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Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Wagon(wagen)

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You want a vehicle that can do 99% of everything that you think you need it to do? I have the perfect vehicle for you. It’s called a “wagon”, and it utilizes plenty of cargo room mixed with great driving dynamics and solid styling.

Oh you don’t like that idea? YOU’RE WRONG!

Say hello to the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen, and say hello to a vehicle that will handle nearly all of your daily needs. It has loads of cargo space, returns tremendous fuel economy with the TDI motor, and is available rather nicely equipped for right around $30,000.

Stop buying crossovers. Start buying wagons… this one is a good one to start with.

[Disclaimer: Volkswagen tossed us the keys to this Golf Sportwagen and included a tank of the oil burning fuel. We barely dipped into it, despite putting a fair amount of miles on the car. Even with my fat foot, it has massive range per tank.]

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 62 – Allegedly

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Well, we were all back together last week, only to fall apart again this week. Cameron had some computer issues, so I had to host by myself this week with Jason Connor as a guest (Probably for his 20th time?). Anyway, it was still a good time, and we had some interesting stuff to talk about.

This episode’s topics include: 2 of the 3 D’s, Goodwood FoS recap, Blipshift t-shirts, Mustang “Eleanor” progress?, Project Boxster Clubsport progress, Mustang GT350R launch, Pikes Peak recap (including a moment discussing the sad passing of Carl Sorensen). It was a good one, but wasn’t quite as long as usual, because Cam wasn’t around to get us off on tangential discussions. No 80s music or Cleveland Punk Rock scene discussion this week, sadly.


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Podcast: Episode 110 – On the Future of Cars and Real Records with Alex Roy

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On this week’s episode of the Hooniverse podcast:

International Man of Mystery Alex Roy graces us with his presence. Roy and myself attended the Petrolicious Rally this weekend, a celebration of beautiful vintage machinery and the passion of driving from a bygone era. So what do we do? We dive right into the topic of autonomous cars.

Yes, there’s two sides to the wonderful fantastical world of motoring, and while one of them involves the worship at the altar of old Porsches, the other involves the new world of mobility for those who can’t afford old Porsches. Yes, even for someone who showed up to the podcast studio in his Citroen SM. And whose mind was blown by this lady.

#alfaromeo #style #fashion #pantsuit #vintage

A photo posted by Alex Roy (@alexroy144) on Jun 30, 2015 at 6:29am PDT

At the same time, we fawn over the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, tie up loose ends in Roy’s cross-country record, and for a brief moment I get honest about my dearly-departed Miata.


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Rally Ride-Along: Mark Higgins takes on Druidale
and we hang on for the ride

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The Druidale Rally unfolds over a handful of stages on the Isle of Man. It’s the TT that gets (and rightfully deserves) all of the attention, but there IS a route that four-wheel enthusiasts can take. It’s demanding, tight, twisting, beautiful, and in the middle of nowhere… on an island in the middle of the Irish Sea.

This is where we’ve been given the chance to ride shotgun in a full-on brand-new Subaru rally car. The man behind the wheel is Mark Higgins. The fatter man in the shotgun seat is… me. Thankfully I don’t have to give any directions.

Higgins has it all under control…

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 61 – The ATS-V Team

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Jason came back for this one, and just like that the trinity was back together again. What did everyone think of the bed music from the last episode? Acceptable compromise? Still hate it? Sound off in the comments below.

This episode’s topics include: The 3 Ds, “Hometown Heroes”, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Dirt Rockets get a new band tour vehicle, Cam has some project car updates, and Jason drove the new Caddy ATS-V at Willow Springs (so he compares it to the M4 he drove a couple weeks ago). This is a great episode with some cool topics. We really enjoyed making it. We hope you enjoy listening.


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Driver on Driver: Episode 3 – Pat Goodin

Host Sam Nalven sits down with driver Pat Goodin. He learns about Rumspringa, Doin’ it for Dale, and how many “sodas” you can have during an interview.

If you missed it, here’s Episode 1 with guest Chris Forsberg. and Episode 2 with Fredric Aasbø.

Podcast: Episode 109 – Porsche, UNLEASHED!

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On this week’s episode of the Hoonvierse Podcast:

We’re back at the Palatial Podcast Palace in Redondo Beach as Abe Drimmer joins us on producer Chris Hayes’ casting couch. Mister Drimmer is a “freelance digital strategist,” a title which he expounds upon in great detail at the podcast’s start. Hint: it has nothing to do with frickin’ emojis.

It DOES has some stuff to do with video games, especially Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed, which is—according to a reader-wide poll of myself at the age of 12—the greatest racing game ever:

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And speaking of Porsches (awkward segue!)… Le Mans may have ended a few weeks ago, but it’s still fresh in our minds. And from Nissan’s grasp at glory, German engineers being pissed off, and fancy mind-blowing tech abound, there’s plenty to talk about. And not just over the Ford GT.

For a guy who didn’t get into cars until a scant 6 years ago, Drimmer not only knows stuff, but also can expound about it at great length. So, let’s have a round of origin stories! Origin stories are always fun! Personally, I was birthed in the 3rd cylinder of a Datsun Cherry and bathed in the fiery brimstone of Mt. Pinatubo, which explains the magnificent hair. And the rickets.


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As always, rate and review us at iTunes. And then, feast your eyes upon the Donut King Countach, which gets an enthusiastic mention by Abe Froman, the Donut King of Countach:

Review: Hyundai i30 Turbo – A Customer Loyalty Bonus

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What’s in a name? Well, if you were in the company of somebody called “The Destructor” it would be odds on that flower arranging and a little light jazz weren’t on the cards. Likewise, a heavyweight boxer might be advised to change his identity from Percy Lovehugz to something a bit more menacing.

Hawkeye was a terrific name for an airborne early warning aircaft, and vigilante an excellent name for a fighter. Car companies don’t always get it right, though. Witness the Plymouth Breeze, an appallingly wishy-washy name but which was, in fact, not much more unsuitable than its sister the Dodge Stratus, stratus being a kind of immovable wet grey cloud which dogs Cornish seaside holidays.

And now Hyundai are calling one of their i30’s a “Turbo”. Should we laugh? I took one around Millbrook test track in the hope of finding out.

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Rallying with Subaru on the Isle of Man

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On a down day of racing at the Isle of Man, we trekked to the island nations interior. There we found a former air base that replaced its former glory with the sound of glorious engine noise. Subaru had brought along two very different examples of the fun that lies in store in its lineup.

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2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD – The “Gettin’ Hitched Review”

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At the beginning of June, I had to fly back to the Midwest (where I’m from) for a couple of weeks. While I was there, Nissan let me borrow the keys to a brand new Rogue crossover (NOT the Rogue Select, it should be mentioned). I logged a surprising amount of miles, and used the car for pretty much everything it was built to do. I hauled some stuff, I hauled some people, I commuted, I road tripped, and I took it for a nice night on the town. If you’re in the market for a small-ish SUV style thing, you might want to continue reading this review. Oh, and to make this plug a bit more enticing, I was in the Midwest because I got married!

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