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2014 NYIAS: Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW M3, and other sports cars

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show is… kind of a snoozer. There really isn’t anything that we haven’t seen before, nothing earth shattering, nothing amazing. Or perhaps we’re just jaded, I’m not sure. This is the reason why we’re going to look at some sporty vehicles which we’ve seen before, but that are worth a second look. 

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NYIAS 2014: All The Mazda Miatas!

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Mazda, for some reason, thinks that auto journos like Miatas, so they have brought to the New York Auto Show almost every significant Miata they have ever made. From the original stripped out 1990 model with steel wheels to race cars, tuner cars, and concept cars. 

All pictures after the jump, including one of Jeff being a little too happy. My favorite is still the coupe concept from the mid-90s. There is no sign of the all-new ND Miata, which is disappointing. 

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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?


The Rometsch Beeskow is the Bee’s Knees


One of the great things about attending meet-ins like Cars & Coffee is their surprising nature, you never know just what’s going to show up. This past weekend at my local Saturday crack of dawn congregation a pretty special car made an appearance, and it’s one that might have you saying, when in Rometsch

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A Tale of Two Chevys


The great thing about cars shows is that you get to see similar models often sitting door handle to door handle, giving you the perfect opportunity to examine the plethora of details that make each version unique. I had just such a chance at this past weekend’s Cars and Coffee meet-in in Montrose CA where a pair of 1966 Chevys – one a plain jane Chevelle, and the other its fancy pants sister the Malibu – were on display.

Both cars were pristine examples, and while back in the day the Malibu might have been the one you’d choose, for reasons made evident after the jump, I think I’d take this poorer relation in this case.

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Truck Thursday: Because UNIMOG


So this past weekend, this olelongrooffan hooked up with my Cobra, Aurora, Street Rod and Mustang owning friend TheKenMan and we spent the greater part of the day seeing as much as could be seen around here in FantasyLand. As will be, or has been, related here in the Hooniverse, we experienced a bunch of cool events and at one of them was this fantastic Unimog this olelongrooffan just had to share with my fellow Hoons.

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The Ford Galaxie I wanted vs. the Galaxy we got.


One of my favourite topics to belly-ache about is how unremittingly grey the motoring scene was in Britain for most during the ’60s. You might catch the occasional flash of Rosso Ferrari or Racing Green E-Type every now and again, but the majority of road traffic was of the everyday, everyman variety. 60′s Britain could only dream of long, powerful cars on wide open roads, roof down, heading for the sunset.

Of course, it was inevitable that Ford’s celestially named car for Europe (Orion notwithstanding) would be not only spelled differently, but would satisfy only fantasies that involved practicality, a high driving position and re-configurable seating. The Galaxy we ended up with in ’95 was a box on wheels. The one you got in the ’60s wasn’t. Let’s, then, take a look at the far sexier ’63 Galaxie, an example of which I recently admired at one of our few non wash-out car shows.

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A ’52 Cadillac and Car Show Contemplation.


Above is a Cadillac. A spectacularly nice one at that. It’s a 1952 62 Series Golden Anniversary Special, but I only know that because the owner had also displayed a very detailed typed account of what I was looking at in one of the windows. Recognition of vintage Cadillacs isn’t a strong suit of mine, as much as I admire them.

And admire it I most certainly did, from the mirror-polished paintwork that looked deep enough to voyage through in a submarine, to the mercurial chrome which seemed far too artful to be applied to a mere automobile. A heap of the utmost magnificence. But as I stood in its immediate field of influence, hoping to somehow contract some of the coolness that it exuded, it got me thinking about the whole ethos of displaying cars at shows. Pride, obviously, is a huge part of it. But what else?

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A Celebration of Three-Wheeled Craziness.


Eccentricity is one of the most valuable commodities when it comes to having a project vehicle. It helps if you’re the imaginative sort, too, and of course resolve, staying power and a thick skin are certainly advantageous, too.

I’ll wager that the creator of this fabulously minimalist device, seen during one of the sunnier of my local car shows possessed a fair degree of each of the above characteristics.

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Opinion: The Numerous Premiers at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

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Typically here at Hooniverse, we try to attend all the big U.S. Auto Shows. When that did not happen at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, we still provided you the best coverage available our pointless opinions and made up facts.

Our invitation to the Geneva Auto Show was lost in the mail and our accountant stated that our budget will not allow for three first class tickets (for Jeff and his wieners) to Switzerland. Therefore, below are our own thoughts on some of the vehicles that premiered at the show. Pictures are either manufacturer supplied or blatantly stolen borrowed from our buds at AutoweekCarscoops, and Autoblog.

We will discuss the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, Lexus RC F Sport, Mazda Hazumi Concept, 2015 Jeep Renegade, Ferrari California T, Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview, BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Cabrio, 2014 Toyota Aygo, 2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet, Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430, 2015 Renault Twingo, Pagani Zonda Revolucion, Honda Civic Type R Concept, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Volvo Concept Estate, Italdesign Giugiaro Clipper MPV Concept, and others.

See what we have to say and give us your thoughts.

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