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Beaterland in Deutschland – Turning 30 in a BMW E30

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As an individual born in late November, 1984, I turned 30 last week. Fanfares, accolades, confetti, all of them successfully softened the blow of reaching my fourth decade. It even gets quite cold and dark here in Finland around this time, so the only hasty choice I could do was to turn back the advancement of autumn just a touch, and book tickets to Germany, as it’s just a touch warmer there. As it happens, they also have legendary racetracks and cheap(er) cars there, along with seriously cheap beer, so it didn’t take a long time for me to jump on the Boeing and make my way to Düsseldorf.

To look at cars, one needs a car. This was the bottom line for my friend Joe, who picked me up in the titular BMW; he’s planning to buy a cheap, frugal runabout or a project Datsun Z or something in between. It’s not clear yet what he’ll be getting, but the actual going-to-look-at-cars will happen in this slightly patinated 1988 BMW 318i saloon. It was loaned to him by the excellent fellow who bought the pea soup coloured Zastava, and as he had also recently bought a gold Subaru wagon the BMW was free to be lent on.

So, there I was, luggage dumped into the steel blue BMW’s trunk, the top of my head touching the headliner of the sunroof-equipped car. This was to be a pretty decent weekend.

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Drift Idiot Day 13: All In

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Sam Nalven is a good friend of Hooniverse. You know him better as the Drift Idiot, and we’ve been working together to bring you new episodes of The Drift Chronicles this year. Now though, it’s time for a new installment of the series that set him down this slideways path.

Drift Idiot Day 13 has arrived, and you can see that both Sam and his car have come a long way. Still, they’ve got an uphill battle today because Drift Idiot is taking on the Head Hoonigan. Ken Block and Co. are releasing Gymkhana 7 right now. Nalven wants to try and beat their view count for today, so give his video a watch.

(Yes, I know that’s pretty much impossible because Gym 7 will have more views than Kim K’s gigantic ass – deservedly so, of course)

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Video: TMI Autotech is Prepping Ariel Atoms for the US Market

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Friends of Hooniverse TMI Autotech are the go-to source for freshly built Ariel Atoms here in the United States. They’re based in Virginia. That last line isn’t exciting until you realize they’re more specifically located right at Virginia International Raceway. That’s quite a nice spot when you have a fleet of Atoms eager to be flogged around a race track.

This short video they’ve produced gives you a glimpse into their facility. Since we’re buddies with them, we thought we’d pass it along to you.

…and yes, you can bet your ass we’re trying to get seat time in one of these things.

Crowdfunding A Mid-Life Crisis Cross-Country Scooter Trip

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So you’re turning the big Four-Oh, and you’re itching to go on an adventure. Cross country road trips are adventures, right? Minimalist cross country road trips are surely worth double points. What if your road trip takes you from Daytona Beach to Long Beach? How do you get back across the United States? Do the Forest Gump, and turn right back around and head back the way you came. In order to complicate things even further, why not do this whole thing on two wheels? Screw it, step your game up and make it happen on a 125cc Yamaha Zuma scooter. Grab life by the cojones and hit the open road. Show the world that Forty isn’t boring!

This is exactly the plan that Mr. Thomas Heath has in mind. To make matters even better, he’s planning to document the whole trip in beautiful high-definition photography and literary prose, planning to publish a book on the trip as soon as he gets back. That’s where you come in, dear reader. Mr. Heath can’t make this massive undertaking on his own, so he is asking anyone who can to provide funding, resources, or support for the cause. If you check out his Indiegogo page, you’ll see there are a number of perks included in exchange for your support. Buy the guy lunch, give him a place to stay, or pay for some fuel costs, and you could grab yourself a copy of that book as soon as it is published. Heath is planning to get this road on the show as early as October, and assuming funding comes through, he says his book will be ready to publish as early as January of next year. That’s a pretty quick turnaround, and I’m sure interested in the outcome!

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Thunder on the Rock: 1971 GMC longbox takes on the Targa Newfoundland

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On the East coast of Canada, the weather is cold and the people are warm. It’s a place like nowhere else on earth: Maritimers have their own language, expressions, traditions, and values. It’s a series of close-knit communities here on the Rock, a tightly-woven band of cheery folks anchored against the elements and the shifting tempers of the sea, their brightly coloured fishing villages sprinkled across the rocky landscape. By the sound of things, there’s another storm incoming, and the locals lift their heads to look.

But there’s not a cloud in the sky, and that’s not the far off rumbling of rain rolling in from the Atlantic. That’s the high-octane-fed roaring of Texas summer thunder, a big-block bellow that shakes the teaspoons in their drawers and sets the glass fish-floats a-tremblin’. Thunder. Thunder has come to the shores of Newfoundland. For those about to rock, we salute you. … Continue Reading

Two Wheel Tuesday – Get your GSX-R on Route 66’r

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A good friend, Mikko, decided before this summer that what he needed in his life, along with American cars in various states of functionality, was a fast bike. He proceeced to acquire a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K4 without hesitating, and he’s had a great summer riding around the country on the yellow menace. But now, he believes it might be for the greater good to get rid of it. Can you believe?

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Summer Holiday Souvenirs – 1977 Zastava 101 on the Nürburgring

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Let’s say you go for a vacation on an island in the Adriatic sea. What would you bring back home from there? A suntan? Some handicraft? Two of my friends went for something with a local flavour, and went halves on a 1977 Zastava 101. You could do worse.

Beni, the guy who drove to my town a couple years ago with a blue Miata via Norway, is no stranger to wrenching on older, quirky cars, as he also owns an X1/9. This pretty much means he wasn’t afraid to set off to Germany, crossing the Alps, in the pea soup green 1100cc Fiat derivative. The thing even managed a comfortable cruise on the revered Autobahn. Joe Isuzu was nowhere in sight, though.

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Hooniverse Asks Bonus Edition: For What Should I Be Looking?

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So this weekend up at my old stomping grounds, more commonly known at the Daytona International Speedway, the France family is hosting the inaugural Red Bull Rally Cross race at that venue. It is a two day event, (Friday and Saturday) and this olelongrooffan will be attending on Friday. Yes my fellow Hoons, you read that correctly, Friday. The dude that signs my paycheck has granted me a rare day off to attend my virginal rally cross event. Why not Saturday you may ask? I have been honored to spend a couple days with my oldest brother Bob hanging by his pool and enjoying a cold beverage or two.

My attendance at the former event is what leads to this Bonus Edition of Hooniverse Asks. As this is my first time at a stadium style event of this nature, what is the cool sh*t this olelongrooffan should check out? If any of my fellow Hoons have a suggestion or two, please leave them in the comment section. I’ll be checking in regularly. Thanks in advance Hoons.

[Image Source: Daytona International Speedway Site]

Video: The Smoking Tire takes the No Style Corolla into the hills

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Remember the No Style Corolla? We found it back in 2012, and we were pretty blown away by the build at that time. The mish-mash of parts all seemed to come together in a fairly impressive manner resulting in an extremely unique vehicle.

Mark Still is the man behind the No Style Corolla, and he recently let The Smoking Tire crew into his world. Matt Farah jumps behind the wheel of the Lexus-powered, Mustang-supercharged, T56-using oddball, and his impressions can be seen above.

Parking Garage Sightings – Lancia Gamma Coupé

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A good friend, Joe, sometimes whips out his camera when he’s out and about. This results in excellent car sightings that apparently are exactly to my taste, and I have to say he’s one hundred percent correct. Take this as proof: a perfectly preserved or meticulously restored Lancia Gamma, and the ultra-classy coupé version too.

Spotted in La Spezia, Italy, it’s certainly special.

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