for someone who showed up to the podcast studio in his Citroen SM. And whose mind was blown by this lady.

#alfaromeo #style #fashion #pantsuit #vintage

A photo posted by Alex Roy (@alexroy144) on Jun 30, 2015 at 6:29am PDT

At the same time, we fawn over the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, tie up loose ends in Roy’s cross-country record, and for a brief moment I get honest about my dearly-departed Miata.

Hooniverse – On the Future of Cars and Real Records with Alex Roy

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Nicely Grilled or Overcooked? The Changing Face of VW.


The process for establishing a corporate identity for a range of cars can, simplistically, be summed up as “Choose a size and shape of front grille that nobody else seems to be using, then after five or so years, make it much, much bigger”. Hence, the brand new Audi A4 Seems morphed almost imperceptibly from its previous form, thanks to the inevitability of Audi sticking with their safe, recognisable family nose treatment.

Once a corporate identity has become established and is acknowledged as meaning something worthwhile, it becomes very valuable and is jealously protected. Therefore, it’s very important that it’s well chosen. It needs to be strong and striking. With this in mind, I was pleased to see VW doing something outside the norm on their GTE, though whether this look will reach production remains to be seen.

If this is to be Volkswagen’s new visage, what do you think of it?

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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. 

Stick Shift Wagon would make a great tattoo, either across the shoulder blades for the gents, or right above the coin slot for the ladies. We sought just such a rare beast last week (the car, not the tat) and you know what, they ain’t all that rare. Some good stuff was found, and we’ll see which one sticks the landing the most in just a sec. First however, this week’s challenge.

Summer is upon us, in fact as of last week the days are actually getting shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere. What they are doing in the South is anybody’s guess. I hear the toilet water swirls the other way down there and that’s freaky enough to keep me away. No matter where you live I’ll bet that you’ll agree that when you were a kid there was nothing better on a hot summer day than to hear clown music that signaled the arrival of the Ice Cream Man in his Ice Cream truck. As adults, that music probably skeeves you out, but that’s still what we’re looking for this week – that’s right, I want you to find us some Ice Cream trucks for sale.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s stick it to some long roofs.

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1931 Chevrolet Build Update


There has been progress on the ’31 Chevrolet hot rod/rat rod. This is slow work, since we are making it up as we go, but we are moving forward. At last update, we had added some patch panels to the body and were trying to shore up the shell so it could be moved around without it collapsing like a house of cards. Though the photo above may look like it collapsed, it actually represents quite a lot of progress.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s Your Opinion of Korean Cars?

Hyundai Pony

There have been a number of articles written recently that aver that, in certain categories, the Korean car makers are beating the Japanese in quality and value. Now, you may find it realistic that the Koreans offer a better value, after all they certainly embraced the low-priced tier decades ago and seemed – unlike other challengers from Eastern Europe or South America, to make a viable go of it.

However, the Japanese have long been known as the purveyors of the highest quality rides on the planet. I mean, Toyota once advertised the Corolla as being able to have its hood welded shut, so little maintenance was required. Now that crown may have to be handed over. Here’s the thing, another factor in the whole Korean car drama is the recent research that indicates that while the country’s cars and trucks are getting vastly better – perhaps even better than those coming out of Japan in certain cases – public perception of Korean cars has not caught up.

Personally, I still think that Korean cars hold some sort of stigma. That’s even though when someone asks me what’s the best value in a mid-sized sedan I tell them that it’s the Hyundai Sonata, and not just because I love the joke of telling them it’s not-a my car, it sonata your car! Well, maybe I’ll stop doing that. What about you, what’s your opinion about Korean Cars? Do you think they have climbed to the pinnacle of quality and value, displacing their Japanese competitors? Or, do you feel otherwise? Let us know!

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Last Call: Bee Alert Edition

Robert Emslie June 30, 2015 Last Call

Bee Sign

Apparently this happened on a stretch of I90 in Coeur D’Alene Idaho on Sunday, on a 108° day. The options for those without A/C in their cars were to sweat or get stung. Over 1,000,000 bees got away in the accident, so bee on the lookout.

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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Two-Wheel Tuesday: 5 Days, 8 States* & 1,970 miles


*Technically, seven states and one Canadian province.

Mrs. Tanshanomi and I just returned from riding the first Smackdab Solstice Ride. Since I’ve previously shared the premise of this dawn-to-dusk ride between Lebanon, KS and Rugby, ND with Hooniverse readers, I’ll simply refer you to the article I’ve linked. But participating in the 675-mile, one-day ride meant making a spectacular five-day, 1970-mile round trip from our home outside Kansas City. The adventure has given us some great memories and a great story to share.

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Doin’ Car Stuff On Our Honeymoon


My Wife and I, newly wed and all, packed up all of our things into that Rogue and drove back to the Detroit Wayne County airport for a long, long flight west to Los Angeles. I’d been to LA a few times before, but mostly for work and had never really seen the sights. Amanda had never been, and she was pretty excited. Because we’d been together for quite a while, we’ve already done pretty much everything together. We were looking to spice things up a little, and I was able to, just once, convince her to spend the day doing car stuff. I mean, I knew I would enjoy it a lot more than she would, and it would probably just be a pain for her, but there was a chance she might enjoy it and let me do that again. We went to my favorite vintage car sales specialists, European Collectibles, we visited Blake at the Petersen Museum, and stopped in to Singer Vehicle Design. It was only one day of our week long trip, but it was just so freakin’ awesome. Read on for more.

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