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We Will Be at the Houston Auto Show!

That’s right kiddos, we are going to H-town next week to cover the Houston Auto Show. I’ve been going to the show for several years now, and it has never disappointed. With Houston’s oil money, large market, and varying demographics, the Auto Show has always had a wide variety of OEMs showing their wares. So if you will be there, shout me out on twitter @PartyPat116. I should be there at least for Media day, and Friday.

What COTA Means to Me

Yes, I went out and got my favorite place in Austin immortalized on my left forearm. Some reactions have been super positive, some have been super negative, wondering if I was in an altered state of mind or wondering how long it will take for me to regret this. Sure, COTA looks like it might be having a few issues, and even if it’s not off right now, there will be a time where COTA might not be viable for FIA racing. But none of that matters, and none of that will affect the wonderful memories I have of the Circuit of The Americas. Let’s dive into this all together, shall we? … Continue Reading

We’re at COTA all weekend for WEC and Tudor

I will be at both big races happening in Austin this weekend. WEC has the massive 6 hours of COTA and Tudor has the Lone Star LeMans. I have full paddock access for both series and I will be bringing you daily updates about the going on’s here in ATX. If you want anything specific, let me know either in the comments, or send me an @ on Twitter @PartyPat116

The Maturity Of My Foolishness

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I was heading home earlier this week when I heard the unmistakable sound of a coffee can muffler from the Chevy Cobalt in the parking lot next door. I may have judged the driver for his bee-on-steroids exhaust tone just a few years ago but as I get older I have learned to embrace his foolishness just like my own. The people who believe themselves to be true car enthusiasts may stare and laugh at the Cobalt kid while sitting in the drivers seat of their tastefully modified Corvette but little do they know they are just an older version of him. I started on my automotive path much like the Cobalt kid with gaudy modifications on my four cylinder econo-box and although that car is but a distant memory now, my foolishness is still at hand.

I received my learners permit just as The Fast and the Furious was released in 2001 and was ready to get my hands on any car to start the quarter mile life. I had to settle for driving my parents 1989 Pontiac Bonneville with one of them in the right seat for the first few months. As my sixteenth birthday was approaching my dad mentioned that he knew of a cheap Mitsubishi Diamante for sale that a client of his was looking to get rid of due to the leaky valve-stem seals.  He offered to buy the car for me if I helped fix it. I jumped on the opportunity and once we got it in, it was repaired within a day. I was happy to have a car and happy to have a part in getting it back on the road although most of my assistance involved handing various tools and parts to my father.

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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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eBay Motors looks to celebrate the MotorLife

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eBay Motors is looking to celebrate what it calls the MotorLife. In its words it calls the idea “a celebration of the motorhead.” That is something we can get behind because it should cover some of the main bits of everything we love about our own Hooniverse. If it has wheels, we’re interested, and if it has an engine, that’s even better.

The goal of this movement is to, well the real goal is of course to get people to visit eBay Motors. I mean let’s be real here… it’s a marketing movement, but it’s one we can get behind if it really starts telling great stories that need to be told. The eBay Motors blog will be the hub of all of this action, where a number of folks while cover a wide range of events, project vehicle builds, and general automotive awesome.

Additionally, you can get in on the vehicular love fest by sharing your own stories on the eBay Motors blog comment section, through Facebook, and on Twitter. Yes, there’s a hashtag… it’s the hashtag era, get used to this. #MotorLife.

To prime the pump a bit, eBay Motors is having a contest. The prize is $1,000 to spend on parts on eBay Motors, and it runs each day through the 23rd of August (aka this Sunday). Head over to this Facebook page, post a picture, and tag it with #MotorLife and #eBayContest and whatever other zany/witty caption you can think of. Want to enter on Twitter instead? Go follow eBay on Twitter, then post a photo with #MotorLife and #eBayContest, and send it as a reply to @eBay. Non-Private Twitter accounts needed, please.

We know you need $1,000 to spend on parts, and maybe this is your ticket to getting that. Hell, some of you could find whole cars to buy for $1,000 (Helloooo LeMons!).

[This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with eBay]

Review: The 1997 Rover 825Si- Rusty’s 500th Post Special Edition

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This post marks my 500th published contribution to this hallowed web address, and as a very indulgent celebratory gift to myself I thought I’d run a full review of my own car. If any of you ever harbour unclean thoughts about owning a 1997 Rover 825 as a daily driver, the below will either encourage or discourage you. Read on and find out which applies in your case.

Of course, we all know the 800 is a spent force these days, appealing now to a very select minority and really only for reasons of morbid curiosity. By the end of its production run the 800 was bought new mostly by xenophobic businessmen and pensioners with British Leyland fixations, and the sphere of attraction has not broadened since then. But I still drive one, and I’ve not been sectioned for the good of humanity just yet, so there must be some appeal, surely?

Well I certainly think so. Let’s consider my argument for its defence.

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A Hoonette is Born!

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Hooniverse and the Universe, please welcome Sloane Ellis Glucker!

Sloane arrived a few weeks early but both her and the mom are doing well. Congrats Jeff and Jenifer!

Our Cars: Suzuki Kizashi
Welcome The Town Cow’s Successor

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From the time I formally introduced myself to the Hooniversalist faithful, my main ride has been a ’91 Lincoln affectionately dubbed the “Town Cow.” And along the way, I’ve chronicled its long, sad decline into beater-dom. I’ve also on several occasions expressed my unabashed affection for the underrated, star-crossed Suzuki Kizashi. Well, eleven days ago, I became the owner of a 2011 Kizashi GTS Sport, and my motoring world has pretty much been turned inside-out — in the best way possible. … Continue Reading

Project Car SOTU: 1984 Toyota Tercel 4WD

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When we purchased this 1984 Tercel for $1k back in 2011 I made a thread on FinalGear entitled “Restoration. How hard can it be?” Unfortunately Richard Hammond wasn’t nearby to shout “Don’t say that!” Still, even though the restoration isn’t anywhere near finished we have made some progress.

Only for it to be killed by entropy.

For example, the pic you see above is the one a less-reputable used car dealer would use to frontline an ad (or the one a writer would use to make a point). A cab driver had its way with the other side, because of course it did.

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