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Cars and Coffee: Blackjack Zero

With the inevitable closing of Cars and Coffee Irvine other Southern California ungodly hour Saturday morning car shows which existed before are seeming to flourish. With other SoCal automotive events such as Supercar Sunday and Donuts and Derelicts, local weekend meetings have quickly become the norm for automotive enthusiasts. Here at Hooniverse we love the obscure and quirky offerings major but mostly small manufacturers have been offering recently. One of our favorites has been the Morgan 3 wheeler that Jeff had the opportunity to test last year. With kit car feel, overwhelming charm and questionable reliability the Morgan is the epitome of slow car fast. Others have woken up to the same format of three wheeled goodness as well. Enter the Blackjack Zero: another British three-wheeler that has some of the same “flavour” (see what I did there), but with a slightly different configuration.

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An Outsiders Perspective: 2015 North American International Auto Show

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I went to an auto show once. It was held on the parking lot of a hotel and didn’t have a single concept car or preproduction model. There were no new vehicles released and nobody was ringing to get your attention over to their own stand. There were however a lot of people very interested in taking a huge chunk of money from my folks and I to get us into some random underpowered silver vehicular appliance.

The North American International Auto Show is altogether a different animal with a lot of interesting things that I could gleefully pick apart for the first time. It’s not like I’ll ever see most of them again anyway.

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Video: Hungarian car gathering for Jalopnik


We like our Eastern European crapcans over here at Hooniverse. And so do the folks at Jalopnik, as this video right here testifies. As the Jalopnik guys, visiting Budapest, wanted to see a gathering of cars that you don’t usually catch over on the other side of the pond, they got what they asked for – and it being Hungary, a ton of Suzuki Swifts as well. That’s pretty much the national car of Hungary by now.

The first thing you lay your eyes on is an Alfa Romeo Montreal. Then, Matt Hardigree professes his love of the Ford Sierra and the Ford Ka, Tarvis Okulski drives a Tarbant, there’s a Lotus Omega and a Zaporoshets; it’s a pretty cool sortiment of anything that could appear on a random car day. Take a look!

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Everything there is to know about the 2016 Ford GT

All-New Ford GT

A Ford like this doesn’t come around very often. In fact, I was in the seventh grade when the last one did.

A Ford “like this” has only come twice before [in production]. As everyone knows, Ford surprised the racing world when their GT40 won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 1-2-3 finish and then won the next three years consecutively, beating the almighty Ferrari in the process. In 2004, Ford came out with the GT to pay homage to the GT40 with retro-futuristic styling and an old school V8 that let it run with some of the best cars of its day.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Ford is looking to recapture some of that shock factor with the third installment. This is the 2016 Ford GT: the car that will bring Ford back into the supercar arena and, most importantly, bring the blue oval back to Le Mans for the first time since 1969 and just in time for the 50th anniversary of their first 1966 Le Mans win.

Not every detail is set in stone, but click past the jump for everything there is to know about the 2016 Ford GT at this point.

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The Hooniversal Opinion: Judging The New Cars Of The Detroit Auto Show


At the beginning of every year, the auto show I most look forward to rolls around, NAIAS. The North American International Auto Show has long been a favorite of mine, and when I lived in Michigan, I’d go every year. Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near the show this year, so I’ll be reporting from the sidelines. Equally unfortunate, Hooniverse does not have any representation at the show this year. As we’ve been doing for a couple of years now, when we don’t have anyone at the show to represent our interests here in the Hooniverse, we all pitch in with our opinions.

We have new car launches in the form of Ford’s GT, Ford’s Mustang GT350R, Ford’s new Raptor (Ford is pretty much killing it in Detroit this year!), Nissan’s new Titan diesel, Toyota’s new Tacoma, Porsche’s Targa 4GTS, Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S, Acura’s NSX, Alfa’s 4C Spider, Merc’s C450 AMG Sport, Merc’s GLE, Chevy’s new Volt, Buick’s new Opel Astra Cabriolet Cascada convertible. Jaguar also debuted their new SUV, in name only. There are also some pretty tempting concept pieces, with Buick bringing the Avenir, Infiniti dropping the Q60 Concept, and Chevy shocking everyone (not really) with the new Bolt EV.

Photographs are either manufacturer supplied, or politely swiped from the hands of our friends at Autoblog and Autoweek.

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duPont REGISTRY’s November Cars and Coffee

Lamborghini Huracan

The recent November edition of the Cars & Coffee car show at duPont Registry of St Petersburg, Florida was a great mix of classic beauty and in-your-face exotics. Some regulars were recognized from my last trip to the registry back in 2011, along with a few cars that are just now beginning to trickle out of Europe and Japan. … Continue Reading

Modern Art Monday: The Rocket – Artful or Awful?

Galpin Fisker Rocket

Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker joined forces recently. The two came together to create a custom vehicle, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s called the Rocket, and it’s a re-bodied 2015 Ford Mustang. Said re-body happens by way of carbon fiber, which means the 725-horsepower V8 engine will have less heft to push around.

The power figure sounds great and all, but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Instead, I’d rather pose a question to all of you. Seeing as it’s Modern Art Monday, I’m curious how you all feel about the styling of the Galpin Fisker Rocket.

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The Street Rod Show: An Image Dump


Now my fellow Hoons know this olelongrooffan tends to run on with my posts and get all wordy. That ain’t the case this time. I am getting ready to head out on a road trip all around the Sunshine State culminating at the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona Beach next weekend. I just checked my email and it was determined a post was needed for this time slot. Well, this one was in draft form since April and this olelongrooffan determined it was good to go. So click through as see the rest of the stuff I saw while walking around with TheKenMan and Goldie that spring day.

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The News for November 21st, 2014

The All-new Shelby GT350 Mustang

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show edition! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry – which this week came entirely from LA – without the fluff or bull. I just throw in a little opinion of mine because I can. There’s a lot this week:

  • The Shelby GT350 returns better than ever, or anything

  • Cadillac gives the ATS the V treatment

  • Mazda goes practical but tasteful with the CX-3

  • Volkswagen shows off Golf R wagon, but not for us

  • Jaguar F-Type now available with a manual

  • Honda HR-V wants to be your tall hatchback

  • Audi shows off their future with the Prologue Concept

  • Plus YOUR automotive news!

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