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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 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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LAAS – I’m officially 12 years old…


Is it even worth typing anything here?

LAAS – Gaze upon the majestic Oculus Doof

Jeff Glucker November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show
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Rob sure liked watching me be terrible at the CrazyKarts. Here’s Rob entering a different dimension, thanks to the fine folks at Volvo. Like Mr. Emslie said earlier, we work hard and play hard. I guess this is neither of those options though… whatever.

[Yes, I know I spelled Oculus wrong in the video… worse crimes have occurred on this planet.]

LAAS- Call SETI, The New Land Rover Discovery Sport Discovers Aliens

Robert Emslie November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


The concentric rear window defroster on the new Land Rover Discovery Sport make it look like the screen on movie Aliens‘ motion detector. Add some reflections from the lights above and… game over, man!


Images: ©2014 Hooniverse/Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved, Google Play

LAAS- That Time I Forgot The Camera Was Recording and Came Upon A Spongebob Sienna

Robert Emslie November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

So I accidentally left my camera recording in the midst of regaling my buddy Jeremy with a story about my neighbor falling out of love with his Prius V when suddenly, Spongebob.

Hooniverse judges the cars of the 2014 LA Auto Show

Greg Kachadurian November 20, 2014 LA Auto Show


It’s that time of year again. It’s time for the professional auto journalists here at Hooniverse to cover the dozen or so shiny new cars making their global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

By “cover” them, I really mean pass judgments on them from the comfort of our own keyboards. Only a few of us were able to make it out to the show this year but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t pretend to be there covering it. In here you won’t find any boring spec sheets or overdone metaphors for the styling of a side mirror. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any facts at all (that’s all coming in The News tomorrow). What you’ll get instead are the unfiltered and [brutally] honest opinions from some of the creative minds that make up this corner of the Web we call The Hooniverse.

So click past the jump and see what we have to say.

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LAAS- We Work Hard and We Play Hard

Robert Emslie November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

Just in case you thought that the jet-set life of an Auto Journalist is nothing but back-sweat, impossible deadlines, and keyboard calluses, here’s Chief Blooger Jeff riding a Crazy Cart for your amusement.

Source: Rob Emslie via Vimeo

LAAS- Why Chevy is Better Than Maserati

Robert Emslie November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


See that beautiful show model up there? No, I mean the car,not the lady. That’s the Maserati Alfieri concept sports car, or at least that’s what the company is calling it. Pretty sweet, right? That, and the production Ghibli, Gran Truismo and Quattroporte prove that Maserati knows a thing or two about making drop dead sexy cars. As it turns out, not all of their show personnel  know very much about Maserati.

We were looking over the new Ghibli which is Maserati’s latest entrant down-market, when just such a Maser man walked up and informed us that either he or the adjacent iPad could answer any question we had. I was curious about how many cars Maserati was bringing to America, seeing as the brand has doubled its sales year over year and I wanted to know if the Ghibli was driving that. Unfortunately that stymied the representative. Okay, I asked a simpler question, how many dealers does Maserati presently maintain in the States. Nope, that was also outside of his purview.

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LAAS- Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Miata Bones

Robert Emslie November 20, 2014 Car Shows, LA Auto Show


Mazda was out in merlot force at this year’s LA show. All of their cars at the front of the display being a uniform shade of the wine made famous in Sideways for Milo’s refusal to drink it. Deep in the bowels of the Mazda display however was a horse of a different color- silver. Back there in the incongruously dark and creepy part of the display is where they decided to show the 2015 Miata’s Skyactiv chassis. Held up by its suspension pickups and transmission, the chassis shows the Miata’s lovely cast suspension bits as well as the central torque tube (which is actually L-shaped) that keeps the engine and transmission in perfect synchronicity with the driveshaft and diff. It’s so beautiful that I wouldn’t mind having it in my living room, although my wife might disagree. One more shot after the jump. … Continue Reading


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