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Last Call- Devil’s Due Any Minute Now Edition

Robert Emslie April 15, 2014 Last Call

Vincent Black Lightning

While many people await with great trepidation the coming of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, I’m far more concerned about the end arriving on a Vincent Black Lightning if this gas-mask wearing horned rider is a preview.

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 source: Twisted Vintage

 

Renault shows you the electronic future – in 1984

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Picture this: it’s 1984. You have a Christmastime journey through foggy France to complete, and you’re in luck: the Renault 11 TXE Electronic sitting on the parking lot is awash with every technological gadget you can possibly wish for – in 1984. Voice commands, digital instruments, anti-collision radar, an early navigation system, it’s all there in your European Encore.

And in this promotional video, the driver aids are not only demonstrated by the attractive driver, but also faithfully reproduced in 30-year-old 3d animation.

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The Carchive: The ’95 Dodge Intrepid

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It’s round about lunchtime, which means time to rummage down the back of the couch of time, to seek out another piece of historic automotive lint. Welcome to The Carchive!

Having just finished mopping up after the carnival that was US Van Week last time around, we’re keeping it low-key today. We’re sticking around in the US; Auburn Hills, Michigan to be precise. Roll back nineteen actual years to when Dodge had just updated their Intrepid.
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Two-Wheel Tuesday: Honda CL125S – A New Addition To The Garage

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Last week I bought a Honda CL125S, the same model as the first motorcycle model I ever owned. 

The CL125 was the faux-scrambler version of the long-lived CB125 street bike. It was only made two years, 1973 and 1974. Other than the very cool looking high pipe and the bits and brackets that accommodate it, the CL is almost identical to a CB of the same year. But that comparatively rare exhaust makes all the difference to me.

I bought my first one on July 31, 1980, from a kid I worked with at the local hardware store. I had just turned 17. I paid $275 for it, as I recall, including a beat-up open-face helmet. It was actually a ’73 in Hawaiian Blue, but the tank was so rusty inside that I needed a new one. The local Honda dealer had a ’74 Candy Ruby Red tank in stock, so I bought that and mine then looked just like this one (only with flat-black spraybombed side covers to hide the original blue). I traded it in the next spring on a new (left-over) ’79 Triumph T140E Bonneville. And I don’t think I’ve seen a CL125S in the flesh since.

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New York International Auto Show 2014 – The Hooniverse Coverage

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It’s that time of the year again when Jeff and I meet up in New York City and drink provide Hooniverse readers with some kind of a vague but somewhat interesting coverage. We are not sure exactly how we’re going to do it, and likely we never will be. We just walk around aimlessly, chat with people like, talk about people we don’t like, eat junk food, look at cars and criticize, drink fancy lattes, look at cars and drool, and take random pics with our fancy cameras. We’ll have our phones on us for the ever important selfies and/or really weird stuff which will FaceBook/tweet.

There will be premiers, some auto journosaur will do/say something stupid, professional and knowledgeable product professionals in ridiculously short miniskirts, automakers will put on fancy press conferences that we will not attend. There is also a few halls that no journos ever attend with old cars, and more frequently attended truck area. Is there anything you, our awesome readers, want to see specifically?

 

Street Fight!

Robert Emslie April 15, 2014 Hoonivercinema

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Street fighting has long been glorified in movies such as Westside Side Story and songs like the Rolling Stones’ Street Fighting Man. It’s also been glamorized in commercial form – with real street fighters fighting in the street – in this Snickers ad from the Middle East entitled ‘Don’t Stop.’

The ad, created by Motek Entertainment, features motion capture techniques to make the light men move in a realistic manner and was made up out of over 200 separate takes. It will have you thinking twice before trying to beat that flashing don’t walk sign the next time you cross the street.

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Classic Captions – The 1987 Suzuki Samurai Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and once again, it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week we have an image of the Original Cute Ute…

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Last time, we had an image of a Chevy Monza disguised as a Buick, and the participation level was a bit better this time, with a lot of clever one liners. The runner-up comment was from SSurfer321, and it was the prevailing theme for this particular round: “The neighbors all gathered around young Jimmy, celebrating his achievement. Proving to old Mrs. Hag that, yes, you can polish a turd.” Har, Har, very funny, but it was a one two punch that really took the prize this time.

Like I said, one comment set up the joke, while the comment that followed brought the house down. It was mkep819 who set it up with this comment: “Shouldn’t you close the windows before you wash it, Otis?”. With that, it was P161911 who followed with this very funny line: “With these panel gaps, it don’t matter.” So, for the first time since I re-started this feature, we have co-winners. Congratulations, and keep on participating.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and it is an image for the 1987 Suzuki Samurai. This was an unlikely success for the smallest of Japanese Car Makers during the 80′s and these things were selling like virtual hotcakes, right up until Consumer Reports published the fact that these little trucksters would tip over with little or no provocation. But before any of that, the Samurai enjoyed being the center of attention in these little cheeky ads, both on television, and in print. This image has it all, from the friendly grocer, to the guy with a Submarine Sandwich that is actually longer than the truck, with a beautiful and fun-loving babe in the open back seat. I just wonder what the other two people behind the vehicle are suppose to be doing? Also, is this really the way to sell a small 4X4? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (Like how are they going to store that Sandwich in the vehicle), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Asks- What do you Think is the World’s Most Famous Motorcycle?

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They say that fame is fleeting. As coincidence would have it, so are many motorcycles. Of course being fleet of foot, er tire, isn’t a necessity when it comes to motorcycle fame. Significance however, is.

Today being Two Wheel Tuesday what we’d like to know is which motorcycle – whether a specific bike or a model run of them – do you think is that most significant and hence the one to garner the claim of world’s greatest fame. I’d say you’ve got plenty from which to choose – Evel Kenevel’s rocket bike, the chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider, or maybe the Triumph TT masquerading as a German bike used by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape being just a few.

Of course there are probably others, separated from the movie bikes and the stunt rides, that could be considered even more significant and hence could hold the crown. Whichever the source, what do you think is the most famous motorcycle… in the world?

Image source: canosaurus

Last Call- Flare Edition

Robert Emslie April 14, 2014 Last Call

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We heard you like flares so we put flares on your flares so you could flare when you flare. Man, that is sure a tired meme.

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 source: evosky via The Car Lounge

24 Hours of LeMons: Saying goodbye toTeam Resignation’s Ford Escort

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There was no fanfare as the new owner pulled the dented rustbucket away on the rental trailer, itself fittingly oxidized and tired. It was a thing that had needed doing and that thing was done. I plopped into my daily driver—which had temptingly housed the same type of motor as the heap I’d just sold—and headed for home and warmth. Shelter. I no longer owned a 24 Hours of LeMons car.

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