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Fort Lauderdale Auctions America 2015: The EuroClassic Edition


So there this olelongrooffan was, hanging out at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center and checking out some pretty seriously cool cars and trucks. Well at least to me anyway. As I gathered the above image of this sweet old ragtop, I tried to remember if I had ever seen one in the flesh and I don’t believe I have. It is a sweet and rare ride. I contemplated using this image as Mystery Car post but I figured my fellow Hoons would have it identified prior to completely loading. If my fellow Hoons are having difficulty ID-ing this thing, please feel free to make the jump.

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The Queen’s English Car Show Will be a Jolly Old Time

Robert Emslie April 21, 2015 Car Shows


Once a year Woodley Park in Van Nuys CA hosts the annual oiling of the grass, or as it’s better known, the Queen’s English All-British Car Meet and Jumble. This year’s cars and crumpets fest is coming up this very next Sunday. Assuming participants can get their cars started (and it doesn’t rain) things will kick off at 9am.  There will be food vendors so you won’t go hungry, and things will wrap up at a questionable electrical system friendly 4pm. One thing to keep in mind is that spectator parking is somewhat limited so you might want to come early. Maybe right after having your kippers for breaky.

It will be well worth it. Participating will be a riot of Rovers, a multitude of MG, an avalanche of Austins, and lots of Loti, and the Jumble (or swap meet) may be the opportunity to find that missing leaf spring gaiter or key fob you’ve been desperately seeking. The show is free for spectators, and there’s a nominal charge for getting your own Brit barge on display, the participant entry form may being found here. Similarly, a Map and directions are here.

If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area this upcoming weekend, this is a must-see event for all enthusiasts, and especially so if you also happen to be an anglophile or just someone who’s always wondered how Lucas manages to put all that smoke in their wires.

Image: ©2015 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved

Viva La Bedfordshire: It’s Another Old Vauxhall


Yesterday we looked at a magnificently accessorised example of one of Vauxhall of Luton’s V-Bombers, the Victor estate. Today it’s the turn of that car’s little sister, the Viva, also appearing at Classics On The Quay, and again in that Hooniverse-friendly Longroof format.

The Viva was, I believe I’m right in saying, the very last car where Vauxhall were allowed to exercise their development muscle without being pressured to share their toys and play nice with Opel. Every subsequent car to wear the proud Griffon badge would have either some or most of its design in common with something from Germany.

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To The Victor Belongs The Spoilers.


I was raised on a diet of Blue Ovals. Henry was our favourite uncle and he treated us well, and even if the family has grown distant from him over time, we’re still very fond of the way he does things. In contrast, we never really warmed to The General. He seemed a little stand-offish, and we never really related to him. Only now am I starting to realise what a talented guy he was, and how much great work he did.

Back in the early ’70s Vauxhall were still allowed to talk and think for themselves. General Motors still ruled them with a rod of iron and fists of steel, but the Griffon emblem was still proudly affixed to vehicles which, by and large, were all largely developed by the clever chaps in Luton. The Vauxhall Victor you see before you visited the recent Classics at the Quay show, and is completely and utterly magnificent.

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Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015: The Shelbys and The GTs Edition


So a couple weeks ago, this olelongrooffan took advantage of some free access passes to the Auctions America Show provided by TheKenMan and headed over to the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center to see what there was to be seen. As I took over 110+ images, I knew I would have to break them down in some sort of organized chaos. Previously I posted about The American Classics , A Truck Thursday Post as well as a Mystery Car sighting, the first one this olelongrooffan has seen in person. Well my fellow Hoons, it is time to check out, if you are so inclined, to check out some of the various Blue Oval offerings I spotted there in the Port of the Everglades. However, a jump will be required.

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Wagon Wednesday: Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015 Edition
The Longroofs and The Micro Cars


In honor of Wagon Wednesday here in the Hooniverse, this olelongrooffan thought I would share with my fellow Hoons some of the longroofs I spotted over at Auctions America a couple of weeks ago. There really was a mere handful of them there and they all were from the mid 50’s and mostly of the Ford variety. There was not one from the 60’s nor the 70’s that I remember spotting anyway. You can see one of those longroofs, with that lovely clam shell rear opening in this lede image but my fellow Hoons will need to make the jump to see the others and oh yeah, the micro cars.

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Fun and Frolics with a FIAT, sorry, FART 126.


FART made some of the most iconic small European cars of the second half of the 20th century. The pre-war  Toplino or “Little Mouse” was cute, charming and capable. It was replaced by the comparatively less advanced, but stylistically imortal 500, which is revered today quite feverishly. Then, in their infinite wisdom, they replaced the charismatic, classless 500 in 1972 with the 126.

I guess they called it progress, but from being a Loveable Lilliputian the Baby Fart had become just a small car. Yet though it was by no means the best thing to ever come in a small package, it still made a major contribution to the European street scene. Here;s one which visited Classics On The Quay in Colchester this weekend.

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Two Trabants: One Terrible, One Topless.


This weekend just gone saw this years Classics On The Quay, a varied gathering of wheeled machinery hosted graciously by Colchester Kawasaki. I won’t bore you with all the cars that always show up at events like these; there are only so many times I can see a Porsche Carrera GT or a Bugatti Veyron before it gets a bit samey. Instead, I’ll report on those cars which are either a bit more leftfield, or at least a little closer to the Hooniverse Heartland.

Let’s start with a couple of Duroplast beauties. A brace of Trabants, Emphatically not what I was expecting to see today.

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The News for April 3rd, 2015


Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2015 New York Auto Show Recap! As always, this is a weekly news roundup of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. This week, it’s all from the Big Apple:

  • McLaren 570S is an awesome launch of the Sports Series

  • Porsche purifies the Boxster with a new Spyder model

  • Cadillac CT6 is the start of their revolution

  • Chevrolet Malibu is a Malibu you really can’t ignore

  • Mazda adds another touch of perfection to the ND Miata

  • Honda previews new Civic, confirms five-door hatch and Type-R for US

  • Subaru previews the BRZ we all want but can’t have

  • Full New York Auto Show coverage from Autoweek

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015: The Truck Thursday Edition


So there this olelongrooffan was, wandering around the Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015 checking out some of the cool carp those classic car owners had brought out to dump on some unsuspecting sell to some educated buyers so those same owners could pick up something shiny and new to them to take home and enjoy before beginning this cycle all over again. And, in this olelongrooffan’s usually pseudo folksy style of “Hey take a look at What I Saw Today” feel free to make the jump to, in fact, see some of the trucks and truckettes spotted that Saturday afternoon.

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