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HoonTruck: Ready, Set, Ignite!

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In life, they say that timing is everything. It’s certainly great for making balls of fire shoot forth from a carburetor sitting atop a 352 cubic inch V8 engine.

Why are we messing with the timing? Well, that’s because we are installing a new electronic ignition into the HoonTruck. I opted to swap points for the Pertronix Ignitor II ignition. I also purchased the hotter coil that goes with it.

My father-in-law and I installed this system, and it actually works pretty well on my truck. We were going to fix the brakes while we were under there but I found that I need a new metering valve.

Since we couldn’t do the brakes, we turned to the side mirrors. I ordered a set of 5″ round mirrors from LMC Truck to replace the single driver’s side mirror that the pickup came wearing. I’m not sure how I feel about them yet, but it is nice to have *some* visibility on that passenger side. Thumbs up for symmetry?

Podcast: Episode 151 – Race Recap 3


The Motorsports world is in full swing so Duncan Ende and I sit down to recap what the hell is going on out there in some of our favorite racing series. Duncan takes the lead this week and we chat about Formula One, IMSA, IndyCar, and a few other bits and pieces.

Hooniverse – Race Recap 3

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Dear Jeep: I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed

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Jeep and the 2016 NYIAS: from WK2 to JL and everything in-between

Let me be clear from the start: I love Jeep. I love that they have heritage built-in. I love that the names all have historical relevance. I love that the vehicles are so off-road capable. I love that there are Easter Eggs hidden in each new model, and I love that the vehicles themselves ooze encouragement for outdoor activities. But what I don’t love is the ensuing letdown following an event at which you had hoped to see the unveiling of an important and exciting future product, with the mention of such entirely absent.

Specifically, I’m referring to the rumors of the so-called Trackhawk Grand Cherokee. I’m also referring to the upcoming “JL” Wrangler and the pickup on which it’s based, and how if there was likely an event at which this could have debuted it was the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Yet it simply didn’t happen.

This is going to sound very “dad” of me (which is weird, since I don’t have kids), but it has to be said: hey, Jeep—I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.

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False Neutral #10: Gettin’ Dirty


After Garrett gives us some MotoGP and Sportster Roadster news, dirt bikes and off-road riding is our topic this week. We discuss our dirt bike riding experiences (of which Garrett has many; Eric and I not so much), two-strokes v. four-strokes, motocross v. trail riding, dirt experiences for everyone from novices to trials wizards, having fun on mini-bikes (including drifting a pair 60cc four-wheel ATVs on concrete), where to ride, and off-road adventure tours.

The video I was trying to think of was KTM factory rider Jonny Walker riding The Red Bull Romaniacs Prologue. The Bultaco Pursang desert ride video I mention is here.

CORRECTION: At one point I incorrectly refer to legendary trials rider and author Don Smith as “Mick Walker.” This is an understandable mistake because those names are not at all similar and Mr. Walker had no connection to observed trials that I know of.

False Neutral – Gettin’ Dirty


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Hooniverse 24 Hours of Lemons: Another Season for the Buick

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It’s hard to believe that this is the fourth season of our crapcan Buick racer. This year, like for the last two years, we are starting off at Real Hoopties of New Jersey, at New Jersey Motorsports Park. As always, we’re preparing ourselves for a fun weekend of racing and [then] drinking. We never attempt to be the fastest or best in class, but we try our best. We want to drive as much as possible, avoid track-side repairs as much as we want to avoid penalties. This is why few weeks before each race we gather together to go over the car, plan stuff, and decide what food to bring.

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Icelandic Odyssey: The Finest Roads I Have Ever Driven.


It was, by its very nature, a driving holiday. When you have ten days to see as much of an island as you can, it’s going to mean a lot of wheel-time. However, frankly, you don’t hold out much hope for invigoration while piloting an Opel Corsa with an automatic gearbox.

However, sometimes the stars align and you find yourself in a position of automotive ecstasy when you least expect it.

It happened in Iceland, in a rented car. A grey one.

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 108 – “What Kinda Sauce You Using?” W/ Pat Hoffstetter


Brad, Cam, and Jason have a guest this week in good ‘ole Pat. He’s been on before, and he always has interesting stuff to discuss, so we had him back. We all had a lot to talk about, and probably could have gone on for another hour if Skype hadn’t been a dumpster fire this week. Cam apologizes for being salty last week, and apparently transferred all of his salt to me, as I didn’t have much good to say about anything this week. Granted, I was a bit tired from several days of work in the sun, and long hours of driving. Road trips are great, but they wear you down some.

This episode’s topics include: Some d’s, Jason and Brad got together with Manuel (prior guest) and took a fast Audi to Shift S3ctor, Brad rants about safety, We talk about a crashed Camero, Brad drove the new 911, Pat sold his 944 and bought a Miata (he’s trying to be a ‘real journalist’ I guess), and shenanigans occur.

The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – What Kinda Sauce You Using

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Podcast: Episode 150 – See Section


Chris and I are joined in the studio by The Smoking Tire’s own Zack Klapman. We talk about the new Clarion Builds Acura NSX, driving the latest Camaro SS, and that Zack and I are going back to Drift School.

Also, my wife and I bought a new car. Tune in, listen up, and find out what that is on this episode of the Hooniverse Podcast

Hooniverse – See Section

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Superformance and the Daytona Coupe

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If you asked me: what’s your favorite car you’ve ever driven? I’d have a number of different answers to give you. On that list, without question though, is the Daytona Coupe. It’s raw. It’s loud. It’s gorgeous. And it’s done oh so right by the great team at Superformance in Irvine, California.

For years, cars like this were stuck in that kit car realm which meant you had to buy it in pieces and then figure out how to get that engine and transmission bolted in place. Times have changed, and so have the laws surrounding these machines. Now you can show up and plunk down your cash and then walk away with a fire-breathing bit of American motorsports history that’s all your own.

No, you’ll never own an original Daytona coupe. They made six of them. None are currently for sale, and if one was it would be worth tens of millions of dollars. For a small fraction of that, you can put one that’s more comfortable and probably more capable in your garage…

False Neutral #9: Bikes We Love, Part 2


In this two-episode discussion of the bikes we love, we challenge each other to name our favorite bikes in a number of categories. In Part Two, Our conversation continues as each of us names the bike we most dearly love despite not wanting to own personally, and then talk about what we think are the best bikes to come on the market in the last couple of years.

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False Neutral – The Bikes We Love, Part 2


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