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Turning Point: Do you like your Steering Wheel?

Chris Haining October 8, 2015 All Things Hoon


We spend virtually 100% of our driving time looking either at it, through it or past it, yet we often go for days on end before we give it any specific thought. I’m talking about our steering wheel.

The round control in my Rover, with its gargantuan size and grotesquely lumpen airbagged centre boss is so awful I don’t even want to think about it. So I’ll talk about the one in my Audi instead, which is truly one of the finest aspects of the entire car.

How about yours? Good? Bad? Or have you never really considered it?

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Former AMC Headquarters Auction Starts at $500

Alan Cesar October 8, 2015 All Things Hoon


The old American Motors headquarters is up for auction. It can be yours. Bidding starts at $500, but you’ll also have to deal with a possible piles of filler dirt, a building that might be partially gutted, and six figures’ worth of overdue taxes by next summer. Which begs the question: like a cheap Mercedes, is there really such a thing as a cheap world headquarters building for a dead automaker?

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s History’s Worst Gasoline V8 and Why?

Robert Emslie October 8, 2015 Hooniverse Asks


The V8, perhaps more than any other engine configuration, holds an undeniable mystique and a sense of romance. It has become after all – from Ford’s first editions, to the pony cars of today – the de facto standard when it comes to performance muscle. Oh sure, there are smaller engines with fewer cylinder and  more turbos that may challenge the V8 on paper. Or, engines with more cylinders that are more classy. But when it comes down to getting-it-done horsepower, you generally can’t go wrong with a good old 90° gas-fed V8.

That is, except when you can go wrong. You see, among all the Small Block Chevies, Windsor Fords, Pontiac Nailheads, Ferrari Dinos, and Dodge Hemis, there have been some V8s that have – how shall we say this – stank. Those are the ones we’re looking for today. In fact we’re not just looking for the bad motorscooters of the V8 world, we want the big kahunas of badness. What do you think is enemy #1 of the V8 world?

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Last Call: Color My World Edition

Robert Emslie October 7, 2015 Last Call


Henry Ford is  famously quoted as saying that you could get his Model T in any color you wanted, as long as it was black. In fact there were more than 30 different types of black paint used on the T, each formulated for their drying time and durability. For the buyer of the 1913-1926 cars however, it was just all black.

A similar strategy was used for the Felber Autoroller, an Austrian microcar built in the 1950s. Almost all of the 400 produced were painted in a sickly mint green, a color that might look familiar to those employed in other industrial endeavors. That’s because the paint was the same often used on factory machinery, chosen due to its lower cost. Of course “you can have any color you want as long as it’s a kind of puke green” doesn’t sound so good.

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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Quick Video: Breakfast of Champions

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I always enjoy seeing technology put to new and interesting uses. Even better, I like to see cars used to do things people don’t normally see. I ran across this video today after catching up on Formula 1 news (from the site that led me to the Hooniverse years ago). Toyota wanted to show off their complicated energy harvesting system in a delicious way.

Who’s hungry?

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Podcast: Episode 123 – A TI-85 To The Taint with Regular Cars Reviews


We’ve been off for two weeks sorting out some tech issues, so we’ve decided to come back in a big way. This is a longer episode because our friends Mr. Regular and The Roman are in the podcast studio. It’s the Regular Cars Reviews team, and we’ve got plenty to talk about.

Sit down, strap in, shut up, and hold on.

Hooniverse – A TI-85 to the Taint with Regular Cars Reviews

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. 

Last week we were dieselin.’ Running on without a care and the only smoker not invited to the party was Volkswagen, just because of their cheatin’ hearts. We set our sights on sub-$10k non-VW diesels, and boy did you come through with a plethora of possibilities. We’ll shake out the most interesting in a sec, but first this week’s challenge.

What kind of personality are you, a loner or someone who prefers the company of a group? Well, no matter which this week we’re looking for lone examples of group members – Group B that is. Actually, what I’d like us to assemble is the class of ’80s Group B homologation specials – the road cars that made the race cars all legal and all. Price? Why, that’s no object, big spenders.

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 get smoking.

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Taking The Next Step: Reviewing Logitech’s New Racing Wheel

After word got out that I was working on a review for Forza 6, the lovely people over at Logitech asked if I was interested in review their brand new force feedback wheel, built from the ground up for Xbox One and PC. As someone who is usually adamant about playing Forza with a controller, I had to of course accept their offer, and see what the learning curve from controller to wheel really is, and what a brand new wheel and peddles can do in the year 2015.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s GM’s Best Brand Right Now?

Robert Emslie October 7, 2015 Hooniverse Asks

General Motors company logo.

Take a moment to think of all the brands that have at one time or another been part of the GM family. The company was founded by William C. Durant in 1908 and at that time the company’s only brand was Buick. Durant quickly added added more marques, after all the company’s name was General Motors, not Buick. Cadillac and Oakland – which eventually became Pontiac – came a year later, and the Reliance Motor Truck Company a year after that. Chevrolet came into the fold in 1911. At the end of the ’20s, the compant expanded globally, adding Germany’s Opel to the team, and acquiring a controlling stake in Holden in Australia.

Of course there have been a plethora of minor brands acquired or created by GM over the years – Ewing, Elmore, and later Geo and Saturn among them. But the stalwart favored five: Chevy, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac made up the bulk of GM’s holdings for much of the 20th Century. Today however, the company is far leaner.

At present, GM calls among its holdings only Chevy, Buick, Caddy and GMC trucks here in the States. In Europe, they still have Opel under their wing, as well as the British maker of Opel cloneware, Vauxhall to their name, while Holden still holds the GM flag in Australia. Asia has seen a major contracture from the American conglomerate, while the less said about the purchase and divestment in Saab the better. If you consider the brands that GM has left, like children on a Willy Wonka factory tour, which do you think is the best at present? If GM had to Sophie’s Choice a brand, which one would you say is least likely to get the heave ho?

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Last Call: X Factor Edition

Robert Emslie October 6, 2015 Last Call

X- Factor

This fabulous street art was painted on a London street near the London Bridge Station by 3D artists Joe and Max in celebration of the Disney Infinity game, Rise Against the Empire. It depicts the trench scene from A New Hope, and it looks like most of the pedestrians are so taken with its realistic 3D effect that they choose to walk around, rather than over it.

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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