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If you guys think along the same lines as me, and I’m pretty sure you do, this story will blow your mind.

It all started when a guy from Ipswich alerted the forumites of the esteemed Autoshite.com as to the existence and imminent sale of a Ford Sierra. Not just any Sierra, but the virtually extinct entry level model.

What began as a simple “ooh, look at that” quickly developed into one of the most emotionally rewarding internet forum threads you’ll ever read. Leap the jump to see how it all happened.

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Weekend Edition: Old German cars on a Slovenian street

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A Slovenian friend of mine, Aleš shot these classic German cars in his town of Maribor the other day. Both of them are in need of light restoration, even if they’re durable enough to trundle around the streets in the condition in which they are now.

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Weekend Video Edition: Down to a T with a Ford Model T

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[Ed. note: This article has been penned by guest writer, Matt Harvey from mattonmotors.com –Antti ]

Before I get to the main story permit me to get a tiny bit autobiographical. Bear with me, it’s relevant.

When I was 8 I took the exam to win a scholarship to the school my Mum wanted to send me to. I passed and as a reward I was presented with a huge glossy tome full of hundreds of photographs entitled “The Encyclopedia of the Motor Car”. I loved it, treasured it.

One section was devoted to custom stuff. It contained dragsters and Chevy vans with lurid paint jobs and beds in the back for… well, y’know. One image, however, really caught my eye. Some mad bugger had taken a British milk float, a battery powered truck for delivering your daily dose of calcium and vitamins, dropped in a big V8 and given it a purple flake paint job.

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AutobahnDRIVER: The Base Jaguar F-Type Might Be The One You Want

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Our friend Tom is German. He lives in Germania, and he drives German roads. He recently got his hands on the base Jaguar F-Type, and it seems it might be the one he finds most appealing. After all, 340 horsepower is nothing to sneeze at. Especially when you think of all the (relative) cash you’re saving.

Check out his adventure with the car in the video above.

Roll On, Smokey!

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I love this truck.

If you weren’t already aware, the folks at Hot Rod Garage have themselves a 1973 Dodge D200. It’s a sweet pickup, and you see far less D-series trucks than you do Chevys and Fords. Tony Angelo (Hooniverse Podcast Guest) has taken the truck and swapped in a Cummins turbo diesel engine, and the result is one bad-ass oil-burning truck.

In the latest episode of Hot Rod Garage, the crew over there upgrades the truck even further. I’d say that I think a burnout match is in order between #RollSmokey and HoonTruck, but I don’t stand a chance in that battle.

Does The G63 Make Sense? The Smoking Tire Tries To Find Out

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I love the Mercedes-Benz G Wagen. At least, I think I do because I’ve never driven one. I’d prefer a downgraded nearly Mil-spec version, but that’s not the one we see prowling our streets. Friend of Hooniverse Matt Farah recently had the keys to a G63 AMG and he decided to explore the vehicle over the course of one his The Smoking Tire One Take videos.

Maybe I should keep my eyes focused on an old Defender instead…

Everyday Driver Takes A Pilgrimage

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“This is why we are going, because anytime you mention Germany to anybody vaguely interested in cars it’s drive fast on the Autobahn and go to the ring and here we are.” Friends of Hooniverse Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker of Everyday Driver partook of something that’s on each and every enthusiasts bucket list and then some. Their recently released annual film Pilgrimage showcases some of the most amazing and beautiful European scenery both on and off track shot in stellar quality.

Over a five day period, they drive the Autobahn, the ‘Ring, and Spa. There are vehicles rented from RSR and then a dive into the madness of tuning magnate Gemballa.

Watching this film has me looking for reasons to plan my own pilgrimage next year.

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Jason Connor’s Focus ST Gets A Smoking Tire One Take

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Our own Jason Connor trekked up to LA to hand over the keys to his Mountune-prepped Ford Focus ST. He handed those keys to Friend of Hooniverse Matt Farah for the purpose of shooting a Smoking Tire One Take video.

Click play above to learn a bit more about Jason’s sweet ride, and listen in to Matt’s take on the car.

24 Hours of LeMons Pens “A Visit from a Guy Who Looks Suspiciously like Phil” to Warm our Gear Oil Soaked Hearts

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We get so much garbage PR mail at the Hooniverse inbox, but the announcements from The 24 Hours of LeMons are pure gold. Ironic, given that the series is dedicated to garbage. Anyway, they’ve topped themselves once again with the latest reminder about signing up for January’s Sonoma race (which reminds me…).

Anyway, here’s the first of several paragraphs; click through for the rest.

‘Twas the Sat. before Christmas, when signups were due,
For LeMons Sonoma, that cold-ass venue.
Chanukah was over, the menorah unlit,
No flaggers were stirring, nor one Tech eejit.
All the hoopties were idle, dismantled in sheds,
And the drivers they dawdl’d, and took to their beds.
But those apps were still due the 19th of December,
As spams bugged them again and again to remember…

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RaceCapture and Podium are the Tools You Need to Win Your HPDE

Tim Odell December 15, 2015 Friends of Hooniverse

You know what improves post-session braggingData. RaceCapture is a device that can turn your OBDII and or CAN-bus-equipped car into a full datalogging, video capture and live-streaming suite. The RaceCapture device incorporates high speed GPS, a six-axis accelerometer, six-axis gyro, video capture (via a high-speed wifi link and your phone) and can stream all of the above in real-time. Secondarily, via the app you can access all your (and your friends’) data via Podium, their social platform.

The AutoSportLabs crew has been making RaceCapturePro for a while now; it’s a “universal” system with the same functionality, but requiring you to wire to every sensor individually, great for older-than-’96 or dedicated race cars, but definitely not plug-and-play easy. With RaceCapture (notPro), you plug RaceCapture into your car’s port, pair to your cell phone and you’re ready to rock. If you want to play further, you can use your phone/tablet to set up custom dashboards (I’ve actually seen these as the primary dashboards of LeMons cars running -Pro) as well as lap time predictions.

From my own perspective, this could be an incredible tool while running LeMons to watch different drivers’ lines and speeds through different sections of the track. Depending on how you can sort and search the data on Podium, it’d be cool to see what cars similar to yours ran at a given track, or conversely, what/who’s running similar lap times.

Hell, the vast majority of our cars are too old to work with RaceCapture, but AutoSportLabs is the kind of small-shop, open-source, enthusiast-oriented outfit we’re happy to give some press to.

Retail pricing for a 2008-and-later compatible setup will be $275, but during the kickstarter it’s down at $199. The adapter for ’96-through-’07 vehicles is another $60. A bit steep to be a stocking stuffer, but probably not so bad compared to all the other ways you’ve thrown money at your car. Their Kickstarter runs into January, with deliveries in May of next year. Check ’em out:

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