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Goodwood 2014: The Actual Action. Audi Quattro Sport S1 Hillclimb. Etc.

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The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed finished on Sunday. But not here it didn’t! Hooniverse is going to keep on milking that sucker for all it’s worth.

Central to the appeal of the FOS is the actual hillclimb run found at its geographical centre. It’s along this 1.1 mile tarmac ribbon that some of the all time greats of motoring history are given the chance to strut their mechanical stuff, to the cheers and applause of a grateful gasoline-veined audience. So far, my coverage of this event has been found somewhat wanting in terms of actual footage of the good stuff.

Thankfully, regular contributor and serious fan of fast-moving metal Jason Connor has my back on this. While I’ve been fruitlessly pointing my DSLR at cars on totally inappropriate shutter settings, trying in vain to get a shot as they roar past, Jason has been studiously editing the live stream from Goodwood, slicing it into manageable portions. Step past the jump to enjoy the Audi Sport Quattro being ragged senseless by Hannu Mikkola.

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Goodwood 2014: More Sunday Noise- ’97 Penske Mercedes PC26

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Well, it’s 14:00 Stateside, and this will be my final post for this afternoon. I hope that Hooniverse’s coverage of the Goodwood Festival Of Speed in little old England has been to your liking. Those of you who have enjoyed it will be pleased to know that there will be a veritable deluge of FOS posts during the week as I wade through the various photos and videos that I’ve collected over the weekend and try and string a few descriptive sentences together. Those of you who have hated every single minute of the whole affair will be mortified to hear the same thing.

As a parting gesture, I thought I’d share a properly transatlantic racer with you; built in England, raced in America, powered by Germany and making a right old racket right up in your grill. After the jump.

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Goodwood 2014: Porsche 935, Loud and Naked. (SFW)

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I’ve just been deafened, I have carbon monoxide poisoning, my t-shirt absolutely reeks of petrochemicals. I’ll probably become nauseous soon, and then have to take several days away from work to recuperate.

You, though, get to enjoy a very similar overall experience but without the life-threatening inhalations or eardrum-shattering shrieks, and all from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy. Take the jump to be aurally assaulted.

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The Carchive: Audio Edition! Vauxhall Tape Madness

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Before you click the jump, and I know that very few of you will have read this far, such is your eagerness for the riveting audio ecstasy that awaits you, I ask you this. Where else on the internet could you possibly imagine this kind of killer content?

There was a time before the world wide web, I’ve heard. Car manufacturers would strive to spread the word about their products in any way they could. Printed media was, of course, the most popular, but people had to take the time to sit and read it. TV advertising was good, but it’s hellishly expensive to run even a twenty second long slot, and it relied on people being sat there as a captive audience, and attention could easily drift. Radio was good, as it allowed people to go about their daily duties whilst having a promotional message subliminally drummed into their head several times a day.

In 1986, flushed with frenzied excitement following the release of the New Vauxhall Carlton, somebody in GM’s management had the fantastic idea of issuing a promotional tape about the new car, so people could brainwash themselves voluntarily while driving, because it’s safer to listen to a Vauxhall Cassette at 80 than to read the brochure behind the wheel. And now, in a Hooniverse World Exclusive, you too can share the excitement of Vauxhall’s hottest release of 1986. You lucky, lucky people.

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Diesel Power: The British Truck Racing Championship 2014

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AKA my new favourite Motorsports formula. I mean; where else can you see cigarette-paper close racing between 1200hp, diesel fuelled, 5-ton monsters, belching black smoke and flames, roaring around a track at three-digit speeds?

I had the pleasure of attending the first rounds of the championship at the Brands Hatch circuit, Kent, and left in the evening with lungs full of vapourized rubber, soot in my hair and a broad grin on my face, as well as the upper register of my inner ear’s frequency response decidedly absent. Make the jump to take in a video that hopefully demonstrates some of the appeal.

And turn it up. Loud.

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Firebreather Friday – the McLaren P1

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Anyone who has been on the internet or anywhere near a car magazine within the last year knows about the existence of the McLaren P1 and just how incredible it is.

It’s a 903 horsepower dream machine that can double as a full electric vehicle for a short period of time when it isn’t breaking the laws of physics. As if we really needed more evidence that this car is truly something else, video reviews including one from the almighty Top Gear have begun to surface, so we’re finally getting an unbiased glimpse of just how insane the P1 can really be when it’s unleashed on a race track.

Which takes us to YouTuber Shmee150 who was able to attend a restricted track session to get up close and personal with this decade’s halo car. He was armed with a few cameras that give us some spectacular views of the McLaren P1 doing the two things it’s good at: going brutally fast and looking wonderful while doing it.

Well, make that three things it’s good at, because it turns out the P1 is also a fire-spitting god. As in, few other road-legal cars could put on a spectacle quite like this. Click past the jump for the video. We recommend it.

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Video: The Sound of Senna by Honda

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There have been plenty of tributes to the late great Ayrton Senna. Most are good, some are great, but occasionally they can border on truly wonderful. This latest tribute created by Honda is one such piece of wonder. The automaker used to supply the engine for Senna’s McLaren MP4/5, and they grabbed some of the audio information from his machine. Pair that data with the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, some well-timed lighting, and a large array of expensive speakers, and you have a recipe for aural magic.

Click past the break for instant goosebumps.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Are The Best Lonely Road Trip Songs?

 

Most of us have had an occasion to take a road trip alone.  Perhaps that road trip was just to drive around late at night and reflect on life.  What song or songs do you listen to during those drives?  I have dozens, including Hands on the Wheel By Willie Nelson, and Ride On by AC/DC.  My personal favorite, though, is Windfall by Son Volt. 

Both feet on the floor, two hands on the wheel
May the wind take your troubles away

Click through for this great tune and to help us make a new playlist.  

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